- Starring: Chris Evans (The Avengers), Scarlett Johansson (Iron Man 2), Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan) and more.
- Directed by: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo
- Synopsis: “After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, a.k.a. Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.”
- Rating: PG-13 for intense fighting violence.
- Must-Watch Trailer:
Marvel keeps out-doing itself. Every time I watch one of these Marvel cinematic universe films, I think, “Man, how can they make the next film just as good, if not better?”…and then the next film does exactly that! Such is the case, once again, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Continuing their impressive streak, Marvel brings the second Captain America film with class, conviction, conscience and cool cinematography. A smart decision on Marvel’s part to bring one of the darker storylines from the pages of Cap’s comic books to the big screen, The Winter Soldier story assuredly meet fans with delight and satisfaction. Being darker definitely helps shed more light on the characters and makes this sequel both exciting and intriguing.
One of the major benefits that Marvel has in its pockets is the cast continuation as Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders and more have been afforded the opportunity to grow into and with their characters. Each of them are understood more, believed more and cared for more. This is a Captain America movie, but there is also ample time for attention to Nick Fury, Black Widow and others (a challenge that The Avengers faced and arguably succeeded in).
The newcomers to the Cap/Marvel line are also equally impressive and seem as if they’ve been a part of the Marvel cinematic universe for a while too as they naturally fit in. Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie (The Falcon) and also Sebastian Stan (The Winter Soldier). Casting continues to be a strong suit for Marvel and it has THIS fanboy excited for future films.
So much makes this film a standout (and stand alone) Marvel movie. The acting, the action…complete with plenty of heart-pulsing fighting sequences that are just superb…, the characters, the socio-political commentary and more all make this one solid film that is leaps and bounds above other superhero movies of recent (i.e. Man of Steel, Iron Man 3, X-Men 3, etc) and enables it to be another superhero movie made relatable to real life.
While I praise this film quite highly for its acting, special effects and character development, there are a few minor things that do hold it back from perfection that Marvel still has, as of yet, to tackle satisfactorily. Such as:
1. It is a difficult to ignore the fact that, since The Avengers, other superheroes exist and can help each other. They keep Thor: The Dark World out of this conundrum by setting most of the film off of Earth, but viewers may watch Captain America: The Winter Soldier and ask “If they mentioned Iron Man or The Hulk or fought alongside Hawkeye then what’s keeping them from simply making a phone call to them for some help?” It’s a tricky thing to work around to be sure and it seems that Marvel hasn’t yet found the right way to have all these heroes exist in the same universe but not be around to help each other.
3. Some elements and characters end up not really understood or known by those who are not BIG fans of the Marvel universe –A minor complaint as most people who are watching it tend to know/recognize the characters overall. (This is not talking about the bonus credit scenes -of which there are two- since they are, indeed, bonus.) But I suspect that some of the minor-played characters will undoubtedly serve a purpose in future Marvel films (a.k.a. Agent 13, a senator that may not be remembered as also being in Iron Man 2 and a few others).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes audiences into the battle with Cap as the levels of trust (and distrust), reacclimation, fighting intensity, discovery, deception and loyalty increase continually throughout the film. Utilizing the foundation laid in not only the first Captain America film (including some great “flashback” sequences that add to the flavor of the film), but also in the additional Marvel films, this sequel is a strong assembly of characters, plots and excitement and does NOT disappoint.
Captain America has always been one of Marvel’s morality gauges with a sure sense of what is right and wrong. Let me impart some similar knowledge of the “Cap” persuasion upon you:
- What is right? To see Captain America: The Winter Soldier and expect it to be a great.
- What is wrong? To NOT see Captain America: The Winter Soldier. (or leaving before BOTH credits scenes…but you should know that by now!)
Take off to go see it! NOW!!
Entertaining, exemplary, explosive and engaging, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel’s best and in terms of sequels is Marvel Studios’ best to date. With the rumored report being that Marvel has planned their films all the way to 2028 it looks as if we have tons more of similar quality to look forward to.
My Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars for Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Thanks for reading! Happy Watching!
–T, The Focused Filmographer