The day before we saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I saw Captain America: The First Avenger for the first time. And now the Captain America movies are the only movies I’ve seen in the current Avengers film canon. I’ve never read any of the comic books. So, needless to say, I went into this movie pretty much blindly. Before I saw either of them, I had no idea of what the plots were, to be honest. And so, with saying all of that, I think I can say that this movie is an absolute success. These two movies tell their stories in a way that they aren’t related to anything else, i.e. you don’t need to know anything about Captain America other than what we see onscreen to understand him and the movie. And honestly, I think that’s just straight up good writing.
I loved how the plot of The Winter Soldier was not as straightforward as The First Avenger, but they were still so connected. The First Avenger is, essentially, about killing Nazis, although these are Nazis unlike any Nazis we’ve seen before. But it’s still a basic story of Good Guys vs. Nazis. Thrusting Captain America into the 21st century complicates things a lot, and the plot of The Winter Soldier has layers of other characters (like Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson), layers of international conspiracies, and layers of Captain America’s own confusion and sadness at having slept for 70 years of his life. But, in the end, it all just kind of comes down to Nazis. But a crazy, 21st century version of Nazis, where they don’t use the word Nazi and race and religion doesn’t come into it, but genocide and “cleansing” do. So, Captain America is experiencing and seeing all of this extreme change, only to find that nothing’s really changed.
Also, kind of a bummer that Robert Redford played one of those Nazi guys. Not a bummer was seeing a bottle of Newman’s Own pasta sauce in his character’s fridge. I don’t want to say that was my favorite part because that would sound like I didn’t like the movie, but that was still pretty amazing.
This movie was great. I think I still like the first one more, the WWII stuff is just really interesting to me, but I think seeing Captain America in DC was pretty nice. I knew the Winter Soldier story so I guess nothing was a surpass until the end. What I thought about the most during the movie though was how weird it was that the S.H.E.I.L.D. headquarters was in this fake spot in DC and it didn’t really make any sense in relation to The Kennedy Center. I just kept noticing that and I confirmed with my sister so I’m glad I’m not the only one who thought that. I’m excited for Guardians Of The Galaxy now, I’m far more on board the Marvel movies than DC but that might have a lot to do with Zack Snyder.