Ten Thoughts About Captain America: The Winter Soldier

April 15, 2014 at 4:37 pm (Uncategorized)

Saw the new Captain America movie the other night. Now just a few random thoughts. oh, yeah, SPOILER ALERT

1. It was so much better than I had hoped, I almost forgot there was a Captain America 1.  The fight scenes were fantastic with only a couple of  moments where the CGI/effects were weak. Such a strong cast, and so many fun Marvel characters brought in. (Thought Batroc would have a bigger part, but glad he wasn’t played as a clown) Yes, it’s true the montage /post-climax got a little muddy, but overall pretty good.

2.  It may be the funniest Marvel movie made. (or at least as funny as the Avengers). Sample dialogue:

Nick Fury: Get me [SHIELD agent Maria] Hill now!

Fury car: Communications array is offline.

Nick Fury: Then what’s not broken?

Fury car: Air conditioning is fully operational.

3. Captain America was never my favourite Marvel character. He was just too square-jawed and well, patriotic, to relate to. Only when he did some soul-searching and questioned authority or rather its quasi-fascistic side, did he appear interesting. As a result, Cap’s character in the movie is a lot more interesting too.

4. The Winter Soldier is still cooler. C’mon. A Soviet trained assassin with a bionic arm, they wake-up to kill people every few years? What’s not to love?

5. But, getting back to point number three; much is made of how HYDRA subverts S.H.I.E.L.D.’s purpose, but HYDRA essentially picks up the ball and runs with it. S.H.I.E.L.D.’s plan is to stop the terrorists before they commit their terrorist-y acts; HYDRA says “let’s kill 20, 000,000 people to see it through” . It’s the vigilante question again. Who watches the watchmen?

6. I loved the way it was filled with little nerd asides – the Winter Soldier catches Cap’s shield in a way that foreshadows Bucky briefly replacing Steve Rogers as Captain America.

7. In the obligatory mid-credit scene showing Quicksilver and the Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olson looks positively deranged. Very creepy cool!

8. Glad to see the Black Widow’s has widow’s stings now in addition to the power of super-butt.

9.  I may have to see it again to catch see Joss Whedon’s cameo and to figure out which scientist Ed Brubaker played.

10. Saw trailers for the X-Men: Days of Future Past, the Guardians of the Galaxy, and the Amazing Spider-Man 2, and the movie itself mentioned Stephen Strange (ohh, ooh), and there was no mention of Ant-Man. Bright days ahead!

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