Captain America: The First Avenger

Published January 8, 2012

Captain America: The First Avenger

Film info

  • Title Captain America: The First Avenger
  • Director Joe Johnston
  • Year 2011
  • Run time 2hrs 4m
  • Genres Adventure, Action, Science Fiction
  • Tagline When patriots become heroes

After being deemed unfit for military service, Steve Rogers volunteers for a top secret research project that turns him into Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. Captain America leads the fight for freedom as the ultimate weapon against evil. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world's greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organisation, led by the villainous Red Skull.

Live Blog

2:48Grrr, it makes me feel cold.
5:44That’s Mr Smith. Is he trying to be German because it’s not quite working.
8:35Aw, he’s tiny.
11:46I recognise that globe from Iron Man.
12:06Ye Old Stark!
12:39Ooh, hovercar! Not quite so hot on the reliability.
16:46“I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.”
17:51He’s like Dr Evil, tucked away in a mountain.
20:40Had a warm happy feeling at the sight of Tommy Lee Jones, not quite sure why.
23:23“Look at that, he’s making me cry.”
32:18This reminds me a little of Forever Young. A military type getting in a chamber for the promotion of science.
33:43I even get excited when his dad shows up. Ridiculous. What is it about the Starks?
37:36That can’t be the same guy!
39:16Why is Lovely Richard Armitage always the bad guy?
43:15Not a fan of the crunch of cyanide. My teeth!
45:08He’s not called Agent Schmidt, is he? I LOVE IT.
50:23Is that a comic within a comic? That’s a new one on me.
55:24I like that he’s taking his shield.
56:36“Do you… fondue?”
59:24The shield is not subtle.
1:00:30Is this blue stuff what they used to plug the hole in Stark’s heart?
1:06:38That is quite the side effect!
1:10:37Their surveillance flights must be pretty shocking if they said there was no activity but the whole troop is marching back with a flipping tank in tow.
1:18:57Hell hath no fury…
1:26:40What is this? Steak. What’s in it? Cow!
1:28:44He built a stealth bomber in 1942???
1:33:32I hadn’t realised the shield was quite such a weapon.
1:36:16These people are being disintegrated as though they are fighting with Daleks.
1:43.04You can’t sneak up on anyone with those Star Wars guns.
1:54:10Forever Young!


It was somewhere between watching Iron Man 2, and renting Captain America, that we suddenly discovered the whole Avengers thing. That meant Mr America had to sit and wait while we consumed everything we’d missed, but eventually we got round to it. Mr C and I can’t remember whether we were going to watch this one anyway, regardless of any Avengers connection, but I think we were, although we weren’t convinced it was going to be good.

It was good, I really quite liked it. My big concern is that the character works incredibly well in the 1940s setting, but I’m not so sure I’m going to like the character in the present day. It was all so very Forever Young, albeit much less corny. It was much better than Hulk, and just better than Thor.

I did like that there was a perfect opportunity to deploy The Rage, but they didn’t. It says a lot, though, that I really was more excited by Stark’s dad, and the Expo and all that, than the actual Captain America story. His body change was very well done, boggled my mind just a little bit. You might have noticed.

Revisited Mar 21

Definitely first time round I was a bit put off by Cap’s goody-two-shoes 1940s style, but it’s interesting that I didn’t think he would work in the modern era. I think the character only gets better and more fascinating - bringing those old school ideals to the modern fights. Particularly interacting with the others, and of course being one half of the big Civil War against Tony.

It’s a good origin story movie, this one, but I do think the best stuff for the Captain comes later.

Rating: 4 / 5

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