I came away from Captain America: The Winter Soldier pretty entertained and found myself enjoying this character much more so than I did in the first film. The story was smart and engaging. It's modernized to today, and Disney, taking its cues from past films, knows how to build a very entertaining film for many demographics.
- This is a comprehensive review of Captain America 2. It includes
A non-spoiler review, followed by a
Spoiler conversation,Descriptions of the post credit scenes, and
Easter Egg references dropped in the film.
I will warn you when spoilers approach -
Well, I was getting tired of trying to dodge all the spoilers from the myriad of reviews online and story elements being pitched in ABC's Agents of SHIELD. In a great, industry leading move, Marvel and Disney have shared elements between their TV series and the Marvel Cinematic Universe films that have taken place in the theaters.
So I finally hit up the theater to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The NON-SPOILER Review:
We watch Steve infiltrate the boat, using his enhanced physical gifts, going hand-to-hand with most of the crew, to take over the boat and rescue the hostages on-board.
But as Captain America and his team are doing their thing, Natasha is off doing her own mission, per Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) orders.
As the mission goes down, Steve and gang help save Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernandez) and the other hostages.
But that's when the shit hits the fan for all our favorite characters, and the plot of the film, or, the game, is afoot, after a concerted effort to attack and kill Nick Fury.
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One of the biggest changes I've noticed in this film, was how the story was presented.
I know some folks who love how many fantasy/action films develop their stories (When they're good stories) and but aren't totally in love with the all-out action that closes out the third act of a film.
But this movie was different.
It opens with a developing story point, we then get some action, then more story points, more action and so forth. As the story progresses, this pattern continues as we hurtle towards the third act. Even in the third act, more plot points are made and developed while we build towards an action-packed resolution of our story.
And despite his obvious advantages of being the super-soldier, he too has his human flaws and weaknesses. Just to a lesser degree than we mere humans.
The other aspect I enjoyed about the film was that the namesake of the movie title, The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), was that he was just another piece on the chess board of players and it was not all about him. Don't get me wrong, he was rather critical in the confrontations, but we weren't doting all over this one character.
We had the many, many heads of HYDRA to watch and the different actions they had put into play through the movie, keeping us, the movie-goer, thoroughly occupied, as well as our heroes.
OVERALL, this felt like a well balanced film, with a lot to offer with regards to aspects of character history, present developments, and implications towards the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
We still had the humor we saw from The Avengers, but it was less frequent, more subtle, but still there.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a worthy film to see in the theater. I'm giving it a popcorn-9 movie score. But if the movie theater is not your game, then it will MOST definitely be worthy of a rental or DVD/BD purchase. I'm definitely planning on snagging that Blu-ray when it comes out.