Captain America: The First Avenger

 
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Release date: July 22, 2011

Based on: Captain America (comic book character created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby)

Directed by: Joe Johnston

Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan

Budget: $140-216.7 million

Box office: $370.6 million

 

Steve Rogers assumes the mantle of Captain America to stop a far-reaching conspiracy.

Captain America: The First Avenger is an entertaining first look at one of Marvel’s oldest characters, throwing him into the middle of a vast conspiracy reaching farther than Adolf Hitler ever could in his plans for world domination. While the film does not focus much on the fight against Hitler and his German forces, which made the character famous in the comic books, putting the conspiracy in the spotlight works to the film’s benefit. Doing so establishes the character’s status as a legendary hero of the era as well as makes it so he isn’t personally responsible for winning the war.

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Rogers as Captain America makes for a good hero in the film, too. His character is established early on as someone who’s willing to stand up for the little guy using any means necessary, despite not being very big himself. Further, he is demonstrated as having the right intentions for wanting to enlist, noting his desire to be a soldier is not one borne from aggression, but one of protection. There are numerous times in the film where he not only expresses his wishes to save others, but backs them up with his actions, facilitating the depiction of him as one unwilling to stay on the sidelines while others need help.

Likewise, Johann Schmidt is a fantastic villain, existing as a great foil of the film’s titular hero. Rather than sticking up for the underdog and wanting to take part in the action for the sake of helping people, Schmidt is a complete narcissist who believes he is essentially a god not bound by humanity’s rules. Introduced to the audience as willing to cause wanton destruction simply because he can, there are multiple times throughout the film he exhibits having no concern for anyone other than himself and is even established as willing to betray his own country in order to further his goals.

This a good wartime adventure and an enjoyable film in its introduction of one of the oldest superheroes in comic books.

Awards

Won

BMI Film & TV Awards

  • BMI Film Music Award - Film Music

Scream Awards

  • Best Superhero (Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers)

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Compositing in a Feature Motion Picture

Nominated

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA - Saturn Awards

  • Best Science Fiction Film
  • Best Actor (Chris Evans)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Stanley Tucci)
  • Best Music
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Special Effects
  • Best Costumes

Art Directors Guild Awards

  • Excellence in Production Design Award - Fantasy Film

British Society of Cinematographers Awards

  • GBCT Operators AWard

Empire Awards, UK

  • Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Georgia Film Critics Association Awards

  • Best Original Song (Song: "Star Spangled Man")

Golden Schmoes Awards

  • Best Special Effects of the Year
  • Favorite Movie Poster of the Year

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards

  • Best Music Supervision for Film s Budgeted Over 20 Million Dollars
  • Best Music Supervision for Trailers

Hollywood Film Awards

  • Hollywood Movie Award

Houston Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Original Song (Song: "Star-Spangled Man")

Hugo Awards

  • Best Dramatic Presentation - Long Form

IGN Summer Movie AWards

  • Best Action Movie
  • Best Comic Book Adaptation Movie
  • Best Movie Poster (For its teaser poster)

International Film Music Critics Awards

  • Best Original Score for an Action/Adventure/Thriller Film
  • Film Music Composition of the Year (For the composition track "Captain America March")

International Online Cinema Awards

  • Best Original Song (Song: "Star-Spangled Man")

MovieGuide Awards

  • Best Film for Mature Audiences

MTV Movie + Television Awards

  • Best Hero (Chris Evans - as Steve Rogers/Captain America)

Online Film & Television Association Awards

  • Best Music, Original Song (For the song "Star Spangled Man," performed by The Star Spangled Singers)

Phoenix Film Critics Society Awards

  • Best Original Song (For the song, "Star Spangled Man")

Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America Awards

  • Bradbury Award

Scream Awards

  • The Ultimate Scream
  • Best Science Fiction Movie
  • Best Science Fiction Actress (Hayley Atwell)
  • Best Science Fiction Actor (Chris Evans)
  • Best Villain (Hugo Weaving as the Red Skull/Johann Schmidt)
  • Best Supporting Actor (Tommy Lee Jones)
  • Breakout Performance - Female (Hayley Atwell)
  • Best Chase Scene (For "Streets of Brooklyn Chase")
  • Fight Scene of the Year (For "Final Battle: Captain America vs. Red Skull)
  • Best 3-D Movie
  • Best Comic Book Movie

St. Luis Film Critics Association, US Awards

  • Best Visual Effects

Teen Choice Awards

  • Choice Movie: Fight (Steve Rogers/Captain America vs. Johann Schmidt/Red Skull)
  • Choice Summer Movie
  • Choice Summer Movie Star: Male (Chris Evans)

The BSC, ACO, GBCT Features Operators Awards

  • Camera Operator

Visual Effects Society Awards

  • Outstanding Visual Effects in a Visual Effects Driven Feature Motion Picture