Captain America: The First Avenger | Chicago Reader

Captain America: The First Avenger

No matter how seamlessly the technology may be integrated (and it's pretty seamless here), the idea of a 3-D comic book adaptation still feels all wrong: the pleasure of reading comics has less to do with perceived depth than with lateral movement. Still, this superhero adventure has a fair amount going for it. Joe Johnston—returning to the vibe of his first directorial effort, The Rocketeer (1991)—creates a fun retro-futurist environment with a World War II setting, and he has the discernment not to let the effects overwhelm the story (at least until he reaches the arbitrary half-hour of explosions that concludes every blockbuster these days). There's also a pleasant nostalgia for how people walked and talked in movies 70 years ago. With Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, and Stanley Tucci.



  • Joe Johnston


  • Chris Evans
  • Hayley Atwell
  • Sebastian Stan
  • Tommy Jones
  • Hugo Weaving
  • Dominic Cooper
  • Richard Armitage
  • Stanley Tucci
  • Samuel Jackson
  • Toby Jones
  • Neal McDonough
  • Derek Luke
  • Kenneth Choi
  • JJ Feild
  • Bruno Ricci
  • Lex Shrapnel
  • Michael Brandon
  • Martin Sherman
  • Natalie Dormer


  • Kevin Feige
  • Louis D'Esposito
  • Joe Johnston
  • Nigel Gostelow
  • Alan Fine
  • Stan Lee
  • David Maisel

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