BORN IN THE USA
BUT CAN CAPTAIN AMERICA STORM THE BOX OFFICE?
CAPTAIN America: The First Avenger establishes the origins of one of the most popular Marvel superheroes. Admittedly, director Joe Johnston has an arsenal of state-of-the-art digital effects at his disposal to spruce up the old-fashioned ideals in Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely’s script. However, there’s something rather charming about the underlying themes of self-sacrifice and valour, and a chaste romantic sub-plot between the strapping hero and his feisty dame that never strays beyond a kiss. Only the sadistic killing spree of the central villain – a power-hungry Nazi officer with a burned-off face – warrants the 12A certificate that makes Johnston’s film unsuitable for very young audiences. Captain America opens in the present day with the discovery of the wreckage of a gargantuan craft then flashes back to 1942 Norway. Diabolical German officer Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) steals a Cosmic Cube belonging to Odin and charges mad scientist Dr Arnim Zola (Toby Jones) with harnessing the Cube’s power as part of his plans for world domination. Meanwhile in America, German defector Dr Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) is spearheading a secret programme to create the ultimate soldier. He chooses asthmatic weakling Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as the perfect candidate for the
FIERY: Captain America single-handedly tackles the Germans.