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Marvel Studios have set the bar high with their introduction to their super heroes with all these origins movies. The screenwriters have done a good job of integrating the origins of Captain America into a compelling story line as it is only the final scene that reminds the audience that they are actually watching a movie created to promote the Marvel franchise of The Avengers.
After an opening scene where an 'alien' craft has been discovered beneath the ice we jump back to 1942 Norway where the Nazis obsession with the occult leads Johann Schmidt (aka the Red Skull) to steal a cosmic cube that wields the power of Norse god Odin.
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It is here we see the digitally reduced Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) being injected with a serum that transforms his puny frame into the sculpted body that is to become Captain America.
This metamorphosis was quickly followed by the assassination of Dr Erskine and Rogers' mission became rudderless leading him to become a touring propaganda mascot used to sell war bonds for the USA.
During a morale boosting European tour Rogers learns of a large number of POW's being held behind enemy lines and decides to disobey orders and sets off on a one man mission to free his fellow soldiers.
The action comes thick and fast and the legend of Captain America is born after a successful confrontation with the forces of Hydra and leading the POW's back to American lines.
The square jaw and chiselled looks of Chris Evans make him look every inch a super hero and his portrayal of Captain America is delivered with a certain human touch of caring and understanding of what is right and wrong.
Chris Evans may have played the central character and be easy on the eye but it is his supporting cast who are the more interesting characters.
It seems as if Hollywood currently has a penchant for British female actresses playing the love interest of the lead actor and Hayley Atwell playing Agent Carter gives an excellent performance as Rogers' supervisor and confidante. The chemistry builds slowly between the pair and the writers capture the romance of the era quite magnificently.
Then there was Colonel Chester Phillips played by Tommy Lee Jones delivering his straight talking pearls of wisdom with such aplomb that he stole the show.
I watched this movie in 3D and for most parts the added depth was good but not necessary. However it is worth seeing this movie in 3D because the effect had me flinching in my seat once or twice and there was one quite unexpected moment that had me ducking for cover.
Finally, the last prequel to next years anticipated blockbuster The Avengers is out and Marvel Studios have again excelled themselves with Captain America: The First Avenger as it is a thoroughly enjoyable movie.
Directed by Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger sees our shield throwing hero taking the good fight to the diabolical Red Skull in an imaginative movie with an energetic action packed story line that ensures further success of this franchises.
The Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is head of the sinister Hydra (Germanys secret scientific research organisation) and Hugo Weaving delivers the villainous performance audiences have come to expect from an actor of his standing.

Captain America: The First Avenger Starring Chris Evans

Meanwhile a scrawny Brooklyn kid is determined to overcome his medical rejection to enlist in the US army and his multiple applications raises the awareness of Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci) who after interviewing him gives him the opportunity to join a secret organisation under the code name Project Rebirth.
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Captain America photos taken from posters at GSC Queensbay
Captain America photos taken from posters at GSC Queensbay

Captain America: The First Avenger

Captain America: The First Avenger Reviewed by Michael Joseph

Finally, the last prequel to next years anticipated blockbuster The Avengers is out and Marvel Studios have again excelled themselves with Captain America: The First Avenger as it is a thoroughly enjoyable movie.

Directed by Joe Johnston, Captain America: The First Avenger sees our shield throwing hero taking the good fight to the diabolical Red Skull in an imaginative movie with an energetic action packed story line that ensures further success of this franchise.

Rating: 4.0
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Captain America: The First Avenger @ GSC Queensbay Mall:

Golden Screen Cinema, Queensbay Mall, 11900 Bayan Lepas, Penang, Malaysia

Reservations: +604-222-3456

Captain America: The First Avenger - What You Should Know

  • Rated: PG-13
  • Running Time: 2 hours 4 minutes
  • Production Company: Marvel Studios
  • Distributor: Paramount Pictures
  • Directed By: Joe Johnston
  • Screenplay: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • Costume Design: Anna B. Sheppard
  • Production Design: Rick Heinrichs
  • Cinematography: Shelly Johnson
  • Trivial Fact: This was the seventh comic book movie featuring Chris Evans
  • Trivial Fact: Captain America may be the 1st Avenger but this is the last solo movie before the Marvel heroes join forces in the upcoming Avengers movie
    Captain America: The First Avenger - Cast

  • Chris Evans: Captain America/Steve Rogers
  • Hayley Atwell: Agent Carter
  • Tommy Lee Jones: Colonel Chester Phillips
  • Hugo Weaving: Johann Schmidt/Red Skull
  • Dominic Cooper: Howard Stark
  • Richard Armitage: Heinz Kruger
  • Stanley Tucci: Dr. Abraham Erskine
  • Toby Jones: Dr. Arnim Zola
  • Derek Luke: Gabe Jones
  • Michael Brandon: Senator Brandt
    GSC Queensbay Information

  • Theatres: 8
  • Seating Capacity: 1512
  • Sound System: SDDS, DTS, SRD
  • Wheelchair Friendly: Yes, all 8 halls
  • Reservation Available: Yes, for GSC members online and at the Queensbay GSC box office
  • Seating: Gold Class, Premier Class and Normal Class
  • 3D Available: Yes