Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Production Companies: Marvel Entertainment, Marvel Studios, Perception, Sony Pictures Imageworks
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansen, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie
Genre: Action/ Adventure
What It’s About: Steve Rogers fights corruption within his ranks and takes on the elusive Soviet agent–the Winter Soldier.
How I Watched It: In the theater; +1. Small crowd.
Thoughts: This film is set a few years after The Avengers movie…so….I guess that sort of real time. Huh.
Anyway. The film starts on a comedic note. We see Sam Wilson (Mackie) jogging in Washington D.C. Then we see Steve Rogers AKA Captain America (Evans)–sans uniform catching up and passing him….several times. 😄 Fun way to open the movie. The two become quick acquaintances as they take a breather and Sam gives him some pointers for how to adjust to his new 21st century lifestyle. Then up pulls Natasha Romanoff AKA Black Widow (Johansen) to give Steve a lift to S.H.I.E.L.D.
They join with other agents to go on a rescue mission to save hostages being held captive on a S.H.I.E.L.D. vessel by pirates. Captain America dives off a jet with no parachute, lands in the water, climbs aboard, and starts kicking ass.
Now, you can tell right away that this movie is darker than the first Captain America movie. Not only speaking from a cinematography standpoint, but also just from sheer violence. There are some really brutal moments in Captain America’s jaunt through this ship, and throughout the rest of the movie. Some of them really caught me by surprise….as in…my jaw physically dropped because I wasn’t expecting them.
So, Captain rescues the hostages, but sees Black Widow stealing intelligence from the ship. After the rescue is complete he confronts Nick Fury (Jackson) about it.
I’ll avoid going into much more of the plot, because spoilers start happening fairly quickly.
The main motif here is that Captain America and Black Widow are on the run from and fighting corruption within the ranks of the S.H.I.E.L.D. Corporation. Along the way they come across The Winter Soldier, which is a Soviet super-solider with a metal arm. Oh. Man. Is he a bad-ass character. My jaw dropped exponentially more once he came into the picture because the violence just went through the roof. We also see Sam come back into the picture as The Falcon, which is a lot of fun.
Lots of familiar characters from throughout the Avengers franchise who all do phenomenal jobs. Don’t feel the need to give individual shout-outs (or I can’t due to spoilers), but there’s no need. The characters we love, kicking ass again.
If you enjoyed the first Captain America movie like I did, you’ll enjoy this one even more. It’s much darker–which tends to be the direction that most super hero movies go these days–and I love it. I love the quirkier super heroes of days past, but the darker, grittier characters are my favorite.
My Rating: Huzzah!
Darker, more violent and action-packed….while still maintaining its charm and comedic moments. A fun ride. A must-see for super hero fans.