Set just two years after almost-world-ending fiascos of The Avengers, Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier follows Steve Rogers (aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans) who is struggling to adapt to life in the 21st century. You see, he was frozen for 70-something years and is only now waking up.
The government has Steve continuing his services by working for the agency S.H.I.E.L.D., along with Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson). But something is off.
On a mission to rescue the hostages on a ship attacked by pirates, Steve catches Natasha stealing information from the ship’s database. Clearly, she was given a different mission. Then, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s director, Nick Fury, is attacked by a ghost of a man–someone Natasha calls “The Winter Soldier.”
With Nick not around, Steve and Natasha become fugitives of the government and their latest plan for armed “peace.” They enlist the help of war veteran Sam Wilson (aka Falcon), chasing the secrets of S.H.I.E.L.D. But the rabbit hole just keeps getting deeper. Can they find answers in time, before the whole world is in danger from those once trusted to keep them safe?
Here’s the run down on Captain America: The Winter Soldier:
Action: If you love action (i.e. Chris Evans kicking some serious butt in any and every situation), then you will love this film. Me, I like a little balance (see below).
Humour: When I watch Marvel’s stories unfold on the big screen, I love getting the occasional giggle at the hilarious one-liners or slap-stick humour moments that bring much-needed breaks from all the serious action and drama. While we did get some moments, mostly from Sam Wilson/Falcon (and a couple surprisingly from Black Widow), but largely, it was uninterrupted action, following a plot-line that zig-zagged all over the place. Bring back Joss Whedon! (oh wait, I hear he’s busy working on Avengers: Age of Ultron) #hahafail
Romance: While I knew they were setting up a future romance that will apparently come in the third movie (as long as this one does well), every fuse seemed to be stamped out before the spark really took. Black Widow flirting? Yep. Then nothing. Cute nurse across the hall who turns out to be a secret agent? Enter stage right. Then nothing. Captain America’s love interest from the first film? She’s still around. But she didn’t get frozen for 70 years, so she’s now old and dying in a hospital bed. Still, I will be heading to the theatres in a few years to find out what REALLY happens when the trilogy concludes. But until then, I stand here romantically disappointed (actually, I’m sitting, but whatever–just picture the slouch of movie let-down). #heartfail