I really enjoyed Captain America The Winter Solider as there was a heck of a lot going on. We found out that Hydra had not been destroyed after the events of the first Cap film and that it has been infiltrating S.H.I.E.L.D. ever since it was formed and that it might be responsible for certain events throughout history since then, such as the deaths of Tony Stark’s father which was also reported as being an accident and many others.
I did think that it was a bit of a shame that for only his second film Captain America had to share the screen not only with the Black Widow, but with a newcomer Falcon and Nick Fury, but actually it worked better than I thought it would and we still got a lot of Cap doing what Cap does best, but also got to see Scarlet Johanson (which is always a good thing) a lot and Samuel L Jackson who is quite simply the coolest pensioner ever.
It made sense that Cap would have become embroiled as part of S.H.I.E.L.D. as I don’t think that he would have coped if he had just woken up and tried to live a normal life after being frozen for 75 years and that he needed a purpose in his life, which is what he wanted before he became Captain America and was just plain old Steve Rogers so nothing has changed for him since then so being given orders was just the thing for him to be able to make sense of everything that had happened.
I liked the fact that he had a notebook where he listed all of the things that he felt like he had missed and wanted to get to know and I liked the fact that he would use the internet to find out about the past which is what most other people do if they weren’t around in those days.
It might not mean that you get to find out what actually happened but get to find out a version of what had happened so that he does not feel like he has missed out.
You have to admit that he would have been totally lost when he realised that he would actually be in his 90’s if he had actually lived and that most people he would have know would either be very old and might not be able to recognise them but long dead so he really had to start from scratch, which would be very hard for someone if that was to happen to you.
Apart from the whole conspiracy within plotline in this episode there was also a new villain in the shape of the Winter Soldier who Cap realises is actually his best mate Bucky Barnes who had apparently died in the first movie but had been resurrected as a super assassin and if he hadn’t of removed his mask then Cap would never have recognised him and then had the gut wrenching anguish of fighting his oldest friend even if Bucky didn’t have a clue who he was.
You would have thought that the fact that Bucky didn’t recognise him would actually make it easier for Cap to actually kill him as he clearly wasn’t the person he remembers and, more importantly, actually wants to kill him but as Cap is an old fashioned sort of guy he just can’t bring himself to divorce his oldest friends from the killing machine he has become.
It was nice that they didn’t totally forget about Peggy Carter in this film as she was the girl that Cap was waiting to go on a date with when he got back from the mission which saw him plunge to his apparent death with a nice little cameo from Hayley Atwell as the now nonagenarian Peggy who married in the end but still held a torch for Steve after all those years.
It was also nice that the Black Widow and Cap didn’t get it on the movie with her it would seem holding a torch for Hawkeye and also Cap still being in love with Peggy. It was amusing to see Natasha suggest all these girls that he might ask out on a data and it does beg the question was she aware that the cute nurse who lived next door to Cap was actually a S.H.I.E.L.D. Operative.
One assumes that she would have know this which is why she would have suggested it but you can never tell with Natasha that what comes out of her mouth is actually what she means or what she needs to tell you at that moment in time.
There is a hell of a lot going on under the surface in this film and it will be interesting to see how on Earth what will become of S.H.I.E.L.D. after its apparent toppling as things cannot possibly be the same as they were before after everything thing that has happened not only in this movie but for years and years prior to the events in this film.