Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review
What is your favorite thing about superhero movies? If it's action, explosions, and espionage, this movie is probably for you. If you're more interested in the human aspects of your heroes, you might want to just re-watch Iron Man 3 instead.
Among the other Avengers Cap isn't always a crowd favorite, but the things that made him more endearing in his first movie-- his selflessness, his intolerance of “bullies”, and his persistent desire to serve his country despite being seen as weak-- are not as easily apparent in this sequel. By now Captain America is a well-trained, nigh invulnerable super soldier who's left all his weaknesses far behind. Instead of struggling with the emotional baggage that comes with being alive in the wrong era, he spends most of Winter Soldier making anonymous bad guys taste his shield. Action definitely takes precedence over character growth.
Fans of the Marvel canon will probably still get some extra satisfaction out of this movie for the fan service alone. There's more Marvel universe name-dropping in it than bomb dropping, and that's saying something. Make sure you're familiar with the first Captain America movie, too, since you'll be seeing some familiar faces. Oh, and remember not to ask what Tony Stark and Bruce Banner are so busy with while S.H.I.E.L.D. is being compromised. Those guys may exist in the same universe, but this is Cap's movie.
Winter Soldier is a simple but fun ride: predictable at times, outrageous at others, but always in a familiar comic book style that we've come to expect from Marvel.