Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

 

So due to my busy schedule of juggling revision and lectures I finally got around to watching Captain America: The Winter Soldier last night. I’ve been waiting to watch this movie all year and last night it just got to the point where I couldn’t wait any longer.

First things first, Cap has got much more badass since his first outing and as far as I’m concerned, this is for the better. It is a sigh of relief, as in the original Captain America film (and even a little bit in Avengers Assemble) I was starting to worry that he could be a bit of a drag and a wet cloth. I can safely say that The Winter Soldier has redeemed the Captain in my eyes.

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I can’t ignore the efforts of Samuel L Jackson and Scarlett Johansson, they have been consistently excellent at playing super spies Nick Fury and Black Widow throughout the whole franchise, and this is no exception. Black Widow was given a lot of action and even a few witty quips which make her character just that little bit more likeable and Nick Fury was given the responsibility of carrying an intense, suspense filled part in the storyline, very early on in the movie (I won’t spoil it for you).

Because of Cap’s new attitude, Black Widow’s flare and the introduction of the super assassin The Winter Soldier, It’s phenomenally action packed from beginning to end, with two or three high adrenaline car chases and more hand to hand combat than you could even wish for.

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In the Winter Soldier we are given a more dark insight into the goings on behind S.H.I.E.L.D., which does make for a stunning storyline. The S.H.I.E.L.D. team has suddenly become much more intense and virulent since the incidents in New York (The Avengers). They have put together a project called “Project: Insight” which will eliminate threats before they even occur (because that can’t go horribly wrong!) and because of this we see the whole world of the Marvel Cinematic Universe turn on it’s head.

Moving on to the new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Falcon (as played by Anthony Mackie) is introduced and adds some wit and dry humour to an otherwise relatively serious film, which really helps to assimilate his character into the series with ease and I can see him quickly becoming a fan favourite. I have to commend Anthony Mackie’s performance as he managed to pull it off with aplomb without appearing cocky or unlikeable. The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is also a complete badass, every time he appears; the audience is on the edge of their seat. This is in part to the way in which Stan managed to carry such intensity, which isn’t an easy task for an actor at all, especially when he has less than 10 lines throughout the whole movie. Let’s hope we see some more of him around the M.C.U.! And finally we are introduced to Baron Wolfgang Von Strucker in the mid-credits scene, who is to play a huge part in Avengers: Age of Ultron.

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All of this and I still haven’t mentioned the directing and cinematography, which are both also excellent. Directed by the Russo brothers (who have apparently signed on to the sequel), they captivated the true spirit of a superhero movie, drama, humour and action all rolled up into one brilliant blockbuster hit. The cinematography was mindblowing, the sets were incredible and the CGI was untouchable.

I can’t deny I adored this movie, and if Marvel can keep up this kind of quality in their movies (which they have been doing), I don’t see anyone knocking them off of their perch as the current kings of cinema.

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What did you think of The Winter Soldier?

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