Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Capt2-Payoff-1-Sht-v8-Lg-c563dCaptain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlet t Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford

Directed By: Anthony and Joe Russo

MINOR SPOILERS

Let’s get this out of the way right now: Captain America: The Winter Soldier is fantastic. The follow up to Cap’s solo film and The Avengers isn’t just one of the best Marvel Studios films, but one of the best comic book movies of all time.

The latest film finds Steve Rogers (played by Chris Evans) still trying to come to terms with the modern world around him, including the shady dealings that S.H.I.E.L.D. gets into in order to protect the world. After one particular mission goes bad, Steve runs across the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a cold war myth that turns out to be extremely real and has dangerous ties to something going on inside of S.H.I.E.L.D. Now, along with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the flying exo-suit owning Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Captain America must stop the Winter Soldier and uncover the deadly secrets that S.H.I.E.L.D. leader Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) is hiding.

In his third go around with the shield, Chris Evans is extremely self-assured as the Sentinel of Liberty. In fact, this film allows him to do more acting wise than he did in Captain America and The Avengers. Evans really makes Steve Rogers relatable as a man out of time, and the scenes where he visits old friends and a Smithsonian exhibit celebrating his time in World War Two are surprisingly moving. Cap’s struggle to come to grips with the power that S.H.I.E.L.D. wields makes for a very engaging story, and one that makes us think about how much power our protectors should really have.

Evans’ isn’t the only one who brings his A game either. Every member of the cast is absolutely on fire here, from Johansson’s bad ass Black Widow to Samuel L. Jackson being, well, Samuel L. Jackson. Robert Redford’s Alexander Pierce is also phenomenal as well. However, one of the standouts was easily Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon. Falcon is a character that I have no interest in at all. As a kid, he I never saw the appeal, and even though he’s made appearances in recent comics, I still wasn’t that pumped to see him on screen. That is, until now. Mackie brings so much humor and energy to the screen that I had a blast watching him, and I sincerely hope we see him pop up in Avengers 2, even though he’ll definitely be in for Captain America 3.

Of course, the titular character is my favorite. The Winter Soldier is the coolest villain to grace the Marvel screen since Loki first stole our hearts back in Thor. While he’s not in the film a whole lot, The Winter Soldier is easily the central point for some of the film’s best action sequences, and is quite a compelling character to boot. For the few of you who don’t know the character’s true identity, I won’t spoil it, but it definitely adds another awesome layer to the plot of the film, and provides some heart breaking decisions for Steve.

Speaking of the action scenes, holy crap, are they awesome. Who knew that Anthony and Joe Russo, directors of multiple episodes of Community, could deliver such awesome set pieces? Hell, who knew they could deliver such an awesome movie? But they did, and the news that they’ll be back for Cap’s third solo adventure makes me extremely excited. These two are ones to watch, because I’m sure this is the start of amazing things to come for them.

I’ve said it already, but I’ll say it again: The Winter Soldier is fantastic. As a huge fan of the original story, seeing the Winter Soldier on screen was amazing, and this film is more proof of Marvel’s power as a studio. Everything about the sequel is top notch, and yes, it sets up future installments of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (yes, you should stay through the credits for the two extra scenes, not that I should have to tell you that). We’ve got a lot of superhero movies coming out this summer, and they’ve got a long way to go if they’re going to surpass Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And if there’s one Marvel movie you absolutely need to see before Avengers 2, it’s Winter Soldier.

Verdict: A-

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Posted on April 5, 2014, in Comic Books, Movie Reviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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