- Review: 8.5/10
In a movie you need a beginning, a middle, and an ending. This is a Marvel Movie so it already assumes you’ve seen Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers film. If you are a new viewer, you are dropped into what the Captain (Chris Evans) is doing now, so as a stand alone movie it might be confusing for those that are just now jumping into the Marvel Universe. It’s the same with comics too, because you can’t jump into any comic with on-going continuity and understand what’s happening.
Now, as a sequel or continuation is it a FANTASTIC addition to the Marvel Universe. It upgrades the action by showing what Captain America can really do with his shield and he uses it a lot in the film. It becomes not only a super hero flick but an intense spy thriller with the likes of the Bourne Identity. It has the “who can you trust” factor going on. Even Cap second guesses what he is doing in the S.H.E.I.L.D. organization.
We get glimpses into what Steve Rogers life is like when he is not being Captain America. He visits the past several times. He goes to the Smithsonian to see history’s account of his past. He visits someone from the previous film and discovers what he’s missed. The scene I’m referring to is Steve with an older Peggy Carter. The scene is touching and sad, but I think necessary to push the character into the modern times.
The Winter Soldier reference is one of the driving points to the story. Winter Soldier is a ghost, or another “super soldier,” that has been killing people for over 50 years for HYDRA. I’ve read the original Winter Soldier storyline so I knew going what was going on, but it was great hearing the crowd discovering the secrets of the Winter Soldier. Captain has a hard time fight the Soldier both physically and emotionally.
The movie is loaded with tons of other Marvel references throughout. The first being Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon (Anthony Mackie). I am so happy with the way they pulled off the character in the real world, but it is sad they missed Redwing (Falcon’s falcon pal which he has an emotional link). The addition was great in the character’s earlier incarnations. The movie references Iron Man, Bruce Banner, Doctor Strange and a brother and sister pair ,which we should get to see more of in the Avergers: Age of Ultron next summer. The film brings back several SHIELD characters, such as Nick Fury (Sam L Jacks, yep him again), Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson; awesome eye-candy), Agent Hill (Cobie Smulders; thanks for the last nine year HIMYM), and newbies Agent Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford; great to see him in something cool like this), Agent 13 (Emily Van Camp; Sharon Carter maybe?). We also get some bad guys, the Winter Soldier (I don’t wanna ruin the surprise), Batroc (Georges St-Pierre; a classic Cap baddie), Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo; possibly Crossbones). We should enjoy all the parts played by the current actors since they will all change soon enough with time most likely.
I gave the film an 8.5 for two reasons. 1. It’s not a stand alone story so it loses any timeless value it can gain unless you watch all the Marvel films in order. 2. The whole, defuse the bomb at the last second plot device; Cap is better then that. Other then those things, the movie is great; I laughed, I cried, and I rooted for the good guys to win at the end of the day.
Special note if you watch Agents of Shield then the episode on April 8th will tie into the events of Winter Solder. So until The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits next month, see Cap as soon as possible.