Leave it to Joe Johnston, a man who not only helped introduce the world to Indiana Jones with his work on the art design team for RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK but also directed the 1991 cult classic superhero film THE ROCKETEER, to knock CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER out of the park. The film, a very fun, pulpy throwback to the greatest generation (of superheroes), is the best parts of Indiana Jones, The Rocketeer and vintage '60s James Bond rolled into one crunchy superhero shell and sprinkled with just enough feel-good patriotism to make you want to hug a bald eagle.
It's got everything you look for in a superhero film — a larger than life bad guy (Hugo Weaving doing his best Werner Herzog impression as the Red Skull, an evil German so cold hearted he considers the Nazis to be too soft), a beautiful love interest (the adorable Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter, a tough-as-nails British officer) and - most importantly - a winning hero. Chris Evans (who has also appeared in the comic book adaptations FANTASTIC FOUR, SCOTT PILGRIM VS. THE WORLD and THE LOSERS) is the best Captain America you could wish for — and that's saying something considering we already live in a world where J.D. Salinger's son has played Captain America in a movie. Seriously. Evans, as Cap, is big hearted, strong in his convictions and has just enough good one liners to make him the superhero you'd would most want to share a beer with (well, maybe besides Tony Stark).
But don't take my word for it — come out opening weekend and see the movie that's already been getting rave reviews from critics. Captain America: The First Avenger is playing in both 2D and 3D at our West Oaks and Mason Park locations. We'll also have booths set up from local comic book shops at each store so you can walk away with a handful of comic books, toys or other goodies after the film. Plus, at our West Oaks location we still have our Superhero Art Show. Don't miss your chance to check out the awesome paintings, drawings and custom action figures on display — and maybe even support a local artist or two and purchase some original works of art.
Next summer, THE AVENGERS will be released — a film that teams up Captain America, Iron Man, Thor and the Hulk. If you don't walk out of the theater after Captain America buzzing to the gills with excitement about The Avengers, you might want to check your pulse. It's that good of a movie.