My son and I saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier earlier in the week. It’s the sequel to the first Captain America movie. We loved it, and really enjoyed the awesome fight scenes. There’s plenty of action in the film, but it’s more of a mystery-drama. And unlike the Ironman movies, there is very little humor in this serious film about an organization with too much power. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel Studios) opens Friday. Continue reading to learn nine things about the second Captain America film.
9 Things About Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Everyone wants to kill Captain America
Early in the film, Nick Fury is killed. Before he was killed, Nick gives Captain America a memory stick. While Steve Rogers is trying to figure out why Nick was killed, agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. try to kill him. As if that’s wasn’t enough, a new super villain, the Winter Soldier, is also trying to kill him. Steve doesn’t know who to trust because Nick warned him not to trust anyone. He can’t solve the mystery all by himself, so Steve eventually partners with the Black Widow and Falcon to stop the bad guys from killing millions of people.
It’s another conspiracy story
Overall, I like the new Captain America movie. But when it comes down to it, it’s just another conspiracy story with betrayals and an organization with too much power. There have been many stories like this, and Captain America 2 doesn’t really offer anything new, other than two super soldiers and a man with wings. On the other hand, I did enjoy the mystery part of the movie and trying to figure out who’s behind it all.
The Winter Soldier is a worthy bad guy
The Red Skull was the bad guy in the first film. He’s a villain featured many times in the comic books, but he doesn’t have Captain America’s strength (this was added in the first movie). A better match-up is the Winter Soldier. He’s strong and can hold his own against Captain America. If you read the comic books, then you know who the Winter Soldier really is. I’m not going to spoil it for you, other than to say he was rescued and brought back to health after he was found almost dead. The rescuer gave him a bionic arm, brain washed him, and trained him to be an assassin. The Winter Soldier is essentially another version of Captain America. In fact, in the comic books, the Winter Soldier became the new Captain America when Steve Rogers was killed. Of course, that was in comic books.
It’s like a kung fu movie
There is more action in the second Captain America movie compared to the first one. In the first film, half the movie was about the origin of Captain America, or involved Captain America in a Broadway musical to sell war bonds. In the sequel, there are more fight scenes with a lot of awesome stunts. The fight scenes and stunt actually reminded me of martial arts films with wires attached to the actors so they can fight when are flying through the air or so they can climb up a building by jumping back and fought between to two walls. This isn’t a bad thing, it just gave the movie a kung-fu feel to it.
Falcon has metal wings
If you follow the comic books, then you know Falcon is one of Captain America’s sidekicks. In the graphic novels, Falcon wears a red suit and his wings are made out of feathers. But in the movie, his wings are metal and his costume is essentially a military uniform. I like the wings made out of feathers, but a metal wing does make more sense in combat situations.
Stan Lee is back
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Stan Lee makes an appearance near the end of the film. This time around, he’s a Smithsonian guard who’s on duty when Captain America’s uniform was stolen.
Stay around for the credits
Like many Marvel movies, there is an extra scene during the credits. The extra scene in Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows a caged Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch. This seems to confirm the rumors that the two mutants will be in the next Avengers movie.
Robert Redford was a poor choice
Chris Evans is excellent as Steve Rogers (Captain America). And of course Scarlett Johansson is still sexy as the ass-kicking Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff). I thought everyone was good in the movie. However, I think Robert Redford shouldn’t have been in the film. Don’t get me wrong. He’s a good actor, but you know something is up when he’s in a movie expected to be a block buster. Redford usually plays more interesting characters than Alexander Pierce, who is the head of the World Security Council in the film. Because he’s in the movie, you know he’s either going to save the day or he’s the villain behind it all. Other actors in Captain America: The Winter Soldier are Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson / Falcon), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow), Maximiliano Hernández (Jasper Sitwell), Emily VanCamp (Kate / Agent 13), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Dr. Arnim Zola), Stan Lee (Smithsonian Guard), Callan Mulvey (Jack Rollins), and Jenny Agutter (Councilwoman Hawley). The film was directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, and Joss Whedon.
The film is rated PG-13
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is 136 minutes long and is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout. There is a little profanity, but no nudity or sex scenes.