My main complaint is the poor character development of Hayley Atwell’s Peggy Carter. The filmmakers seem to have tried tocreated a strong female character to not only serve as a Roger’s love interest but to counteract the male dominated cast (the only other female characters are the aforementioned old lady, a hysterical mother, the occasional army nurse/secretary and Howard Stark’s dancing girls). They really missed the mark, and Peggy Carter seems more like a caricature of a strong female character as opposed to an actual strong female character. She comes across as an over the top ball-buster whose background is never explained. Even the love story between her and Cap is poorly developed and therefore unbelievable. Her main purpose might have been as a nod to hardcore Captain America fans who will surely recognize the name from Cap’s extensive comic book history.
I also found the CGI used to create the tiny, pre-Super Soldier Steve Rogers completely distracting. In some scenes it looked great, and so I was distracted by trying to figure how they did that. In other scenes the proportions looked off and I wondered why they did that. In particular there was scene of Rogers in a car with Carter where he looked so much smaller than her that I worried that he should have been in a car seat.
Balanced with a well-written script, the film suffers no shortage of action and fighting sequences, and comes with the accompanying violence and death. The PG-13 rating seems apt. Know your child and their sensitivities before you take them.
All told, it was an entertaining film. Yes, much of the plot was preposterous, this IS a super-hero movie after all and suspension of disbelief is a vital part of enjoying such a flick. An all-star cast, a fully developed world, lots of laughs and nods to fan favorite characters make this a great summer movie.