Captain America: The First Avenger

The latest Marvel Studios production is a wonderfully old-fashioned World War II adventure that seems to take its cues from 1930s and 40s serials, just like the “Indiana Jones” and “Star Wars” flicks did (not-so-incidentally, Joe Johnson worked on both those series back in the day).

“Captain America: The First Avenger” takes its time to tell the story of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a weak but fundamentally decent and brave little man who becomes tall and powerful after taking part in a U.S. army experiment.

Many awesome super-heroics follow as Captain America takes on the evil Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) and his HYDRA minions, kicking their asses all across Nazi-occupied Europe.

Earnest but not without a sense of humour, Johnston’s beautifully crafted film is great fun from beginning to end.