I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier and I am so very very happy to state that it was amazing. I had been hoping that it would be good but trying to not get to exited for this movie because when I get my expectations up I tend to be disappointed. With this movie, I don't think that I would have disappointing no matter how high my expectations were because for me it was one of the best action movies I have seen in a while and that is saying a lot with the movies of this year. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is definitely one of my favorite movies so far this year and I think it is a must see for everyone.
I was surprised to say that I really enjoyed the chemistry between Rogers and Natasha in this movie and think that the banter and relationship growth between them really worked. It was a way to have a female in the picture and have her build on a relationship with the male lead but without making it a romantic love interest. I liked how she kept trying to bring up people who he could go out with and introducing the banter between them while The Cap was always the chivalrous soldier.
Overall the cast of this movie was spot on and how they all came together and played off each other was perfectly balanced. Even the smaller roles worked in the whole scheme of things, with enough about them to work for what they were but not too much to seem out of place. The only character who I feel should have had a bit more in the general plot was Agent 13, played by Emily VanCamp, because although she had some focus on her nothing would have been missed if she was not there. I understand this is probably a set up for the story arc between her and Cap or just an obvious Easter Egg for fans.
I really like Captain America as a character and think that Chris Evens is great in the role. This movie got top marks from me because I was drawn into the journey that Cap was going through and I wanted everything to work out for him. He was able to touch the emotional connection that I as an audience member want to actually care about him and whats happening. There have been some movies recently that missed this and I found myself watching the movie but not really feeling anything for the main character and therefore not really caring what happens to them or forgiving their faults. Captain America, although at times preachy doesn't get pushy because you like you as a character.
My Rating: 4- (almost a perfect movie)
Side Note- Make sure to stay through the end of the all the credits because there are two after movie scenes, one a few minutes into the credits and one after they are completed. The first one is important for the development of Marvel's Phase 2, and the second hints as another characters personal development and journey post movie.
I am not that familiar with all of the dynamics of the Marvel universe, so if someone could explain to me the general role of the people introduced in the first post movie scene, I would appreciate it.