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Captain America: The First Avenger

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action.

Reviewed by: Raphael Vera
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Primary Audience:
Teens Adults
Genre:
Sci-Fi Superhero Action Adventure
Length:
2 hr. 5 min.
Year of Release:
2011
USA Release:
July 22, 2011 (wide—3,500+ theaters)
DVD: October 25, 2011
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courage, bravery, heroism

self-sacrifice

armies in the Bible

war

shield

Captain America (1992)

Featuring: Chris EvansSteve Rogers/Captain America
Hugo WeavingJohann Schmidt/The Red Skull
Stanley TucciAbraham Erskine
Tommy Lee JonesCol. Chester Phillips
Samuel L. JacksonNick Fury (uncredited)
Richard ArmitageHeinz Kruger
Toby JonesArnim Zola
Derek LukeGabe Jones
JJ Feild … Montgomery Falsworth/Union Jack
Dominic Cooper … Howard Stark
Hayley Atwell … Peggy Carter
Natalie Dormer … Private Lorraine
Sebastian Stan … James “Bucky” Barnes
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Director: Joe Johnston—“Jumanji,” “Jurassic Park III,” “October Sky,” “The Wolfman”
Producer: Marvel Enterprises
Marvel Entertainment
Marvel Studios
Stan Lee … executive producer
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Distributor: Paramount Pictures

origin of the first Avenger

World War II is at its height and young Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) feels left out. Rejected by the Army five times already for being too frail his enthusiasm gets noticed by military scientist Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci) who sees in him the kind of person he wants for his Super Soldier program.

Under the command of the gruff Col. Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones), during basic training he wins the admiration of Agent Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) and further reinforces, through his selfless acts, Abraham’s belief that he is indeed a good man.

The experiment succeeds and Steve is transformed into the perfect physical specimen, however a Nazi spy destroys the lab ensuring that he is the last of his kind.

High ranking Nazi Johann Schmidt, aka ‘The Red Skull’ (Hugo Weaving) so named for his facial disfigurement, has found a mysterious cube of immense power. Given to his chief scientist Zola, he uses it to create unheard of weapons that threaten to change the course of the war.

With the ‘Super Soldier’ program at an end and the U. S. Hopes of creating an army of perfect soldiers crushed, can one good man make a difference in a war that literally wears the mask of evil?

Objectionable Content

Language—Moderate. God’s name is taken in vain three times, mostly “Oh my G_d” and the name of Jesus is used once as an expletive. A**, h*ll and d*mn are uttered twice each and SOB once by my count. A small consolation but the filmmakers clearly did not push the envelope in language compared to other PG-13 films.

Violence—Heavy. This is where Captain America earns its more adult rating. Steve, from within the experimental chamber, is heard screaming from pain during the unseen transformation.

Men fall to their death, are shot, stabbed, set on fire, crushed, run over and vaporized throughout the movie. The main villain cruelly dispatches his victims, you might say condescendingly, reflecting the superior mindset so often associated with the Nazi regime. In one scene the Red Skull kills an old man and his blood splatters on his lapel but he is naturally unfazed.

Sex/Nudity—Minor. Steve once mistakenly thinks the word ‘fondue’ refers to an illicit romance but is corrected later. As part of a War bond tour to raise funds for the war effort, Captain America is on stage surrounded by girls dancing in short patriotic outfits exhibiting minor cleavage. The kisses are tame and nothing objectionable is portrayed.

Truths

Steve does not get the chance to live up to the name Captain America until he hears that some soldiers have been captured, including Bucky his one and only friend. He decides to risk his life and possible court martial by mounting a solo rescue mission against orders but he knows he must try. The Word of God describes this level of friendship.

“A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother” Proverbs 18:24.

While in basic training the Colonel remarks to Abraham that he is impressed not by Steve, but by one of the other recruits and says, “he’s big, strong…a soldier,” to which Abraham replies, “He is a bully.” So often we go by outward appearances when it is only the inner man that truly counts. This reminded me of the prophet Samuel who, when sent to the house of Jesse to anoint the second King of Israel picked the wrong young man.

“When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.” But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance, or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the Heart” 1 Samuel 16:7.

