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Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Film Review

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Captain America: The First Avenger, was an okay film but really did not site to well with the other Marvel films, but this was to be expected as it was an origins story tell where Captain America came from and setting him up for The Avengers movie that came out afterword’s.

Captain America: The Winter Solider is different and one of the best films that Marvel has put out to date. However Captain America: The Winter Solider is different to the other Marvel Cinematic Universe films. (MCU) reason for this is that Captain America: The Winter Solider, dose not try to be a superhero film first. In fact it more like a 70’s cold war thriller with superheroes thrown in.

The story is set three years after the events of the Avenger and Steve Rodgers is still trying to get uses to living in the modern world. He has settled into life as a soldier working for the security agency S.H.I.E.L.D. – though he’s also something of a celebrity and a curiosity. He doesn’t have a secret identity. He doesn’t need one. He’s always Captain America, in or out of the costume.
Everything changes for Steve and he starts to question the things he has been told, as event around him change and people reveal their true intent.

As I have said before Captain America: The Winter Solider is a different film to the other MCU films with it cold war thriller type story but also introduce new characters with their own origins story. Lucky these character don’t need a whole film to tell these stories and they are done without too much fuss. While these characters could hold a film on their own.

Chris Evans, is still perfectly cast as Steve Rogers/ Captain America, he really get to shine here, it a shame that he wants to step away from acting to take on a more directing career, but I am hoping that Marvel and Disney will talk him round to keep playing the character as long as he can.
Scarlett Johansson is back playing Black Widow, here she has larger role to play with in the story. It also refreshing to see that there is no sexual tension between her and any of the other characters. It more of a strong female role, the sort you would see Joss Whedon write.
Samuel L Jackson is back as Nick Fury. Jackson has had more to do here that any of the other MCU films he has been in to date and it really is time Marvel gives him is own standalone films, which no doubt fans will want to see.
Anthony Mackie play Sam Wilson a Veteran that helps Cap and Black Widow, he used the flight name of Falcon.

From the start the film is action pack and the pace does not slow down with lots of twist and turn. The Winter Solider has everything you expect from a cold war thriller, twists, betrayal, resurrection and redemption. Doing this sort of story marvel has taken a big gamble, as this not the sort of story you would expect from a superhero film. But it has paid off and really work for a Captain America film. Captain America: The Winter Soldier sets up quite a few changes for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which further speaks to Marvel’s confidence in what they creating with their MCU.
The biggest changes to the MCU is most notable in Marvels Agents of S.H.E.I.L.D after the mid season break of season 1 and continues with season 2. However it effects on the big screen is still yet to be seen, but not doubt we will see something with Avenger: age of Ulton later this year.

If there was any doubt that Marvel can create a Universe on the big screen as well as the small screen, even after Phase 1 ending with The Avengers. Captain America: The Winter Solider has proven Marvel knows what it doing.
With a stellar cast with some big names and some not so well know
Marvel is now ready to taken an even bigger gamble with the third Captain America film as it will be doing the Civil War arc, which effect the whole Marvel Universe in the comics. It should be a fun ride, which will be even better that Marvel has now come to an agreement with Sony to use Spider-Man in their films. (Spider-Man will be making his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America: Civil War in cameo form.)

Captain America: The Winter Solider has to be one of Marvel best films to date and there is not much more you can do to improve it. I give this film a full 5 out of 5.


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Steve Rogers: Before we get started, does anyone want to get out?

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One response

  1. Captain America: The First Avenger wasn’t supposed to tie into the other films at all, given that it takes place 60+ years earlier. However, since he was already hired to direct The Avengers, Joss Whedon was given a copy of the script and allowed a slight rewrite to tie things in a bit. (subtle tie-ins) Also, if you watch The Incredible Hulk, (2008) there is a CA tie-in when they mention the Super Soldier project, and the serum Blonsky is given is supposed to be an attempt to reproduce the experiment that lead to Captain America. So, that’s a subtle “shout out” to the, as of then, not yet made CA film. 🙂

    I agree with you on The Winter Soldier, fantastic film. Chris Evans is definitely the best as Steve Rogers/CA. I think it’s because he really cares about the character, particularly the Steve Rogers part. It was the Steve Rogers story that finally got him to agree to do the first film, after three attempts by the producers to sign him. It’s important that the character remains Steve, an all around good guy who just wants to do the right thing, and is never consumed by his dual identity as Captain America. Chris plays this role perfectly. I certainly hope he doesn’t step down from acting, he’s getting better and better. The rest of the cast is fantastic. I definitely liked that Black Widow was more a part of the meat and potatoes of the plot, instead of just being the kick ass S.H.I.E.L.D. agent that we know her to be. It gave Scarlett Johansson more to do. (not that I didn’t like her in the previous films) Likewise, it was great seeing more of Nick Fury, and Samuel L. Jackson is one of my favorite actors on the planet. Notably, it was also awesome seeing Robert Redford as a villain. That was a first for me. And, I liked the newcomer (to the Marvel films) Anthony Mackie as CA’s trusted friend and partner, Sam Wilson/Falcon. I like the way they updated his story and even cast a light onto current soldiers dealing with PTSD, most of whom are, unfortunately, dumped and forgotten by the US government. I thought everyone did a great job and the movie is just awesome from start to finish.

    I agree, 5/5. That’s what I gave it on Netflix. Though, that’s what I gave the first film too. Captain America is one of my favorites. 😀

    17/03/2015 at 17:29

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