Dave’s 3-Word Review:
Confusing… at first.
It’s time for Marvel’s triumphant return to the silver screen. I’ll be honest, when it came to the franchise, Captain America isn’t really my favorite hero. He’s cool and all, but he simply works better with a team and in my opinion, in modern day. So the first film didn’t really amazingly impress me as much as I wanted it to. It was still a good movie, though. Then The Avengers happened, and he was a little cartoonier than in the first movie, but his character fit better among the other heroes. Now we’re finally onto Captain America: The Winter Soldier. By the way, if you aren’t watching Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., then do that, catch up on it, then watch this film. Definitely worth the time.
This sequel follows Mr. Steve Rogers in present day as he’s taking his time to get used to his environment, and that deals with past regrets and probably a truck-load of what ifs. He works for S.H.I.E.L.D., but at the same time he doesn’t really trust anyone, because of his patriotic nature. The way we deal with fear being irrational rather than logical, creating more destruction when real intervention and building a new world could happen instead. As it turns out though, S.H.I.E.L.D. is in a lot of trouble, because it looks like HYDRA is somehow back with a huge endgame in place. It’s up to Captain America, Black Widow, Maria Hill, and Nick Fury to put an end to the madness.
It’s hard not to talk more in-depth about the plot, because it’s pretty complex. It took me a good while to understand what was really happening in the movie, and even when I thought I had it figured out, a big fat “why” was still stuck in my head. I’ll be honest, I didn’t fully understand why or how all of this was happening, but I understood enough to at least follow the story as much as needed. Any doubt as to how good the actual written story is or isn’t is washed away with enough “holy crap” action, explosions, and mayhem. It’s a pretty solid movie, but I’ll try to elaborate.
Captain America. His title is Captain, and he basically never acted as one in the first movie, he did a bit in The Avengers, but his role alone shines pretty heavily in this film. He finally feels like a Captain, and his team is a pretty solid one as well. Instead of filling the screen with a bunch of superheroes that need equal focus and story, you have Captain America and Nick Fury, who seemingly both have a good commanding role. Also, it’s pretty interesting how much this film feels like a standalone sequel to not The Avengers, but Captain America: The First Avenger. It’s nice to know that they can work on their own if you’re a fan of the Cap. Same goes for the Iron Man and Thor movies.
The action is intense. Steve Rogers has really gotten the hang of being a super human. I’ll try not to spoil too much, but he has the ability to single-handedly take out a lot of people at once…without help. It’s pretty impressive, but Nick Fury, Black Widow, and some other equally important characters also have really good roles, and this film also feels natural to the world of the Avengers. This is the Marvel movie with the most S.H.I.E.L.D. influence, and you know what? It works.
There is a connection to the Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show, and it’s really important if you are a fan of that show to watch this movie before you continue watching the show. Seriously. You’ll be spoiled if you skip the movie.
This is a pretty solid action flick. As far as Captain America goes, this was probably his best performance in the role, because this story fit the character best. Seriously though…watch it, it’s just a lot of fun.
If you’re like me, it might take you a while to read into what’s actually happening. You’ll figure out the what, but the why might be fuzzy. Just try to really hone in a pay attention.
Nick Fury: You need to keep BOTH eyes open.