Warning, contains mild spoilers
First off, let my start by saying I am a bit of a fanboy. I have loved comics since I was just a small person, barely able to make decisions about the things I like. That being said, when I went into the theater for Captain America: The Winter Soldier I had put all of that aside to look at the movie objectively.
Which leads me into the two words I would use to describe how I felt once the movie ended. Blown – Away. And it was not one specific element that awed me, but the collection of all of it put together in such a seamless format. But I am getting ahead of myself, I’m skipping to the end before I even begin.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens with an introduction of a new character whom will become Falcon (Anthony Mackie). They start this early as it takes a little bit of time before they can get back around to fully including him into the story. However they do enough to make him and all the other characters feel like they are constantly around and constantly have screen time.
Anthony Mackie as Falcon does a fantastic job playing a supporting role in this movie. Snarky lines, intense action, and his flight suit all contribute to really making the character shine. Most of the characters are spaced out enough throughout the movie that some, do not even feel like supporting characters. The tone is obviously set on Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), yet plenty of the other characters get screen time.
Perhaps the one exception to this is the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) himself. If you have read the comics in any manner or form then you know that Captain’s best friend Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier. Experimented on, and left for dead during the World War II, Bucky was found by the scientist Dr. Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), who subsequently brainwashes and places him into cryo-sleep. The most notable thing about the Winter Solider, is that you don’t see him until a little shy of twenty or so minutes into the movie. He makes a quick appearance here or there, but he doesn’t actually get some screen-time until what felt like closer to the middle of the movie.
The dynamic between Bucky Barnes and Steve Rogers, is phenomenal. It is a crisis that I feel we could all relate to. Here is this big plot, that will result in a catastrophic loss of life, and one of the few people in your way is your best friend. You don’t get any joy at finding out that they are still alive, as it seems their sole purpose is to kill you.
One big notable change in this Marvel movie from any other is that we truly get to see more of Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson). We get to see him play a pivotal role in the movie, hear about some of his past, and he even gets an intense action sequence. Which while on the topic, it feels like all the actors really show up in top form. No phoned in performances in this one, truly gripping, edge of your seat action and a truly engrossing story.
Scarlett Johansson really brought a little more depth to Black Widow in this film, giving her a little more of a human side that was missing in previous appearances. We’ve just seen the spy, who is calm and collected and hell-bent on getting her mission accomplished. In many ways there is a similarity between Bucky and Natasha, but she still has a grasp on her humanity, even if she doesn’t always know how to handle it.
I would also like to note, that to those who watch Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., many will notice that a particular Agent Sitwell (Maximiliano Hernández) who was in this past week’s episode, also has a very prominent role in the movie. This type of correlation between the TV series and the films is not only interesting, but extremely fun for fans. It is good to see this type of thing span across the multiple mediums of the Marvel Universe.
While I could go on about Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it truly is its own phenomenon. While not as huge as the Avengers, this movie has its own charm. You get to see the more human side of the Captain, his struggles with being displaced in time as well as doubt for his country and for those he serves. You get a movie that is literally pack with action and espionage.
Probably the biggest reason I like this movie however, is that the ending is not storybook. It is not the picture perfect “good guys win and bad guys defeated”; although there is an element of that. And while I have not divulged a number of the secrets of this movie, I will save the ending for you to see on your own. The bottom line is, Steve Rogers is a man of beliefs, integrity and of loyalty. He does not waver from that course, not for one minute.
There is a fair amount of violence in this movie. It is an action film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier definitely seems geared towards a more mature audience so take heed of the parental guidance suggestion. I would recommend anyone with a mild interest in comics or action films to check this movie out.
by Slivers who gives Captain America: The Winter Soldier a rating of 9 out of 10