Prior to seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I heard from critics how this movie could possibly be even better than the Avenger, or if not the best of the entire Marvel stand alone thus far. I also heard you walk in expecting one thing however you will leave with something else. Samuel L Jackson, Nick Fury, stated that he was excited to be a part of a film with such a “back story “as well as a political awareness” to it. Co–star Anthony Mackie, Falcon, has this to say on the film:
“Captain America is actually every man’s superhero. He has so many traits about him that all of us can relate to, and with what’s going on present day with all the soldiers coming home, they added so many aspects of that – with the PTSD and all that – to this script so that it’s kind of a love letter or an ode to the soldiers coming home, to give everyone a fresh look at what we’re dealing with right now in society.”
These thoughts hold true to my thoughts on the film, so after reading so many different reviews, listening to the thoughts of both Jackson and Mackie as well as Captain America himself Chris Evans, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier) and Director Anthony and Joe Russo, I walked out feeling as if this film was every bit as good as the critics and actors said it was and then some. I would not say it is as good as The Avengers.
The action sequences are as good as or even better than that of the Avengers. This film is filmed with so much drama , emotion , intrigue as well as a wakeup call in what is going on today with our soldiers who have fought for this country . The political conscience of this film is truly evident when you mix all this in with the fact that this is Marvel and that this film lays yet another part within Marvel’s next chapter and that this film will drop a huge surprise twist.
Truly got a chuckle out of how many movie goers in attendance where surprised to see that the Winter Solider was Cap’s old partner Bucky. The name drop of “Stephen Strange” was an awesome nod to what is to come for Marvel’s next phase of films with Doctor Strange.
All actors involved were at their very best; Chris Evans embodied the true essence of “Captain America”. Anthony Mackie made me proud to be a fan of the Falcon character as long as I have, never thought I would see this character brought to screen in such a well thought out dramatic way, although, I will say, next film he will definitely need a suit upgrade featuring armor and better weaponry similar to that of the comic. I feel that the Falcon character truly represents the best of humanity just as the film portrays: brave, loyal, duty driven, humble, stands for something other than himself; the Falcon is yet another huge hit that Marvel has brought to the table.
As Mackie had mentioned, this film paid a much need nod to the soldiers who serve for this country and impact mentally it has had on many of them coming home with PTSD or other medical aliments or condition. The scene when Sam Wilson/Falcon is holding a counseling session with Veterans about their trials was one of my favorite scenes, this shows how aware Sam Wilson’s character is of others who need help, support and encouragement through tough times. Truly a much needed hero in these days we live in. Now, let’s move on to the end credit scenes.
Loved the end credit scene involving Avenger’s 2 villain, Baron von Strucker,.and a first look at Avengers to be Quick Silver and Scarlett Witch. What was even more interesting was in seeing how he had possession of the scepter that Loki wielded in the Avengers film. Cannot wait to see what his plans are with such a powerful item.
The other end credit scene with Bucky, The Winter Solider, at the Smithsonian Museum where they have a Captain America and The Howling Commandos exhibit, this has Bucky face to face with his own memorial video, which will no doubt aid in him regaining the memory of who he is.
Really was not too please with this scene as it really did not do much for me, was hoping for something a little bit better.
This film is absolutely amazing and a true testament of Marvel’s evolution. Box Office Results has Captain America as of last Friday, breaking the April box office record, bringing in $37 million from 3,938 theater screens across North America, approximately 80% of them in 3D. The previous record holder was Fast Five earned $34.4 million in its top single-day. Last Thursday for its early showing, 82% of all ticket pre-sales on Fandango were for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the numbers beat out any other April release in the company’s 14-year history. According to BoxOffice.com, the opening weekend forecast for Cap 2 is around $94 million, with some estimates putting it near $100 million. In other words, Marvel has again tapped into something special with this Captain America franchise, and did well by retaining the services of the Russo brothers to direct the next film which is reported to be in development. I forward to seeing Cap back in action with hopefully Falcon in Avengers 2 due out in 2015, stay tuned.