Evil Movie Reviews: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Happy Friday Nerds!
Last night I caught an early screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I’ll say that Marvel has got one helluva movie on their hands. The movie gives us a modern day Cap story that simply seems believable. Any fan of Brubaker’s famous run of Captain America with the story of the same name will be pleased with the title characters move into a new medium. I’m gonna start spilling my guts about ol’ wing head in a minute, so if you don’t want spoilers then stop now, if not keep on reading!
As I alluded too above, Cap 2 is simply a great story. What the filmmakers did was give us more that a Captain America movie, but really gave us a large ensemble cast. Think about Iron Man or The Hulk, in those flicks we got a hero and a bad guy or two and that was it. Here we obviously get Cap and with him is the Black Widow, Falcon, Nick Fury, and Maria Hill fighting on the side of the angels and all with enough screen time to make it feel like they fleshed out the role, but on top of that, they managed to get a bunch of baddies from Caps roster to fit into this film without making it seem forced. We all knew about the Winter Soldier, but along with that we see Batroc!!! (Yes I said Batroc :),) Arnim Zola (again? Yes but in the way that makes comics fans rejoice,) Brock Rumlow (who you may recognize as Cap-baddie Crossbones,) and Alexander Pierce (who really in my opinion fills in for Alexander Lukin in this medium.)
Anyway the story takes multiple twists and turns and it finds out that S.H.I.E.L.D. becomes compromised which puts Nick Fury on the run. Sam Jackson has one helluva badass car chase scene where he takes out a ridiculous amount of goons with only the flair that Nick Fury has. It was a really great scene because along with the mass destruction it showcased Fury’s lack of trust and his ability to go off the grid on the drop of the dime, he’s almost stopped by the Winter Soldier, but Nick shows us he has some tricks left up his sleeve. It felt very Secret Invasion in my opinion and also reminded me of the first run of Fury’s Secret Commando’s book that was out about 5 years ago. In fact this is the scene that ended the other nights episode of S.H.I.E.L.D. and really sets the tone for the rest of the movie.
From there are heroes hop around the Marvel U and at one point end up at the base where Captain America was “born” and find a S.H.I.E.L.D. bunker with an old friend in it; Arnim Zola, who reveals to them that S.H.I.E.L.D. has basically been a front for Hydra for the past 50 years and they’ve bore their way so deep into the organization that they plan to take over the world with a pretty nefarious scheme. Posing as S.H.I.E.L.D., they would send three massive helllicarriers into the sky linked to satellites and basically put a killshot down on anyone who they thought would stand against Hydra. This sets Cap on a mission against S.H.I.E.L.D. with both Black Widow and newbie Falcon in tow! Anthony Mack plays Sam Wilson and almost instantly I believed that he was Cap’s partner as he played well as a smartass against Chris Evans straight Cap.
As the title alludes to it, we get to see the Winter Soldier in action, who is basically a tough as nails guy with a metal arm who is in fact Cap’s best friend Bucky Barnes that was lost in the war all those years ago. Barnes was experimented on my Zola and then put in cryo-freeze and woken up here and there throughout history to assassinate anyone who was getting too close to Hydra. Pierce brings him out to take care of Fury, but doesn’t realize that his connection to Cap could compromise all of his plans. Sebastian Stan plays the role quite well and as a big fan of Brubakers story, I can say that he gave the character justice; a somewhat mindless killing machine who has some sort of guilt and conscience when he sees Steve Rogers, which begins to drive him batty as he remembers his former life.
If you follow us then you know that I watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. regularly, and this movie really focuses on the organization itself, so I am very excited to see what the backlash is immediately in Marvel’s shared TV and Movie universe. Usually they can make a big move in one of these movies, but it doesn’t effect the comics so it’s not a big deal, but here Marvel’s got a weekly shops that has to live in this world now with the repercussions of this movie, which excites the hell out of me!
As I mentioned above, I felt like all the characters got their screen time and I was impressed that they all at least had one key scene where they just shined on their own with the Captain there to bail them out. I also have to mention that Natasha finally feels like herself in this movie. She hardly spoke in Iron Man and was just kinda there in the Avengers in my opinion, but Scarlett Johansson shines as the Widow here and really makes her feel like the important character that she is in the Marvel U, so kudos for that!
I will point out that I was disappointed with a couple things with the movie, but so much was done well that I guess I can overlook it. Emily VanCamp plays Agent 13, who is Steves regular love interest, and at one point his wife, in the comics. The two seem to have some chemistry in the film and she’s a badass spy in the books, but she is pushed to an extra supporting character in this one, so hopefully she comes back with a bigger role next time. Sadly too, I was really hoping for a big reveal with Redfords character Alexander Pierce, but just didn’t get what I was hoping for out of the character. With that said though, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is really a great action movie/ political theater that happens to star the Star Spangled Avenger and friends that will have you on the edge of your seats, so get out there this weekend and support our Captain!
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