Beth's Blockbuster Blog: MCU Marathon - Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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I couldn't tell you the last time I saw this movie, but man I forgot how much I love this movie. The fight choreography, the cinematography, the score, the drama, the story, the acting, I could go on for days.
After the lackluster Iron Man 3, it was hard to believe that Phase 2 was going to be any different than Phase 1. But then, the Russo brothers swooped in and gave us easily the best film in the franchise to date. I won't argue with anyone if they no longer call this their favorite film, since there have been such great films in Phase 3, but this is still my top film.
There's so many people to shout out in this film, but I think the big stand out is Black Widow. Scarlett Johansson has never been seen as the best actress in the franchise, but this film put that talk to rest. Suddenly, she's no longer just the leather clad hot Russian spy, but a conflicted individual who takes orders to survive, but wants to correct her moral compass. One of my favorite facts about this movie is she and Chris Evans got a chance to work on the script to flesh out Steve and Natasha's scenes together, and it shows because her character feels like a woman who's just trying to do what it takes to survive, but wants to try and do better by everyone around her.
The action is clearly the best in this film too, as there isn't a huge amount of CGI big hurrah fights in this like most of the movies have (looking at you airport scene in Civil War). The fights feel natural, and even when there's CGI involved it doesn't go crazy, so it feels more natural than when you have half the people in it as CGI characters. Again, no disrespect to any of the other movies but I'll always prefer old fashion effects to CGI.
The way this movie has so many pieces that set up the other films too are insane. Obviously we know the big ones, like the destruction in DC helps motivate the Accords, Nick Fury's death leads to him going off the grid and randomly showing up at Clint's house, and obviously SHIELD going down and HYDRA still being a thing led to so many elements in the movies after it and the complete unravelling of Agents of SHIELD on ABC. But there's much smaller details mentioned. Like the scientist they kidnap, Jasper Sitwell, rattles off Steven Strange's name as one of the targets of interest that would be murdered by the helicarriers. When we first meet Sharon outside of Cap's apartment, she says she's talking to her aunt. Fury says "The last time I trusted someone, I lost an eye." Ok that one isn't too well thought out because he trusted more people since Goose, like Maria Hill, but still.
And OH MY GOD THE BUCKY REVEAL. That, by far, is my favorite movie out of ANY Marvel movie. That moment makes my heart stop no matter how many times I watch this movie. I know I said Natasha is the underdog in this movie but the Bucky/Steve dynamic is just something else. You can tell the history between these two and how much they mean to each other. Steven is able to bring Bucky out of the Winter Soldier solely by helping him and refusing to hurt him after he takes down the helicarrier.
There's so much to love about this movie but I'm going to stop here. Don't be surprised when this movie ends up on slot number one once I finish my marathon and do my top 10 list. I'd like to see Marvel make a better movie than this. Ok, Ragnarok gets like an inch away from beating this but my point still stands.
Next up on the docket is the original Captain America, which is probably going to be disappointing to watch after this. So chew some Bubblescious and happy watching!