Captain America (Review)

Comic-book adaptation is competent if uninspired

Joe Johnston, the director of numerous effects-driven adventures over the years (Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, Jumanji and Jurassic Park III, to name a few), brings sleek efficiency to this 3-D adaptation of the latest Marvel Comics staple to make it to the big screen, which is a nice way of saying that Captain America is a competent if uninspired opening salvo in what Paramount hopes is its next mondo franchise.

The story, set during the height of World War II and cobbled together by a pair of screenwriters, centers on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), an alarmingly slight but determined guy deemed unfit for military service whose fortunes change when he is chosen for a top-secret research project that turns him into a buff superhero dedicated to defending America's ideals. (Evans’ physical transformation, whether via special effects, more organic means or a combination thereof, is one of the movie’s few true wonders.) Captain America

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