This was an enjoyable action flick, which makes giving it less than a full five stars very painful. It got knocked pretty hard because it fell back on the “the king is dead, long live the same king” trope. If someone is dead, then they are DEAD, folks. The acceptable exceptions are: vampires (in a vampire movie), zombies (iffy), or mummies (wait, doesn’t that fall under a type of zombie?). And, this movie falls into none of those genres. So, it lost a good half star for that alone.
The special effects are mostly good – except with the feats of the Captain himself. I know he’s got some pretty fast reflexes, good endurance, and can pretty much think rings around just about anyone. But, part of his appeal was the fact that he was an ordinary guy. And, somehow I don’t think an ordinary guy can jump across a major arterial roadway in D.C. between building, smash through walls as if they were paper, bounce back from a forty-some-odd story fall, and do areal gymnastics in triple time. It almost felt like there were scenes that should have had the Hulk and/or Ironman included in them, rather than just Captain America by himself. This lost another half star in my opinion.
Outside of these issue, the movie was quite enjoyable. I was thoroughly lost in the plot, and had to run the movie back a bit when I got called away for a while. I haven’t run into one of these in a while. Nice, pleasant surprise.
You also get to find out a tad bit more about the Captain’s history. He winds up revisiting a few places from his past, and runs into an old friend. But, you also get a glimpse into the future as well. You get to meet a new potential hero, who is as human as they come. Think Stark without the attitude.
The action scenes were well scripted, and carried well when the special effects weren’t overdone (see above about this issue), and the results from any disasters were actually believable – kind of nice to see something almost current that pulls this off well.
Overall, I think this one manages to scrape up a 4 out of 5 stars. It was enjoyable, but there were parts where it just wasn’t believable, even for a superhero movie. Nice try, it almost made it.