“Whatever happens tomorrow you must promise me one thing. That you will stay who you are. Not a perfect soldier, but a good man.”
– Abraham Erskine
In the present day, a frozen circular object is discovered, and the scientists find a circular red, white and blue object in the abandoned craft and call it in. Going back to March 1942, Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving), Hitler’s advanced head of weaponry, has finally discovered what he has been looking for for a very long time: the mysterious Tesseract. It is said to possess exceptional powers, and he is sure that this is the case. He leaves a slaughter in his wake. In New York City Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is rejected yet again for military recruitment. Health is not on his side, nor is physical favour. His best friend, Sergeant James “Bucky” Barnes (Sebastian Stan), wishes that Steve would just accept that he cannot get in, though he, Bucky, has been accepted and ships out the next day. Overhearing the conversation between the two friends and why Steve wants to enlist, Dr Abraham Erskine (Staley Tucci) gives Steve the opportunity, who grabs at it enthusiastically.
Steve has been recruited in the Scientific Strategic Reserve to fall under an experiment to create super soldiers. He begins training and is met with an unyielding barrier of negativity. Nobody thinks he has it in him. Colonel Chester Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) is exceptionally peeved when Erskine insists that Steve is his choice for the experiment due to his good nature, something that British agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) is impressed about. Erskine admits to Steve that Schmidt forced the doctor to initiate the procedure on Schmidt, and that it worked but that there were some serious issues and side effects. In Europe, Schmidt and his right hand, Dr Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) harness the Tesseract’s energy successfully, and soon they will be able to change the world, not necessarily in a good way. Schmidt knows that Erskine is in the States, and an assassin is sent to kill him. Steve enters the experiment nervously and emerges a new man: the perfect solider. His physique is totally changed, and it seems the medical conditions that have plagued him are gone. However, directly after his transformation, Erskine is gunned down by a Nazi spy by the name of Heinz Kruger (Richard Armitage). After chasing the man down, the Nazi bites his cyanide pill and talks of HYDRA before his death.
Instead of sending Steve overseas, Colonel Phillips tells Steve that he will go to a laboratory to be researched on so that they can recreate the serum to make more super soldiers. US Senator Brandt (Michael Brand) approaches Steve and gives him another opportunity to serve the country. Steve ends up touring the States dressed as Captain America and promoting war bonds. Eventually he is sent overseas to see the troops out there, and he is met with hostility instead of the reverence he is used to. Peggy Carter appears and bolsters his ego, though he is horrified to learn the men he just attempted to perform for are what remain of Bucky’s unit… and Bucky isn’t there. Steve immediately decides that id Phillips won’t send anyone in, he will go in by himself. Assisted by Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) and Peggy Carter, Steve saves the men and gets his best friend out alive. Returning to the camp, Phillips has to admit that Steve is dedicated, and so Captain America becomes a thing. Schmidt, however, escaped to compound, and is called Red Skull because of how Erskine’s botched procedure left his physical features. Steve falls in love with Peggy, and the two of them play their little games with each other, though the montage of becoming Captain America has suddenly made all the women notice Steve, putting some strain on their relationship.
After his heroic mission, the men look up to Steve, who recruits his own group to assist him in taking down Schmidt and his HYDRA organisation. The team consists of Bucky, Timothy “Dum Dum” Dugan (Neal McDonough), Gabe Jones (Derek Luke), Jim Morita (Kenneth Choi),Jacques Dernier (Bruno Ricci) and James Montgomery Falsworth (JJ Feild ). Steve also goes to see Stark about sorting out a better outfit, and here he discovers his shield, a beautiful shield made out of vibranium, a highly rare and indestructible metal. How will Bucky deal with Steve being the strong and popular one now? What will happen between Steve and Peggy? Will she be able to resist his charm? Will the group be able to cripple the HYDRA organisation and bring Schmidt to his knees?
An 8/10 for Captain America: The First Avenger. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed this film. When it came everyone was like uhming and ahing and I was like what the hell, let’s see, and then I had a total blast. They completely reinvented Captain America. He was not boring, he was cool and he was someone to root for. Luke made a fantastic observation when he reviewed this saying it was a good set period piece, and I cannot disagree, it was good! The costume design was fantastic and so was Chris Evans, especially when he donned the pretty strange outfit… it ultimately just came together and worked well. As much as when this first came around I could only think the Human Torch, Evans was perfectly cast. I loved the music and the cinematography… this film was just fun. It looked great, the colouring of it, and I enjoyed the pace of it and the story line. The cast worked well together. Yes, there were some questionable CGI effects at times, but nothing that is a deal breaker. This movie came together well in so many ways. It impressed me. Of the pre-Avengers movies, I must say that Marvel nailed this one as well as the initial two Iron Man movies (no, I am still not a fan of the third). Captain America: The First Avenger was one of the best introductory films I have ever seen for a superhero and definitely my favourite, and I loved how they focused on the war, being a hero and not someone’s pet and all that. I would highly recommend that you check this out if you have not done so already, it just worked on so many levels.