Short(ish) Spoiler Free Movie Review
Captain America: The Winter Solider is this summer's first blockbuster that just so happens to hit theaters in the spring with a DVD release likely this fall. My intent is for this to be a "fair and balanced" movie review but my journalistic integrity dictates that I must state, for the record, that I am a HUGE Cap fan. While it's true that Cap and I share a number of similarities--blonde hair, blue eyes, the same first name and middle initial, rugged good looks, and extreme humility--we also share the desire to be a good guy and do good in the world.
All nerdiness aside, I was extremely happy to have the chance to watch the movie a few days early at the lovely Regal Majestic Stadium 20 theater in Silver Spring. As for the movie itself, it was quite a departure from "The First Avenger" (in a good way) with a much more complex storyline that was more a "spy thriller" than your typically superhero flick. Without revealing too much of the plot, it does touch upon relevant present day topics such as balancing personal privacy/freedom with protecting the general populace. The cast works well together with many action scenes that focus on practical special effects than relying upon the computer generated variety.
DC residents will appreciate seeing the DC backdrop while the true nerds among us might delight in catching references to other Marvel characters such as Dr. Stephen Strange (who has yet to make a big screen appearance) and a tongue-in-cheek reference to Samuel L. Jackson's character in Pulp Fiction. I wholeheartedly recommend this movie which, although not quite as good as the first Iron Man, is right up there with 2012's "The Avengers" and head and shoulders above some of the other Marvel films. To further solidify my nerdiness, I actually saw it again the night before it officially opened. It was THAT good. Do make sure you stay for TWO extra scenes during the end credits as it further paves the way for the future Marvel movies. As Stan Lee would say, 'nuff said.