Captain America: The First Avenger (M)

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a scrawny young lad who is desperate to join the US Armed Forces and fight for his country in the Second World War, but whose list of health issues keeps getting him rejected.

As he tries to enlist in yet another city under a false name, he is spotted by Dr Erskine (Stanley Tucci), who’s taken with his determination. Erskine recruits Rogers for a secret Super Soldier programme, in which the government intends to inject recruits with a revolutionary cell-enhancing serum to create an army with higher efficiency, and so win the war.

Questions for discussion

  • Did you enjoy the movie? Why or why not?
  • Have you ever been bullied or picked on? What was your response? Did your experience cause you to empathise with Steve Rogers?
  • Dr Erskine was ‘looking for qualities beyond the physical.’ What sort of qualities do you think he had in mind? Do you think they are important?
  • There is a margin for error in judgement if people are evaluated solely on the basis of their appearance. What sort of qualities might we overlook in others in our hurry to pigeon-hole people into categories defined by society?
  • ‘A weak man knows the value of strength, and knows compassion.’ What did Erskine mean when he said this?
  • To what extent do you feel like we are living in a world that is driven by outward appearances? How do you think this affects individual people and society as a whole? If we weren’t bothered about keeping up with the Joneses, do you think we’d live fuller lives? Why or why not?
  • In a poignant moment in the film, Rogers can’t believe his good fortune at being chosen as the first soldier to be experimented on, and he humbly asks, ‘Why me?’ Life can at times present us with moments of undeserved favour or misfortune, which might make us wonder or despair at our luck. Have you ever been in such a situation where you’ve speculated at the possibility of a higher power? Where did your thinking take you?
  • What do you think of the concept of a God who loves us regardless of our weaknesses, no exceptions whatsoever? If you have a concept of God, how does it compare to this one?

 

 

Adrian Drayton

Adrian Drayton is the Director of Reel Dialogue. A film critic and commentator on culture for 20 years, he believes in the power of cinema and the power of God to start conversations about faith and culture. He is also a massive Star Wars nerd.

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