Steve may not have looked the part but he was smarter than all the other candidates and maybe his humble demeanor had something to do with it for the Bible also says,

“When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom” Proverbs 11:2.

Steve confesses to Peggy that he has never danced with a girl before and admits he, “…was waiting for the right partner.” Harkening back to a simpler and less morally ambiguous time, dancing here is his metaphor for a relationship with the right person that would, of course, end up in marriage. Steve is clearly ‘smitten’ by Peggy but he is too much a gentleman to come out and say anything more outright than this. Though the times have certainly changed, God’s commands to us have not!

“It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our great God and savior, Jesus Christ” Titus 2:12.

The film successfully captures the feel of an era long gone and, despite the material, avoids becoming campy. A refreshing change from the anti-heroes so often served up, Steve Rogers brings 1940’s values and manners to a new generation.

“Captain America” is compellingly told with a fine supporting cast led by Tommy Lee Jones, and I only wish the film was longer. Unacceptable for children under 12 due to the excessive violence and sporadic poor language, I urge consideration of its content before deciding to see this.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Moderate / Sex/Nudity: Minor

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Positive
Positive—This was the best movie that I have seen in a long time, and, in my opinion, the best superhero movie yet. Steve (Captain America) is a character that my brother, guy friends, and future sons could look up to. He is a true man, who is willing to lay his life on the line for the safety of others, and at no point in the movie does he take advantage of anyone or use them for his own personal gain. We need more men like this in the world.

Another thing that I like is how the movie painted a positive picture of the U.S. Army. Steve’s purpose in joining the army wasn’t to kill Nazis or seek revenge, but instead to protect his country and do his duty. He said he had “no right to do any less” than the other men who were endangering their lives to keep their friends and families safe. I think that’s the heart of every American soldier, and it was refreshing to see a movie that didn’t bash the people who are protecting our freedom. Great movie!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Sara, age 20 (USA)
Positive—The makers of “Captain America” should get an Oscar for pulling off a wide-eyed, gee-whiz, gung-ho, red-white-and-blue, Truth, Justice and the American Way movie in the year 2011. In the weeks leading up to the movie, I honestly didn’t think it could be done. How could they make a movie about a guy called “Captain America” who dresses up in an American flag and has little wings on his helmet, and keep it from becoming a mockery of itself? But they did it.

Captain America was a great movie. Possibly the best of the Marvel Comics adaptations yet. There was no cynicism, no political correctness. It was Red, White and Blue all the way. There may have been a curse word or two, but I really can’t remember any. There’s no sexual misconduct in this movie at all. Of course, there’s the usual (and expected) super hero violence. Lots of explosions, and that sort of thing of course.

The Red Skull is probably a little scary for the little kids, but for teens and up, it’s great. The only caution I might give is that, if you don’t want your kids to enlist in military service, you might think twice about taking them to see this, because it’s almost a propaganda piece for the American Armed Forces. Even I, at the age of 47, came out of the theater feeling like heading over to to the recruiting station.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Timothy Blaisdell, age 47 (USA)
Positive—I loved this movie… up until the end. The villain was gone so fast, that I was left feeling a bit confused as to how. But don’t let that stop you from seeing it! This film was just plain fun, filled with very likeable, admirable characters. It could easily have been rated PG; there was hardly any profanity, no sexual content—except for two quick kisses and some leggy high-stepping dancers. The body count was high, but not any higher than, say, the death count in Prince Caspian. There were only two deaths that made me cringe, and they were very fast; the violence wasn’t focused on. All I have left to say is: I can’t wait to see “The Avengers”!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Julianna Baker, age 19 (USA)
Positive—I have long been a fan of comic books, and of all the recent superhero movies I have seen since the 1990's, I believe this film to be the best of the lot. I think there’s something to be said for the time period the film was set that affected the content in the film. It is truly a good vs. Evil type of film, and no emphasis on pandering to the audience’s lusts vis a vis sexual overtones. It reminds me of when David was inquiring of his brothers about fighting Goliath when David asked, “Is there not a cause?” (1 Sam. 17:29). I found the the Steve Rogers/ Captain America character to be very down-to-earth, demonstrating the qualities of humility, honor, and a willingness to make sacrifices. All in all I would definitely recommend this film.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Gordon, age 50 (USA)
Positive—An excellent movie. Captain America displays the qualities we want in a hero—bravery, compassion, dedication, and high moral convictions. I recommend the movie to all ages.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—C. Nelson, age 51 (USA)
—Marvelous action adventure. During World War II, a patriotic young man tries to enlist in the army but is turned down due to his poor health and small stature. However, a scientist offers him the chance to be part of an experiment that dramatically enhances his physical abilities. The young man is transformed into Captain America, a heroic soldier that is used to inspire domestic support of the troops and to fight a secret Nazi organization called Hydra. An interesting point of the movie is that power amplifies who you are inside.

