(Even though I'm posting this on Hannibal Day.)
Yesterday I went and saw Captain America: The Winter Soldier and it was AWESOME. Now, I'm one of the few who actually liked the first Captain America movie (it's pretty much tailored made for me: historical setting + espionage = GOOD TIMES). I'm also one of those who doesn't really care about The Avengers franchise as a whole.
That said: I think Winter Soldier was even better than the first movie. . .and I may be excited for Avengers 2. . .? If I had the funds, I would totally go and see it again. Re-watching a film in the theaters is about the highest praise I can give any movie. (Back when I had a paying job, I saw The Dark Knight four times in the theater, for reference.)
I don't have anything specific to talk about. Yeah, the plot was predictable, even if you didn't know the spoilers going in. Steve Rodgers remains my favorite of the Avengers. There's hand-to-shield fighting. The cameos from the past characters are just enough that they don't distract from the on-going story. The Winter Soldier is doing things for me that Loki has done for other people. Things blew-up. I liked the Steve/Natasha/Sam dynamic. I dug the soundtrack. There's hand-to-knife fighting. More things blew-up. The ending made me feel feelings. The bottom line is that it is an action movie, but it has a heart and characters I enjoyed watching. I really loved how "friendship" was an undercurrent theme that connected all the stories and elements together.
I'm still all about Guardians of the Galaxy. (Is it August yet?) I literally clapped my hands with glee when they showed the trailer. Man, there were a lot of superhero movie trailers: Guardians of the Galaxy, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
And none for DC.
I want the next Captain America installment NOW! (Only 757 days!) (*cries*)
So, yeah. . .If anyone else has seen it, we can discuss it here. (Obviously, then, there will be spoilers in the comments.)