Friday, May 2, 2014

Captain America 2 Review

Captain America is a thoroughly entertaining movie. Long review follows. No big spoilers (just minor ones).

First, the bad. This movie suffers slightly from taking on too much and over-exposition, particularly one scene where the movie felt it needed to re-hash the plot from the first Captain America movie. As the scene unfolds, the story was revealed in a way that lent itself to this movie in a plot-twisty sort of way that actually made its' inclusion make sense.

There were a few slow parts but that didn't detract from the movie, in fact it allowed us to take break in between incredible! fight sequences and over-the-top action scenes. This also allowed time for our characters' struggles to be showcased as these would play out through the rest of the movie.

Each main character has great personal development stories that built upon past movies and will have an impact on their future roles. Director Fury has his biggest role to date with a particularly great action scene and some fantastic line delivery that only Samuel L. Jackson could pull of.

There were quite a few scenes reminiscent of the Avengers that had me asking (out loud), " Where is Iron Man?" lol…quite a bit happens in this movie that had me wondering where Tony Stark was, as plot developments in this movie surely would have an impact on his life. Yes, I am aware it is called Captain America.

It remains to be seen how the effects of this movie will play out in future Marvel movies (as it will surely have an impact), the results of which we will see immediately on the tv show Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

It was great to see Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, and the aforementioned plot re-hashing from the first Captain America goes a long way to explain how 'Bucky' is alive and well in the 21st century. Kudos to the writers who created scenes from the past to showcase the unwavering friendship between Steve and Bucky. They added a bittersweet tinge to the rivalry between them in the present.

The big thing that really stood out for me was the unprecedented fight sequences. You could tell a lot of long hours went into ensuring realism in the combat-style fights that Captain America takes part in throughout the movie. Not one, not two, but three huge Captain America fight scenes that left me cringing and looking away. You can tell Steve Rogers has been putting in some serious training. This is not a kid-friendly movie, the level of violence being upped tremendously in this second outing with the body count rising by the minute as the movie unfolds.

But, once the movie is over and you have time to breathe, you realize the moral of the movie (the price of freedom equals great sacrifice) was really delivered upon with all the death and destruction. The movie advocates choice and freedom but never becomes preachy. It's enthralling, edge of your seat entertainment and nail-biting.

I want to see this movie again just for the action scenes alone as they sometimes took my breath away. The best part is watching Captain America don his (original) suit and getting that no-nonsense look in his eyes as he blazes into battle. I cheered out loud quite a few times.

My only caveat is I don't think it's worth seeing this movie in 3D as some of the earlier fight scenes get lost in the distraction of watching them in 3D. Other than that, really fun outing and definitely setting up for a great third act for this great American hero.

Stick around for two end-credit scenes that set up nicely for the Avengers sequel and the eventual Captain America Act III movie.

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