PEP REVIEW: Captain America evokes the inner patriot in all of us

SM Megamall hosted the Philippine movie premiere of Captain America: The First Avenger, starring Chris Evans (in photo).

"...a weak man knows the value of strength, the value of power."

These words are but one of the many ethical representations shown in Marvel Studios’ latest superhero flick Captain America: The First Avenger.

For those not familiar with the comic book character, Captain America was created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby in 1941 for Timely Comics (revived in the ’60s by predecessor Marvel Comics and Stan Lee). The story tells about Steve Rogers, a sickly young man who was determined to serve his country no matter what during the dark days of World War II. Volunteering for a top-secret defense project, Steve is injected with an experimental serum that enhances his body to the height of human perfection—turning him into the superhero called Captain America.

The film version of Captain America: The First Avenger stays true to the core roots of the comic book story, detailing Steve’s background and his progression towards being America’s hope in battling the Nazis and the evil Hydra organization led by the Red Skull.

SM Megamall hosted the premiere showing of Captain America: The First Avenger last night, July 25, 2011 at the mall’s Cinema 1. Excited fans—some of them dressed up as the Captain himself—lined up for good seats. The experience was made much better with 3D.

THE CAPTAIN, REVIEWED. Chris Evans (Fantastic 4, The Losers, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) is terrifically suited for the role as Captain America. Chris gives heart and soul into Steve’s character and turns that character into someone you could completely identify with. Chris’ physical preparation paid off as well as the "oooh!" and "ahhh!" and the "ohmygosh ang sarap niya!" whispered by the women inside clearly say that they’re looking at the perfect man.

Cap’s archnemesis, Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving [Lord of the Rings, The Matrix trilogy,]) is the leader of the Nazi’s science branch called Hydra. Hugo is in all aspects terrifying to behold. From his accent to his penetrating eyes, the man simply exerts the feel of dread.


The supporting cast does a wonderful job with their charm, humor, and bearing. Agent Peggy Carter (played by Hayley Atwell) provides the cheesy moments as the Cap’s love interest, while Col. Chester Philips (Tommy Lee Jones) is like Ricky Gervais in military uniform.

The interpretation of comic to film is fantastic and the CGI effects are jaw-dropping. The shrinking of Chris Evan’s body to achieve that skinny look is just as convincing as the ’40s period setting in the movie.

However, what’s more impressive is the message the film tries to convey.

The dedication of a person to right the wrong and his will to push himself to the limit to fight for his country he loves is inspiringly beautiful. It brings out the patriot in all of us. This, of course, is to be expected since a man wearing his nation’s flag as a costume should indeed be the beacon of morality. Seeing the skinny Steve Rogers and his never-give-up kind of attitude clearly says that size does not matter, heart does.

There is no reason not to watch this film, especially in 3D. And like other Marvel movies, a feast for the eyes will be rewarded for those who sit through the closing credits. And yes, Stan Lee makes a cameo.

Captain America: The First Avenger opens in cinemas by July 27.





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