It has taken a bit of time, but I finally sat down with a bowl of popcorn to watch Chris Evans as Captain America. I love the Marvel movies, they are a great escape from every day life. I don’t expect them to be realistic representations of human life, but as wonderful tales of heroism, adventure, while providing an emotional connection to a story.
Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
I really enjoyed watching this movie. It was interesting to discover who the Winter Soldier is and find out about his connection to the Captain, even though it was extremely easy to figure out, as far as plot twists go. There is a lot of brain washing that happens in the Marvel universe, but as the Mythbusters have shown, people will not do something they are not already inclined to do. So, some of the over the top brain washing is very hard to swallow. Setting that aside the emotional connection to the Winter Soldier’s story is gripping.
My favorite parts of the movie were the fight scenes between Captain America and the Winter Soldier. Usually the Captain flies around and takes out hundreds of guys in a moment, with very little resistance. However, with the Winter Soldier there was some really intricate choreography that just spun around beautifully on the screen. It was a pleasure to watch.
I also really liked Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in this movie. I thought it was a great idea to flesh the character of Natasha Romanoff a bit more than has happened in other Marvel movies. I liked the slow reveal of her past and what she stands for currently. It was fun to see her fight both physically and intellectually. I liked that she used her brains to fight the general influx of bad guys at every turn. She understood what needed to happen even as twists developed and the list of people to trust kept changing. Her character surprised me in a good way. (Side note: I did not know Scarlett Johansson had a twin brother. The things you learn while googling.)
Having both Robert Redford and Samuel L. Jackson on the big screen together was an amazing concept, and as the two were different sides to the same coin, of course there had to be a stand off. However, it ended up being an underwhelming scene. There was no fighting, just a lot of talking which didn’t add to the movie at all. It was a lot of exposition that had already been told as part of the visual storytelling. I felt that two great actors were underutilized and had very little impact overall. I think it was a good concept, it did not play out as well as it could have.
It was interesting that the movie talked about soldiers returning from home and struggling with the day to day, but I wish it would have been a bit more fleshed out. It was a nice start, but the solution of sending a guy struggling with being at home after war up into the sky on some wings to fight again, took away from an important message. (On another note: I WANT THOSE WINGS!)
For the life of me I could not figure out where I had seen Anthony Mackie, who played Falcon, before. A quick look on IMDB reminded me of his role in Pain & Gain. OMG, what different roles!
Overall, this movie was so much fun to watch. Chris Evans as the Captain is great entertainment. I love seeing how the Captain struggles with everyday routine, but really comes to life when the enemies start flying at him. Captain America is such a great story, and it was great fun to see him up on the big screen again. I really enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier in spite of a few small disappointments.