By: Silent Jay
I'll start by saying that there should be a special place in hell for people who talk during movies. Is it too much to ask of people to keep their mouths shut until the end of the movie?
With that out of the way, let’s talk about the movie. This will be a spoiler free review of the regular version of the movie, since I don't believe in 3D unless it’s also in I-MAX.
By now, everyone should know the Marvel Studios formula: movies of the individual heroes that are fillers until the next Avengers movie, alongside an obligatory Stan Lee cameo and a secret scene after the credits. But you know what? The formula still works. As long as I stay entertained, Marvel can keep using that recipe. Captain America 2 is no exception to the rule. It’s still a filler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, but you’ll enjoy every minute of it, assuming you didn't see any or all of the trailers (which do spoil a lot of the action). The movie is subtitled The Winter Soldier, yet to my surprise, he's not the main plot of the movie. Once I noticed this, I started thinking that the studio just forced the character into the movie, but the Winter Soldier does have a legit reason for him to be there. I might not have gotten to see as much of the character as I was expecting, but it was still cool that he was there. Something that kind of bothered me is that they weren't too subtle about the clues Winter Soldier’s identity. I’m nit picking a little since I already knew his identity, because the comics, but I felt that it killed the surprise. I actually can't talk about the main plot, because it really goes in to spoiler territory. The only thing I can say is that I wasn't expecting it, and because of that, I really enjoyed the movie’s story. The ending will leave you with questions over how this movie will affect the next Avengers movie, as well as the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. TV series. I guess that's part of the formula to force people to watch the upcoming movies. But it worked out wonderfully, so I personally don’t mind.
If you liked the first Captain America, then The Winter Soldier will be right up your alley. I highly recommend seeing it as soon as possible. Plus, there are two extra scenes after the credits, showing that Marvel can spice up that formula every now and then, so try staying until the end. Score: 8/10.