Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Winter Soldier's Origin (Warning: This May Contain Spoilers)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker, Joe Simon, Jack Kirby
Cast: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Maximiliano Hernández, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, Toby Jones, Stan Lee, Callan Mulvey, Jenny Agutter
Synopsis: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout
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9.8 / 10
- Very well written story arc that not only explores more into Captain America's character, but also allows for a deeper exploration into the Marvel cinematic universe
- Villains were executed well
- Acting was solid
- Well paced and cinematography was great
- More character development for Black Widow
- Managed to introduce a new superhero without it feeling forced, or contrived.
- Stan Lee's second funniest cameo (second only to the one in "Amazing Spider-Man")
- Seems to set up the events for upcoming episodes of "Marvel's Agents of Shield" nicely
- Great end credit scenes that add to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as the story of Captain America
- Great action choreography
- Special Effects were nicely done
- Lousy 3-D conversion, as it was barely noticeable.
- Sadly, you need to watch :"Captain America: The First Avenger" and " The Avengers" to be able to follow what's going on, as this film isn't kind to newcomers.
You f*** with SHIELD, then you're going to have to answer to f***ing America...
After months of waiting, it looks like Marvel's first superhero film of 2014 is finally here, and it's based on Captain America no less. As most movie buffs know, Captain America's first film was met with a lot of mixed reactions by fans.
Some loved it, while others claimed it was arguably the weakest link in the phase 1 of the Marvel movies; second only to "Iron Man 2" in that regard. Although that's a bit debatable, as I personally liked it myself. However, it seems like I'm a minority in that aspect, but I digress.
This sequel takes place after the events of the first "Avengers" movie, as the team has split up and they've gone their separate ways. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) is a man that exists outside his own time, as he continues to struggle to find his place within the modern world. With nowhere to go, he works for SHIELD on various operations, but that's not to say he likes how they operate.
Unlike the golden days, things aren't quite as black and white, as Cap might remember them. As Captain American soon learns, the modern world is a lot more grayer than the world he ever knew. Enemies are a lot more discreet about their operations, and sometimes they can even be hiding where you'd least expect them to be.
Without giving away too much, Captain America soon finds out that an old enemy has resurfaced to take down SHIELD, and change the entire world as we all know it. Loyalties will be broken. Lives will be lost. New alliances will be forged, and the Marvel cinematic universe will never be the same again.
Unlike the other phase 2 films that Marvel has in store for us, it seems like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is arguably the most groundbreaking, as the events of the movie will not only affect the future of his ongoing story arc, but it could have a drastic effect on the rest of the MCU (short for marvel cinematic universe) as well. This is rather surprising to say the least, as the other sequels to the solo franchises that Marvel movies had going for them seemed to be isolated incidences that didn't really effect the entire Marvel universe too much. At least, not on this kind of grand scale.
I can't really delve into it too much, as it would involve spoiling all the plot twist in this movie. However, I will go on record as to say this is probably the boldest superhero film that I've ever seen. Not only did "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" explore new territory with it's characters, but it managed to expand upon them in ways that you wouldn't expect.
Unlike "Captain America: The First Avenger", this film has more of a darker tone, as it feels more like a spy espionage action thriller that just happens to feature a superhero. The film also goes over Steve Rogers struggles to fit in with society, as well as the relationships he forges with SHIELD. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) also gets a bigger role this time, and she definitely proves that she can hold her own.
Unlike her previous parts in "Avengers" and "Iron Man 2', the filmmakers actually manage to make her feel more like an actual character. Whereas the previous movies that I've mentioned, it felt like her character was mainly introduced to be eye candy for the male demographic. In "Captain America: The Winter Soldier", not only is Black Widow portrayed as equal to Cap himself, but she plays a very vital role throughout the course of the film.
Plus, it was nice to see how well Falcon was integrated into the story, as I wasn't quite sure how he would be introduced into the film, but they manage to pull it off quite nicely without it feeling rushed.
As for the action scenes, I'd have to say that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" features arguably the best action sequences that I've ever seen in a superhero movie before. Not only are the fight scenes intense, but they're very well choreographed as well.
I can't say there's anything bad about this film per say, as it's pretty much everything you'd want a superhero sequel to be. Not only does the story expand on the character a bit more, but it manages to even expand upon the MCU in such a way that it's kind of shocking to see such a bold move by Marvel Studios.
Although one flaw I should warn readers about is that the film is very unkind to the uninitiated. Meaning that unless you've seen the first movie, and the "Avengers" film, then chances are you're not going to understand what's going on. Therefore, I would strongly recommend anyone that wants to watch this movie to go back, and watch those previously mentioned ones first before even attempting to see this one.
However, it's a lot of fun, and it's arguably one of the best superhero films that I've ever seen. Just when I think that the superhero genre is starting to become dull, and cliched, it's great knowing that movies like "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" can still come around to prove me wrong.
Overall, I'd have to say that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is arguably the best superhero movie that I've ever seen; outside of "The Dark Knight" respectively. It's definitely a treat to watch, and I'm sure it's one that many movie fans will come to enjoy, as long as you don't bother seeing it in 3-D of course.
Although one word of advice I should give readers is that if you do choose to see the film, then I would recommend watching the movie all the way until the end of the credits. Like the "The Avengers" and "Thor: The Dark World", this one has two end credit scenes. One that takes place in the middle of the credits that sets up something for the next "Avengers" movie, while the one at the very end reveals something shocking about the Winter Soldier himself. I can't divulge into too much without giving it away, but it's worth waiting for, as both end credit scenes add a lot of depth and world building to the MCU.
Anyways, if the rest of the Marvel movies turn out to be even half as good as this one, then I think movie fans will be in for a treat for many years to come... Definitely worth checking out in theaters if you haven't seen it already.
The Shell Show with special guest, "Captain America" (Warning: Contains Adult Language)
The Shell Show with special guest, "the Falcon" (Warning: Contains Adult Language)
© 2014 Steven Escareno
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