*Disclaimer* I am an unabashed Marvel fangirl. I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I've seen Marvel's The Avengers in the theater nineteen times, thus far, and, more recently, I saw Thor: The Dark World in the theater five times before a back injury seriously curtailed my ability to binge on movies. I have already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier two times, though today is the official opening date and I also managed to sneak in a re-viewing of the first Captain America movie, as well. What can I say; I'm an overachiever. I say all of this to let you know that I am supremely qualified to offer a review of this movie, but I also may be the slightest bit biased. Just a smidge. You've been warned. Since most have not yet seen the movie (seriously, what are you waiting for?), I'll keep this spoiler-free.
Because I love and crave all things Marvel Cinematic Universe, I have been anticipating Captain America: The Winter Soldier for months. I've watched all the sneak peeks, I've read all the theories, I've watched the interviews with the cast, I read all of the early reviews, etc. I participated in anything that was intended to ratchet up interest in the movie and the mission was accomplished; if I could have, I would have somersaulted everywhere all day long on Tuesday, so giddy was I that I was going to see the Advance Screening of the movie that night. One of the things I knew going in was that this movie is part traditional superhero movie but also part spy thriller. In honor of that duality, I will present this review in two parts. The first part will be a traditional, spoiler-free review and the second part will be a full-on fangirlgasm wherein I will abuse exclamation marks and make up brand new words. Because I must.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier toes the line between traditional, comic, action blockbuster and intense, intrigue-filled mysterious political thriller. There are superheroes who can fly and lots of things blowing up but there's also shady government agents, high reaching conspiracies, a whodunit aspect and an overall theme of “who can you trust?” It touches on themes relevant to today's world like how technology can be used against us and the fine line between protecting your freedoms and infringing upon others freedom to do it.
Also, it demonstrates the casualties of the fight for freedom. There are enough nods to previous Marvel movies and introductions of new Marvel characters to keep the fanboys and fangirls happy, but it also incorporates enough real-world elements to keep casual fans interested and vested, as well. My anticipation for the movie was so high that I was actually prepared to be slightly disappointed because it almost seemed that there was no way the movie could ever live up to the hype. I'm ecstatic to be able to say that it more than lived up to the hype, for me. It exceeded my expectations, which, prior to attending the movie, I honestly didn't think would even be possible.
Marvel has managed to make another movie that will appeal to the masses and keep the die-hard fans happy, as well. Plus, it changes everything. I can't say more than that without spoilers but just believe me; the ramifications of things that happen in this movie will be felt in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the forseeable future. I give the movie two very enthusiastic thumbs up and recommend you see it, whether you think you want to or not. It's highly entertaining.
OH. MY. GAWD! This movie was so good, I had to resort to making up words to describe it! Amaztasticful! Marveawescular! Phenomecrediblerrific! Everything I said in my coherent paragraph above is true, but add to that immeasurable layers of pretty and badass! This movie is so chock-full of hot, durty, luscious stone-cold beauty and raging badassery that it's not even funny, except it is! Among all the tense, backstabbing, edge of your seat thrills, there's also a lot of humor! In fact, there are all types of feels to be had! The movie is at turns sexy, hilarious, shocking, poignant, thrilling, sad, triumphant, scary and breathtaking.
And through it all, every.damn.body. on the screen is effing beautiful! No, you don't understand; there is so much damn attractive bad assness in the movie! Whatever your preference, this movie has got you! You want mind-bendingly beautiful heroes? Check! Villains with enough sex appeal to make you doubt your loyalties? Check! Young and hot? In there! Old...uh…I mean mature and still doing the damn thing? Got that too! Pectoral Parade? Done! Tight bottoms? BOOM! Ladies that could serve you your ass for breakfast? You got it! Catsuits and uniforms hugging curves and muscles so tightly you can hear the material praying for mercy? MMMM HMMM! You like 'em pale, light, brown, dark, tanned? ALL THAT! You prefer blonde, redhead, brunette, bald? YOU'RE IN LUCK! Shoot, this movie even has a badass, snarky SUV, in case you prefer your sexy in an inanimate form! Look, this movie has it all! Drop EVERYTHING!
Cancel your plans, make excuses, lie, beg, borrow, steal, get a baby sitter for the dog, board the kids….wait….switch those two..heh heh….just, do whatever you have to do in order to get to the movies to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier! You won't be disappointed; I promise!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens nationwide today and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Grillo, Emily Van Camp, and Robert Redford.