So this movie was one of the only movies set to come out this year that I really wanted to see. The Marvel movies have grown on me quite a bit, and I really love Chris Evans (hottie alert). I thought the first Captain America movie was really well done, so I had high hopes for this one. It did not disappoint.
When the movie starts, we see Steve Rogers meet a new friend (Falcon) and hanging around an old one (Black Widow). Captain America is grumbling about being Nick Fury's janitor, and is upset when he finds out that while they are sent on the same mission, he and Black Widow have different objectives. It becomes apparent very quickly that his trust in Nick Fury has run out, and it just isn't his old school life causing unease anymore. The plot progresses fairly quickly, Agent Maria Hill is called in by Nick Fury right before we meet the Winter Solider. It is from an epic battle with him that leads to what we think is Nick's passing, and then the teaming up of Black Widow, Captain America and the newly befriended Falcon to find out whats going on. There are a ton of really well executed action scenes, and the bombshell that HYDRA was operating within S.H.I.E.L.D. The movie wrapped up nicely, with some sad moments with Captain America and the Winter Solider (who is his best pal Bucky) and the complete dissolution of S.H.I.E.L.D. Since the show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D is supposed to tie in with all the movie franchises, it will be interesting to see what happens to it now that this movie has it disbanded (I have all the shows DVR'd, but I have yet to watch them). The movie employs a lot of the dry humor that other Marvel movies use, and it worked beautifully. And this may sound odd, but I really loved the color scheme they used in Chris Evans' wardrobe. Maybe its the Republican in me, but the solid color tee shirts in patriotic hues and blue jeans/khakis combo is hot. Of course, it doesn't hurt that hes completely buff in the movie. And Sebastian Stan.....damn. The Winter Solider was like the emo version of Captain America, but definitely still cute and just as buff. The guy behind me in the theater had an appreciation for the people on the screen too, but his was aimed at Scarlett Johansson. Every single time she was on the screen and kicking someone's ass (which was quite frequently) he would moan in pleasure and say "that's my girl." It was creepy. I felt like if I had looked behind me, I would've seen a personal moment going on, if you get my drift.
I give this movie two very enthusiastic thumbs up. Also, don't forget to stay for the credits. There are two extra scenes. The first one comes pretty quickly after the credits start in standard Marvel fashion and it introduces Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver. The second scene is at the very end of the credits, and its of Bucky checking out his part of the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian. The guys who were cleaning (and I use that term loosely) the theater seemed pissed that we'd stayed for the second scene (we weren't the only ones, there were a few other couples that stayed for both), so they tried to ruin it by saying what it was before it came on. I told them that I didn't care because I'd already read on Yahoo what it was, but I still had a right to see it.
Here are some links to sites that list the Marvelous Easter eggs found in the movie. I thought they were pretty interesting. I also thought that it was pretty interesting that out of all the lists I read (and there were a ton), only one (the list from Screen Rant) mentioned Black Widow's arrow necklace, which was clearly a nod to Hawkeye.
*screenrant.com (the best list)
Have you seen The Winter Solider yet? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments below :)