Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier; A Review and A Tribute to the Ultimate Warrior

 

 

 

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Hello! Sorry I should have posted something about Joakim Noah but for some reason I wasn’t in the mood to post it, instead we get a back to back to back movie review from yours truly.

On the side note WrestleMania XXX just concluded last Monday morning and we saw Daniel Bryan FINALLY won the WWE World Heavyweight Championship against Corporate poster boys Randy Orton and Batista, we also saw Undertaker’s 21-0 streak ended at the hands of Brock Lesnar, Antonio Cesaro launched as perhaps WWE’s next star and Triple H’s shovel not in full effect. WrestleMania XXX also features the Hall of Fame induction ceremony or should I say “presentation” in front of the raucous pro wrestling crowd, the class included Amy Dumas (Lita), Mr. T, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, Carlos Colon, Scott Hall, manager Paul Bearer and the recently departed Ultimate Warrior. Later in this writing I will post my homage to the Warrior.

Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier is part of the so called phase 2 of Marvel’s build up to the Avengers 2 (and you still won’t see Spiderman in it so enough with the memes), while Iron Man 3 sucked, Thor 2: The Dark World was good (which I reviewed as well), this one will blow you away, how? Remember watching the Dark Knight in 2008? Well at some degree it kinda blew me away like that depending if you like the Dark Knight or just simply don’t get Batman. Anyway that’s another topic I guess. The story was straight forward, simple yet elegantly written (not as elegant as Hugo but it’s still good), the premise was great, the action scenes of course are over the top and typical of what you get from Marvel films whether produced by Marvel Studios or Fox/Sony. Robert Redford is still epic as he played the two-faced antagonist known as Sec. Alexander Pierce, after not seeing Redford in what seems like forever, he brought enough to the screen that even those who knew his character in the source material would probably have thought that he was part of S.H.I.E.L.D. that would like to take H.Y.D.R.A. from within, until his subsequent turn in the control room of SHIELD. Then we have Frank Grillo who played Brck Rumlow or Crossbow, I always thought he was a fine actor after seeing him in 2011’s Warrior where he played Joel Edgerton’s friend and MMA trainer. and last certainly not the least Sebastian Stan reprises his role as James Buchanan (Bucky) Barnes or the bad ass that is The Winter Soldier, what actually worked for the Winter Soldier is that he rarely talks, except for the last few minutes of the movie, but the guy doesn’t talk, which add to the mystique of the character (especially to those who don’t know who the Winter Soldier is). Though I knew the fact that Bucky would eventually become the super spy and assassin Winter Soldier, the big reveal was still good enough to make me say, oooh that was good. Oh on the sidenote, I was cheering for GSP to beat up Cap.

 

Overall the film was memorable, story wise it was better than the Avengers, Winter Soldier will give you enough thrills, enough brain cells to use, enough plotholes and stupid circumstances (like the SHIELD transport van having bulletproof windows while the fighter planes or transports doesn’t have one or Falcon’s jump from the 41st to the 21st floor (dumb but awesome), in my opinion what actually worked in this adaptation of Jack Kirby’s character is the writers kept the story simple, there not enough sci fi or nerdy mumbo jumbo to complicate things, just have something being compromised, a harbinger of death after you, and save the day type, what Captain America 2 did unlike 2 previous Marvel Phase 2 films is what I call “less is more”. With that I give this film a 9.25/10, and moves 3rd in my Superhero movie list behind Superman 1 10/10 and The Dark Knight 9.5/10.

Oh useless trivia, the costume that cap wore in the first few hours of the movie is taken from his “Head of SHIELD” days when he was going to the field even if he was the chief of SHIELD. Proof? Here it goes.

Heroir Age Captain America with the gun and no shield.. Just leave a comment or PM me at facebook who's the Captain America in the background.

Heroic Age Captain America with the gun and no shield.. Just leave a comment or PM me at facebook who’s the Captain America in the background.

That was a horrible costume and thank God the studio did fan service by going back to the old WW2 movie costume of his. The Winter Soldier on the other hand, wow almost as similar as the comics.

James Buchanan Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, thought to be dead after WWII after falling off a plane became Russia's assassin and spy. He had many battles with Captain America before turning into a good guy years later.

James Buchanan Barnes a.k.a. the Winter Soldier, thought to be dead after WWII after falling off a plane became Russia’s assassin and spy. He had many battles with Captain America before turning into a good guy years later.

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THE ULTIMATE WARRIOR, Wrestler, Champion, Hall of Fame, Legend

Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI

Ultimate Warrior at WrestleMania VI

Ultimate Warrior or James Brian Hellwig in real life (then legally changed his name to Warrior in real life) died 8th of April a few days after his appearance on WWE’s flagship show Monay Night Raw, his induction to the WWE Hall of Fame on Saturday (Sunday morning in the Philippines) and his final WrestleMania appearance (actually his first since WrestleMania 12), he was 54. I fondly remember watching him to television on Wednesday nights on IBC 13, him running through the ring, shaking the ropes, “absorbing” the power of his Warriors, in tune with a generic heavy metal musicand eventually having a short match. His impact in the sport (regardless of the wrong he has done to the WWE, WCW and his colleagues) were good enough to have a lasting impact in the Pro Wrestling business. His matches with Hulk Hogan (whom he had a falling out), Randy Savage, and Ravashing Rick Rude where legendary and to this day, I always believe that is match with Hogan at WrestleMania 6 is the greatest main event not only in WrestleMania history but also in WWE History. Eventhough there are memories that I’d rather forget like his return bout with Hogan at Halloween Havoc 1998 or him being a douche to others I will always remember Warrior for being on of the most electrifying man to enter the squared circle, his record time watch with the Honky Tonk Man in the 88 SummerSlam, the match that made me cry when I was a kid which is WrestleMania VI wherein Warrior beat Hogan for the WWF/WWE Championship, his matches with Randy “Macho Man” Savage and of course those incoherent ramblings that is called a promo or interview in wrestling. Thank you Jim, Warrior or the Ultimate Warrior.

It seems Hogan and Warrior buried the hatchet

It seems Hogan and Warrior buried the hatchet

pictures taken from Marvel Database, No DQ, IMDB, NY Post

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