It has been said, the people that were in their mid-20s during World War II were part of the “G.I. Generation.” When it comes to the United States, this generation is more commonly known as the “greatest generation,” mainly because they put service to their country over themselves.
Captian America: The First Avenger is a film where this is shown front and center. Steve Rogers, throughout the film, only wants to do his duty and serve his nation like everyone else. It’s this good heart and sense of duty that makes Steve perfect to become Captian America.
Chris Evans plays the titular Captain America. A performance that highlights the humanity and the selflessness of Rogers, he brings out the best that is inside Steve.
Tommy Lee Jones plays Colonel Chester Phillips, the head of Project Rebirth within the Strategic Scientific Reserve. He’s that rough army colonel that does have moments of comedy that fit with his overall character.
Hugo Weaving plays Johann Schmidt, the first person to use Dr. Erskine’s Super soldier serum. I find Weaving’s performance fun and enjoyable.
Rounding out the main cast are Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, a Brittish SSR officer that’s as tough as she is beautiful, Sebastian Stan as James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes, Roger’s best friend, and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, a stylish inventor that works on Project Rebirth and who enjoys flying and women.
I’m a fan of history and to see this film set during World War II, specifically 1943, is a big plus. The classic design style of the technology draws me in, even when the idea behind it is fantastical. The uniforms and clothing style of the day pulls in my eye.
The Stark Expo and the many shows that Steve is a part of in the middle of the film not only shows the fashion style but also the music of the time. Those two shows are enjoyably different sections in what is essentially a movie about World War II with a superhero. They show more of whats going on in the world besides the war itself.
Captian America: The First Avenger, deep down, is a World War II movie. To this point, it’s an MCU film that has a setting completely its own. The modern-day bookends are enjoyable tie-ins to the larger world. Even though this film is enjoyable overall, there are some more violent moments featuring weapons that completely disintegrate people, as it is a film about the war at its center. I wouldn’t recommend this film for the members of the audience that are not at least pre-teens.