Editor’s note: We all love movies, but rather than ask a syndicated columnist who has never visited our beautiful High Desert, we commissioned our own local movie critic: Nolan P. Smith to review films and give us a local perspective. Enjoy!
High Desert Daily
(Victorville) He is the embodiment of the nation: the star spangled Avenger himself, Captain America. There aren’t many other heroes that are more iconic or recognizable as the sentinel of liberty, so it may seem a little strange that this is his first big budget film (that old 1990 low budget flop doesn’t count). Marvel Studios holds nothing back with the main eventer for next years Avengers film: so how does the film measure up to the plethora of super hero flicks released this year?
Edging out X-Men: First Class, this film is the best of class of 2011 superhero films. Chris Evans, no stranger to comic book adaptation films as he starred in the Fantastic Four films as well as in The Losers, brings the larger than life hero to life. From a shrimp of a man into the super soldier we all know, Evans shines brighter than he has before. The villain of the story, of course, is the Red Skull, portrayed by Hugo Weaving, who is now in two films in theaters as he voices the Decepticon leader Megaton in Transformers Dark of the Moon. Weaving nails the archrival to Cap, creating a menacing villain that is sure to be revisited in future films.
Everything about the film is awe inspiring: the portrayal of a world locked in the hysteria of World War 2, the various costumes used during the film, the ties into other recent Marvel Comics films, it all works very well on screen. The supporting actors shine as well, with Tommy Lee Jones as a hard-nosed colonel, and Dominic Cooper as Howard Stark, father to future Iron Man Tony Stark. Even Samuel L. Jackson is in it, as he revives his reoccurring role as S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury.
Captain America brings the action, the roots and the character from the beloved comic series to life as never before. Also, just so you know, stay until the end of the credits for another famous Marvel bonus scene. After seeing this film, May 2012 can’t come soon enough, as that is when Marvel’s Avengers assemble onto the big screen.