For movie makers, spring signals the beginning of Superhero season. Just in time for school breaks, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" opens in theatres next month. This film is, of course, the sequel to the 2011 movie "Captain America: The First Avenger."
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is set during World War II. In it, patriotic Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) dreams of serving his country heroically on the battlefield. But he keeps getting turned down as he his short, thin and has various health issues. Because of his repeated tries, Steve is chosen by Russian scientist Dr. Abraham Erskine (played by Stanley Tucci) for a secret experiment that will turn him into a super soldier. After the experiment, he becomes much taller and more muscular. He becomes a superhero, Captain America, devoted to defending his beloved country and its allies. As Captain America, he has to stop the Red Skull (played by Hugo Weaving), a German scientist working with the Nazis.
The story of the film is similar to other superhero films, such as "Superman" and "Spider-Man." But it still works very well because it is directed with a lot of style by Joe Johnston. He creates a lot of memorable action scenes, such as a big fight between Captain America and Red Skull on an airplane.
All the performances are great. Chris Evans is excellent in the lead role. He makes his character likeable, yet also very strong when he becomes a superhero. Hugo Weaving makes a memorable villain, who has a scary, diabolical voice. Another good performance is by Hayley Atwell, who plays the lovely and capable Peggy Carter, who falls for Steve and is almost his equal in fighting prowess.
"Captain America: The First Avenger" is a lot of fun for fans of superhero films.