Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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I have to say, I had my reservations about this. I liked the first film but didn’t love it as much as I usually do Marvel comic adaptations. It felt the weakest. This sequel has turned things around – it is really good and so much stronger than its predecessor.

Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), now lives in Washington D.C. where he is still struggling to adapt to the modern world. He works for S.H.I.E.L.D. and carries out any psychical missions but he starts to become wary of their operations. He starts to lose trust in everybody, including Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson). An evil is trying to corrupt the agency and Rogers must figure out what it is and how he can stop it.

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Don’t get me wrong, Captain America isn’t the most entertaining superhero because he doesn’t have many flaws, a big personality and he is almost indestructible. However, I felt like this film fleshed out his character some more and I grew to really like him. He’s still more interesting than Superman!

I like that he is teaming up with Romanoff and they have great chemistry. Anthony Mackie is a great addition to the team as The Falcon but his character did little besides give a few quips here and there. Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) was also back but, much like in The Avengers, she doesn’t have much to do either.

This was more than just action and fighting. Sure, there was plenty of that as well (some of the stunts were a tad ridiculous) and the CGI was incredible. I liked that there were moral dilemmas and SHIELD’s ethics were called into question. It makes you doubt Fury and I like that his head honcho character is being given more depth. I liked that he had a whole action sequence to himself.

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It had very contemporary themes like spying and trying to anticipate bad behaviour. Is that the way to freedom? Etc etc. It also refreshing that the villain, The Winter Soldier, isn’t the nastiest guy in the piece – the main big bad is some bureaucrat and it felt more realistic (if it wasn’t for crazy stunts).

Superhero movies are generally just thrills and enjoyment but there were some scenes that really made you think. For example, Rogers goes to see Peggy, his love interest from the first film and she is very old and almost dying. It was very powerful. The film was well thought out and it impacts the rest of the franchise (and related Marvel Universe stories). It changed the game a little bit and the final credit sequence introduces us to the Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver, so be sure to stick around for that.

I can’t stress enough how much of an improvement this is on the first one. Rogers seems more rounded and quirky and his pairing with Romanoff is fun. The dialogue was pretty good though occasionally clichéd and there were a lot of supporting characters who didn’t get to contribute much to the story. There is a lot of action but there is a lot of talking too so will please almost anybody – although it helps if you’ve seen the other films. Go see!

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