Now we've all heard it before. We've seen the reviews from the critics, the posts from our friends, and the retweets and hash tags taking over our computer. They're all saying basically the same thing:
That Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel movie to come out.
It's better than Iron Man 3
It beats out Thor: The Dark World
And it's even better than The Avengers
I'm going to be honest, I love Thor and everything about his world and story arc. If you don't believe me go and read my blurb on the movie from last year. If you've seen that blog then you know that I can be a bit defensive when it comes to my favourite hero. So when people started telling me that Captain America, Captain America (Who I still love, but he is only my second favourite) is better than Thor, well...
Okay I know that the Hulk is punching Thor, but you get the picture. Me= the Hulk. Those telling me about The Winter Soldier= Thor.
But then I went to see the movie and with all the action, plot development, and character arcs it sort of blew my mind. So now I'm going to have to pay up and say *swallows* that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best Marvel movies I have seen within this and the last decade. (But Thor: The Dark World is still my number one, because I am still a little biased.)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set in the Washington D. C. area two years after the Avengers took place. The Captain, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is still trying to acclimate himself to an environment that should seem familiar, but has become alien. The government has changed, ideals have died, and the world is no longer black and white. It's grey with the enemies hiding in plain sight and the good guys making some questionable decisions. Coming from a time where you can trust where your orders come from the Captain must decide who to follow when a mysterious Winter Soldier arrives to wreck havoc on his life and the lives around him.
Within the first five to ten minutes of the film we are thrown into a fantastic action sequence that doesn't leave time for you to blink. While in his two previous movies we were able to see the Captain's combat skills and moves with ease, in The Winter Soldier his attacks are faster, fluid, and more often than not, silent. A lot of the times it was like he was a blue blur on the screen, but it proved how much he had grown since joining S.H.I.E.L.D. And of course the action doesn't stop there as it continues through out the entire film always leaving you wondering over the survival of our hero.
My favourite action scene was the reveal of the Winter Soldier and I mean when we first see him come on screen. You might have seen this in trailers, but it is when he is standing in the middle of the street, a mask covering his face and a metal arm raising a gun towards an oncoming car. Ahhh! It is so great in theatres, I was on the edge of my seat. Of course I have to admit that I am usually drawn towards the villain--Not in the "I hope he wins" kind of way or "My Lord he is attractive"--But in the "What makes them menacing? How did they become so dangerous?" kind of way.
In that respect I wish they had delved a little deeper into the Winter Soldier's past. I wanted to see more of his transformation into the deadly assassin and sure we might see him struggle with his identity, but for me that is not enough...But I guess this movie should be about the Captain since it is called Captain America:--oh wait there's more--The Winter Soldier! Oh well, I suppose I will have to wait for Cap 3, but at least they have me coming back so...Well done, Marvel. Well done.
So you know how people say that this is better than the Avengers right? Well, that might be a popular opinion because it brings back much of the cast from that film. (Obviously excluding: Coulson, Thor, Tony Stark, Banner, and Hawkeye) Returning are some of my favourites: Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders), Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and of course Steve Rogers. Add to that Sam Wilson the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and you have an epic cast that can keep your attention throughout the 113 minutes. There are also a few returning characters from The First Avenger, but I am not going to tell you who they are so if you're really interested you have to go check it out for yourself.
Every single actor and actress in this film does their job in creating a believable experience that can be thoroughly enjoyed until the every end. Chris Evans is Captain America as Robert Downey Jr. is Tony Stark/Iron Man. Scarlett Johansson just seems to get better with every appearance and Samuel L. Jackson continues to provide an intimidating performance. Seriously though, after watching him as Nick Fury would you ever want to see that man show up suddenly in your home? I don't even think I would want to face him walking down the street!
It is so rare to find actors who are the characters. Who, when you go in to see them on screen you forget that they are simply acting. It immerses you even further into the movie experience when you only see the character and that is really all I could ask for.
Until next time...
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON, MOVIE GOERS
Favourite quote: "You need to keep both eyes open." -Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury)
Stan Lee Sighting: Featured towards the final quarter of the film. You would have to be blind to miss him.
End credit scenes: Come on, people. This is Marvel. Of course there our credit scenes! Two of them in fact, so unless you have somewhere to be or are not that interested, stick around until you see that Disney/Marvel logo. It is always worth it!