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Yeah, I was supposed to a normal general review but it got eaten up by that ASCII monster. I rebooted my computer while the file was open, so I guess that was it. So I'l just discuss it here and do a full review when it comes out on DVD. I might also do one for Thor 2 as I haven't seen that one yet.
So, you all know what people are praising this as the best Non Avengers Marvel movie ever. I've been hyped for this once since I love Marvels films for the most part, and I especially loved the first Cap film. But I didn't expect THIS much love for it!
Did it live up to the hype? Um....OF COURSE IT DID YOU IDIOT!
….In other words, I loved it. Even more than the first one but I'll say later if I think it's as good as Iron Man 1 and 3. The main reason it works so well is because the story. It's very interesting, giving us an epic political thriller that twists and turns. The story is very involved, making it the most complex story for a Marvel film to date.
Without spoiling too much, it deals with themes of trust and it puts Shield in a new light. While Thor 2 seems like a filler episode, this is a plot heavy entry that will effect future films. Some of the twists are predictable but they still work.
The involved plot makes the action scenes even better, and they are already amazing. Some of the best action in a Marvel film outside of Avengers, hands down. And the action works because you care about the characters.
Speaking of which, they are great too. Cap really comes into his own as a character,as he has to deal with everything being different once he finds out Shield’s big secret. He's quite the badass and he was a good lead once again. He's the most interesting he has ever been.
Same can be said for Black Widow who isn't exactly a complex character but she is awesome and see has some good lines and solid chemistry with Cap. She is also hot.
Nick Fury is also at his most interesting due the plot itself but saying more would be SPOILERS. So I'll instead mention Falcon, who is pretty cool but he doesn't get enough to so I hope he has more of a role in his next appearance.
I've heard complaints that the Winter Solider himself wasn't used very well. While I agree that putting him in the title was an odd idea, I quite liked him. He was involved in the best action scenes, and the twist with him adds a lot to the themes and Cap's character. I won't spoil it, even though it is common knowledge for comic fans.
Robert Redford's character was pretty cool but there isn't much for me to analyze. Also, Maria Hill gets cool stuff to do but there isn't much else to discuss there. Though I will mention this came out only a few days after the How I met your mother finale. Suspicious...
Not sure what else to say. This film was really a winner for Marvel. The plot is very involved, the ending was kind of daring for the MCU, the characters were well written, and the action is very well done. I had a lot of fun with this one even with it's more serious plot.. I would put it on par with Iron Man 1 and 3 as the best non Avengers marvel film. Iron Man 1 and 3 were a bit more interesting due to their lead characters, but this had a more involved plot. But it's still very impressive and I can't wait to pick it up on when it comes out on DVD.
Sorry I couldn't do a full review for this, but I hope I did an okay job at explaining why it's so good.