Captain America: The First Avenger

Theatrical Release: July 22, 2011
Captain America: The First Avenger


“Captain America: The First Avenger” will focus on the early days of the Marvel Universe when Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers to participate in an experimental program that turns him into the Super Soldier known as Captain America. As Captain America, Rogers joins forces with Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) to wage war on the evil HYDRA organization, led by the villainous Red Skull (Hugo Weaving.)

Dove Review

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a skinny kid with a big heart. In fact, in one scene in the film when he is seen without a shirt someone says, “Somebody should get that kid a sandwich!” However, after he is infused in the muscles and cells with a special serum, his body becomes that of a body builder and Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), who already liked him, takes to him even more. Steve is the kind of young man who wants to fight for his country during World War ll and he gets every opportunity to do that when he becomes Captain America. At first he simply puts on a cloth costume and appears in film shorts about the war, sells war bonds and makes appearances to audiences and groups of soldiers along with dancing girls. Then he decides he must become the real thing and he does so with no passion held back.

This is an energetic, well-scripted and action-packed movie and it is very well directed. The acting is superb. Of course the likes of Tommy Lee Jones and Hugo Weaving and Stanley Tucci are involved. In fact, Tommy Lee Jones plays a colonel who gets to deliver some of the film’s best comedic lines and Hugo Weaving makes a terrific villain, Red Skull. The movie features underwater action, aircraft scenes in the skies, ray guns, bombs exploding, and about every perilous situation imaginable.

Unfortunately for our Dove families, the movie contains a lot of violence, almost non-stop, and the violence level hits a three, missing our mark of acceptability and therefore we are unable to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal to the film.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Kissing; an innuendo.
Language: Geez-1; G/OMG-3; H-10; A-2; D-2; SOB-1; Idiots-1
Violence: A man is crushed and is a bit bloody; a character takes a cyanide pill and foams at the mouth afterwards; an elderly man is shot but no blood is seen; a few corpses are seen; a bully hits a man in the mouth several times until some blood is seen; a few other characters are punched; several people are shot and killed with little blood; a man is thrown out of an aircraft vehicle; several explosions; some characters are disintegrated by a powerful ray machine; a skeleton is seen in a tomb; a villain's disfigured face is seen; a car crashes and rolls over.
Drugs: A few drinking scenes; in one scene a character combines two drinks and downs the content.
Nudity: Several men at a recruitment center seen in boxers; shirtless men; cleavage; some dancers show a lot of their legs; a man drops his drawers to reveal his rear but you only see the very top of his crack for a split second.
Other: Belching; it's said that Hitler and a character in the movie are obsessed with the occult.


Company: Paramount
Writer: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Director: Joe Johnston
Producer: Kevin Feige
Genre: Action
Runtime: 125 min.
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter