Screen Junkies » Hayley Atwell http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:25:13 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Review: Captain America: The First Avenger http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-captain-america-the-first-avenger/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/review-captain-america-the-first-avenger/#comments Wed, 20 Jul 2011 18:54:12 +0000 Fred Topel http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=221078 A fun origin story with the heart of an underdog really experiencing the wonder of his new powers.

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Captain America: The First Avenger is a fun origin story in the Spider-Man model. It’s got the heart of an underdog really experiencing the wonder of his new powers. I’m not saying it’s as good as Sam Raimi’s film, but I’ll take a solid copy of that over the likes of Thor or even the amusing Green Lantern.

The film spends a healthy first act on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as the digitally shrunken 90 lb. weakling. It establishes Rogers’ nobility and sincerity well so that you’re really proud of him when he becomes the super soldier, instead of resenting Evans for having such impressive abs.

'Captain America' Trailer: Still No Sympathy For Nazis

The ‘40s World War II setting does a lot to enhance the sense of wonder of a comic book movie. You really get to live in a fantasy world, with old New York City and a World’s Fair-esque Stark expo. The idea of Captain America first used as a marketing tool to sell war bonds makes the period really engaging. You get to see production numbers and the patriotism feels innocent when it’s WWII.

Supporting characters shine in this section too. Col. Phillips (Tommy Lee Jones) is hardass deadpan funny. Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell) never overdoes it as a potential love interest. The movie never really allows Rogers to enjoy his new ladies man status, but at least Carter isn’t reduced to an object.

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Meanwhile Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving) is so evil that the Nazis are too small time for him, so he starts his own Hydra party. Eventually we have to stop having fun so Rogers can rescue the troops Schmidt captured, expose him as Red Skull and fight bigger and badder opponents.

The action is actually not Captain America’s strong suit. A lot of it looks obviously green screen. I mean, when there are miles and miles of factory or warehouse behind them, I know they didn’t build that set. That makes a chase scene lack any feeling of distance. There are no knockdown, drag-out fights. Each confrontation has one gag that the enemy tries against Cap, and then he solves it.

It’s still fun to see the Steve Rogers we know is all heart finally get a body to match. His first foot chase through New York has the thrill of discovering his own strength, along with a few goofy jumps from car to car. A train sequence is well constructed, though still 50/50 fake looking. The montage really highlights all of Cap’s moves, and plenty of lame CG shots too, but it showcases his powers and there could be a whole other movie in those WWII missions.

I enjoyed the film overall, I’m just explaining why it’s not quite Spider-Man, or X-Men: First Class or even Iron Man. But if the fans of Iron Man can forgive a 15 minute flashback including a Powerpoint presentation of Stark family backstory, they should love Captain America equally, flaws and all.

 

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Hayley Atwell http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/hayley-atwell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/hayley-atwell/#comments Mon, 18 Jul 2011 18:15:01 +0000 Screen Junkies http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=220656 Hayley Atwell is Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger.

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Hayley Atwell is Peggy Carter in Captain America: The First Avenger. The London native is best known for her work in such theater productions as A View from the Bridge and her roles in the films Cassandra’s Dreams and The Duchess. Her screen debut was in a Pringles commercial in 2005. That’s quite a bit of progress in six years.

A word from Hayley: “The real me is a loner, a nerd, and a bit overweight.”

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New ‘Captain America’ Posters Are Patriotic And Heroic http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-captain-america-posters-are-patriotic-and-heroic/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/new-captain-america-posters-are-patriotic-and-heroic/#comments Wed, 01 Jun 2011 17:43:59 +0000 Joseph Gibson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Gallery&p=214261 Posters! What will they think of next??

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4 photos'Captain America' Set Photos Prove Nerd Muscle Chamber Is Fake

The upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger is coming out July 22nd, and in a novel move by the studio, posters are being released in order to promote it. These three are OK as posters go, but they’re kind of boring compared to, say, the Girl With The Dragon Tattoo poster from earlier today.