The scientist tells the bullied but brave boy that a strong man takes strength for granted and it can easily go to his head; but a weak man given strength remembers what it was like and has compassion and uses his strength responsibly. Good vs. Evil, loyalty vs. Treachery, science used for good vs. For bad, individuals having value vs. Expendable masses used to serve a selfish master run throughout the story.

I especially liked the scene with Tommy Lee Jones offering a meal to a captured Nazi/Hydra scientist. You see by his expressions that the contrast between the bravery, self sacrifice, and. Genuine kindness of the Allied troops and the ruthless horrors of the megalomaniac he served opens his eyes. Lots of scriptures implied, such as loving your enemies, as well as analogies for spiritual warfare throughout.

No profanity (the only f-word is Fondue). Refreshing to see respect, care, concern, affection, and attraction growing into love between a man and woman rather than sex scenes. Action adventure involving rescue missions, fighting, and explosive weapons that cause people to disintegrate, but there is little blood and no gore. While the source of the villains power is something “from the gods” (hinting norse gods were aliens and it is a lost technology, a tie to other Marvel movies, such as Thor), the main point is misuse of power and stopping the Bullies of the world.

Interesting use of sepia tones to give it the look and feel of old photos and movies. Fun tie to Ironman’s Stark Industries, too. Good fun. Good point about brains and brawn working together, that everyone has something to contribute, and that young men, especially, need truly good men to look up to, such as the heroic people, past and present, who protect, defend, and serve the USA and their fellow human beings.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Tori, age 40+ (USA)
Positive—Rotten Tomatoes calls Captain America, “solidly old fashioned blockbuster entertainment,” and 73% fresh, at that. It was actually very close to being perfectly wholesome entertainment, if it weren’t for the few objections mentioned above by Raphael Vera, above. I would only add that I was disappointed by the drinking, which included Steve (the Captain) when he fails to save his friend. Before I throw a wet blanket on the film, I can honestly say that my anticipation for the movie was not misplaced.

It was a really good movie and worth the admission fee, which is more than I can say for most of what comes out of Hollywood. The movie is full of patriotism and positive moral character. Unfortunately, the fact of him being a Christian is omitted (http://www.adherents.com/lit/comics/CaptainAmerica.html). It does, however, have a higher moral standard than all of the previous installments of Marvel and DC Comics, including the original Superman. I refuse to watch X-Men due to its objectionable content.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—J. Paul, age 41 (USA)
Positive—Just saw “Captain America” today and here’s my take. The author’s review is dead on, and it is very similar to my review, so I won’t repeat most of what was already said. It is a clean movie by today’s standards, but not enough for kids under 13, the rating is accurate. It was well done and inspiring, gone are the days that somebody will actually sacrifice himself to save others. There wasn’t a dull moment, and the sequence moves with good pace. There were cheesy moments, to say the least, but it has something to do with the setting which is 1940’s WW2.

The filmmakers did a good job of reconstructing everything from make-up to wardrobe, places and even vehicles. It was obvious that the scriptwriter was preparing some parts for some of the Marvel superheroes to come together. Characters like Tony Stark’s father was a good touch for future movie bridging. Also, Samuel Jackson’s part of Nick Fury in the end confirmed that the creators are planning something massive in the future. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Tades, age 43 (USA)
Positive—Steve Rogers is a role model for boys! He listens and obeys the calling for his life. He executes each plan with a supernatural sort of confidence. He sets 400 POWs free, yet remains deeply humble. He zealously charges after the German spy, yet pulls himself away from the charge to make sure a small boy flung into a channel is unhurt. He respects all authority and is willing to face reprimand with courtesy. He unites instead of divides. His goal is peace, not to stand tall atop a pile of carnage. He enlisted in the army to protect a country that he loves, not to gratify himself with “acts of heroism” stories. He remains steadfast in Christian principles, to his ability to lead, and to defeating evil wherever it lurks.

