Sunday, April 20, 2014

REVIEW: Captain America: The Winter Soldier 3D

Captain America:
The Winter Soldier

Chris Evans,
Scarlett Johansson


April 4, 2014

Joe Russo, Anthony Russo

Marvel Studios (Disney)

2 hours 16 minutes



Marvel simply continues to prove that they know and understand how to make a franchise of superhero films that work well with devoted fans as well as regular moviegoers.  While DC and Warner Bros. have the "Dark Knight" trilogy and "Man of Steel" under their belts, they also have "Green Lantern" and "Catwoman."  Ever since "Iron Man" was released in 2008, Marvel has been churning out nothing but great movies.  Those who say otherwise may be mistaken, for "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" were released by Sony and Fox, respectively.  The man responsible for making Marvel films (the ones released by Marvel Studios) is Kevin Feige, and once again he has outdone himself with the latest film in the "Phase Two" section of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

For the first time, we get to see Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, adjusting to his new life in the modern times after being frozen for nearly 70 years.  Ever since the events that took place in "The Avengers," Rogers spends most of his days running around D.C. and walking around the Captain America exhibit at the Smithsonian, trying to continue his catch-up on history.  Unfortunately, catching up will have to be put on hold as an attack on S.H.I.E.L.D. makes Rogers into a US fugitive for reasons I'd rather not explain here.  Now, Captain America must team up with Black Widow and a new recruit named Falcon in order to take down a threat that's been against Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. since the beginning.

After the first "Captain America" movie ended, I said that Chris Evans was the ideal Captain America.  This opinion was further proven in "The Avengers," and now with this film.  Evans not only makes Captain America a fun and awesome superhero, but he also manages to make the character of his alter ego Steve Rogers act human.  Scarlett Johansson kicks all kinds of ass here and makes a really fun and awesome character out of Black Widow.  Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Shaw, and Robert Redford all deliver great performances as the latest additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe cast, Falcon, The Winter Soldier, and Alexander Pierce respectively.  As for Samuel L. Jackson, what else can you expect from him; he's great in everything, and this movie continues to show that.

I admire the direction from Joe and Anthony Russo since they've taken this superhero world that Captain America lives in and made the action and the situations within the film as realistic and humane as the original "Iron Man."  In fact, dare I say, this is the best Marvel solo film to come from the Marvel Cinematic Universe since the original "Iron Man," and that's saying quite a lot.  The action is superb, the acting is great from all, and the direction from the Russo brothers is simply fantastic.  While the film focuses more on the political aspects of this superhero world rather than non-stop action, "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is still engaging and entertaining enough to recommend to those who are fans of Marvel's impressive track record.  Although, the 3D is kind of useless, and doesn't really add much to the film as a whole.


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