Movie Blog: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Are you ready for another Marvel Superhero movie?

Yes! Yes, I am!

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When you buy a ticket for a Captain America movie you know what you’re going to get: A super-powered dude in blue doing crazy things with a shield, busting people in the jaw, and being very ‘Americanny’. Good news! Captain America: The Winter Soldier scratches those  itches just fine.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” lives up to its hype & more. Running at a little over two hours long (136 minutes, to be exact), this film deserves a decent viewing and you would be tantalized for MORE! And I meant that in a good way!

Despite the deluge of never-ending superhero movies, we still keep on digging them. This is the fact studios, such as Marvel, use against us helpless followers. I am not complaining though, since most of the stuff we’ve seen so far in cinemas are great (with the exemption of a few). Now, come summer, we will once again see the sequel for Captain America and the best thing about it the hero now lives in the present time.

Unfortunately, in order to talk about The Winter Soldier, I’ll have to put the SPOILERS shields up.

The first Captain America movie was a solid period action film. It did a great job of establishing Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as a stop-at-nothing epitome of good fighting against the Nazis. The Avengers showed Captain America in an unfamiliar world, dealing with things both familiar and—pardon the pun—alien to him. But, he got by all right with a little help from his friends. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Steve’s past, present, and future all collide to set up, not only the next Avengers film—The Age of Ultron—but also, the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole.

The basic plot of the film is this, Steve Rogers is still trying to get acquainted to life in the modern world, post Battle of New York (Avengers), while still doing the occasional mission for Nick Fury and SHIELD. But he quickly becomes aware that SHIELD has been compromised from the inside and there are very few people that can be trusted. However, the mysterious Winter Soldier isn’t gonna make it easy, and will force Steve to make some tough decisions. But as Cap struggles to embrace his role in modern society, his past comes back to haunt him in the form of a deadly assassin known as The Winter Soldier, who happens to only be one piece of an intricate scheme years in the making. There are definitely a few telegraphed punches along the way, but there are also some genuine surprises as Cap tries to unravel the mysteries behind a murder and its perpetrator, the enigmatic Winter Soldier.And that’s all I’ll tell you about the plot, as it would spoil everything if I tried to delve into the twisty story.

The first thing that made the sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger great was the script. There were so many unexpected twists and turns in the story that I definitely didn’t see coming, so it made the movie watching exciting. It borrowed just the right amount from the source while still offering enough new and different material to make it fresh for long-time fans. I felt the writers treated it with respect and definitely did it justice with their adaptation. Everything about this film raises the bar from Captain America: The First Avenger. The action is tighter—there are some really wicked fight scenes in this one.

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Next, the action sequences were very well done and the overall look of the film was really cool. There was a distinct action thriller feel too much of the movie that was reminiscent of classic spy movies, but with a superhero twist.

Captain America is a hell of a fighter. The action is grounded for the most part, but there are some spectacular feats as well, thanks to the Super Soldier Serum pumping through Cap’s blood. The way he uses his shield in this film is spectacular.

The performances are all fantastic. The rest of the cast did agreat job reprising their roles. Chris Evans is your regular goody good guy that has really grown into the role of Steve Rogers. When he first got cast, people wondered if the former Johnny Storm would be able to handle the weight of that shield. In this film, Evans is Cap, not just an actor playing dress up.

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Scarlett Johanssonis, as always, great in her role as the silky assassin as Natasha Romanova / Black Widow. She’s a great foil for Steve and they have a lot of fun scenes together. She is making the character her own, which is good. Every villain has a weapon that fires a gazillion rounds of ammo, yet nobody is as accurate as ScarJo with a pistol.

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The greatest surprise to me was Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon. I was not surprised that he was great, I was surprised that we got to see so much of his greatness. I assumed that he wouldn’t get very much screen time, but I was wrong. His chemistry with Chris Evans made it seem like they’ve been friends for years. I can’t wait to see him and Cap working together again. They have an easy camaraderie that comes from their common bond of military service. His wing suit is actually pretty badass too. The trailer really short changes him, but it led up to a nice surprise while watching the film.

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Samuel Jackson is back as Nick Fury and we learn a little bit more about him through both the way he handles adversity and in some quieter scenes.

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New to the film,Robert Redford also puts in a nice performance as SHIELD leader,  Alexander Pierce, a bureaucrat and friend of Fury’s.He was just perfect. There are other actors of his calibre that I could imagine in that role, but none that would bring the same level of class and composure.

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Sebastian Stan known for his role as James “Bucky” Barnes / The Winter Soldier. Speaking of the Winter Soldier, he is a complete and total badass. Unquestionably one of the best villains that Marvel has unleashed yet, the Winter Soldier is the strong silent type, capable of going toe-to-toe with Captain America. He isn’t some one-dimensional baddie either, and his dark past comes to light near the end of the movie. The reason the Winter Soldier is such a good villain is because, like Loki, he can actually hold his own against the hero. He’s a real threat, not just some pushover. Plus, he has some depth and layers which makes him all the more interesting.

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Emily VanCamp appearance as Agent 13 bodes well for the future as does Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow.

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Oh, and there are plenty of cameos and one liners, just as you’d expect from Marvel. Stan Lee makes an appearance, surprising nobody (but he always shows up when you least expect him to, so I guess it also surprises everybody at the same time).
This film will have audiences cheering and they’ll finally see why Captain America is one of the greatest heroes in Marvel’s pantheon.

Finally, at the end of the day, the best thing you can say to describe the Star-Spangled Avenger’s latest feature film is that it’s awesome. Cool beans!!! As Marvel has consistently done in the past, they raised the bar for the superhero genre once again. If there is anything I didn’t feel obliged to applaud, I’d say the plot was overly intricate at times, and more than once it gets a bit confusing keeping up. But it’s a very minor gripe on my end.

I was glued to the screen for the entire film, and when it was over I only wanted more. Oh, and in case you are a Marvel movie virgin remember to stay after the credits. I’m always surprised about how many people get up and leave the theatre before the credits are over. Ummm guys, this is a Marvel movie, come on!

Make sure you stay till the very end. And I do mean the VERY end. Sit through ALL the credits, because there are scenes (1 mid-credits and 1 post-credits) that you’ll miss if you leave early. You gonna have a first look at the twins Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch, who’ll be joining the Avengers team in Age of Ultron.
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Quicksilver and The Scarlet Witch were members of the Brotherhood Of Mutants (Credit: Marvel)
Now, go see Captain America: The Winter Soldier! It’s your duty!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7SlILk2WMTI

DISCLAIMER: Photos are not mine. Credit from their respective owners.

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