A group of scientists in the Arctic uncover an old frozen aircraft. As they begin to explore the wreck, we flash back to 1942 where Nazi Lieutenant General Johann Schmidt (and his men) steal something known as the Tesseract. This relic is supposed to possess untold and godly powers.
Meanwhile, Steve Rogers is rejected in his attempts to join the army for the fifth time. World War Two is raging in Europe and his best friend has signed up to fight. As Steve and James “Bucky” Barnes take two ladies out to the Stark Enterprises World Exhibition, Steve tries to enlist one last time. It is only when he is overheard talking to Bucky about representing his country that Dr. Abraham Erskine steps in and vouches for Steve’s enlistment.
As he moves into the Strategic Scientific Reserve, Steve begins his training. When the group arrives, they are told they are all part of the new “super-soldier” experiment that is being conducted by Erskine, Colonel Chester Phillips and a British Agent, Peggy Carter. It is only after training and several tests, including tossing a dummy grenade into the crowd, and seeing how the group of soldiers reacts that Steve is chosen for the experiment.
They move forward with the experiment and bring Steve into the facility to begin conducting the first steps of the “super-solider” transformation. Howard Stark has been brought into the situation to assist. When the serum works on Steve Rogers the whole group is attacked by a German spy. Rogers goes after him and it is only when the man is captured that everything begins to unfold. It seems that Hydra (the Nazi Scientific Division) is determined to steal the serum for themselves.
-Genre: Superhero, WWII War Film
-Creator: Created by MARVEL Cinematic Universe, based on characters from MARVEL Comics
-Length: 124 minutes
-Rating: PG-13 (Mild nudity, flirting and kissing, moderate violence and gore, mild profanity, mild frightening and intense scenes)
-Where to Watch: Disney+ (with subscription), DVD, Blu-Ray, or look for it at your local library
-Main Cast: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke, Stanley Tucci
-Page of Reference in RP1: MARVEL is mentioned throughout the book
Review (contains spoilers):
This is one of my favorites of the Marvel films. I love pretty much anything that is a period piece and is done well. Which this is. There are so many lovely details which are so wonderfully crafted throughout the movie from the costumes to the makeup to the fact that Steve is an artist. They really did pay attention to the details and the source materials on this one.
The story line is fascinating and there are so many moments in it that are exquisite. Details that haven’t been figured out until years later. Like Bucky was actually drafted and didn’t enlist of his own accord. And other details that are just wonderful touches such as Captain America punching Hitler in the face (this is one of his most well-known illustrations and one of my favorites) to Steve being an artist (in the comics Rogers actually drew the Captain America comic strip as a way to make money).
The romance and comradery that Bucky and Rogers have is unmatched…though Rogers and Peggy Carter are a close second.
The moments on Red Skull before he reveals his true face are just spectacular, but it is all subtle. From the little bits of red that show through the makeup and the rubber face he wears to the artist’s palette covered in varying shades (and an astonishing amount) of red paint. The crew did a fantastic job with everything.
Peggy Carter is one of my favorite characters. I can’t wait to watch just how amazing she is in the show Agent Carter. I took a shine to her the very first time I ever watched the movie in theatres. The costumes made for her and the attention to things like her makeup are something that is so different from what is normally created in modern film. The artists really took the time to research not only the styles that were available and common but how makeup was applied (with green undertones and pale matte coverup). What fabrics the clothing was made of. Just overall perfect details unlike many modernly made period pieces.
The decisions made in the level of comic book action versus actual war film was brilliantly done as well. You can tell that the costumes and designs for Hydra are drawn right from the comic book. While they have details that are drawn right from the 1940s architecture, vehicle and weapon design, and fashion they are distinctly other. It is such a nice difference between Hydra and everyone else.
This is just such a brilliant film and anyone who says otherwise is just plain wrong.