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CAP 2 WAS GREAT. SO GREAT Y’ALL. IT EXCEEDED MOST OF MY EXPECTATIONS AND I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE IT AGAIN.

Other people have said lots smarter things than I’m going to say about it, and you should check that out. [personal profile] musesfool  made a big list here.

Things I really loved, and haven’t really seen other people discuss:

The opening sequences. Natasha being comfortable enough to tease Steve! Steve sassing right back! I love that they put more thought into the fight sequences in this movie. They felt like the old wuxia movies I grew up with, or Skyfall, the way people using their bodies in a brutal manner can be made art. That Batroc (who totally looks like evil Macklemore) fight was a thing of beauty, and I wish it had been longer.

PEGGY. Oh my god I cried buckets at their reunion, and I just love how Steve slipped back into that rapport with her. He’s always respected and admired her, and I just love how he goes back to her for advice. It’s closing the loop, the same way she goes to him and gives him that initial push, the idea that he can be something greater than a monkey on a unicycle selling bonds. It actively hurts me, the way Steve will be robbed of her counsel and good sense and faith in him by fate and age and dementia. He’s going to need it more than ever.

SAM. Oh lordy I did not expect to come out shipping Steve/Sam as hard as I do. It’s just brilliant and beautiful and ANTHONY MACKIE’S ARMS OH MY GOD I AM GOING TO WRITE FIC ABOUT THOSE ARMS TRY AND STOP ME. People have said a lot about Sam being Steve’s “could have been” (and I could totally see Steve being a VA counselor and helping other soldiers get their lives back together), but I also feel like he’s a foil for Bucky, in the role that he plays in Steve’s life. I keep coming back to the giant Bucky-shaped hole in Steve’s heart, and how he deals with that. I think the Avengers help (give me all the team as family fic EVER), but it’s not the same. And Sam, and the loss of his (literal) wingman and comrade. And the connection and two broken halves becoming a new whole, that’s really beautiful.

SEBASTIAN STAN’S STUPID FUCKING FACE. GIVE THIS MAN A FUCKING OSCAR. HOW DO YOU ACT SO HARD WITH YOUR EYES AND FOUR LINES OF DIALOGUE. “But I knew him.” JUST KILL ME. KILL ME NOW AND RESURRECT ME FOR THE SEQUEL WHEREUPON I CAN DIE AGAIN. The only thing I objected to is that he didn’t cry once.

NATASHA. YOU ARE SO BADASS AND I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND IF YOU DO NOT GET A MOVIE AFTER THIS I WILL RIP OUT KEVIN FEIGE’S INTESTINES WITH MY TEETH AND SHOW THEM AS A WARNING TO ALL WHO DARE OPPOSE ME. What we get from her in this movie re: identity—it’s like the screenwriters were practically begging for a Black Widow movie. I hope somebody writes the road trip fic where she tries and figures out who she is when she’s not being other things for other people.
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