Once again, I didn’t read the comic for this one so take my opinions with a little grain of salt.
Overall, I actually liked the movie. It wasn’t epic, wasn’t riveting or gripping, but it set the scene very well. I was actually surprised, because when this came out, way back when, my brother went to see it, and was pretty pissed when he came back, saying that it was absolute crap. I’ve heard mixed reviews ever since from other watchers.
Like I said, it wasn’t gripping and the characters weren’t terribly interesting (heck, I don’t even remember their names), but over all, plot wise, I thought it was good. At the very, very least, i thought it set the scene for Captain America’s return in The Avengers very nicely. It was good “background” movie.
I was slightly disappointed with the meh deaths of some of the characters. They weren’t touching, didn’t make me tear up. Granted, I saw Steve’s and Peggy’s tragedy coming since the first 3 minutes, when they found him frozen in the plane, but I thought that the producers could have tried a bit more to make it more sad.
Bucky’s death was a complete…eh…ripoff? Maybe it was the acting, maybe the lines, but I felt less pain for Bucky (and Steve) than i did for Peggy and Steve. Maybe I’ve just been around the “tragedy” genre too much and know almost everyone way to tragically kill off a character and earn audiences’ tears.
In comparison to Thor, I like CA’s plot much, much more. It was consistent and made logical sense. It wasn’t fast paced but at least it made sense. However, where as in Thor I felt some slight connection with at least 2 of the characters, the characters in CA made me feel nothing. No pity, no understanding, no like, no dislike, but I’m chalking that up to never reading the comics. Even though it set the scene for CA’s return in The Avengers, I couldn’t care less if he actually did return, or not. Basically, the characters didn’t stick.
I’m big on the consistency and the amount of sense the plot makes (even more so than actor choice), so I’m rating Captain America a 3 / 5. Only slightly better than Thor. Only slightly.