The release of The Avengers movie next year will rock the Marvel universe. Until then, fans can only play the waiting game while watching Captain America: The First Avenger. The Allies are battling Nazi Germany during the second world war. Both sides are desperate for a secret weapon to gain an edge. The Americans come up with a drug that enhances a person's good and bad qualities. Scrawny Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), is selected to be transformed into bulked-up super-soldier Captain America. The Nazis, meanwhile, create Red Skull, otherwise known as Johann Schmidt (Hugo Weaving). Rogers' patriotic heroism is one-sided and gets tiring quickly. At one point, he defends a propaganda film at a cinema, only to have an 'unpatriotic' ruffian give him a beating. We get it - Rogers is an American hero. We don't need a constant reminder. Visually, the film is spot on. The retro feel and less saturated colour scheme places it within the period it depicts. The CGI team did an incredible job turning Evans into a skinny kid. Only Batman's beats this live-action costume. But, on the whole, sky-high expectations did little to raise the ambitions of the filmmakers. Don't get me wrong: this is not so much a below-par film as it is a disappointment. You expect more from something that's been 70 years in the making.