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 Hern√°ndez, 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

America F*** Yeah! (Warning: This Video Contains Adult Language Not Suitable for Children. Parental Discretion is Advised)

Stevennix2001's Rating:

9.8 / 10

Pros:


- 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

Cons:


- 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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ironangel89 2 years ago from United States

I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I definitely feel like it is the best film Marvel has put out to date.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

No argument with you there. I can't wait to see what else Marvel Studios has in store for us. Thanks for stopping by.


It's your Youtube friend Agentringer that you seem to forget exsisted lol 2 years ago

Best comic book movie ever. Agree while there are some nitpicky flaws in the movie (he saves the world with one second to spare really?) overall as a superhero movie it's basically as close to perfect as you can get with a superhero movie.By far my new favorite comic book movie as a big fan of Cap i love bein able to say that. Best part is i didn't like the first one but this movie makes me see the first movie in a different light if i rewatch it i think i will like it.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol, don't worry, i didn't forget about you, as I've just been busy with other things lately, and I'm trying to catch up with some of today's movies, during my free time; which is why i haven't replied to any of your messages lately.

However, I will go on record as to say that this probably features some of the best action scenes that i've seen in a superhero film, and i'm surprised they took the story in such a dramatic direction. I'm just curious to see how they'll top themselves in the next movie. Anyways, thanks for stopping by


Agentinger 2 years ago

The fight scenes were without a doubt the best in a CBM along with having the best story out of the MCU films and the best characters in a CBM period. I'll go more into my love for this movie in out messages. It's just you reply once i send you a message that gives you alot to reply to you reply to like one or two i reply again then you stop talking and i wait a couple of weeks to try again. I found other people to talk to that have a passion for movie and comic books as i love those but i still want to talk to you as well. I'm in high school dude hard to have a really in depth conversation about something other then sports,girls,or weed in high school.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

well done bud. I didn't get to see this film right away, I was actually put back into the hospital as my other knee became a problem. So I am back to bed rest yet again. Woopity do. I did get to see it though, and I loved it. I'd love to write a review, but I just do not have the energy as of late to do so. lol. The action was fantastic, but my one worry moving forward is the inevitable moment when the "trinity" walks away. As in Downey, Evans and Hemsworth. This movie solidified in my mind that Evans is absolutely fantastic as Cap and the Russo brothers completely understand the beat of the character. He is a hard character to understand but when done right, he becomes the most relatable of all the Marvel characters. He gets a lot of flack for being a boy scout but, that doesn't stop him from kicking ass, as we see in this movie. I loved how gritty and realistic the action was. Anyways, that's my opinion on it. I agreed with yours as well. Hope all is well bud


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

@agentinger

lol. I hear you. Sorry if it seems like im ignoring ya, but im not. trust me, if i was, then i could easily spam your comments on this hub if i wanted to. lol. However, I've just been busy with work these days, and I've been trying to catch up on my film reviews as well. Therefore, i barely have time to respond to any of your replies on youtube. Let alone reply to comments on here. Plus, when you have to worry about bills and all that, it's hard enough to keep track of movies; let alone keep track of conversations i have with people either on youtube or any other site. Therefore, I have to kind of prioritize. you can message me on there if you like, but i can't guarantee you that ill reply right away.

However, if it'll make you feel better, I'll try to make time to reply to all your messages. Like I said, it might take a while.

@nickalooch

Thanks. I'm sorry to hear you ended up back in the hospital again. That's got to be a tough break. To be honest, I was looking for your review of this film, as I thought you'd probably end up writing yours way before i even published mine, but i guess that kind of explains why.

I hope you feel better soon though. As far as what will happen with the avengers in the future, it's inevitable that at some point the avengers roster will get changed up in the movies, or theyll end up recasting the big three that you mentioned. Hell, Hugh Jackman is bound to be recast at some point, as I doubt he wants to play wolverine forever as well.

