Chris Evan stars as Captain America in Captain America: The First Avenger. Image Credit: Supplied picture

Who's in it? Chris Evans, Hugo Weaving, Samuel L Jackson, Tommy Lee Jones, Hayley Atwell, Stanley Tucci, Sebastian Stan

The plot After being turned down for military service to fight in the Second World War, Steve Rogers (Evans), a puny asthmatic from Brooklyn, volunteers for a top-secret research project headed by scientist Dr Erskine (Tucci), who recognises qualities in Steve that might make him ideal military material... but only if he were bigger and much, much stronger.

After going through an excruciating transformation, Rogers becomes Captain America, a superhero dedicated to defending the US against the evil HYDRA organisation - led by the villainous Red Skull (Weaving) - along with his brave pals, Bucky Barnes (Stan) and Peggy Carter (Atwell). what we liked There's no denying this is a total popcorn movie, but it's much better than plenty of other superhero flicks we won't mention, largely because the lead character is totally human. Packing a charming punch, director Joe Johnston has obvious affection for Second World War movies that have gone before him, and the Benjamin Button-style special effects render Chris both smaller and larger than life. In short, Captain America the man comes across as a jaunty, likable spirit.

What we didn't like It's almost like the 3D has been added as an afterthought and it does little more than darken the picture. Also, the present day prologue and epilogue unfortunately boils a great movie down into nothing more than a two-hour teaser for next year's summer blockbuster, The Avengers.

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