Saturday, April 5, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America - The Winter Soldier

Warning: This review will contain SPOILERS!

Captain America the Winter Soldier movie poster

Two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is living and working in Washington DC with SHIELD. During a rescue mission saving SHILED agents taken hostage by Algerian pirates, Rogers discovers Natasha Romanoff/The Black Window (Scarlett Johansson) extracting data from the ship's computers onto a USB thumb drive. Rogers finds out that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) had ordered Romanoff to get that data without Rogers' knowledge even though it could have compromised the mission. That USB drive ends up being the key to unlocking a growing threat to not only SHIELD but the safety of the entire planet.

I'll be honest, this wasn't my favorite MARVEL movie (The Avengers is still #1 in my book) but it was still a hit. It contained some funny one-liners, nods to some of the previous films, name drops of some of the other Avengers, and of course a cameo by Stan Lee, all of the things that to me make up a great Marvel movie. Plus the action sequences were top-notch, I was especially impressed with the Falcon. As far as the story, I honestly thought I knew where this movie was going to go: Captain America would be forced to confront his old childhood friend, Bucky Barnes who has been turned into the assassin known at the Winter Soldier. And I figured that Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) was probably going to be on the bad side of things. And I got the feeling that Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) would "die" (but in the comics no one who dies ever stays dead) and I was right. However, I didn't not expect to find out that HYDRA has been secretly working its way into the ranks within SHIELD since the end of WWII. Or that Red Skull's scientist right-hand man, Arnim Zola, was living via a computer that housed his consciousness. Although it didn't surprise me to see that Senator Stern (Garry Shandling) from Iron Man 2 was a member of HYDRA, what a creep!

While Cap, The Falcon, and the Black Widow manage to foil HYDRA's plans (as the good-guys always do!), SHIELD ends up in shambles, essentially disbanded as most of the world thinks that Fury is dead. Fury heads off to Europe to try and take down the remaining HYDRA cells. Cap and The Falcon go off to find Bucky with Cap hoping he can fix him and bring his friend back, and Romanoff has to cover her tracks as all of her secrets have now been made public. Meanwhile, in the mid-credits scene we find out that a HYDRA lab lead by Baron (Wolfgang) von Strucker, is trying to capture the power from Loki's scepter and that they are holding the twins: The Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, captive.

It'll be interesting to see where the storylines go from here as SHIELD has been a constant presence since the beginning. If you watch Agents of SHIELD (I do!) it'll also be interesting how the dismantling of SHIELD affects Coulson and his team as they've done a good job of tying the movies to the TV show and vice versa. I think we'll get some respite in "Guardians of the Galaxy" as it seems to take place off Earth, which I think will be a fun change of pace, but then it will all culminate into next year's "The Avengers: Age of Ultron" (which is now in production). 

The action is there, plus there is some swearing and I'm pretty sure I saw the side of one of Natasha's boobs due to her outfit's zipper pulled a bit too far down, so this might not be one you take the younger crowd to (although there were several kids in the theatre when we went). Like I said, this wasn't my favorite, but it was still the quality I've come to expect from these movies. I probably won't see it again in the theatre, but it'll definitely be added to our collection when it comes out on DVD.

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  1. I noticed Natasha's gratuitous side boob too. I don't know about you, but if I'm on a mission, I'm going to be super comfy and all packed away. lol Anyway I loved this movie!! The action scenes were top notch and it's my favorite Cap movie thus far. I really liked Falcon's character and the Winter Soldier. He was so bad ass but without being over the top (as villains tend to be). I knew Sitwell was shady from the SHIELD tv series and I thought it was cool how that Senator ended up being bad too. It was interesting how they resurrected Hydra for this one and how deeply connected they all were. Robert Redford being "bad" wasn't a surprise and after Coulson's "death" I've also learned not to take any death I see too seriously so when Fury was offed I knew he'd be back. lol I really like how they brought back Hill and how they added Emily Van Camp's character. I watch REVENGE on ABC and she kicks but on that so seeing her here wasn't a stretch. I wasn't going to watching Guardians of the Galaxy, but the more I see previews and the more that these little after credit scenes point to it (Avengers end credits, Thor Dark World Credits, Winter Soldier end credits), the more I'm tempted to check it out. I guess in the comics that scientist preserved himself via computer too (must be nice! lol) I also see how they sort of opened it up for Romanoff to have her own origin film because they never really say EXACTLY what she did before joining SHIELD. So now that SHIELD is no longer, I'm interested to see how the TV show will turn out. My hubby thought that they may have hinted at the claravoyant story line in Winter Soldier, but I think that's a stretch. Anyway, I definitely would see this again and can't wait to have it at home so we can dissect it some more. We actually came home and watched Captain America First Avenger, and The Avengers as well as the Marvel One Shot special features (Agent Carter etc.) because we were just so excited. lol

    1. excuse the multiple typo's...excitement will do that to me! :D