Cert: 12A Runtime: 138 mins Director: Anthony & Joe Russo Cast: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L.Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo and Robert Redford
Your work has been a gift to mankind. You shaped the century. And I need you to do it one more time…
We are now deep into Phase 2 of the Marvel Universe and we return to the world of Captain America. After our first encounter, many people considered Captain America to be the dullest of Phase 1. Personally it’s still better than Iron Man 2! Chris Evans is the man behind the mask and he is dragging along Scarlett Johansson for the ride. So what is The Winter Soldier all about? The modern world has come as quite a shock to Captain America (Chris Evans). During ‘The Avengers’, he was astonished to find that S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) had not been entirely honest. Two years on from the events of that film, he’s bonded with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) but still struggles to find his place in the 21st century. Now his misgivings about S.H.I.E.L.D. multiply when senior agent Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) reveals a rather troubling agenda. As our clean-cut hero becomes embroiled in a dark political conspiracy, he teams up with soaring superhero and kindred spirit The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier returns to the forgotten ambition by simply aiming to be excite the audience. Clever storyline (but predictable) and frantic action keeps it utterly thrilling, which results a refreshing take of the comic book movie.We get to see Steve Rogers trying to fit in to the future, and look into a time that betrays the real American way of truth and justice. The film smartly takes the virtuous hero to mysteries by setting the pieces into a revelation that was already conspired from the past. Rogers has become a symbol of the old integrity of the nation, and the story contrasts it to the new government. It’s a gripping speculation, and it is strange because only little involves the titular enemy. The Winter Soldier feels like an extended arc for Rogers or another cliffhanger for the next movie. Chris Evans seems to have found his groove with Captain America. He finally has ticked all the boxes of what makes him a symbol.Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow has started to get a voice. The mystery of her background still continues, but film by film we are learning more about her character. My main issue not enough catsuit action from her. I now can envision a stand alone Black Widow film.
Robert Redford was a brilliant casting choice, he resembles that old institution of the 70’s. Anthony Mackie as The Falcon was a concern for me, he wasn’t to much in your face. But he worked personally. But I would cut down on the side kicks for Captain America 3! Samuel L.Jackson was a great inclusion, we have seen a new side to Fury now and I can not wait and see what will happen with him next.This movie has a lot of CGI of course, but the best parts are usually the ones that involves stuff getting hit, either by fists or damaged cars. The film has plenty of impressively choreographed fighting scenes and they bring reminiscence to the old school action which reminds the audience that nothing can really beat the basics. This is the enthusiasm that superhero movies lack nowadays and it is encouraged that they should offer more face punching, knife flipping exhilaration like this.The action seemed to drag in some segments which slowed the pace of the film. None of the film is groundbreaking whatsoever, but how it is done is terrific and humbly fun without any pretension.The film needed a little more depth at the intriguing first act and the Winter Soldier mystery, and character development was quite poor. But Captain America: The Winter Soldier has shacked the very core of the Marvel Universe and this is what makes this film the best of Phase Two so far!