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The thing I like about Captain America is that he’s a good man first, and a super hero second. While other superheroes are dark or selfish, arrogant or extremely complicated Captain America is a true honest to God, good, crime fighting superhero.


Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directed By: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo, Sebastian Stan, Emily Van Camp

Premise: As Steve Rogers adjusts to life in the present, he discovers that it’s hard to find people to trust. Even when S.H.I.E.L.D. sends him on missions it’s never cut and dry, there is always some other task going on that Steve isn’t aware of. But when a bloodied Nick Fury appears in Steve’s apartment after being attacked with the message., “Don’t trust S.H.I.E.L.D.,” Steve finds himself both a target and a fugitive. S.H.I.E.L.D believes he has the government by refusing to disclose Fury’s last words. He and Black Widow find themselves on the run knowing they are the only people who can expose the conspiracies deep within the government.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a brave superhero movie. Steve Rogers is just a man, and while the other Avengers fight killer robots with advanced technology, monsters we can only dream of, aliens from other planets, vengeful Gods with mystical powers, Captain fights for something. And that something is very real. It is something we, as mere mortals, can understand and relate to. He fights for justice, against a corrupt government, against ultimate power, and against control over the human race.


The movie is tense and exciting and introduces new characters that are fresh and original. One of the best things about Marvel and their stories are their ability to weave complicated emotions throughout their characters. They ask the hard questions. What do you do when your brother is the ultimate evil? What do you do when you can’t contain your terrible terrible temper? What do you do when you’re just a man that can shoot arrows well? What do you do when you feel like the whole world is against you? What would you do if you had to fight your best friend whose not evil just brain-washed to do evil? This movies and movies like this (i/e The Dark Night Rises) are powerful are because the issues they tackle are relevant today. “Absolute corrupt power, corrupts absolutely.”


6 Things You Should Know:

1)      There is Character Development – You know me, I’m a fan of substance over flash and this movie really allowed its characters to shine. While answering old questions and giving us new ones. The actors had heavy loads this time around and Chris Evans, Scarlett Johannsen, and Anthony Mackie have some great chemistry together.

2)      The Falcon is AWESOME – I mean seriously he is. Those wings are fantastic and the first time to you them it’s hard not to nerd out about it. Not to mention Anthony Mackie brings some much needed humor to the movie.


3)      The Nick Fury Car Chase is One of the Best Action Sequences – We always knew Nick Fury was a bad ass. From the moment Samuel L. Jackson stepped into the role there was no way he couldn’t be. But to finally see that Fury can be more than just a man dolling out vague information and funny quips is an exciting thing. It also proves, beyond a reasonable doubt, that Nick Fury is THEE biggest bad ass of all the bad asses. (PS: The Winter Soldier is a close 2nd Bad-Ass.)

4)      I Wish There Was More... – Humor:  The one thing the movie was missing was more of its light hearted humor. Sure Anthony provided more of the lighter moments, and it had those nice one liners and quips Marvel is so well known for, but with such a heavy subject matter I would have like to have seen some funnier moments. …Emily Van Camp: I’m guess Sharon Carter will play a bigger role in Cap 3, but I wish there were more Emily Van Camp, I love her

5)      The Fighting is Thrilling – Sure you can fight with a robotic suit, or a hammer, or a shield, but the thrilling fight sequences was when it went hand to hand, fighting with knives, or fists, or sheer will-power. GSP fighting Cap, come on! Amazing.


6)      #ItsAllConnected – I can’t wait to see what impact this movie has on the TV series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Because frankly it’s a game changer. And that’s what makes Marvel so ingenious. It’s all connected! How often do you get to see the aftermath of a movie play out?

You can call him a do-gooder, you can call him boring, you can call him the least exciting Avenger. But when it comes down to it, what makes Cap so fantastic, what makes him possibly the best Avenger is the fact he’s a man first, and a hero second. He chooses to believe the best in people, who chooses good over evil, he chooses others over himself. I’d pick Cap first to fight by my side any day. Because of all the things I listed, and well, because he just looks so damn good in that suit.


Rating: A-/B+




I was one of those skeptics about Captain America especially about Chris Evans, I mean he’s part of the Fantastic Four (Flame On!). But I gotta tell you, Marvel has done it again. Captain America had everything you could ask for in a movie, a like-able well developed main character, comedy, action, romance, and characters you care about. That’s a great feat for any movie.


Captain America: The First Avenger
Starring: Chris Evans, Tommy Lee Jones, Sebastian Stan, Hugo Weaving, Hayley Atwell

Premise: The movie takes place in the early 1940’s when eligible young men are drafted into the war to fight the Nazi’s. Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) wants to be one of those soldiers only he doesn’t have the size or the strength to be one. He does, however, have to heart to be one. And that’s exactly what Dr. Abraham Erskine (Stanley Tucci), recruiter Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), are looking for when creating their super soldier with the help of Mr. Stark aka Iron Man’s Dad (Dominic Cooper). The formula and procedure is now successful and Steve Rogers is now Captain America, who is hell bent on taking down his evil counterpart Red Skull, (Hugo Weaving) who’s leader of the evil HYDRA organization.

My Review: This movie surprised me. It’s not that I thought it was going to be horrible – Marvel does an incredible job on their movies — I just didn’t expect to like it so much. The plot, though nothing special, was well thought out. The action was good, but without over doing it or blowing things out of proportion. And it was funny, like really funny, turning possible cliché moments into amusing scenarios. I also appreciated how much time director Joe Johnston put into developing Steve Rogers. I think that was Thor’s biggest problem, we didn’t get a true sense of who he was. I feel like I got to know Steve Rogers and I liked him. I cared about him. And it’s those things that make you invest in the movie. It was nice to see Chris Evans play a different character for a change. He wasn’t your typical superhero. He wasn’t cocky or selfish, he was just a nice guy who happened to be really strong and have incredible abs (that’s always a plus).

As for that ending, I didn’t see it coming. It wasn’t a typical ending and I was surprised by my tears. It also makes me wonder how they would make a sequel because I love where this story was going. None the less, it did set us up nicely for the Avengers movie.


Random Thoughts (without spoilers):

  • Tommy Lee Jones was his usual bad-ass self, but it fit and it brought a lightness to the movie.
  • I appreciated that the movie wasn’t heavy handed.
  • Bucky (Sebastian Stan) was distractingly good-looking in this movie, when usually he does not look good.
  • Chris Evans and Hayley Atwell had some really good chemistry. I’m glad that she was also a strong character.
  • Stanley Tucci does a crazy good German accent.
  • I’m thankful that this movie also helped answer that lingering question at the end of THOR.

Rating:  4 Stars.