Captain America: The First Avenger is straightforward. It has a simple narrative and an uncomplicated superhero. You don’t have to deal with confusing subplots and unresolved daddy issues.
Captain America has a fixed purpose and a clear moral compass. This would have been boring if not for the perfectly cast Chris Evans and supporting characters.
However, there isn’t much to the film apart from its pulpy action. Hydra didn’t put much of a fight as the Captain lay waste to its facilities despite having the cosmic cube that served as a powerful energy source for weapons. Captain America and Schmidt didn’t even fight, but merely shouted across the bridge as Red Skull finally makes an appearance.
In the end, the movie is a mere footnote to the much-awaited Avengers movie. But with its nostalgic feel and classic themes, this straight-arrow movie is a good balance between action, adventure, and the tale of the little guy who wants to make a big difference.
Captain America: The First Avenger
The payoff doesn't live up to the whiz-bang action of the film, but Captain America: The First Avenger is a decent franchise starter.