Thursday, April 17, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, and more.

I remember when the first few trailers were coming out for this film, thinking to myself after seeing "the winter soldier": Ooh, who could that be?!... Well, duh. Then I remembered I had read the comics, so of course I knew who that was. But I won't spoil that here if you still haven't seen the film.

This film was a lot of fun. I was completely enthralled with the plot from beginning to end. There were no lull periods in the pacing of the film, either. The plot is simple: because of the New York incident that happened in the Avengers movie, the government, specifically S.H.I.E.L.D, want to arm themselves with the biggest guns they can muster. All in the name of safety and protection. The problem is that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised.

Hydra, the criminal organization from the first Captain America film, are back and they have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. in order to gain control of the giant guns S.H.I.E.L.D wants to have looming over the entire population's heads. When you cut off a Hydra head, two more grow back in it's place. It's up to Captain America to put a stop to them, with the aid of Black Widow, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, and the Falcon (who gets a cool introduction in this film). Another problem is that Hydra has the Winter Soldier working for them. He is a ruthless mercenary. He's got a metal arm and flowing long hair. It's not Loki's pretty hair, but it's okay.

Some of my favorite moments included:
- The first time we see the Falcon and Captain America is running circles around him.
- Nick Fury in his car chase scene. That was a really cool car he had. Funny about the air conditioner bit.
- Maria Hill rescuing Cap and Falcon.
- "Black Widow's" fight scene toward the end of the film.
- The final confrontation between Captain America and the Winter Soldier. That one was so awesome. Chris Evan's performance had me tearing up. For some reason I kept picturing Captain America as Obi Wan Kenobi in Revenge of the Sith yelling about Anakin being the Chosen One. Probably because the emotions for those scenes are similar.

You stick around for the end of the film. Two new characters are introduced, which I did not recognize. Some guy in the theater yelled out that is was Scarlet Witch and QuickSilver. I sort of see it. But QuickSilver? Really? Mini-not-green-no-silver-hair-Hulk? If that's really them, it has me feeling like there will be an X-Men cross-over down the line, to which I'm not sure how I would feel about that. The X-Men re-vamp has been doing great as it's own thing and I'm looking forward to it's next installment with Days of Futures Past. X-Men vs. Avengers was not a great story-line. Too much whacky time traveling nonsense for me.

Captain America: Winter Soldier gets five out of five stars.

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