The story squanders its own fine setup.
It doesn't try too hard for irony or style; the comic-book sensibility remains pure, square, and happily stupid.
Pacy and punchy, but not quite a knockout.
Comic book fans are likely to appreciate Captain America, which does a good job of consolidating the disparate origin aspects of the character into something easily digestible.
The movie looks wonderful.
Kudos, then, to the creators of Captain America's big-screen blockbuster for keeping the action rooted in the past; except for some brief present-day bookends.
The only problem is that we've been there -- been nearly everywhere Captain America goes -- in countless previous movies.
Director Joe Johnston has fun with the myth of Captain America.
What lingers most about Captain America is its innocent, throwback ethos, a firm, unqualified embrace of the Little Guy.