My son is a Boy Scout. I brought him with me to see this film. And I’m so glad I did. Attention other parents of Boy Scouts: Do you want to see what a true Boy Scout can look like in a movie? Go see “Captain America”!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Michele, age 39 (USA)
Positive—I took my two sons… age 18 and 15 to see this movie. I’ve been looking forward to this movie, as I’m generally a fan of the Marvel series including Spider-Man, Iron Man, etc. I was not disappointed, this movie was actually better than I hope for. It also continues something I think Marvel is trying to do… make the movies compelling, enjoyable, and with a bit of humor without crossing over the line to campy. “Iron Man” crossed a moral line for me, the bedroom scene was unnecessary to establish the hero’s narcissism and lack of respect for women, it was over the top.

But back to this movie, it is nice to see Marvel tell the story of this hero in way that focuses on his innocence, moral values, and the honesty and humility that may him the perfect candidate for the experimental program. He is a clean kid, and even in transformation becomes a larger-than-life superhero that manages to maintain his compassion, moral values, and honor.

The violence is also kept light enough that most family members are safe seeing this movie and will truly enjoy it. Some of the violence may be a little disturbing for those under age 12 or so. But overall, I think this movie managed to a great job in entertaining, storytelling, and (of course) setting up for “The Avengers” movie in a clean, upstanding way that breaks the mold for the typical stuff out of Hollywood. I really enjoyed this movie, can’t wait for the DVD release!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Ken, age 45 (USA)
Positive—I saw this movie yesterday… in 3D and was very impressed. Not only was the 3D ACTUALLY 3D (which wasn’t the same for last summer’s blockbuster “Clash Of The Titans”), but it was a (surprisingly and refreshingly) clean movie, as far as horrible films like “Scarface” (1983) are concerned. There was a smattering of mild language (refreshingly, no misuse of God’s name), some violence (mostly bloodless) and no sexual content.

It was a great film. Plenty of action, romance and comic relief. I was truly glad to see Biblical values (i.e., Respect for women, loyalty to one’s friends, “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends,” etc.), along with true American patriotism on display here.

I think the film should have been rated PG. Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Hugo Weaving, Tommy Lee Jones and Stanley Tucci were excellent, as were the supporting actors. Another job well done by Joe Johnston (“The Rocketeer,” “The Wolfman”).

Now that Walt Disney Pictures owns Marvel, I think we can expect even more films like this, as comic books are usually family-oriented, and Disney always makes family-friendly movies.

***SPOILER ALERTS*** A terrific action sequence that was very well filmed is when Captain America and Red Skull meet for the first time in the factory, which is engulfed in flames, and then the camera zooms out to reveal the inferno around them as they’re standing on the right and left of the screen. The final scene after the credits sets up The Avengers, to be released next year. ***SPOILER ALERTS OVER***

I recommend “The Rocketeer,” despite a strong profanity which I feel was too heavy for a Disney film. That film is rated PG.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—D, age 25 (USA)
Positive—My family and I just went to see “Captain America” again today, partly because we liked the film the first time and partly because there was nothing else in the theatres that is safe to take the kids to. Surprisingly, even after weeks of this movie being out, the attendance was good. We had first seen the movie during the opening weekend, and it was packed.

What made this movie good? Simple—it is a story of a nice guy, with courage, who was transformed into a hero, yet, he remained a nice guy with courage. This simple premise was tastefully molded into a full length feature with content that is rarely seen in the movies today. The finished product is worth applauding and encouraging producers to make more movies of this type.

