Ok, now some thoughts on Captain America: The Winter Soldier
(Somewhat spoilery so I'm including some space in here.)
Right. Look away now if you fear the spoiler!
First, this is hands-down my favorite Marvel movie, even with the shaky-cam work.
Second, this was not a superhero movie. This was a spy movie with superheroes. Which works.
Third, it strikes me that the theme of the movie was a deliberate choice (and a signal to the audience, I think) of turning away from endless shades of gray and moral complexity in favor of something that pretty much everybody on earth can behind:
Punching nazis in the face.
It was nice to see Black Widow as a real, functioning character.
And the Falcon scenes were freakin' amazing. We've seen a lot of characters fly on screen before, but we've never seen that kind of airborne acrobatics and grace. It was impressive.
Also Robert Redford was good. Not phoning it in at all.