Yesterday I finally saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This was my most anticipated movie of the year (possibly second, tough choice between this and Guardians of the Galaxy). But did it live up to expectations? There were tons of bad qualities and good qualities in this movie, just like every other movie. I mean, nothing can be perfect. So where does this movie shine and where does it fail? I will try to leave as little spoilers as possible, but if you haven't seen the movie yet and want to go in knowing absolutely nothing about it, I'd suggest passing on this article until after you see the movie. Otherwise, let's get started...
The Falcon Was Terribly Underused And Should Have Been Cut Altogether
I really thought Falcon would steal the show for me. Hulk stole the show in Avengers, Loki stole the show in The Dark World, and, well, practically everyone sucked in Iron Man 3… But in The Winter Soldier, I felt that everyone had their good and bad moments, and Falcon was one of those characters that had no good moments. There were a few little chuckles here and there from the audience, but he wasn’t as good as he was made out to be. He served no point in the plot. He was just that weird guy Cap met out of nowhere and then all of a sudden they became super buddies. He had a few cool scenes, I will admit that. But I’m one of those guys that doesn’t care about amazing action scenes if there’s no plot behind it. Falcon was there as a crowd pleaser, and really should have either been cut from the movie or given more time to expand his character.
Characters Just Leaving For Half The Movie Only To Be Re-Introduced Later On
A lot of movies have done this before, especially MCU movies like Iron Man 3, but the thing that annoys me the most with this movie is the gosh darn stupid decision to introduce a new character to the movie and then just forget about them for half the movie. I saw Winter Soldier for the first time, and by his second appearance I was like “Oh there you are Bucky, I though you died since you were gone for so long.” They introduced Falcon in the opening scene, and then forgot about him for a while, then forgot about him for another while, and then eventually I forgot he was even in the movie. Even Black Widow; she was introduced as this annoying sidekick character that kept setting Cap up on a date and then we forgot about her for a while until she came back all like “Oh hey I know who Winter Soldier is all of a sudden!” Alexander Pierce was introduced and then forgot about for a while, then was used in just another scene or two before becoming a huge part of the climax. This is one of those moments where you can’t for the life of you express in words. It just sits in your mind bouncing around on the walls and going all crazy, but you can’t let it out. Even though other movies did this, there’s just something about this movie where the frequent re-introducing of characters really got on my nerves.
The Winter Soldier Was Hardly In The Movie
If there’s one thing I look for most in movies is C-H-A-R-A-C-T-E-R D-E-V-E-L-O-P-M-E-N-T. I was looking forward to seeing Winter Soldier go from mindless robot to recovering his memory and being Cap’s friend. I loved the final fight between them, but it could have been more. Cap cared that it was Bucky under that mask, but really, not as much as we expected. I wanted the whole movie to be about Cap’s journey to find the Winter Soldier. It looks like that is what will be going on in Age of Ultron, but I wanted to see that here in this movie. In Winter Soldier’s movie. Cap was focusing on himself escaping from S.H.I.E.L.D., and that is pretty much all the plot was. Just focusing on S.H.I.E.L.D., when it should have been on Cap adjusting to the 21st century, only to find out that there is still a piece of his past wondering around. The Winter Soldier was supposed to make a big impact on Cap’s life. They needed to expand on that, but unfortunately they didn’t. Hopefully in Age of Ultron or Captain America 3 we will see more of the Winter Soldier.
Many Characters Didn’t Get Their Big Break
I was hoping to see the likes of Nick Fury, Falcon, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents, Sharon Carter, and most importantly, Captain America, finally get to kick some serious ass. But sadly, most of them were wasted. Fury had a good scene at the beginning right? WRONG. It was a boring scene where he started complaining inside a bulletproof vehicle and then started shooting some cops then drove away then got attacked by Winter Soldier. Then a spoilerific scene happened, then he didn’t do another thing at all until the end, where all he did was talk and show us his hideous looking eye. Sharon Carter was another character I was hoping to see kick butt. SHE WAS NEVER EVEN CALLED SHARON CARTER IN THE MOVIE!!! Just dumb ol’ Agent 13 that is there just for the sake of being there. I already complained about Falcon and Winter Soldier before so, yeah, not gonna talk about them. Then there’s Crossbones, Pierce, the World Security Council, other S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents like Jasper Sitwell and Maria Hill, and practically everyone else in the movie. Then there are characters like Widow and Cap. Widow had a big part in the movie, but it felt like she was just there for the sake of being there! There was this great scene where I thought “Oh boy they’re gonna reveal stuff from her past!!! CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT!!!” But then they didn’t reveal anything and I thought “Aw Shit.” Even Cap was a missed opportunity. I was looking forward to seeing the plot that I expected. Cap got mad about what Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. are doing. It could have been an amazing plot to see Cap fight with Fury about what is right. Instead we get a short scene where they talk about their new mission and it is brought up briefly and then that’s it. Booooriiiinngg.