Movies with great characters, great acting, action and interesting throughout. Yet, they did not have to resort to the cheap humor and scantily dressed women. This is reflective of a director that has confidence in his ability to tell a story, and, in this case, he was successful. I recommend this movie and hope that more movies of this type are soon to follow.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Mariella (USA)
Positive—I’m glad I had the privilege of seeing this movie in theaters. I’m a fan of the superhero movies, and even though I never read the comics, I’ve enjoyed them all. This one was certainly not a disappointment. I have to say I’m glad to see a return to ideas like fighting for your homeland and being proud to do so. In so many movies anymore, patriotism is usually equated with the villain, so it was nice to see a hero so willing to risk his life for his nation and to save it from the evil that is the Red Skull. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Nameless, age 24 (USA)
Positive—The film was very good, however when he randomly kissed the girl in the library, it made no sense. The film also had a very lame ending. It will leave you crying… It had a lot of disturbing violence, one instance of an elderly woman being punched and shot to death. Besides that, the film was excellent!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—AJ, age 22 (USA)
Positive—This is a great movie, definitely worth seeing. There is no sexual content, violence isn’t brutal and can be pretty funny, though it is somewhat dark and contains some mild language. I really like the message this movie sends (not to run away from adversity), because so many people are saying the opposite these days. It is without a doubt the best comic book movie ever made.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brian, age 19 (USA)
Neutral
Neutral—The moment Captain America springs into action is the moment the story falls apart faster than Lebron James in the 4th quarter of a playoff game. The writers establish such a lovable character in Steve Rogers as the pip-squeak with a patriotic fervor few of us have experienced, but seemingly took it upon themselves to find a way to make you simply not care about the characters anymore.

Chris Evans was well cast as Captain America, and Tommy Lee Jones was absolutely wonderful (and definitely typecast) as the stereotypical hard nosed army officer. Hayley Atwell’s romance with Captain America seems forced, however, and although she’s easy on the eyes, her on screen presence was negligible. Hugo Weaving is brilliant, but his character red skull was so over the top stupid I found myself laughing. The “Hail Hydra” calls his minions make while simultaneously pounding their chests and raising both arms in fists was so ridiculous I could barely stomach it. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 2½
—Mark Bc, age 23 (USA)
Neutral— I’ll echo both the compliments (regarding characterization, action, and special effects) and the negatives (regarding certain aspects of the plot and the nonsensical ending). I also want to point out some political correctness that may have been missed. I wouldn’t say that it takes away from the moral positives of the movie, but some inconvenient facts about the time period were clearly whitewashed or given a PC spin to them.

Some positive reviewers liked the “accurate” portrayal the time period, and some of the positive reviews hinted on how nice things might have been back in the old days… First of all, the armed forces back in those days were segregated. African Americans trained separately and were primarily restricted to support jobs. For sure it would not have even crossed anyone’s mind that a Black person would be considered fit for a SUPER SOLDIER program. I had a problem with the inclusion of a Black candidate going through the training, because that would have been totally unrealistic for the period. more »
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Jim, age 39 (USA)
Negative
Negative—I was disappointed in “Captain America.” It starts out promising, but loses steam, shortly after he undergoes his transformation. As others have noted, the movie is very clean by today’s standards, and the acting is pretty good, but the movie itself just leaves something to be desired. I disagree with the main reviewer in that I feel the movie does become very campy. The movie has a lot of cheesy “Hollywood” moments, such as Cappy flying through the air in slow mo, with an explosion behind (not once but two or three times), then, of course, Cappy and his girl have to share a big kiss near the end, in the middle of a major action scene. There are a lot of explosions and action sequences, but not a lot of substance. After seeing a couple of other Marvel heroes get good opening movies in recent years (Iron Man, Thor) this was a bit of a let down.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Travis, age 38 (USA)
Negative—It was the previews, that sucked me into this movie, I didn’t see the typical feminist reverse roles that Hollywood, these days, typically puts in in the previews. Case in point, we get to the basic training of the Army men, and here comes little military Army girl screaming that she is the commander of this special unit and proceeds to knock out a man who makes a sexual innuendo comment. Right there you lost me from the get-go. I wanted to leave at that point, but people were blocking my way out, and my wife said maybe she will go away in the movie. Not so, they kept her coming back over and over. In the end she is leading all the men in a machine gun shoot-em-out with the Nazis.

I’m tired of Hollywood wanting us to believe the lie that women are as strong as men and can do anything they can. The Bible calls women the weaker vessel. In the Old Testament it called only men into war battles. I can’t get behind a Captain America who loves feminist. No thanks. I could not get into this movie with her playing the leader of the pack.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Robert, age 64 (USA)
Positive—In response to Robert I have to say you sound like you were ready to be offended from the start.

