This film is not only action packed but filled with drama and character building that we have come to expect from the Marvel franchise. The story draws you in and doesn’t let go, not even at the end. You see more than just the shield toting Captain America, we get to see Steve Rogers as a human being having to deal with the same things that veterans have to each and every day. True he does have some gifts that let him cope but he is dealing with them on a day to day basis as each vet must.
Another part of Steve (Chris Evans) we see is him getting tired of having to clean up after Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D. At the beginning we see him on a mission where he has to save a boatload of hostages on a SHIELD cargo ship. A ship no one was even supposed to know even existed. To make matters worse Steve doesn’t even have all of the mission parameters. He is supposed to be leading the op but others in his team have different orders than he even knows about. One of his team, Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) also known as Black Widow, has been tasked with downloading secret information from the computers that are on board. This just infuriates Steve, especially when he was expecting her to be saving the hostages and making sure that they got to safety. In the end Steve has to save her from the dangerous elements that are on board the ship. He winds up doing that more than once in this film.
Another interesting aspect of the film is that they show how Steve is alone and those around him, especially Natasha, keep trying to fix him up on a date. Just seeing the two characters working together you can tell that there is a sexual tension between the two and the few times it is allowed to come to the surface, you can see the sparks. It totally interrupts their train of thought for a few moments and it takes imminent danger to pull them back to reality. We also see that the loneliness that Rodgers is having is to a degree self imposed. He is still living in the past as you see him visit Peggy Carter in what might be a nursing home or hospital. He also keeps seeing himself as he was before he became Captain America, the skinny Steve Rodgers (Christopher George Sarris) who can barely run a mile. Then there is Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) that he is constantly feeling guilty about not being able to save.
Bucky Barnes is critical to the film and its plot because it is he who is the Winter Soldier. A ruthless killing machine that has been frozen and thawed out so many times that he doesn’t really know who he is. He is also the product of the research and experimentation of Dr. Arnim Zola (Toby Jones), who is now a computer program gone amuck. Zola is now Hydra and has infected almost all elements of S.H.I.E.L.D. and has just been waiting its time to put their master plan in action. They plan to control the whole of the world and is using S.H.I.E.L.D. to advance its goals. Using the fears and anxieties of people to make it easier to control them. It is the very nature of secrecy and fear that made it easy for them to manipulate and control S.H.I.E.L.D.
This is one of the best films of 2014 and you really don’t want to miss it. We even get to see others show up like the Falcon, Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) with his winged suit and a couple of twins at the end that you won’t want to miss. This sets up for many other films just as the Avengers did as well as add tie-ins with Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. tv show. I know I will be watching this one again very soon.
I give this film a Musing review of