"Why someone weak? Because a weak man knows the value of strength, the value of power..."Adding to the flurry of comic book movies this summer is the shield-toting patriotic superhero Captain America. Chris Evans leaps into the title role with surprising gusto, headlining an impressive cast--including Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones who--help tell the story of a small young man who only ever wanted to serve his country. Here are five reasons why Captain America: The First Avenger is now the best superhero movie of the summer:
1) It's really like watching an old school superhero flick, circa the 1940s. Similar to XMen: First Class's vintage take on the Cold War, director Joe Johnston (Jumanji, The Wolfman) recreates a World War II superhero. But, unlike First Class, Captain doesn't shift in and out of eras, but rather seamlessly flows throughout creating one streamlined story that really shows the progression of the main character.
2) You won't want miss this opportunity to see Chris Evans shine in a role that was truly tailor-made for him. He takes his charisma from Fantastic Four and combines his bravado from The Losers and adds far more sentimentality than we're using to seeing him have and packages it into a surprisingly solid performance.
3) Hugo Weaving. The always remarkable actor from countless movies, including the classic sci-fi flick, The Matrix, sets the screen on fire (literally) in his portrayal as villain Red Skull aka Johann Schmidt. He captivates audiences with a supremely evil character largely paralleled to Adolf Hitler. Weaving's isn't a cartoonish performance, but rather one that was clearly studied and taken seriously.
4) You will almost forget you're watching a superhero flick. With the period element, coupled with the fact that there really isn't many superhuman special effects river dancing off the screen, you'd think you're actually watching just a really good period drama. This is definitely not to say that superhero movies can't be good, but this one rides a fine line from being just another superhero blockbuster to being a true contender.
5) It captures the whole point of being a superhero, which isn't just about having superhuman powers and vanquishing bad guys. It's about standing up for something, conquering fear and becoming a hero to others and yourself. Captain America is a truly humble story that fortifies the character both physically and morally.
Captain America is now playing in theaters everywhere