They’re character posters, featuring Captain America in one, his archenemy The Red Skull in another, and presumably Cap’s love interest Peggy Carter in the third. Enjoy, and bask in the patriotic glow of America’s Superhero and Germany‘s Nazi.

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Actors Willingly Join ‘Wrath Of The Titans’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/actors-willingly-join-wrath-of-the-titans/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/actors-willingly-join-wrath-of-the-titans/#comments Fri, 07 Jan 2011 17:31:29 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=14731 News today is that actors are willingly joining Wrath Of The Titans. Good ones too! What's up with that?

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News today is that actors are willingly joining Wrath Of The Titans. Good ones too! What’s up with that?

The Bourne Ultimatum‘s Edgar Ramirez and Prince Of Persia‘s Toby Kebbell are in advanced talks to join the unnecessary sequel. Kebbell will play Poseidon’s son, Agenor. Ramirez’s role is unspecified, so let’s just make up a name that sounds mythological. He will play Percertorious. Yeah. I like the sound of that.

Also, considering dressing up in stupid wardrobe for the project is the awesome Bill Nighy, Hayley Atwell, and Clemence Poesy. If they can act with a straight face, they’re shoe-ins. (Deadline and The Wrap)

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‘Captain America’ Picks Up Tommy Lee Jones http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/captain-america-picks-up-tommy-lee-jones/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/captain-america-picks-up-tommy-lee-jones/#comments Thu, 27 May 2010 11:11:22 +0000 Reza F. We're getting late word tonight that Captain America: The First Avenger has picked up actor Tommy Lee Jones. The pickup allegedly took place in the bathroom stall of a "superhero bar" where Captain America was trolling for actors.During a recent interview, Actress Hayley Atwell, who co-stars in the film, confirmed that Jones is on board with the project. Although his actual role has not been announced, experts (i.e. my 28-year-old cousin who still lives in my aunt's basement) speculate that Jones will star as General Chester Phillips, the officer who chooses Steve Rogers for the super soldier program. Dork-a-licious! (Coming Soon)

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We’re getting late word tonight that Captain America: The First Avenger has picked up actor Tommy Lee Jones. The pickup allegedly took place in the bathroom stall of a "superhero bar" where Captain America was trolling for actors.

During a recent interview, Actress Hayley Atwell, who co-stars in the film, confirmed that Jones is on board with the project. Although his actual role has not been announced, experts (i.e. my 28-year-old cousin who still lives in my aunt’s basement) speculate that Jones will star as General Chester Phillips, the officer who chooses Steve Rogers for the super soldier program. Dork-a-licious! (Coming Soon)

 

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Hayley Atwell Will Play Captain America’s Wifey http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hayley-atwell-will-play-captain-americas-wifey/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/hayley-atwell-will-play-captain-americas-wifey/#comments Wed, 14 Apr 2010 21:32:21 +0000 Reza F. Well, now I look like a liar again. Awesome. Previous reports that Alice Eve was the front-runner to play Peggy Carter in Captain America were proved bunk today. The role will officially go to Hayley Atwell, a young British actress best known for her appearance in The Duchess and for accepting Marvel's small payday.Personally, I blame Captain America himself for all of the back and forth. His hesitancy to just hurry up and just pick a girlfriend lead to this. If he had followed my advice and agreed to have his own "Bachelor"-esque reality show, this would have been much easier on everyone.And we would have got to see Emily Blunt in a bikini. (THR)

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Well, now I look like a liar again. Awesome. Previous reports that Alice Eve was the front-runner to play Peggy Carter in Captain America were proved bunk today. The role will officially go to Hayley Atwell, a young British actress best known for her appearance in The Duchess and for accepting Marvel’s small payday.

Personally, I blame Captain America himself for all of the back and forth. His hesitancy to just hurry up and just pick a girlfriend lead to this. If he had followed my advice and agreed to have his own "Bachelor"-esque reality show, this would have been much easier on everyone.

And we would have got to see Emily Blunt in a bikini. (THR)

 

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