I don't remember how I felt in 2011, but watching the first 20+ minutes of this in 2019, the CGI skinny Chris Evans face onto skinny short guy just looked awful. Awful awful awful. It was hard to get through, and not at all believable. Not the only problem I have with this movie. But first, some good qualities.
Hugo Weaving is good, Hayley Atwell is a treat. Tommy Lee Jones doing Tommy Lee Jones things. Stanley Tucci was good. They had good character casting for Captain America's little army unit, but they were woefully underused to the point that they are ultimately forgettable. They barely did the minimum needed with Bucky Barnes so we would have some connection to him, but even that could have been so much better.
Where this movie really suffers is the writing. I don't know if they were going for that old school trope where the enemy is just incompetent, but that's exactly what they did. Why would the agent at the laboratory draw attention to himself right before attempting to steal the serum? Makes no sense. Every one was focused on Cap, he could have pocketed the bottle and walked out without notice...
And the whole goal of Hydra was to make energy weapons, but whenever Cap was there, the entire thousands of army men decide not to use their guns, but come at him for a physical encounter, one at a time. Every single time. It was cringe worthy. He didn't even need a shield, they wouldn't shoot at him....
And the ending plane crash/decision.... wow
Over all this movie was meh. They accomplished what they needed to, which was have a Captain America movie before putting him in the Avengers. But on it's own... It has the Indiana Jones reference at the beginning. That's about it....
It's a 5.5 out of 10 for me.
Current MCU Rankings:
1. Iron Man (8.5)
2. Thor (7)
3. Iron Man 2 (6)
4. Captain America - The First Avenger (5.5)
5. The Incredible Hulk (4.5)
Next up, The Avengers (2012)