Welcome to a new chapter in the Great Book of Marvel-adventures where each new movie complicates matters further until no one can make head or tail of what is going on (film freaks and comic-book nerds notwithstanding). The enormous Marvel-saga is an intricate network, but what we’ve seen so far is only the tip of the iceberg. The number 1 superhero-factory has so many plans in the future of introducing new superheroes and assembling new superhero-teams, it’s enough to explode the brains of creator Stan Lee and drive every single comic-book fan crazy …
Captain America: The winter soldier (hereafter named Captain America 2) is both a sequel of the first movie (duh!) but also – and more importantly – an immediate continuation of the events that we saw in the exceptionally fantastic The Avengers.
Better yet! Captain America 2 is a multi-tasking comic-book movie, because towards the end it also sets things in motion for what we have yet to see. And what we have yet to see is Captain America 3 and – yup, you guessed it! – The Avengers 2.
Be sure to exercise enough patience through the end credits (or simply fast-forward), so you can reward yourself with a short but sweet glimpse into the near future of the Marvel-industry. You will meet a few strange individuals who will most definitely have an impact on our beloved superheroes, especially if you consider the nature of their powers!
Like part I, the story is uncommonly straightforward.
You take your hero. You let him defeat a handful of bad guys with incredible ease. And then all of a sudden you magically pull a new enemy out of your hat who turns out to be strong enough to create the age-old illusion that your untouchable protagonist is in danger.
It’s a formula that has been used hundreds if not thousands of times by Hollywood and well beyond, but it still does the trick. Furthermore, Captain America 2 succeeds with waving flying colors to tell the wafer-thin story in a very appealing way. Plot changes are evident from a mile away (except for who the man is behind the mask of the winter soldier) and the action sequences are so over-the-top yet so Hollywood-cool that you cannot keep yourself from smiling, leaning back in your armchair and enjoying one of the finest movies of 2014.
What makes Captain America 2 ultimately so much fun, is how this movie doesn’t try to be something else. It *knows* what it is – which is a fun popcorn blockbuster – and it doesn’t try to justify the simplicity of its actions. There are no Oscar-worthy performances, no groundbreaking Memento-cinematography and you don’t have to worry about the movie trying to force a pragmatic life lesson of how all things are terrible and how this world could be so much better.
No, Cap 2 is nothing short of pure fun with the rowdy character of a rebellious teen boy. It’s a movie that doesn’t waste too much time asking questions about the how or the what, but simply lights the fuse and becomes a burning rocket of entertainment, crammed with some of the most spectacular action scenes you’ll see all year long.
Oh … and also … the amount of CGI was reduced significantly to give the movie a much better look and atmosphere. Live action is a dying art form and because of it, directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo decided: “If we can build it, then we build it!” So instead of constantly being submerged into fake computer-effects, they went with as much live action as possible. Of course, Captain America 2 being a superhero movie, some scenes just had to be built with the computer …
Just like the first movie, the stars- and stripes hero is once again enigmatically brought to life by Chris Evans. The man obviously feels at ease when putting on the costume, proof of concept is just how it’s hard to imagine Captain America without seeing the face of the actor.
Standing by his side – and doing a heck of a lot more than just standing – is the ever attractive Scandinavian beauty Scarlett Johansson. The Lara Croft-athletic fashion with which she makes short work of her enemies is sufficient enough to lure every single solitary man (and then some) to the nearest cinema complex …
Never mind the Danish beauty, she’s also a very fine actress.
No Marvel movie without Samuel L. Jackson in a leading role, well, supporting role of a leading man. Once again, the black actor takes full charge and plays the part of General Nick Fury in ways no one else could’ve done. There was a time when Samuel L. Jackson played the part, after seeing him so many times in the same role, he has become the part!
Slightly different from before is that we get to meet the one guy who stands at the very top on the hierarchical ladder of S.H.I.E.L.D., in other words, the boss of General Nick Fury. The big one. The absolute leader of the world in terms of controlling superheroes.
Like finding a dead body in your closet, the career of long-forgotten actor Robert Redford suddenly gets a boost when it steps back into the limelight of big Hollywood-blockbusters. Here’s a man who hasn’t had a decent movie in years and unexpectedly finds himself leading a whole pack of superheroes, something the former Butch Cassidy and the sundance kid-actor has never experienced in his whole life.
The bad guy of the movie, the one whose name appears in the title, is called the winter soldier and performed by, err, well we can’t say. Not without spoiling the movie’s biggest surprise. The identity of the winter soldier is undoubtedly the number 1 shocker inside the story …
Last but not least, there is another superhero making a surprise visit. His name is Falcon and he – as his nickname obviously explains – has the ability to fly, although he can only accomplish such feat with the use of his metal wings. The actor who takes up the airspace and attacks from above and beyond is something we can reveal, it’s Anthony Mackie.
All things considered, Captain America: The winter soldier is a clever dumb popcorn movie with some real substance … just sit back and relax!
did you know?
Robert Redford wanted to do the film, because his grandchildren are huge fans of Marvel films and he wanted them to see him in one.
Give it to me straight:
Captain America: The winter soldier does what it’s supposed to do and so much more! Not only is part II bigger and more spectacular than the first Captain America, but it’s most especially very clever in connecting past with present with future. Not that the movie has time lapses or people go on a time travelling adventure, but Captain America 2 lets you peek behind the curtain of what occured in the past when he was still a young boy, yet it also focuses on the darkness of a new threat set out for the future.
Add to that Scarlett Johansson in a tight black outfit, breathtaking action sequences so spectacular in live action and so low in fake computer-effects that these scenes may end up burning a hole in your eye and brutal fistfights in close-up so phenomenal that you want to rise up from your chair and give the person sitting next to you an unexpected slap in the face, if only to feel a little bit like a superhero.