This Is Captain America 1.5…
There have been many talks about the Russo brothers this past couple of weeks and I can imagine why. These two went from directing the HORRENDOUS You, Me and Dupree and Community (TV) and landed this gig! Now back to directing, I feel Captain America started off pretty comic’ish. I feel like I am reading the comics when I am actually seeing it on the big screen. The movie begins with Steve Rogers in Washington DC where he befriend Sam Wilson at some park. Later on, the scene jumped to Nick Furry and the SHIELD. Okay, sure we get it, Cap is working for them now and obviously there is a mission for him. You are right, Black Widow a.k.a the sexiest female character in comic books appeared and together they investigate and defeat French pirates who hijacked a ship. Comic’ish, am I right?
The Russo brothers tried to pull the audience into the comic realm by inserting many storyline into the first half an hour. Once you get the hang of it, they then slowed down and let you breath. Personally it can be overwhelming, but I don’t think this is a bad way of directing, in fact it was quite refreshing.
It’s inevitable not to compare this movie with the first one – the one that launched Captain America into household stardom. Like many have said, The Winter Soldier has acquired a rather gritty and darker tone. The first movie feels like a war-piece action movie, while this one comes off as political thriller. The Winter Solder is fill with layers and layers of conspiracy and betrayal like you have never seen before.
Another thing that caught my eyes is the cinematography. I know I always include this aspect in my other reviews, because I realized this is a crucial element in movie making, especially for action-packed movies. The high above shot from the hijacked ship scene, to fighting-the-bad-guys towards the end: Captain America is one hell of a ride for my eyes! As any other Marvel movies, Captain America: The Winter Solider doesn’t forget its sense of humor! My personal favourite is the time Pierce asked Furry to remind Iron Man to come to his niece’s birthday party!
The Winter Solider can feel like it’s not the second installment of Captain America, because the villains are actually the same: Bucky. Now I understand why The Russos included the whole SHIELD conspiracy storyline, it is in fact to delude the audience into believing they are watching a new chapter of Captain America. Once I watched the movie and went on browsing for the back story, I realized why Bucky needs to be there. For those who are not familiar with him, he is basically Cap’s side kick and has always been there in the comic books, so it’s pretty hard not to include him and start over with a new villain. This “twist” will earn positive praises from Captain America’s hard-core fans but it might leave the non fans baffled.
Funny scene: Cap and Black Widow are on the run from the corrupt SHIELD agents, they need to disguise to blend in with the citizen. Cap in glasses and Widow in hoodie? hell yeah!
Action Scene: Cap is in the elevator with 10 other SHIELD agents who want to take him out. Cap beats those sons of bitc*** down in less than a minute and jump down to the ground without a scratch.
Chris Evans as Captain America is the wisest choice Marvel has ever done. He delivered another memorable performance, maybe not as personal as the first movie, but definitely up there. Where else Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson are always at their best.
Despite the straight-from-the-comic way of directing, the Russo brothers managed to deliver a solid-packed and fun movie.