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Alternative Reality, Avengers, Fantasy - Superheroes

Captain America 1: The First Avenger (2011)

Duration 2h 4m Rating (UK) 12A
Source of story A Marvel comic character by Joe Simn and Jack Kirby
Writers/Script Christopher Marcus, Stephen McFeely
Additional Info The climax of this film takes place in a flying wing type aircraft. As a child I had an Observer’s Book of Aircraft from the 1950s which featured several flying wings.
Director Joe Johnston
Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Sebastian Stan, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Stanley Tucci, Samuel L Jackson, Toby Jones, Dominic Cooper
Elevator Pitch During WWII a young recruit undergoes a secret physical enhancement process making him a super-soldier. He is sent out as part of a roadshow as “Captain America” to encourage the purchase of war bonds, but when derided by soldiers at the front takes up the role for real and confronts the evil Red Skull the demonic leader of a subversive Nazi organisation.
Content Some time in the boot camp as the young soldier shows us how smart he is, then some stage shows and then a load of set pieces as Captain America and his sidekicks attack Nazi camps, the opposition equipped with various advanced weapons. Scenes in the Red Skull’s laboratories and factories, battles on an armoured train and finally in a flying wing.
A View I found this unexpectedly enjoyable, as it seems did the critics as well. Particularly good fun was the WWII alternative technology, cars, railways, weapons and aircraft – we might call it “Steam Punk”. In keeping with the tone of the movie just a little bit of snogging, no nudity and only a bit of drinking.

About Victor R Gibson

Author of this site three technical books and two novels


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