BORN IN THE USA

BUT CAN CAP­TAIN AMER­ICA STORM THE BOX OF­FICE?

Evening Express (City Final) - The Guide - - FRONT PAGE - By Da­mon Smith

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.

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