Captain America has always been one of my favorite comic book heroes. From his awesome fighting skills, tactics and shield, to his courageous and humble spirit, he’s without a doubt one of the best superheroes out there. While I was a tad disappointed with the first film, Marvel has more than made up for it with Cap being in The Avengers and now with his sequel which is one of the studio’s best in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Taking place not long after the events in The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is still trying to get adjusted to living in the modern world. While going on a routine rescue mission, he notices his team members are doing their own side missions that go against Cap’s ideals. Steve then confronts S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) about the side missions, which then leads to him meeting with one of the head honchos there named Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) who does everything he can to ease Cap’s worries and keep him on board. Steve still knows something isn’t right within S.H.I.E.L.D. and his fears are proven right when an injured Nick Fury arrives at this apartment with a top secret flash drive, which Steve must figure out how to use it to save S.H.I.E.L.D. and the world. Of course it’s not going to be easy with Cap not knowing who to trust, and with the evil HYDRA sending out their top assassin called the Winter Soldier to hunt him down. Luckily he has two friends, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a retired soldier named Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) who soon becomes the Falcon when he dons a high-tech flight suit.
I really did enjoy Captain America: The Winter Soldier, as it’s hands down the best Captain America entry made to date. It has everything you could ask for, plenty of action, drama, depth and even some comedy here and there. Anthony and Joe Russo really knew what they were doing when they directed this (I’m so glad Marvel was smart enough to hire them for the third movie) and it shows as you watch. All of the actors were spot on in their roles, and I liked how they focused on Steve learning how the world isn’t as black and white as he remembers it and his struggle with that, and how he and Sam become brothers in arms throughout the movie.
Seeing all of this unfold on Blu-ray just sweetens the deal, as the audio and visuals come in perfectly clear while helping to draw those who watch into the film like never before, especially if you have a nice home theater setup. With plenty of high-end special effects and explosions, they’ll make you want to jump out of the seat and duck for cover.
The special features are also just as amazing, which kick off with audio commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely sharing their thoughts and experiences working on the film. “On the Front Line” has producer Kevin Feige, directors Joe and Anthony Russo, screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, and the cast talking about some of the action scenes of the movie and how they came about being setup and filmed. While it was short, I enjoyed the “On the Set with Anthony Mackie” extra, as he talks about shooting his action scenes and how he enjoyed working on the film.
Rounding out the extras is “Steve Rogers’ Notebook” that showcases Steve’s personal notebook he keeps on him and some of the things he’s written down that he needs to catch up on, such as certain movies, music and historical events. There’s also some deleted scenes with optional commentary and a hilarious gag reel which I’m always a fan of when it comes to extras.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is not only one of the best superhero films out there, but is also one of the best movies I’ve seen this year. Everything about this film is great, from the cast to the amazing action and plot, it has everything you could want from an action piece. If you’re a comic book fan or just love fun action, you’ll want to gear up your collection with this Blu-ray disc, as it’s the next best thing to fighting evil with Cap’s awesome shield.