The cap is back. Set two years after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) now living in Washington, D.C., continues his struggle to adapt to contemporary society. Working for SHIELD alongside The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) Steve faces not only a balancing act between missions but also has to deal with internal politics of the agency. Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) a tells him that to make a new world sometimes means tearing the old one down and that’s how enemies are made. However the enemies are not just knocking at SHIELDS front doors they are inside its very walls and The Captain must not only face an enemy from within but an old one from the past the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
The core story of this movie really holds up well, elements of The First Avenger and The Avengers threaded throughout the story, If you are in anyway a fan of the comic the Winter Soldier Element will not be much of a surprise but I feel they done the story well, suspense still held up and the overall element of real peril held up well. The overall goodness of Captain America is also showing to great effect, doing the right thing because it’s the right thing to do not for any type of glorious self-praise. The conspiracy storyline and the unseen danger hiding in plain sight also made for a thrilling watch. This focus made the fight for freedom feel less like the sanctimonious rubbish that you would sometimes expect in such a movie. It never felt like America saves the world again more that it was a war on SHIELD and the Captain saves them. The general public threat was on a global all borders scale. Black Widows story line also was a lot stronger and she played a bigger role than just eye candy. The man out of his time element also played out well without over emphasizing the fact.
Why did I chose this movie, It was somewhat of a boys night, Graeme Gibson and myself hitting the cinema for a marvel action superhero movie! I have not been the biggest fan of Captain America but this one did have a great balance of grit mystery nostalgia and left you at the end wondering where is it going to go from here? It’s a big smashing hit at the box-office so me telling you to go see it seems redundant.. GO SEE IT!