Archive | April, 2014

A Geeks guide to Captain America 2

6 Apr

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Beware this is a spoiler filled breakdown of Captain America The Winter Soldier. 

The latest installment to Marvels movie universe is by far the best written. Like all good stories The Winter Soldier has Easter eggs for hardcore fans to feast on. Dont mind me as I Geek Out and address all the hidden comic book goodness.

Our Heroes…

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Chris Evans was great in his third go at Captain America.  He really owns the role of Steve Rodgers super soldier.  We get to see what he’s been upto in the Modern world. Most of his friends are long gone so Cap spends his time running missions for Shield.
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Scarlett Johanssons Black Widow and Samuel L.Jacksons Nick Fury have their best performance yet.   Black Widow kicks some major ass, and looks sexy as ever doing it. Fury takes more then a few hits physically, personally and career wise.
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Anthony Mackie is the new comer and he not only held his own but shined as Falcon. Mackies an up and coming actor. His chemistry with Rodgers makes him a perfect fit. In the comics Falcon is a little more tacky in appearance but one of Caps most trusted friends. I’m sure we’ll see more of him as he’s a great addition to the films.

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The casting was well done, with many great performances from stars to support.  One of the small but important roles is that of Agent 13 Sharon (Caps neighbor).  In the comics Sharon Carter is the grand niece of Peggy Carter and eventually Captain America’a wife.

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The bad guys…

The main villain is Cap’s best friend Bucky now going by Winter soldier.  A deadly assassin who gives his old buddy a hard fight.  The Winter Soldier is pretty much on par with comic’s version of Caps friend turned foe. He’s a man of few words but quite intimidating through his cold dead stare.
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Robert Redford is the mastermind from Hydra Alexander Pierce who takes over Shield.   One of hollywoods legends Redford shows his acting skills to a new generation. This plot changed Marvels landscape. By having Shield disassembled in the end. Leaves me wondering what’s next for the tv show. Looks like its time for me to Netflix season one.

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Agent Rumlow: He fought at Captain America’s side but then hunted him down.  He’s better known as Crossbones in the comic.  The last scene of him is a bloodied injured body on surgery table.   Does this mean he will he don the mask in future Marvel Universe?   I sure hope so. 

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Zola: The mad Hydra scientist that made Bucky into the unstoppable Winter Soldier.   Hes seen in flash backs and in the hidden bunker on the computer screen.   This gives me idea his Artificial intelligence mind will transfer to the metallic body we know from comics in 3rd film.

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Batrock the leaper: Is played by GSP better known as mixed martial arts champ from UFC.  He did a nice job in his small role showcasing those great fighting skills.  His version looks much better than the comics Batrock. 

Eye candy…
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The cgi and fight sequences do not disappoint  Plenty of hand to hand combat, car chases, explosions and high flying action.  I saw it in imax  3d and loved the crisp visuals.  However 3d wasn’t as prominent as some of the better action movies.   

My final thoughts…
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I’ve been a harsh critic of Marvel in the past. The bar was set high with Iron man 1 and nothing else lived up to it. As much as I enjoyed Avengers and Iron man 3, those movies insulted my intelligence. One had no plot the other completely misrepresented itself in trailers. Sure they both had witty one liners and mind blowing action but I left theater feeling empty.

Captain America: Winter Soldier is exactly what I went in expecting, if not more. A film that tells a great story while developing its character’s.   All the elements you want in a blockbuster movie are here.   Its fun, action packed and well written. By far the most ambitious and adult of Marvels titles.

By taking creative liberties from classic comic storylines “Winter Soldier” and “CivilWar.” Mixing in some espionage with political themes that parallel today’s world. All while maintaining the light hearted core we’ve come to expect. Its quite the balancing act. In fact if Cap wasn’t running around in tights you might forget this was a comic book film.

In the end Marvel gave us their most complete movie, setting a new bar.

Roll credits and enter…

Bonus scenes

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Stick around after credits for not one but two extra scenes.   First we get a look at Lokis Scepter .  Followed by a look at two caged twins Scarlett Witch & Quicksilver The children of Magneto.  Yes the bad guy from the X-Men movies had kids.  They look creepy and awesome!

Second scene shows us Winter Soldier at Caps exhibition in museum, learning more about his true identity “Bucky”.   These clips are setting us up for Avengers Sequel and Cap 3.  “The twins” are confirmed for Avengers Sequel. 

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Honorable mention goes to  Dr. Strange for being mentioned by name.   Possibly alluding to his movie entrance soon. Is Johnny Depp available?   One things certain with Avengers 2 already filming and  Marvel studio’s claim to have their movie blueprint set until 2028.  The future is bright for superhero fans. 

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