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Chris Evans is surprisingly adept at switching between the physically weak but gutsy Steve Rogers to the superhuman Captain America. He imbues his character with both a charming humor before his transformation and a deadpan sense of irony afterwards, performing a balancing act that I have to admit I am surprised he pulled off.
Fleshing out the old-timey universe is Hugo Weaving as Captain Americaʼs nemesis, The Crimson Skull, along with Hayley Atwell as love interest Peggy Carter, Sebastian Stan as his childhood protector and eventual sidekick ʻBuckyʼ Barnes, and both Stanley Tucci and Tommy Lee Jones.
There isn't a weak portrayal in the bunch, and the film even goes the extra mile for the Marvel Universe fans in the audience, mixing in supporting roles that feature some favorite classic comic book characters.
While the film may not have a truly “classic” scene or deliver as much punch through multiple viewings, it does what it was built to do, offering more than your money's worth in entertaining story and attendant special-effects eye-candy. That, combined with the lead-up to - and post-credit roll teaser of - next summer's Avengers film, makes this both a necessary and enjoyable “must-see” for fans of summer fare. Me, I'm happy with one more excuse to relapse for a short while into my land of fetishistic comic collecting and obsessing.