"It is 1942, America has entered World War II, and sickly but determined Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, The Fantastic Four), is frustrated at being rejected yet again for military service. Everything changes when Dr. Erskine (Stanley Tucci, Kit Kittredge: An American Girl) recruits him for the secret Project Rebirth. Proving his extraordinary courage, wits and conscience, Rogers undergoes the experiment and his weak body is suddenly enhanced into the maximum human potential. When Dr. Erskine is then immediately assassinated by an agent of Nazi Germany's secret HYDRA research department (headed by Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving, Lord of the Rings), a.k.a. the Red Skull), Rogers is left as a unique man who is initially misused as a propaganda mascot; however, when his comrades need him, Rogers goes on a successful adventure that truly makes him Captain America, and his war against Schmidt begins." (From IMDb)
Captain America was one of my first superhero movies. I'd seen Superman (yuuuuuck.... But that's another post for another time....) and Spider-Man (the first of the “old” ones with Toby McGuire – meh...), and didn't really like the sampling I'd had, so, to tell the truth, I wasn't really looking forward to Captain America. We ended up watching it a few days before the Fourth of July last year and then again on the Fourth for our Patriotic Movie Of The Day. Flash forward to now, when it's one of my favorite movies EVAH, and Cap is one of my favorite onscreen heroes EVAH, and I have a picture of Steve with an awesome quote that I made as my computer wallpaper.
One thing I really enjoyed about the storyline because it shows Wimpy Steve before Muscular Steve, so you can see how much he's changed, yet stayed the same.
Hayley Atwell made me love Peggy so much!! She perfectly balanced the side of Peggy that had been hardened by the grisly sights of war and Peggy's feminine side. Loved her portrayal!
Which brings me to Hugo. Maaaaaan..... He did a great job with Schmidt's character and made him the scary villain I love to hate.
And those are all of the characters that the plot mainly centers around. There are, however, like a million secondary characters that I just can't leave out, so I'll do a quick run-through of my favorites.
Such a great guy. : )
Aaaaaaaaaand.... Here's a huge shout-out to....
Random Pictures I Couldn't Fit Anywhere Else : )
|Steve seriously had some of the best lines in the movie....|
|Bucky's finest moment.|
|So humble.... : )|
This movie is rated PG-13 for "intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action," plus some language (mostly the Lord's name taken in vain, a few D-words, a few H-words, and a few other random words) and a mild kissing scene. We watch the movie with ClearPlay, which bleeps out the language and skips a few shots, but I've seen it without ClearPlay a few times. To see a more detailed account of the language, etc, read the PluggedIn review.
The Bottom Line
This is an amazing movie. Honestly, it's one of my favorite movies I saw last year and one of my favorite movies of all time. I love it to bits and pieces, can't ever recommend it enough, and have seen it nearly a dozen times and it still hasn't gotten old. Patriotism never does. : )