Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens today in theatres and even though it is highly marketed toward men, this movie is fun for teens, tweens, and even women. Here are a few reasons why moms will enjoy Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
The third film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two that began with Iron Man 3 is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This series brings a darker and more intense view of our classic superheros. Although grouped with Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, the intensity is lessened but still packs plenty of action.
Scarlett Johansson delivers a powerful female lead as Natasha Romanoff, also known as Black Widow.
If you are a mom looking for a female superhero then look no further than Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson. Black Widow carries her own weight in this movie and empowers girls and women to just kick butt. Seriously. No one else could play her character. Natasha does not back down, is not easily intimidated, and goes after what she wants. Somehow dressing up as Black Widow for last Halloween seemed to instill a sense of strength and is even more fun now after seeing her throughout the movie. She is an essential character and has plenty of screen time.
You do not have to know anything about Marvel characters or Captain America to enjoy the movie.
Although my husband and sons know the characters inside out I tend to fall into the side of not noticing every single tiny clue like they do. If this is your first Marvel movie, everything you need to know about Captain America is explained during the movie.
Flashbacks to Steve Rogers childhood with his best friend Bucky Rogers are touching and provide great insight into Captain America’s motives.
Should young children see Captain America?
Whenever I attend a movie premiere this is always an important question asked of me. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, guns, and action throughout. A few scenes may be disturbing to younger children, including many on-screen deaths one of which includes a beloved character. It does not have any sexual references but does have some colorful language that is barely noticeable.
My boys will be seeing the movie in Downtown Disney next week when we are at Disney Social Media Moms and they are so excited. My youngest son went as Captain America for Halloween and we carried out an Avengers theme with our family. That, plus meeting Captain America next week seals the deal since they already know the cartoons, play the video games, and read the comic books.
Chris Evans plays Steve Rogers who becomes Captain America but he leaves behind his traditional suit in order to use stealth and wit to determine who is attempting to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. As a wholesome and genuine character, Chris Evans plays the part perfectly and not just because he makes the suit look good or knows how to maneuver his shield.
Samuel L. Jackson is amazing as Nick Fury and you seriously cannot have a Marvel movie about S.H.I.E.L.D. without including him. His relationship with Alexander Pierce is essential to the plot even if you spend your entire time marveling at how Robert Redford never ages. Pierce, played by Robert Redford, is the man in charge and surprisingly is in much of the movie. The Winter Solider is not a hero and someone you do not want to mess with but is played well by Sebastian Stan.
One of the new characters introduced is Sam Wilson who is Falcon and is played by Anthony Mackie. You never know who will turn up to save the day.
Stan Lee does not disappoint by appearing once again in a Marvel movie and honestly it just wouldn’t be complete without him. The fun part is finding where he is going to turn up next.
You will leave the theatre saying at least two lines from the movie. One is “On your left” and the other comes from a popular movie from the 80’s but if I share it the surprise will be ruined. Expect applause and laughter for this fun reference said by Black Widow.
Watch all of the credits for two bonus scenes.
How much of a Marvel fan you are determines how long you stay after the movie ends and the credits roll. Do not run to the bathroom and miss some of the most important parts. Stay until the very end. After the credits begin to roll there is a brief scene that gives more clues to the future of Captain America and Marvel when MCU Phase 2 concludes with Avengers: Age of Ultron.
After seeing Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Iron Man 3, and Thor: The Dark World it is clear that Marvel has more adventures coming in the future and we cannot wait.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.
Photography by Walt Disney Studios and Marvel. Used with permission.
I was provided passes to attended an advanced screening media event to write this review.