Chris Evans is back as Marvel Comics’ shield-wielding patriotic hero Captain America! Teaming up with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Captain America discover that the agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised, and a dangerous new force within its ranks threatens mankind. Not only that but a shadowy rogue agent knows as the Winter Soldier emerges to challenge Captain America’s quest to restore order amongst chaos. Does this flick deserve the success of other Marvel movies such as The Avengers and Iron-Man, or is sequel a sorry excuse for a cash grab? Read on!
The Good: This movie is brilliant! It could have been just a typical superhero sequel, but no. It’s a bona fide espionage thriller with a smart, focused narrative that has more plot twists that you can throw a shield at! The action scenes are bombast yet suspenseful, and the thrills keep coming at you like an out of control hurricane. And you can’t beat the cast. Evans takes on the leading man role with all the hunky heroism and sincerity this iconic character deserves. Johansson is as sensational as she is smoldering. Robert Redford is cunningly diabolical. And no matter how hard the bad guys try, you just can’t mess with Samuel L. Jackson.
The Gay: Evans. Those arms! That chest! That butt! And that face! Swoon! I was pretty much giving him a 21-gun salute in my pants the whole time. Now is it me, or did Evans get more jacked since the first Captain America film? He’s HUGE. Like, what does he do in his spare time? Bench trucks?! How many slabs of beef does he consume in a day? Whatever he did to prepare for this role definitely worked, and there’s no doubt that his hotness lights up the screen.
Speaking of beef, there’s so much beefcake thrown at you in this flick with baddies Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) and Jack Rollins (Callan Mulvey), along with Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) flexing their biceps all over the screen. Heck, there’s so much beef you won’t need to reach for that protein shake after your feeble attempt at lifting weights at the gym! And was it just me, or did that elevator scene where the baddies gang up on Evans had some sort of underlying homoerotic BDSM thing going on? Hmm.
The Bad: Boy this movie is long. Also, you need to have followed the Marvel movie franchise somewhat to understand some of the plotpoints going on in the movie, so newcomers could easily get confused as to what’s going on. The whole dramatic tension setup between the Winter Soldier’s identity and Captain America was a little cliché at times (let’s be honest: I rolled my eyes a few times). Otherwise, not too much to say here.
The Fugly: Well, the 3D could have been a bit better (I expected more shrapnel flying in my face) , but it did provide a nice sense of depth. But whoa! Talk about major Marvel Universe plot shakeup! I don’t want to give any of it away, but it makes me think about what’s going to happen in subsequent Marvel films and the TV spinoff series Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Captain America: Wintery woeful or Marvellous? Take your money and march on over to the multiplex to check out this Marvel masterpiece. It’s by far the best flick of the series as of late, and there’s so much awesome packed into this film that it’s more than worthwhile. And don’t forget to stay in your seats until all the credits have rolled! There’s not one, but two scenes that hint at what’s to come!
The Grade: A, as in Grade A beef. Mmm, tasty!