*** (out of four)
A heavy injection of a powerful serum and suddenly short, scrawny Steve Rogers (
The buzz: Perhaps you can hold off superhero burnout a little longer when realizing that “Captain America” is the last such movie of the summer. Hopefully this Marvel star, unlike “Thor,” can get his mythology off the ground without seeming like a round of pre-“Avengers” water-treading.
The verdict: Just a good summer movie. No more, no less. The rousing “Captain America” doesn’t exactly zip by, but it also doesn’t try too hard or overreach with its effects or comic relief (looking at you, “Green Lantern”). This old-fashioned adventure brings to mind director Joe Johnston’s second film, “The Rocketeer,” and I mean that as a compliment. Steve’s my kind of hero: He wants his powers, and they don’t change who he is, a regular person fighting for the little guy by standing up against bullies of any size and nationality. That’s worth saluting, as is casting a non-A-list actress (Hayley Atwell) as the love interest and the opportunity to hear
Did you know? Howard Stark (Dominic Cooper) claims that the moment you think you know what’s going on in a woman’s head is the moment your goose is cooked. Is that a bad thing if it happens at a time when you’re in the process of actually cooking a goose?
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