Director: Joe Johnston (Jurassic Park 3, Jumanji).
Running Time: 124 Minutes
There are two things you have to ask yourself when reviewing a film like Captain America: The First Avenger. Of primary concern is just how much US-of-A based wordplay do you allow yourself? With a title including something as broad as an entire country, one could really go hog-wild with tired metaphors and painful puns. You’ll be happy to note this review stops itself at the above title.
The second question pinging round a critic’s mind (there is plenty of room for things to ping): ‘Is it best to set the benchmark of criticism at all films, or just superhero flicks?’ If you pick the former Captain America is a pretty flat and dull action flick, crammed full of talent that would be best suited elsewhere, with a few decent moments buried under a mass of spectacle. If you pick the latter category by which to judge it, well, it’s pretty much the same.
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