Captain America: The First Avenger, Hollywood’s newest superhero movie, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD today, October 25, 2011, and I was lucky enough to receive a screener DVD to review. My husband and I both love a good superhero movie and we wasted no time in sitting down to watch it. Here’s a brief synopsis:
Marvel Studios and Paramount Pictures introduce the latest addition to the incomparable Marvel Super Hero team with CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger, ready for action on high definition Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD October 25, 2011. Called “the best superhero movie ever” (Brian Erdy, CBS-TV), the thrill-packed adventure is a blockbuster hit with audiences worldwide, earning over $350 million at the Global Box Office. When a terrifying force threatens everyone across the globe, the world’s greatest soldier wages war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull. Loaded with fantastic action, stunning visual effects and an awe-inspiring hero imbued with courage, humanity and an unbreakable spirit, CAPTAIN AMERICA: The First Avenger transports viewers into a world of daring exploits and excitement. Starring Chris Evans in the title role, the film features an outstanding ensemble cast including Academy Award®-winner Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving as Marvel’s Ultimate Villain, Red Skull, Dominic Cooper, Neal McDonough, Derek Luke and Stanley Tucci.
The plot was fairly standard as superhero movies go, but what I loved about this movie was that it was realistic. There were no unexplained superpowers and no incredible elements of fantasy. Instead, the movie simply told the story of a man during World War II that longed to join the army and fight for his country, but was repeatedly denied acceptance into the military because of his diminutive stature. Thanks to a scientist’s revolutionary formula, that all changed…but in the end this is a story about a man following his dreams no matter what and eventually achieving his goals in a completely incredible way. Yes, the mind-blowing special effects and devastating weapons were there, but what was truly super was the character of the soldier that volunteered to become Captain America.
It was a Joe Everyman story with a superhero twist and that made it something a little more unique than the standard superhero tale. My husband and I both really enjoyed it and my husband found it especially absorbing. And while the movie has a little too much violence and mature themes to make it appropriate for children, there are still ways that kids can enjoy some Captain America-themed fun too. Click here for a Captain America maze or click here to download a Captain America colouring sheet. And don’t forget to check your local DVD retailer for Captain America: The First Avenger on Blu-ray and DVD!
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