I just saw it in 3D, and like Avengers and Thor 2, one of the best movies I've ever seen. Now you're probably thinking, "Guess this guy hasn't seen many movies." Not the case. But I will admit, certain Marvel comic books are like my personal "Catcher in the Rye"s, just the greatest and most influential reading of my childhood/young adult life. So an excellent portrayal of these comic book stories on film just blows me away, at 39 years old. These last couple Marvel movies---Avengers , Thor 2, the Wolverine, the first Iron Man, X-men 2, and both Captain America movies have definitely given me goosebumps in the theater, and I have to admit----I love 3D, and it's worth the extra couple bucks.
Just got back from a late-afternoon/early-evening screening myself-- probably only about 35 to 40 folks in the audience.
And, teammates, this is another solidly, solidly good film. In fact, Starfoxxx's claim of greatness may not be inappropriate. Although THE AVENGERS still stands (by a mile) as my favorite superhero movie of all time, this one may actually be- strictly speaking- the superior film. Driven by plot, circumstances & character, the superheroics become a given commodity to serve the story, rather than become a driving aspect of their own. It's intrigue and betrayal and deep personal history and important choices and gut-checks and integrity and a BIG dose of action. The hand-to-hand combat sequences were the best we've seen yet, IMO-- and there was a definite welcome pull-back in the dosage of massive explosions-- possibly still one car-chase too many, though. And that, honestly, is the only criticism that springs to mind at the moment at all. Well, and the protracted mayhem in the downtown streets of DC was a little tough to witness as I do a lot of driving there myself (Heh, Nick Fury's on-board computer in his car tells him that traffic is completely stopped on the Roosevelt Bridge, and I'm thinking, "Well, duh-- when isn't it-??").
I'm one of the folks who will never forgive Marvel Comics for reviving Bucky (the poster boy for a "really, truly, we-mean-it" dead character) as the Winter Soldier. But you know what? In the Marvel Cinematic Universe? It absolutely works. I went in NOT WANTING to like it, all prepped to be snarky and rejective. . . and just couldn't hang onto my negative resolve. The cinematic universe, of course, doesn't have the enormous continuity baggage that the comics do, and can therefore pick and choose which elements can be used to the highest dramatic effect.
On a complete demographic side-bar-- our little audience had a sizable proportion of middle-aged African-American ladies dispersed throughout, and I'm here to tell you that this HAS to be a target audience that NO marketing team thought they'd be pulling in. When it's "revealed" that the Winter Soldier is Bucky, there were gasps and vocal reactions from that contingent. . . it was simply delightful to hear that from a group that was experiencing all of it for the first time. And clearly they've been following these films (or at least the ladies from my little town have) for quite some time, as Stan's cameo was greeted with laughs and comments of "Oh-ho, there's Stan". And very late in the film (credits tag, in fact-- and there are two of them), someone noticed a Thor element and mentioned it to her pal. I mean, I wanted to go sit with them! These ladies get it and are clearly happy to surrender to all of the fun and continuity that these movies are giving to both oldster and newbie alike-!
(SMALL SPOILER ALERT)
(The one little kid in the audience got a kick out of that "old lady" Jenny Agutter beatin' up on Robert Redford. Geesh-- I don't think I'll ever, EVER be able to think of Jenny Agutter as an "old lady". . . )
Post by Marvel Boy on Apr 22, 2014 23:24:23 GMT -5
Redford brought a certain gravitas to his role and the film. He made Pierce charming and intelligent, making him into the most dangerous kind of villain, one who will sacrifice anything for his ideology. Loki may be the top favorite Marvel villain at the moment, but Pierce has become my second favorite.
Stan's portrayal of the Winter Soldier was great, making him into one of the more complex Marvel cinematic characters right now. That's the beauty of this film, that it built upon, not just the stories of the first Cap film, but the stories of the other Marvel films. It was thrilling, chilling, and emotional. The fact that Steve dressed up in a costume half the time seemed almost secondary in the film, which was welcome indeed. The overt comic elements of the film need to be secondary, an accepted part of the film's environment rather than the sole focus.
And kudos to them for having Steve and Natasha in a platonic friendly relationship. Love what they did for Sam Wilson and his backstory (still miss Redwing though and they NEED to add some red paint touches to his jetpack).
Love the Pulp Fiction reference on Nick Fury near the end of the film.
What's more amazing is that now, based on what happened in this film, have to watch the Agents of SHIELD TV show, just to see how this plays out on the small screen. (I had given up on it awhile back although did catch the episode with Sif in it. She was after Lorelei, the Enchantress' sister. Terrific episode).