Great Emotional Character Moments
I knew from the first few scenes that this movie would be emotional. The first act had Cap adjust to modern world, the second had him learn about the past, and the third had him try to save his best friend Bucky. The whole movie was emotional at times. I think that one of the main reasons why this is the best Phase 2 film is because the more serious moments aren’t wasted by non-stop jokes. In Iron Man 3, it felt like every time they tried to give us a serious scene, it was ruined by jokes that weren’t even funny. Thor: The Dark World was better though, as it did have a few serious scenes, like when Frigga dies or when Thor and the gang plan their attack on the Dark World of Svartalfheim. But there were still a few scenes that could have been really emotional that had too much comedy to keep us in the mood. Cap 2 had very little jokes in the entire movie, and I really like that. The movie is always serious and emotional. Something I have wanted for a long time in an MCU movie, and something we didn’t see since the first Iron Man. Even Avengers, which I think is damn near perfect, had a few moments that could have been better, but at least there the comedy felt smooth and natural. That is how Iron Man felt, that is how Winter Soldier felt, that is how I wish all MCU movies felt.
The Tone Was Spot On For A Captain America Movie
When this movie ended, the first thing I thought to myself was “This is NOT a kids movie!” This is a dark movie full of cOmplicated themes that half of the audience at my theatre probably didn’t understand. And seeing as how I put this in the “good” section, you know I’m not complaining one bit. This is the perfect tone for a Captain America movie. One person I talked to while I was waiting for the end credits scene said that he didn’t quite get the whole subplot with S.H.I.E.L.D.. We discussed it a bit, but we found out that the reason he didn’t get it was because he didn’t quite get Cap’s origin. He was there with his kid who loved the action in Avengers, but they didn’t get what Cap’s story was. They had no idea what his life was like in the 40’s, so they couldn’t get it. We all got the movie because we know all about Cap. This movie is assuming that everyone knows about the character. They didn’t take its time explaining everything and treating us like kids like Iron Man 3 did. They used a tone for this movie that made everything a mystery. The Winter Soldier is a dark movie set in the real world of politics and government, something that a Captain America movie needs to focus on. Cap isn’t a light-hearted hero that goes around cracking jokes all the time. He’s a depressed character turned happy character. Cap isn’t known to fight bad guys all the time. He is a spy. I was worried at first about how Cap will join S.H.I.E.L.D.. Either he would fit in just fine or he would be a pointless member on the group. This movie nails Cap’s personality and his life.
Action, Costumes, Sets, CGI, Acting, Directing…
This movie is just brilliantly put together. The Russos did a good job of capturing the spirit of the movie and brought to life exactly what was conceived in the original script. All of the effects looked so real, and was just mind-blowingly spectacular to see on the big screen. The costumes all looked amazing too. Everything looked so great in action. The suit Cap wears during the climax is practically the same as what was used in The First Avenger, but all of the minor changes made were for the better. It looked spectacular in action, and I can’t wait to see what his new suit looks like. The one-on-one fights between the Captain and the Winter Soldier were amazingly choreographed. You can tell that Winter Soldier is going all out while Cap is just trying to get him down long enough so that he can talk to him without them killing each other. Instead of making Cap this killing machine, he was a very great man who just wanted things to be right in the world. And you can tell most of that just by the action. They did an amazing job with this movie visually, and I can’t wait to see how the Russos will up this for Captain America 3. Also, Marvel has once aain assembled the perfect cast. Every single member of the ensemble did an amazing job playing their characters.
For this next section I will be discussing the film’s plot twist. If you have seen the movie, or don’t mind being spoiled, just highlight the text below to read, otherwise, you can just skip this section. You won’t be missing much. To summarize, the main plot twist of the movie is that HYDRA has infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. and have been slowly gaining ranks so that they could take it down from the inside. S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents Pierce and Sitwell, as well as Iron Man 2’s Senator Stern, are all secret HYDRA Agents. In the case of Stern, this makes Iron Man 2 more interesting. We all know that Stern was trying to get Tony to hand the Iron Man suits over to the government to be used in the military, but he refused to let it go. This means that Stern was actually planning on giving it to HYDRA, which may be why he got so mad when Tony wouldn’t give it away. Making HYDRA infiltrate S.H.I.E.L.D. is a concept that requires us to forget everything we ever thought we knew about the MCU. It was a good idea, however Age of Ultron and Captain America 3 must expand on this by showing us the aftermath. Does S.H.I.E.L.D. go back to normal, will they try to rebuild the organization, or does HYDRA win in taking down S.H.I.E.L.D.? It’s an interesting plot point that needs to be expanded upon in sequels. When they said that this movie would be a political thriller, they were right. The MCU will never be the same again.
