My mom and I walked out of the theater last night after seeing Captain America 2: The Winter Solider, and I asked her was ” Is this movie better than the Avengers.” She answered “Yes” with no hesitation. My mother is a huge superhero fan like I am. I often tell people that I’m my mother’s child. My mom has passed down a lot of amazing qualities and interests to me. One of those interests are being a fan of comic books. Batman will be always my number 1 with Spider-man a close second. The more I think about her comment “this movie is better than the Avengers.” I totally agree that Captain America 2 super succeeded every expectation I had going to into it and for that reason makes this movie better than the Avengers.
The Avengers is a hard movie to beat. Joss Whedon, the director, created a movie that has fun witty dialogue, a excellent narrative, great character development, amazing villain, and great action sequences. Joss Whedon pulls an ace out of his hat making the Avengers; however, Joe and Anthony Russo, directors of Winter Solider, pull two aces out of their hats. The movie has better fight sequences, a better compelling narrative, the character development is spectacular, and the villains are amazing. The Winter Solider develops as an character, and he is the main villain. Here’s a quick synopsis of the movie.
After the Avengers, Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) finds himself working with Shield. He is teamed up with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a swat commander, Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) on most missions. He finds himself at odds because the 21st century extremely different than the 1940’s. He often talks to a veteran’s counselor named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie). Captain America’s first mission of the movie is to rescue hostages held by pirates, and Black Widow is sent for a different reason to retrieve information. Rodgers has a confrontation with Nick Fury , director of Shield and played by Samuel L. Jackson, about eliminating threats before they happen. Come to find out, Nick Fury has a confrontation with the Winter Solider and pays for it dearly. Cap and Widow go digging deep into Shield’s history and find out there’s a plot deadlier than Shield knows about. The agency to hunt down Cap and Widow because is comprised by another force.
The Winter Solider has beautiful story telling. It’s not a big thinking movie but it’s a lot like a Jason Bourne movie with Marvel characters. The story is so beautifully crafted but there are so many easter eggs that give hints to what will come in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Russo brothers also gave a lot of time to character development and interaction. Captain America and Black Widow would be on a mission, fighting bad guys but carry on a conversation about his dating life during the fight scenes. Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, has so much witty dialogue with Steve Rodgers and the duo have a lot of screen time. Sidekicks are not popular but the Wilson character allows movie producers to have a template on how to make these characters work. I felt connected to every character in the story. I saw their motivations and impressions of what the world should be. Nick Fury believes that the world is full of threats, and Shield should neutralize them before they can happen. Alexander Pierce his boss, Robert Redford, believes people need a strong hand to feel safe and can’t make decisions on their own. Captain America of course still stands for freedom, individuality, and personal responsibility. He believes in a system laws and rules which conflicts with Nick Fury’s and Alexander Pierce’s ideals. The Winter Solider, Sebastian Stan, has character development but i don’t want to spoil it.
The Winter Solider excelled in attributes that make action and spy thrillers such wonderful movies. The special effects were killer but sometimes i noticed little flaws in the CGI. I had to really think about them after I saw them. The best part of the movie was the fight choreography. The fight choreography had everything that I have wanted in a superhero movie. It was flawless and it felt like you were watching a lightsaber fight from Star Wars but with martial arts. The choreography is everything you want in a Batman movie but never get. Captain America is no martial artist but when you have an unbreakable shield then it doesn’t matter. The visuals and sounds of the shield banging off multiple people and walls were excellent. The shield also makes a sound when Cap attaches it to his back.
Overall, Captain America 2: The Winter Solider gets a 5/5. I will post a spoiler blog about the movie sometime in the next few weeks so people have a chance to see this film. You don’t need to watch the first Captain America to understand this movie. The first post credits scene teases the Avengers 2: Age of Ultron. There are several mentions of characters that will be in upcoming Marvel films so listen for those.