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

Time Comment
2:48 Grrr, it makes me feel cold.
5:44 That’s Mr Smith. Is he trying to be German because it’s not quite working.
8:35 Aw, he’s tiny.
11:46 I recognise that globe from Iron Man.
12:06 Ye Old Stark!
12:39 Ooh, hovercar! Not quite so hot on the reliability.
16:46 “I don’t like bullies, I don’t care where they’re from.”
17:51 He’s like Dr Evil, tucked away in a mountain.
20:40 Had 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.”
32:18 This reminds me a little of Forever Young. A military type getting in a chamber for the promotion of science.
33:43 I even get excited when his dad shows up. Ridiculous. What is it about the Starks?
37:36 That can’t be the same guy!
39:16 Why is Lovely Richard Armitage always the bad guy?
43:15 Not a fan of the crunch of cyanide. My teeth!
45:08 He’s not called Agent Schmidt, is he? I LOVE IT.
50:23 Is that a comic within a comic? That’s a new one on me.
55:24 I like that he’s taking his shield.
56:36 “Do you… fondue?”
59:24 The shield is not subtle.
1:00:30 Is this blue stuff what they used to plug the hole in Stark’s heart?
1:06:38 That is quite the side effect!
1:10:37 Their 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.
1:18:57 Hell hath no fury…
1:26:40 What is this? Steak. What’s in it? Cow!
1:28:44 He built a stealth bomber in 1942???
1:33:32 I hadn’t realised the shield was quite such a weapon.
1:36:16 These people are being disintegrated as though they are fighting with Daleks.
1:43.04 You can’t sneak up on anyone with those Star Wars guns.
1:54:10 Forever 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 - March 2021

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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