Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
I had been looking forward to this movie since I saw the first Captain America, which I think is probably the best of the recent run of superhero movies. It was a little disappointing, but mostly because I was wanting to watch a Captain America movie, not a tie-in to Marvel’s failing SHIELD TV show. What there was of Cap in this was great, but the guy is really only in like a third of the film.
Nick Fury is killed when he suspects that Robert Redford is trying to use the secret spy agency SHIELD for evil purposes, ie spying on the world covertly with three giant helicopters the size of cities. It turns out that he was right, and that Redford is employing an assassin who is actually Captain America’s old sidekick Bucky, only evil and brainwashed or something. Cap needs the help of some random dude with a set of wings he can fly with to stop the evil plot and save the world.
Cap worked for SHIELD a lot in the comic books, so there’s plenty of precedent for the idea behind this movie… but at least make the guy the main character of the film. Apart from that concern, there are some really awesome action sequences which both capture the feeling of a comic book while also being very cinematic and visually stimulating, and that’s really worth seeing the movie all by itself. Once again, a big summer blockbuster action movie’s biggest weak point is the writing. What a surprise.