At 5:45 PM today, I ordered my typical movie grub at CGV in Suwon Station – cheese popcorn and Coke Zero. Then made my way into the theater to watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
When the first CA came out, I delayed watching it because the previews looked corny. Surprisingly, I thought it turned out better than expected. I enjoyed The Avengers despite Bruce Banner’s sudden and convenient control over the Hulk (among other things) but I suffered a little during Thor: The Dark World.
Torn between a possible bad movie, saving money, and writing book 2 in the Necrose Series, I almost didn’t go to the theater today. Then I was like, well I need to get out of the house. So, I went into The Winter Soldier with reserved optimism.
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Captain America Back At It
- Captain America is 100x more badass than in the first film.
- Director Fury drives a sweet new SUV.
- Black Widow tears things up as usual and pops up unexpectedly near the end.
- The Falcon is cool and holds his own in the action.
- Director Fury gets some good face time (you’ll see what I mean).
- Awesome aerial battle.
- Funny Stan Lee cameo.
- Captain America vs. Georges Batroc
Cap’s Crap aka – the Cons:
- Disruptive ad placement of ugly ass shoes.
- Falcon comes off as too much of a sidekick.
- World Security Council
- Lau (Chin Han) from The Dark Knight sits on the Council and does jack squat.
- Fight with Batroc was too short.
- Robert Redford’s character was meh.
I wasn’t quite ready for the wild ride through Washington, DC and the Captain’s past that we were treated to. If I had stayed home today, I would have missed out on a solid addition to the Marvel Universe.
The action got started early as you see from the trailer when Captain America and team drop in to assault a ship taken over by pirates. From there, we are treated to some character development and Cap meets the man who becomes Falcon, a much needed friend and ally.
“On your left.” – Steve Rogers/Captain America
Director Fury runs into some trouble out on the mean streets and comes into contact with The Winter Soldier. Luckily, he’s a resourceful man.
All the usual action movie stuff is jammed in too – car chases, big explosions, hard hitting fight scenes, and big guns. It’s not all cheap thrills though, they add some depth with the characters and I especially like the political drama/thriller elements layered into the film.
When the air battle commences, it’s pure eye candy. Beautiful, deadly, naval warfare in the sky.
“Don’t trust anyone.” – Director Fury
Old enemies emerging from the past wasn’t a big surprise but it could make for some fun episodes of Agents of SHIELD. I did like the sneaky Agent 13. Hopefully, we’ll see some more of her despite the switch she makes at the end.
All the action sequences are improved from the first film. The good Captain has obviously been training hard because his skills are impressive. But I would say almost too impressive in some instances. Like the scene in the trailer when he free-falls thousands of feet into the ocean. He takes a couple more big drops throughout the movie that are questionable.
Black Widow is whoopin’ ass like usual. She gets filled out a bit as a character but I don’t know why she’s trying to be a matchmaker. Other than that and her ugly shoes that are an obvious and disruptive ad placement, it was fun to watch her team up with Rogers and Wilson/Falcon.
Falcon will be a relatable character for many veterans. I liked him a lot, and it seems like he has a good story Marvel could unlock onscreen. But I felt like he gave off a little too much of a sidekick vibe. But he has a good attitude and compliments the old fashioned Captain nicely. I get that he’s more of a soldier than a spy but making him more independent would be cool. I could see him carry a standalone film.
The Winter Soldier Trailer
Agents of the Group Formerly Known As SHIELD
It was a little weird seeing Director Fury running around without even mentioning Agent Coulson. However, Coulson has been out of touch with Fury for a while in the show so maybe that explains it. There are also some parts in the film where you’re like, “Okay, we’re still good.” because of stuff they’ve revealed on Agents of SHIELD (you’ll see what I mean). But what happens to SHIELD after this?? I want to know!
One thing I wish they did more of is overlap or cameo. All this crap happens and no one contacts Tony Stark about the ships (or for help), or Hulk to help fight the Winter Soldier, and where is Hawkeye? What are the agents in the TV show up to? I understand from a movie perspective you want to compartmentalize (like Fury would say) but you would think these folks would keep in better contact. Especially, when things go sideways on Rogers.
In any case, I hope some of the storyline spills over into the TV show. It could make for some exciting episodes. Oh, and can Agent 13 make a cameo, please?
Overall, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a good movie. The tone is more serious than others, say Iron Man 2, but there are a few funny parts. It touches on some great story elements, builds the characters, and throws them in tough situations. The main story is resolved but some threads are left untied which is nice. It’s a nice tease for the next film. As for being a sequel, it’s far above the very low bar we’ve come to expect for sequels.
“This isn’t the age of spies. This is not even the age of heroes. This is the age of miracles… and there’s nothing more horrifying than a miracle.” – Baron Wolfgang von Strucker
What did you think of the film? Also, what did you think of the teaser in the credits?