“I only act like I know everything” – The Black Widow
Welcome back! I missed you.
We left off talking about the relationships, how the story is not reliant on them, and how happy that makes my inner comic book fan girl. Please see http://aurorinthebrowncoat.wordpress.com/2014/04/07/the-winter-soldier-pt-1-spoilers/ for past rambling.
I want to discuss a little bit more of the soul crushing sadness that was brought to us in this film. I don’t go to movies to be sad, but when I go to see a story about Winter Soldier, I’m not only prepared for it, I expect it. It is a requirement, and they delivered.
As I sit here chomping away on breakfast, I can definitely say I found the Peggy moment more devastating than anything with the Winter Soldier, but let’s avoid going back down that deep pit of despair and focus on Bucky for a moment.
One of the most heartwrenching, frustrating moments of the film was when he didn’t run. Specifically, he is sitting in the chair talking to the Hydra slimebag that has been employing him, and he says ‘I knew him’. Ow, okay, good job… then after a few moments of Hydra slimebag talking ‘But… I knew him’. Yeah, cool, twist the knife, you’re doing your job and I forgive you. Then this:
At this point, I am sitting tensed up my chair frantically muttering ‘Run Bucky, run! Run Bucky, run! You can take them damnit Bucky RUN!!!’
… And he didn’t.
Supersoldier, assassin badass leaned back in the chair and let it happen. He didn’t fight, he didn’t run, he just took it, and that broke my heart. Like it was supposed to.
“Make it dark, make it grim, make it tough, but then, for the love of God, tell a joke.” – Joss Whedon
It’s not really necessary for me to explain how much I admire the man who spoke the words above. Well, maybe necessary, but not in this post, maybe later. To my point!
I’d like to focus back to Falcon for this one. The balance they made with the character was fantastic. In a film filled with crushing sadness, they managed to have a character that provided humor and wit, without making him the plucky sidekick who’s only purpose is to make stupid jokes and then ultimately die.
Falcon didn’t spend the whole film making jokes, but he sure as hell had some oneliners that brought a smile to my tearstreaked face.
Nat did a great job with this as well, but I find it slightly less noteworthy since we have already met and experienced her character, and Falcon was stuck with attempting to develop himself as useful and funny in just one film.
Now, since I am talking about how I felt about the film, I feel like I would be completely amiss if I didn’t rant about the one thing that irked me about the film, and please notice how miniscule it is, because I usually find all sorts of things I dislike about something, I’m obnoxious like that.
Where. The. Hell. Is. Barton.
Let me explain. I don’t need Clint in this film. Don’t need to see his face, don’t need him to be a plot point or focus, but you know what I do need? Natasha’s most trusted companion at least MENTIONED during the collapse of the institution that they have bled for. ‘I have to contact Barton’, ‘What about Clint’, ‘We should notify Hawkeye’. SOMETHING!
Yes, Fury said not to trust anyone, I do not care. Not one bit. Clint is the one that decided not to murder Nat when those were his orders. Clint was the one who, when the entire world was at risk, Nat was trying to find. There is no argument that can be provided that would convince me that it is not a gaping plot hole that his name was not uttered once this whole film.
Coming up in the next installation will be: The Winter Soldier VS Every other comic book film ever