1. She is a commanding officer, and he disrespected her with gross sexual comments. I notice this did not seem to offend you.
2. She had him step off balance before she hit him. She did not “Knock him down”.
3. In addition to Joan of Arc and Boudicca, I also suggest looking up the women of ancient Sparta or the Amazons. Also, there is Princess Pingyang, Artemisia, and there are various all female militias throughout history.
4. I have taken martial arts for over 15 years and can assure you I have met women who could kick a man’s head off his shoulders, before he knew what hit him.

You seems like someone who does not value women very much or think much of their personhood. You also take the Bible out of context when you say “the weaker vessel,” as even the Bible itself names women who were anything but weak. You need to examine the root of your anger and sexism, because you seem very angry.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Foamhead (an agnostic), age 33 (Canada)

Positive—I saw “Captain America” with my dad, we both liked it. I am a male christian, and this my answer to the negative comments about the movie due to reverse gender roles, seen in the movie. Ever heard of Joan of Arc, or Queen Boudicca of the Iceni? The Roman soldiers sent to crush the rebellion on the island of Britain in AD 59 were to put it lightly “crapping their pants” at the sight of the Iceni women! These women where in battle formations alongside men.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Good / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Lucas J. Ammons, age 23 (USA)

Comments from young people
Positive—I just turned 10 a few days ago, and my dad took me to see this movie. I think it was great. There were a few bad words, but that was all. I don’t think a a kid under 8 should see it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Brandon, age 10 (USA)
Neutral—I turned 10 last august and me and my dad went to see it. It was a very good movie. It did have a few bad words. It might be a little scary for kids under 8. …
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Nico, age 10 (USA)
Positive—This movie was excellent! Yay, for a clean film that was wonderfully made! Not only is it clean, but it is encouraging and has good morals, too!
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Kay, age 15 (USA)
Positive—I think this movie was AWESOME!!! I just loved it. There was no bad language. I have nothing negative to say about it. I would highly suggest anyone to see this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 5
—Meaghan, age 13 (USA)
Positive—I’ve watched Captain America about 3 times, and I like it! It is fun to watch, exciting, interesting, and action packed. Some scary scenes would probably not be good for kids 11 and under, because there is a scary looking bad guy and someone being sucked up by the propellers on a plane (some blood). The acting is pretty good, and you end up getting attached to the characters. There is a little bit of cussing, but not very much. Overall, I think that this is a good movie that is worth watching.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Brooke S., age 13 (USA)
Neutral—I thought “Captain America” was a little boring through out some parts. But Cap is a good guy, he uses his powers for good. He did think he couldn’t do anything for awhile, but soon he found that he could use his powers for good. In the end, he showed that anything is possible if you work hard for it.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4
—Gabriella R., age 11 (USA)
Positive— I love Super Heros, so I was really looking forward to seeing this, I thought “Captain America” was a pretty good movie. Because he is willing to risk his life for others. He may seem like he can’t do very much, but his heart is in the right place. I did get a little bored for about a half hour during the middle of the movie, but kids that like Super Heros could handle it. So I think kids 11 and older could watch this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Better than Average / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Gabby R., age 11 (USA)
Positive—I saw the trailer for this film, and it caught my eye. At the time I had only seen the Spider-Man movies and wanted to try something different. It was awesome; it was clean, wholesome and there was only a lot of language. I recommend you watch this movie.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Excellent! / Moviemaking quality: 4½
—Matthew, age 13 (USA)
Comments from non-viewers
Positive—I have read at least 40 of the comics, and when it comes to justice and risking your life for a good cause, Captain America is the best. I have to agree that Hollywood goes overboard with the feminist idea. Examples: “The Simpsons,” “Rio,” even in “Atlantis,” the Disney movie, the guy is tough, but the woman is even tougher and is the leader. I just want to add that the comics don’t make her as tough as she is in the movie.
—Pete, age 14 (Canada)
Negative—I was a little interested in seeing this movie, but there is blasphemy in it. Until Christians take a stand against this sort of thing, it will continue. I like Ray Comfort’s (livingwaters.com) stance that no matter how good the movie, if there is blasphemy in it, then we should avoid it. more »
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—James, age 36 (USA)