I just hope they're able to keep the quality up, as I was very impressed with this film. One aspect about it that i forgot to mention was how it kind of represents certain issues that are going on today like when the government started to spy more on it's citizens after 9/11, and said it was for our own protection. Doesn't it suck that you always think of things like this after you write a review on the movie? lol. I know i can probably just edit this hub to add it in, but i feel like that's kind of cheating to be honest. maybe that's just me.


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raymondphilippe 2 years ago from The Netherlands

OK. So I'll be adding this to our to watch list. Thanks for sharing.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Your welcome, and thank you for stopping by.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

Well I think the overall quality of the films have gone up tremendously since Avengers. Iron Man 3 and Thor 2 were good, but Cap 2 was great. Guardians I am sure will also be very good too, I am just concerned that after the big three leave that they think that the new big three can be Ant Man (taking over for Iron Man), Doctor Strange (taking over for Thor), and Black Panther (taking over for Cap), while you also have Winter Soldier and presumably Ms. Marvel.


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

well to be fair, we really don't know if iron man, thor and cap will walk away from the avengers after the 3rd one. I mean for all we know, they could elect to recast their parts even if the actors themselves say they don't want to do it anymore. Plus, just because the winter soldier is introduced in cap 2, it doesn't mean he'll show up again in a future mcu film.

Look at the incredible hulk for example. That movie introduced abomination, and it gave an easter egg hint at the possibility of the leader showing up at some point. Yet, we haven't seen hide, nor hair of any of them, so we'll have to wait and see.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

It's a good point, although I don't really like to think about recasting Tony especially, RDJ has completely become Tony Stark lol. But it is a fair point, and considering the success i think people would be okay with it, but it would be hard to see those guys go. Really hard.

I also have a gut feeling that after Thanos they will go the direction of Masters of Evil. by then they would have a good deal of singular villains introduced and maybe that is how they can bring back Red Skull as well. It is a safe bet that Baron Zemo will be introduced in Cap 3, leading way for him to put together the Masters. Makes me wonder if that is how they'd bring back Abomination too. I'd love to see Amora the Enchantress in the universe too. A real version of the Mandarin would be nice too. I like a theory going around that the real Mandarin could be a part of that secret society of villains that I will not name. :) lol


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

lol. Probably. Although to be honest, I think that the superhero genre is kind of danger becoming over saturated though. I mean Marvel already announced that they're going to do four new shows on netflix based on marvel characters. So that kind of makes me wonder how much longer they can keep this going though, as i have a feeling the superhero genre will probably slow down significantly after avengers 3 because hollywood will have flooded the market with it.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

I enjoyed Cap 1 more, but I thought Cap 2 was very good. I'm also looking forward to Cap 3. Great review!


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Yea, I can't wait for Cap 3 too. I just hope it's a good one. Plus, it'll be interesting to see if that one character that shows up in the last end credits makes an appearance in cap 3 if you know what I mean. anyways, thanks for stopping by sunshine, as it's a pleasure seeing you.


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Nickalooch 2 years ago from Columbia, MD

You can make the argument that the superhero genre is in danger, but so did Matthew Vaughn back when First Class came out. The movies flat out sell. I am curious to see where they go from Avengers 3 as I think their will be a good amount of change from then but I don't think it'll necessarily slow down. it'll always be around


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Stevennix2001 2 years ago Author

Well to be fair, I'm not saying that after avengers 3 there won't be anymore superhero films, as there will always be superhero movies as long as we're able to make them. I just mean they'll probably die out in popularity by that point to where it'll go back to the way it used to be where you'd get maybe like 3 or 4 superhero films every 10 years or so instead of how it is today.

I kind of see superhero movies as being this generation's western films. If you look back when hollywood used to make a killing off western movies, they practically flooded the market with it, as you not only had all these westerns on the big screen, but they even dominated the small screen too, as I'd like to think that's part of the reason why you don't see as many westerns as there are today.

I think the same thing could happen with the superhero genre over time. However, it could go on being popular even past Avengers 3 for all we know, but i just think at some point it's going to over saturate the market.

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