This week brings us to the unofficial beginning of the Summer movie season. I know that we are still putting away our winter coats and the memory of snow and sleet and ice is still fresh in our minds, but Hollywood has decided to end the drought of event films that we’ve been living in since the new year began (And no, I am not counting Divergent…sorry, that was a non-event) and has chosen this weekend to release one of the major guns into theaters and Imax screens across the United States.
You can always tell when a major film is being released by the lack of competition that opens against it, and this week, true to form, there is only one major release in this Country and it is CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG-13 135 Minutes). This film is a sequel to the original film from 2011, Captain America: The First Avenger but much like last May’s Iron Man Three, it is also a direct sequel of sorts to that little art flick you may have heard of, The Avengers.
Based on trailers and the few minutes I watched at the screening we had at Stonecrest last night, it is more of a direct sequel to The Avengers than ol’ metal head’s last at bat was. It also has a very 70’s political thriller feel to it, and some of the action gets close to the level of 2012’s mega event flick.
Chris Evans returns as Captain Steve Rogers and much like RDJ and Tony Stark, this casting is so spot on, so absolutely perfect that it’s almost supernatural. I mean, Evans IS Steve Rogers. That perfect casting is part of why these films work as well as they do. This film continues that tradition with series newcomer Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson who straps on a neat looking jet powered wing set and becomes The Falcon. A certifiable film legend, Robert Redford joins the Marvel Universe as Alexander Pierce and Sebastian Stan returns from the first film as Bucky Barnes and the Titular Winter Soldier.
More so than last Summer’s Iron Man Three and last Fall’s Thor: The Dark World, this film leads right into next summer’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. The events of this film will shake up the Marvel Film Universe and I am very interested to see where it takes both the film series and the fledgling Agents of Shield television series, should that show pull itself together and live to see another season.
A lot of my fellow Geeks were at the screening last night at Stonecrest, and it was great to see Micki, Chris and our fearless leader, Joey, whom I haven’t seen since she had the alien baby removed. She looks great for someone who just did battle with a monster and won. (This is an inside joke that very few people will get, for that I am sorry.)
I will see this film tonight or in the morning in glorious Imax 3D and the irony isn’t lost on me that I am the movie reviews and all around film guy for the web site and I’ll be the last to see it. That’s how the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Well, that just about does it for this week, but join me next week when we return to that far away and exotic city or RIO with birdie Lex Luthor and birdie Selena Kyle.
Until then, Keep the Projector Threaded.