BY LAUREN NISBET
I think it’s fair to say that most people have strong opinions on superhero movies. Either you love them or you hate them. I am a member of the love camp. Especially when that super hero is Chris Evans as Captain America.
First of all, he is the perfect All-American hero. Boyish good looks, a strong moral compass, a rags-to-riches coming-of-age backstory with an upbringing from a simpler time. The historical element of his origin story makes it that much more interesting–I thought it was great the way the first movie took the modern action movie elements back to the 1940s. I wish there was a way to bring this element into the sequel more–instead we have to satisfy ourselves with Steve Rogers as the stranger from the past, slowly but surely adapting to the modern world but holding onto his values and personality quirks that come from a simpler time.
This Avengers instalment sees Steve faced with a moral dilemma as he discovers that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been keeping secrets. Despite his celebrity status as defender of the nation’s peace, he begins to realize that he’s being kept out of the loop and that the politics and hidden agendas of his higher-ups could have devastating consequences. This discovery is further complicated by the appearance of a would-be assassin with a metal arm who always seems to be one step ahead. Vague enough for you? The plot makes it difficult to avoid spoilers, but I tried.
As part of a larger series, a complaint I have with most of the Avengers movies is that there isn’t enough overlap. As chapters in the same story I’d like to see their plotlines intersect a little more, maybe a few more cameos and some mention that goes beyond a quick Tony Stark name-drop in passing. If the events of this movie will affect the future of the Avengers (and it seems like they will do so pretty substantially), I think the rest of them should have at least some involvement in the story.
That being said, I like that we get the chance to connect with this hero and get some insight into who he is–he’s an interesting character who could definitely use a little more depth–The Winter Solider opens up a major opportunity for more about his backstory, which I look forward to seeing in future films.
The love connection with Black Widow seemed a little forced, but cute. And I really liked the introduction of Falcon, who is a fantastic addition. It had just the right amount of humour, sexual tension, explosions and ass-kicking that you look for in a good hero movie, and left enough mystery at the end to play nicely into the films that will follow. And the GSP cameo fight scene was a nice touch. For action fans, definitely worth a watch.
A media studies grad and pop culture junkie currently navigating the strange and mysterious world of corporate communications, Lauren spends most of her time buried under an ever-growing pile of TBR novels. Based in Toronto, she can be found at the local theatre every Tuesday for cheap movie night. Follow her on Twitter @laurenxnisbet