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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America 2 1Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo

Based on the comic books created by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

Story by Ed Brubaker

Screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

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

Steve Rogers is better known as Captain America. As he continues to acclimate himself to life in the 21st century he finds himself battling a powerful enemy known only as the Winter Soldier. When the government agency, S.H.I.E.L.D., is compromised Steve has to rely on a handful of trusted allies. With the help of Natasha Romanoff (Johansson) and Sam Wilson (Mackie), Rogers seeks to defeat the Winter Soldier and those he’s helping.

Captain America 2 3This is an excellent follow-up to Captain America: The First Avenger. In addition to the fist Captain America film, this also ties in nicely with the rest of the Marvel films built around the universe of The Avengers. Based on the comic books created by Joe Simon (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Jack Kirby (Iron Man 3), this is a great adventure into a fantastic universe of heroes and villains. The story and screenplay came from the combined efforts of Ed Brubaker (Angel of Death), Christopher Markus (Thor: The Dark World), and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger). Directors Anthony (You, Me and Dupree) and Joe Russo (Welcome to Collinwood) took on the task of continuing the saga. The cast features a number of familiar faces, as well as a few new ones. This includes Chris Evans (The Avengers), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), Robert Redford (The Sting), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan), and Anthony Mackie (The Adjustment Bureau).

Captain America 2 7The wealth of comic book adventures behind Captain America must have made this challenging and entertaining to write the story for. Markus and McFeely did a great job pulling from the classic story and also bringing in the universe the Marvel films have created. As expected, the action is intense and constant in this one. The story also has enough surprises and twists to keep it from feeling overly formulaic. The characters all continued to develop in this one, bringing more history to the characters coming from the other films in the series. The new characters all seem to fit into the story and have enough depth to be interesting and even important throughout the movie. Overall, this is a great story that pushes the action without forgetting the plot.

Captain America 2 8The acting is fun and nicely done from the entire cast. Oscar winner Robert Redford was an excellent addition to the cast of this movie. Additionally, Anthony Mackie created a nice new character with his performance as Falcon. Chris Evans seemed to bring a new level of depth to the character of Steve Rogers. This really helped to make him more than just a really good man with a good heart. The improvements in the cast also included a much more interesting version of Black Widow from Scarlett Johansson. Altogether this movie has great acting that really worked well with the story they were given.

Captain America 2 5The visuals, the special effects, and the camera work are great in this movie. The action is intense from beginning to end, and the directors and crew really made sure to capitalize on every chance to impress the audience. The action sequences were also wonderfully designed, bringing a style of action that was more than just brute force. Adding in a great score and sets and locations that were perfect for the story really helped to pull all of this together.

Captain America 2 4As far as comic book movies go, this is another step in the right direction. The Marvel universe continues to expand, and with a few exceptions, the quality of the movies expands with it. If you’re a fan of the comic books behind these movies I hope you’ve already seen this one. I would recommend this to anyone looking for some action and adventure in their next trip to the movies. I would also suggest this to fans of the stars who all do such a nice job. I give this one 4.4 out of 5 stars.

Rating: PG-13

Running Time: 136 Minutes


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13 Comments on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

  1. CMrok93 April 10, 2014 at 9:55 PM #

    Good review Jeff. It’s a bunch of fun, even if it is definitely the darkest of the Marvel movies.


    • jeffro517 April 10, 2014 at 11:48 PM #

      I guess I didn’t think of it as dark, but that’s a great way to describe it. I think the sequels have all been darker than the first films. The second Thor and Iron Man 3 were that way also. Thanks for reading.


  2. Tim The Film Guy April 12, 2014 at 12:25 PM #

    Great review. I loved the film and thought the new thriller aspect of the film took Marvel into a new Genre even if in a relatively small way. Very much looking forward to the next one :D


    • jeffro517 April 13, 2014 at 10:01 AM #

      Thanks for reading. I think that the Marvel films are getting brave in their story choices, allowing the risks to be taken since they know fans are already in place. I hope they don’t pull back from this new direction.



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