Directed by Joe Johnston, the man behind other period pieces such as The Rocketeer (1991) and October Sky (1999), Captain America is good lighthearted fun.
Set in a fictionalized World War II, and filled with science fiction gadgets and technology, frail yet tough kid Steve Rogers is rejected from military service in spite of many attempts to join. Rogers is entered into an experimental super soldier program and becomes the project’s first and only success. From there it’s all laughs and ass-kicking.
It’s fun, dramatic, and has the balls to deviate from a lot of the typical super hero cliches. They also maintained the core who Steve Rogers is, but smartly deviated from the comic book continuity to make him fit properly in the movies.
The Rocketeer was one of my favorite movies as a child, and I still love it. This feels like The Rocketeer for a new generation, and that’s a good thing… Sadly it doesn’t have the spectacular theme song of The Rocketeer.
Captain America: The First Avenger isn’t going to change your life, but it’s a lot of fun, and it’s far more than your average comic flick.