Marvel has done it again with their 973rd Marvel muscleman to make it from the pages to the big screen. Yes we are talking about the one and only Captain America, played by actor Chris Evans and a slightly scrawny stunt-double.
The 98 pound patriot Steve Rogers, now famously known as Captain America, is transformed by simply unexplainable science into what men want to be and who women want to be with. His task is to defeat Hitler's most powerful man and leader of the Hydra unit, Red Skull. Of course at first our Captain struggles to be taken seriously but pulls off an impossible rescue mission to be the hero everyone loves.
However the star for me was really Stanley Tucci, who characterised the German scientist responsible for the creation of Captain America. The accent was spot on; the truth of his character was evident in all of his lines and for me personally he gave the film a lot more depth in terms of plot and morals than I expected.
While the plotline might not be mind-blowing, the action scenes less than adrenaline pumping, the chemistry between hero and heroine bland and the script predictable at best, this good morale Marvel film directed by Joe Johnston, knocked Harry Potter out of the number one box office spot in the USA. According to Time Entertainment, its three-day gross of $65.8 million attracted mostly men (64%) over the age of 25 (58%). The 124 minute film is the fifth instalment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and topped the previously made Thor, X-Men and Green Lantern which brought in $65.7 million, $55.1 million and $53.2 million respectively.
However this is not the end with The Avengers set to hit the big screen next year where Steve Rogers joins Thor, Iron Man (Tony Stark), The Hulk (Bruce Banner) and other Marvel men in one-film-for-all which Marvel Cinematic Universe hopes will be its biggest hit yet. The supposed goal is to beat out Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two for the initial takings box-office record. A tough record to beat after the Deathly Hallows made $92.1 million dollars in the US alone on the first day of its release in cinemas making it a new box office record, surpassing The Dark Knight.
Then again, if Captain America: The First Avenger is anything to go by in the takings department the final Harry Potter film could indeed have some heavy competition. Personally, I really enjoyed this film (but then again I am a sucker for a buff hero!) It is a good feel-good film for the children and the boys who love their Marvel comics, but take it from me it's one of those films I would recommend to rent out on a rainy day.