The run-up to Marvel Entertainment’s The Avengers
hits an enormously satisfying stride in Captain America
, a whizz-bang, retro-futuristic adventure that mercifully eschews the brooding Dark Knight
trend to offer an exhilarating thrill ride that perfectly captures the enduring optimism of the 1940s. Eye-catching set and vehicle designs, crackerjack pacing, and a talented, highly watchable cast all help director Joe Johnston create an impressive alternate reality in which Nazis with laser guns seem perfectly logical.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was a 98-pound weakling with the heart of a lion and the spirit of a hero. All he ever wanted wa...