Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
I finally saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I am a huge super-hero movie geek. Even the worst of them get me excited. Well, that’s not entirely true. I have never wanted to see David Hasselhoff’s version of Nick Fury. However, I may be the only person in the world that halfway enjoyed Ben Affleck’s Daredevil. So, you could say that I am predisposed to liking movies of the genre.
So, how did I like it?
Let’s just say that I prefer it to Nolan’s Dark Knight trilogy. I know that’s heresy, but that’s ok. I don’t mind playing the heretic. l may even put this one on par with The Avengers. That’s how good I think this movie was.
Christ Evans does a great job playing a man out of time. He’s 95 years old in the body of a young man. He values honesty, loyalty and friendship. He is willing to place himself on the front lines to fight for the freedom of the world.
Scarlet Johannson breathes more life into the Black Widow character. She is morally ambiguous, hard and vulnerable at the same time. After three appearances now, including Iron Man 2 and The Avengers, it’s about time for her to carry a movie on her own. With the results of this movie, picking up the pieces of Natasha Romanoff’s life would be an interesting story.
The Russo brothers brought what they patterned after a 70’s spy story to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The 70’s seems to be when the last gasps of America’s innocence died with Watergate and the Iran hostage crisis. With what happened to SHIELD in this film, an innocence died within the MCU as well.
One of the things that amazed me was that people started walking out before the credits really started. You would think that everyone would have heard by now that you need to wait for the mid-credits extra scene and the post-credits scene. The mid-credits scene points toward The Avengers: Age of Ultron and the post-credits points toward Captain America 3.
Marvel continues to do a fantastic job of upping the ante with each film. Guardians of the Galaxy is up next and the trailer shows that it will be unlike anything else they have done. With the recent revelation that they have their movies mapped out through 2028, we have tons of Marvel movies heading our way.
Have you seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Do you plan to see it?