“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an entertaining action movie filled with combat, drama, and humor. We are first introduced to Sam Wilson, later known as Falcon, right in the beginning of the movie and his refreshing sense of humor contrasts nicely with the many serious characters.
Captain Rogers also makes more jokes and shows more personality in this than in the previous films. We see that Captain Rogers carries around a notebook where he has written down all of the things he has found out that he missed in history and in pop culture while he was frozen that he wants to look up. Some of the things he has written down are Steve Jobs (Apple) and “Rocky” which is assumingly referring to the movies. Falcon tells him he should listen to an album by Marvin Gaye titled “Trouble Man” to learn everything that he has missed and Captain Rogers writes it down.
Falcon is spending his time working to help soldiers with PTSD reenter society which mirrors Roger’s struggle to cope with how much society has changed. S.H.I.E.L.D. has been working on a project called Project Insight to revolutionize national security and safety but some key characters start to have doubts about the morality of the project after a mission to recapture a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship that has been taken over by an Algerian pirate. There are also some internal problems within S.H.I.E.L.D. about freedom versus protection which Captain calls freedom versus fear. Captain America struggles with trying to do what is right but it isn’t always apparent what that is.
For advice he visits an old and declining friend, Peggy Carter, who was his love interest in the first movie. We find out that she actually helped to create S.H.I.E.L.D. many years ago. Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), and Agent Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) also make appearances in the movie as well as a new character Alexander Pierce who is played by Robert Redford. There are also multiple characters from Captain America: The First Avenger who have returned from the dead in this film.
Black Widow and Falcon act as Captain America’s main sidekicks in this film to fight the Winter Soldier. The Winter Soldier is the main antagonist in this film and his combat skills rival Captain America’s with his added advantage of what appears to be a bionic arm. Rogers and Romanoff are partners throughout the movie and they develop a quite close although platonic relationship. It adds a lot of character development from their characters in the Avengers.
Romanoff’s straight forward sense of humor seems to soften Rogers’ serious side a little and gets him to open up. Romanoff often hints at women he should ask out throughout the movie but he never does get a love interest. There are also many combat scenes with well-choreographed fighting, scary futuristic weapons, and occasionally even some backflips throughout the movie. There is also a scene where Fury is involved with a very violent car chase. It seemed like almost every character jumped through a window at least twice so many of the scenes involved broken glass.
Overall this movie deals with the themes of protection and trust while providing many combat scenes and comic relief. There are a few new faces and also many recurring characters from the Marvel franchise in this film which is now out on DVD and Blu-ray.