All Those References
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Comic Book Movies that are full of references for the diehard fans. Marvel Studios is especially known to stuff their movies full of all sorts of interesting cameos, and The Winter Soldier is no exception. I noticed a few by myself, but there were some I had to read online. If you did not see the movie and want to find all these references for yourself, just skip the rest of this section. First of all, there was the reference to Tony Stark. A lot of people think this is just some reference to him, but what some people may not realize is that this is a major hint towards the plot of Age Of Ultron. Lots of people, including myself, were really wondering how Tony Stark comes into play seeing as how he destroyed his suits in Iron Man 3. When Fury introduces the Helicarriers to Cap, he says that Stark replaced the propellers with repulsor technology since he nearly died in them during The Avengers. This is a hint at his new job working for S.H.I.E.L.D.. His name also appeared on a monitor as a potential threat to the movie’s main baddies. His location was also marked on Avengers Tower, which was glimpsed for half a second. Seeing as how this is where his name appeared, it’s a hint that he may either be living here temporarily since his mansion got destroyed, or he is currently working on the inside of the Tower. Also, in an interrogation with one of the movie’s villains, Steven Strange is mentioned as a potential threat. This means that Dr. Strange may already have his powers, or maybe they will make him a scientist instead of a surgeon? You never know. There were also references to Arnim Zola’s robot design from the comics, a Bruce Banner references was included in there too I think, and many other little details.
DAT MID CREDITS SCENE
Obviously this has spoilers. I won’t white out the text, and I won’t spoil anything from the scene. Whether you saw it or not you will understand what I’m talking about. I’m not going to say what the scene is. I will say however that when I first saw this scene I started to scream. I knew who was in this scene instantly. There was a few whispers throughout the audience asking who they were, and when they scene ended I started screaming out loud who they were. No one knew. It is sad that no one knows, but hopefully they will gain popularity in future MCU movies. This scene introduces a whole new part of the MCU to us. This scene can be compared to Iron Man’s post credits scene in that it set up the future of the MCU so much that we know right from this scene that things will never ever be the same. The way this scene was handled, the costume design, the writing and directing, just everything about this scene is amazing. It blew my mind that Marvel would show us this now. Those last few seconds of the scene was especially a treat. YOU NEED TO SIT THROUGH THIS. Also, I hope this isn’t a spoiler for some of you, but there is also an extra scene at the end. Much like Avengers and Thor: The Dark World, the mid credits scene is what is amazing, while the post credits scene is just an extra treat. Just The Dark World’s post credits scene, which involved Thor returning to Earth to be with Jane, this bonus scene also sets up the next movies, possibly even Age of Ultron. It’s a simple scene that just shows what happened after the final scene. Also like The Dark World’s post credits scene, it is something that could have been added to the end of the movie before the credits and probably would have worked better if they had done that.
Despite all the flaws this movie has, they are too minor to take me out of enjoying the movie. I feel that it doesn't even begin to compare to The Avengers, and it isn't as good as everyone is saying, but that doesn't change the fact that this is an extremely entertaining movie and I can't wait to see it again. The future of the MCU was in this movie's hands, and thankfully they succeeded enough that the MCU will continue on for years to come. What do you think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Have you even seen it yet? Sound off below, and remember to thumb this article up if you enjoyed it!
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” picks up where “Marvel’s The Avengers” left off, as Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and teams up with Natasha Romanoff, aka Black Widow, to battle a powerful yet shadowy enemy in present-day Washington, D.C. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Georges St-Pierre, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp and Maximiliano Hernández with Samuel L. Jackson and Robert Redford, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is directed by the team of Anthony and Joe Russo from a screenplay written by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely and is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941. Marvel Studios’ President Kevin Feige is producing the film. Executive producers on the project include Alan Fine, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee. The creative production team on the film includes director of photography Trent Opaloch, production designer Peter Wenham, editors Jeffrey Ford, A.C.E. and Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and three time Oscar®-nominated costume designer Judianna Makovsky. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is set for release on April 4, 2014. In addition to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Marvel Studios will release a slate of films based on other iconic Marvel characters including “Iron Man 3” on May 3, 2013; “Thor: The Dark World ” on November 8, 2013; “Guardians of the Galaxy” on August 1, 2014; “Marvel's The Avengers” sequel on May 1, 2015; and “Ant-Man” on November 6, 2015!
Chris Evans as Captain America
Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as Falcon
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Robert Redford as Agent Alexander Pierce
Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow
Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill
Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc
Emily VanCamp as Agent 13
Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter
Toby Jones as Arnim Zola
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