Steve Rogers returned to the silver screen this weekend as the 95 year young Captain America in an action packed film that left this moviegoer questioning who is on who’s side for most of the first act. Captain America: The Winter Solder builds on the established Avengers franchise to date, up to and including story lines from this past week’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode. It is indeed all connected, and this coming week’s episode should be interesting.
Fans of Samuel L Jackson should really enjoy Nick Fury’s expanded role in Captain America: The Winter Solder which includes an undercover look and exploration of his past. Robert Redford joins the cast this time around as Alexander Pierce, the World Security Council leader who is overseeing the launch of a new ultimate big brother initiative to rid the world of trouble makers before they can make trouble. Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, soars in the Avengers movie universe as Falcon. Rounding out the list of actors reprising their roles is Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Well, there is one other key character that returns, but I do no want to spoil a key part of the film.
Overall, I really enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier which I saw in 3D. For an action packed movie like Captain America 3D definitely added an extra element of depth. I was a long time 3D holdout, but as of late I’m starting to enjoy movies in 3D that use it to enhance the look and feel of the film rather than a gimmick. On a side note, the latest trailer for Maleficent that was shown looked spectacular in 3D.
The depth of story which results in the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D questioning who is a friend and who is a foe, along with the inclusion of necessary background information helps The Winter Soldier stand on its own without seeing either the Avengers or Captain America. Although The Winter Soldier does do a great job of filling in relevant backstory, I say watch Captain America first and the Avengers first. That is if you have the time, these movies are not short.
If you are a fan of the overall Avengers franchise this goes without saying, stay until the very end. There is not one, but two extra scenes worth hanging around to see. When you see the red Marvel Studios logo fade to black then you can leave the theatre.
Did you see Captain America: The Winter Soldier this weekend? What did you think?