I’ve seen “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier” a couple times now but have yet to write a review because … well … words are hard sometimes. I also find it hard to write reviews for films that I really enjoy. Synonyms for terrible are just more fun to think of than synonyms for awesome.
But, it’s Independence Day so what better time to post a Captain America review, right ? Right.
I love Marvel movies, it’s hard for me to hear any mention of the MCU without sqee-ing. So, maybe I’m a bit biased, but NOHMUYGLOB “WINTER SOLDIER” IS AWESOME!
The movie picks up roughly where “The Avengers” left off. Cap (Chris Evans) is thawed out, adjusting to the 21st century, and running missions for S.H.I.E.L.D. with Natasha a.k.a. Black Widow a.k.a. badass super spy.
When it’s discovered that Hydra has been working secretly from within S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap and Nat (Scarlett Johansson) go on the run from the big bad’s ‘asset,’ their own thawed out super soldier who’s been brainwashed and has a mechanical arm a.k.a the Winter Soldier a.k.a. Steve’s ol’ buddy Bucky (Sebastian Stan).
It’s a Marvel superhero movie so there’s plenty of action, really well choreographed, exciting action. At one point Cap leaps from a motorcycle onto a little fighter jet thing and blows it up with his shield. It’s beautiful.
Also, it’s funny. The dialog, the wit. It’s smart.
You also get really interesting characters. This is the third film each for Steve Rogers and Natasha Romanov and each entry into the MCU we get to know them a little better and see new layers to their characters. There’s also lots more Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) than I expected to see which I was really excited by.
We also get the reintroduction of Bucky Barnes. I think he has like maybe five lines in the entire film but what a tragic character. Stan says so much with just his eyes it’s redic. You just want to give him a hug after every scene, you know, if you weren’t so scared he’d kill you.
There’s also new characters like Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) a.k.a. Falcon that I’m excited to get to know better. And, an introduction to a possible recurring baddie, Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) a.k.a. Crossbones. Plus we meet a potential love future love interest for Cap in Agent 13 (Emily VanCamp).
There’s also plenty of easter eggs and in-jokes for super nerds, and future character name drops (cough .. Steven Strange .. cough).
I’ve said this before, but my favorite thing about Marvel films, besides them being genuinely well-made movies, is the interconnectivity (That’s a word, right?) of them all. You can be watching “Thor” and Hawkeye pops in for a couple seconds, or you’re watching “Cap 2” and they mention Iron Man. And it doesn’t feel forced or contrived because it’s all the same world.
Of course Stark helped with the helicarrier plans, he’s a genius (billionaire, playboy, philanthropist) and he did get an up close look at them in “Avengers.” Of course Coulson or Hill can be in this movie, they’re S.H.I.E.L.D. agents. Of course what happens in this movie (and “Thor 2”) would have an effect on “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” the TV show. It’s the same universe. No movie crossover has ever been done on this scale. It’s better because they’re done well. They become more than movies, they become events.
I also have to give props to Marvel for not settling with make a film that just sits there in the superhero or comic book genre. They make a period war drama that just happens to star a chemically-enhanced super soldier. They make a fantasy film that just happens to center around a fallen demi-God. They make a sci-fi space odyssey and naturally it stars a talking racoon and tree.
“Cap 2” is straight-up political thriller. It’s spies, corruption, intrigue, and government conspiracies. There’s lots of action too, but like most Marvel movies, it all serves the main plot. There’s no superfluous explosions or fighting-for-the-sake-of-fighting-cause-we’re-superheroes-and-need-to-fight.
So to summarize, “Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier,” AWESOME. Marvel, AMAZING. Chris Evans, HOT. Bucky, SAD. Hydra, BAD. Black Widow, BADASS.