Disclaimer ahead: I’m reviewing a comic book movie and I’m not a fan of comic books. That aside, let’s get to the movie!
Short answer: I loved it. Lots of action, interesting plot, and the good guy heroics that you would expect from Captain America.
Let’s dive a little deeper though. The movie had excellent pacing and plot, at no point was there a point where the audience was left to get bored. Action was often built with tension, we are meant to care what happens to the people in this movie. Chris Evans brought the patriotism, freedom-loving, and honest Captain America to life, in a fashion that was both inspiring and heart-rending at times. Yes, I say heart-rending because of the burdens he shoulders. There was at least one tear-jerker of a scene in the movie. You are able to guess the direction of the plot, but the full extent has enough twists and turns to satisfy, but not overly complex like a bad Bond movie.
The movie brought with it the trappings of a political thriller, but don’t be mistaken, it’s not a movie about murky politics and finding the lesser of two evils. It’s a movie about Captain America doing the right thing… no matter the cost to himself along the way. It was a movie about a good man setting the example and causing all of us mere mortals to step up and stand with him. I think it’s a movie that reminds us of the importance of freedom… and that there are always those who are willing to use fear to take power.
I particularly liked the development of Scarlet Johanson’s character, Black Widow. The interplay between her, a character who is fundamentally a creature of shadow and lies, and Captain America who is a beacon of truth… it was fascinating. The tension between the two was well played and believable and at the same time, we saw that his inherent goodness acted as a draw to her own character, who fights for good, but doesn’t believe she has any within herself. In addition, Falcon was an excellent character, something of an every-day-man who fights in the realm of gods and superheroes… and who fights because it is the right thing to do, rather than from some calling or granted power. There are others, some of whom get only a few words to say, but they’re all called forward, forced to choose between what is easy and what is right.
I’m interested to see the effects of the movie upon the Agents of Shield TV show, as well as to find out more about Avengers: Age of Ultron. The movie has some very serious repercussions in the Marvel Movie Universe and I want to see that transformation play out. There were two post movie scenes, one mid-credit that hinted at a lot of activity for Avengers Age of Ultron, and the other which makes me interested to see where the character of the Winter Soldier is headed.
All in all, it was an awesome movie. Frankly, the only disappointment I’m feeling about it is that I’ve got a long wait until we see these characters again.