Captain America 2, when typed out, sounds like some sort of spoof, which is exactly how comic book adaptions were handled back in the day. If you want to see for yourself, jump onto YouTube and look up the two Captain America TV movies from the late 70’s, as that’s the kind of stuff that gives comic book nerds nightmares.
These days though, audiences are more used to comic book heroes being given massive budgets and the serious portrayals that they deserve. So the full title of this film, Captain America 2: The Winter Solider is not seen as a campy b-grade title, but a cool action packed sounding film. Which is awesome!
The Captain was never one of my favourite heroes, and in fact in the comics I found his moral compass kind of boring, but when he was reinvented for the Ultimate Universe, he had a harder edge which made him more interesting. The film versions of him in recent history have come more from his modern form, which translates much better to the big screen, especially when you’re dealing with a super powered solider.
With the first film being set in the 40’s, you almost couldn’t have picked a different feel for the sequel being based all in modern times, but this film is more a follow on from The Avengers than it is from the first film. I love what Marvel are doing with their films these past 6-7 years, with all of them being just one big story continuation is pretty damn cool as far as I’m concerned, and so I loved seeing not only Cap continue on, but the main through running story as well.
The film itself wasn’t without its flaws, though funnily enough I was watching this with my partner in the flash La Premiere seats at the back of the cinema. The ones where you can order good food and have it brought out to you, so the experience was pretty cool, and it may have just skewed me more towards the positive with this film due to the general sense of well being I was feeling during it.
The action was good, and much more hand to hand combat, and also a big step up from the first film. The intrigue was a little confusing at times, but easy enough for a fan to figure it out. And the acting was decent, if not a little flat in areas. All up though this was a really enjoyable popcorn action film, and the two end credit sequences made me just as excited for the next chapters to continue, which is another example of why Marvel have been so clever with how they have constructed this massive overarching franchise of films.
8.5 out of 10 from me!!!