Allan and I went to the cinema on Saturday to see this, after being excited about it for what feels like forever. I was appropriately dressed, in my new Captain America jumper (which I'll post pics of in this post later today) :)
So here is my review! I have kept it as spoiler free as possible, in fact, I don't refer much to the actual story, and more about the characters and their actors, as I don't want to ruin anything for those of you that haven't yet seen it!
Within the first few minutes of the movie, there is a butt-load of action and amazing fighting going on. A few moves from the Cap that are actually pretty hilarious due to his strength, but already we can tell that this movie is somewhat different to the first.
I'd actually go as far to say that this is the best standalone movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far (by standalone, I mean "not Avengers Assemble").
The effects in CA2:WS are mostly practical effects, rather than CGI, which really does make a difference. It makes the movie, and the action in it, so much more believable. Kudos to the directors for that! It obviously required a lot more work, from the production team and the cast, but it certainly was worth it.
Chris Evans was fantastic, as always, as Steve Rogers, the main man Captain America. Brilliant little nod to his "adapting to modern life" within the first few minutes of the movie, with a notebook that he writes in, filled with things people have obviously told him that he needs to check out. Star Wars was on the list, but is now crossed out, to suggest he's done that one now, a little nod to the Disney take-over of Star Wars :)
Sebastian Stan, who plays Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier, was phenomenal in his role. Prior to seeing the movie, being a big Gossip Girl fan I just kept saying "Carter Baizen" (his character in GG) any time I was talking about him. I would go on about how weird it was for "that d*ckhead Carter Baizen" to now be playing one half of a 2 character title-role. But my God was he good. I didn't really care for him much in the first Captain America movie, but this time he just blew me (and Allan) away.
Since seeing the movie, he is now known as Bucky Barnes, rather than Carter Baizen.
He went through months of training for the role, and it definitely paid off. The Winter Soldier, as a character, was just fantastic. From the little things, like the way he moves, to the big fight scenes, he pulled it off marvellously (apologies for the slight pun). Of course, we all knew that Bucky Barnes is the Winter Soldier prior to seeing the movie, but one woman behind us GENUINELY gasped when he took off his mask, which was a little funny.
It was great to see Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) getting more screen time - and story - this time round. I always feel like, in Nick Fury's case, he is just a background character. He never gets any real action, or whatever, in the movies. In the case of the standalone movies, he is pretty much just a cameo. And with the big Avengers Assemble movie cast, he again didn't serve much purpose. Of course, he got more screen time there, but again, all eyes were on the actual "Avengers".
With Black Widow, she just seems to be the little bit (or, rather huge bit, in Scarlett Johannson's case) of sex-appeal, in a very male-orientated cast. She stops it from being, well... a sausage fest. But in this movie, we got to see a good bit more of the softer side of her, a little bit less bravado, and a little more heart. And by the end, you definitely feel more connected with her character.
Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie) was a great addition to the cast. His character was brilliant, and he suited the role perfectly. I hope to see him in another Marvel movie at some point soon :)
And my last pointer that I should mention, there is, as usual, an end-credits scene. BUT, there is also an end-end credits scene, so don't leave as soon as the first end credits scene has happened, because if you stick around till the end, you'll be treated to a first glimpse of Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, prior to their debut in Age of Ultron :)
Anyway, I'd definitely recommend that you go see this movie now, as it is brilliant, and you will love it!
Have you already seen it? What were your thoughts?
Let me know in the comments below!
- V x