I am about to make a statement. It's a bold statement and I may retract it later when I've slept on it, or after Tuesday night (wah wah continuity), or once I've had some chocolate milk.
Chocolate milk is good for clarity.
I think Captain America: the Winter Soldier is my favorite solo superhero Marvel movie. I won't say favorite Marvel movie because, I dunno, these individual hero movies are very different than the assembled Avenger's movies (or at least the one that's come out so far). They're different in my book! And this blog is the closest thing to a book I've ever written so...meh. (or at least the closest thing to a book that I'm willing to admit to writing...ssshhhh.)
Also, like, don't even try reading this if you don't wish to hear spoilers.
Seriously, I'mma get all kinds of detailed.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
Also also, it's a really good movie don't ruin it for yourself if you haven't seen it yet.
But I am so...proud of the choices the writers/directors/producers made with CA:tWS. (I copied and pasted it. Woot technology.)
--Wrapping up the storyline between Cap and Peggy was very considerate for fans like me that wanted to throw popcorn at the screen when he wakes up in modern day New York and is all bummed cuz he "had a date". [angst]
--The Stan Lee appearance is definitely my favorite one so far. No spoilers here ;)
--Every bit of the relationship between Cap and Black Widow, oh my gosh so wonderful. There was obviously sexual tension because HELLO attractive humans, but like not even? I don't know how they got it so perfect. They were friends. There was playful banter that wasn't oozing innuendo. Flirtatious jabs made in friendship rather than with bedroom eyes. The last thing the movie needed was another romantic subplot weighing it down. It's already a movie over two hours long. I honestly believed that Natasha and Steve were influencing and bettering (is that really a word?) each other merely because they cared about each other. It's one of the problems with the Thor/Jane combo. (But I still ship it so hardcore and I don't even know why.)
--The Winter Soldier. All of it. I knew who he was because I obsess over the actor so that didn't surprise me. But I was miffed for a minute when the first words he spoke after shouting one order in a foreign language was, "Who the * is Bucky?!"
He's been this silent, stoic, but deadly type and now just because Cap says something to him he's like, "Oh I'm gonna talk now"?
But then they give the scene later with the bad old dude (Redford, what happened?! Oh, right. Age.) and Bucky's like, super messed up confused and his memories are trying to come back so hearing the name "Bucky" would be a trigger so like, I geddit now. It's all good. And I like that just "Bucky" doesn't work the second time around and I like that they aren't back to buddy-buddy, hug it out at the end of the movie going out for drinks and picking up a "21st century for dummies" guidebook. I understand that it's necessary to keep Bucky as the bad guy for them to make a third movie and it's all just a money grab but they're making good movies so I'm okay with them employing money grab tactics. Cuz it's working.
--Granted, I was a little confused by the leadership ladder as far as SHIELD goes and who works for who and who's in charge of what and motive and all that. But that's probably mostly because I am so terrible with paying attention to detail in that regard.
--I'm also baffled by the logistics of the killer hover homicide guns but /shrug. Movie magic, whatevs.
--I never for a second believed that Fury was dead. Nope.
Although Coulson's death traumatized me and I am super depressed that zombie Coulson is about to lose all faith in everything and GAIZ, what is even gunna happen on Agents of SHIELD I don't know.
--Loki's death stick looked tiny in the credits clip. Just me? I swear it looked "fun-sized". Like something you'd pull out of the cereal box. But that's not a complaint against the movie itself, just an observation.
--I'm back to Natasha fangirling. After the incredible success of her character in this movie and the success of the movie itself I would hope that puts a movie solely for Black Widow on the horizon. I am a Marvel fan but I have never read a comic book in my life. So I don't know her backstory or whether there's anything there to use for a film. But ScarJo is so effing good at playing Natasha and she's so freaking hardcore and just the kind of woman hero the media needs nowadays...
Except, one absolutely silly and vapid complaint here, there's a scene where Cap and Natasha crash at Falcon's place (before they know he's Falcon) and get cleaned up. They have a moment [friend moment] and it looks like Natasha just showered, as her hair is damp and slightly curly. Which is admirable enough in and of itself because that's exactly what my hair does when I get out of the shower. Brownie points for realism.
And then it's ruined by the next scene where they're pow-wowing in the kitchen and her hair is back to being pin straight and silky smooth.
I mean, she's a ninja but I'm pretty sure a straight iron wouldn't fit in her cleavage, not even ScarJo's. And Falcon doesn't seem like the type to keep those kind of beauty products on hand.
[I've officially changed my mind.
I'm waiting until after I've watched the movie a second time to post this.]
But like in the grand scheme of things that obviously doesn't mean anything and I still love the movie.
I just really need to read all the comic books ever. Which is a super realistic goal. And helpful considering these movies are not shy about deviating from the original comics.
Annnnd I'm screwing up the continuity agaaaaain. It's Wednesday now. Saw the movie again last night like I said I would. It did not pull an Iron Man 3. Was just as good as the first time. Still geeking out about it.
--"Couldn't forget my best girl..."
--Fury's escape from the flipped SUV through the roof into the ground. So SHIELD has lightsabers now?
--When Fury got shot through the wall in Rogers' apartment.
I legitimately yelped in the theatre.
--When cute nurse from the hall comes in like a hardcore bada** aiming a gun in her adorable pink scrubs...
--The whole elevator scene....bring it.
*Also applicable, Fury's "death" scene.
--"You're standing in my brain."
--Natasha fighting like a BAMF and kicking everyone's trash.
--Weird, musical motif linked with the Winter Soldier whenever he's onscreen. Most notably at the part where he leaps onscreen after shooting Natasha in the shoulder.
It sounds exactly the same as the Hassansin motif from Prince of Persia but it's appropriate in that movie because, well, Persia. (yaaaay racism)
--Maria Hill also being a BAMF
--Natasha bamf'ing it up another level
--Cap has 3 seconds to put the chip in the slot and he makes it after they say "One."
--It's raining helicarriers.
--"I'm with you until the end of the line..."
There you have it folks. You basically just watched the movie with me. Congratulations. Also, I'm really obnoxious to watch movies with. I acknowledge it. It's my curse and I've learned to curb it....slightly.
It's a good movie, mkay?!