I really wanted to like Captain America: The Winter Soldier. I’ll be honest. I’ve been major crushing on Chris Evans for a long time now and I feel that he is completely underrated for his excellent comedic timing and his acting skills. Fine, he hasn’t appeared in a “serious” film that relies heavily on performance but it is unfair to discount his acting skills in comic book movies because that’s not an easy thing to do. It takes serious acting chops to be able to make a comic book character believable. You have to balance tone and approach to tell the audience that it is a comic book movie while making the character’s emotional arc believable in an unbelievable setting.
That’s not easy and that’s what separates Robert Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark in Iron Man from Jessica Alba’s Sue Storm in Fantastic Four and that’s exactly what Chris Evans is able to accomplish as an actor. He makes Captain America work. I didn’t like Push but he was excellent in it. He even changes things up and shows us his darker side in movies like Sunshine. I wish I could see The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond but I can’t find a copy anywhere. Maybe one day, I’ll get to see him in a film that will push him even further and I’ll be able to see if I’m just rooting for him because I’m major crushing on him or if I’m right on the money.
On the flip side, I love Scarlett Johansson and while I thought The Black Widow was totally wrong in Iron Man 2, they got her right in The Avengers and allowed Scarlett Johansson to really shine in that film. She gets quite a lot of screen time on Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and that’s a good thing. I’m actually quite pissed off that some people write her off as just a pretty face. That actually gets me very angry.
You can read my review of the film here: Not Enough Cap: a review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
I just want to say that I didn’t NOT enjoy the movie. I did. I enjoyed it a lot. I just wish there was more Captain America. I just wish that the story focused on his emotional arc and that there was more dramatic tension that explored his character. I felt that the movie was plot-driven and it was just about Captain America learning more and more about the world and didn’t really challenge him on an emotional level. Not the way Iron Man 3 or Thor: The Dark World did for their protagonists.
I want a Captain America movie that’s just on Captain America and not about SHIELD. If The Black Widow is in it, then that’s great, because she’s a perfect contrast to Captain America. They are, in a way, polar opposites, even though they are generally on the same side.
Or maybe I’m just in love with Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson. I don’t know. I’m looking at people’s status updates and reviews and everyone is saying that this is the best Marvel solo hero movie yet and I beg to differ. I feel like I’m being ganged up on by everyone else because I have a very different opinion.
I just wanted more Cap. Is that so much to ask?