Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

When Captain America: The First Avenger came out, we knew that it was a movie to set up The Avengers. And then The Avengers came out and I felt that the depiction of Captain America wasn’t strong enough. Not because of Chris Evans, heck I think he’s perfect for the role. But more the way his part in the universe was written.

Well enter the Russo brothers as directors and they’ve decided to turn Captain America: The Winter Soldier into a political film. I thought to myself that maybe this might be just what good old Steve Rogers needs to stand out from the rest.

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The Plot

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk.

Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

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The Verdict

To set the tone for your expectations, this is a serious movie. It’s unlike the comedy-esq nature of Iron Man 3 or the fantasy world of Thor: The Dark World. This movie is a political thriller, a bit like an espionage type of film. We get to fully understand the shady nature of S.H.I.E.L.D. and why Captain America is such a boy scout.

Steve Rogers spends a lot of the time in this film walking around in his civis and shield. It is only at the 3rd act that the movie transforms into a Marvel movie spectacle. I think what the Russo brothers have done is fantastic because it is the only way to make Captain America stand out from the other Marvel films. I’ve always felt that he’s played a back bench to the more successful Iron Man and Thor movies but now we have a character that we can related to and understand a little more.

As a superhero, he’s just a guy with super strength but here we see him adapted into the modern era so his fighting techniques have changed, we see all sorts of martial arts moves coming out from him and I thought it was brilliant. What’s most prominent is the use of his shield. We see how he manipulates it as both a defensive and offensive weapon and it really depicts how this shield is like what the Mark 42 is to Iron Man and what Mjolnir is to Thor.

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Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson aka Falcon stands out for me. He gives us a true blue sidekick performance. He doesn’t overly try to stand out of outshine his co-stars, instead he sticks to his role and does a really good job of balancing the the on screen chemistry between him and Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson.

Another thing that the Russo brothers have done very well is to bring out the nature of the Black Widow. I’ve always felt that while Johansson has done a fantastic job as Natasha Romanoff, that spy nature hasn’t really surfaced. In this movie and because of the political nature of the movie, you really do feel that this woman is hiding something and that she’s extremely fake because she doesn’t trust anyone in return. That is how a spy behaves and I really liked it.

I really love the stealth suit that Cap wears in the opening scene and when he changed into Red White and Blue at the end, I gotta say it kinda looked out of place in modern times. But at least there is good reason for him to wear it so the story pretty much links well.

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Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

This is a very different Marvel movie and it’s perhaps more skewed to an older audience. All in all I’m really glad Marvel has given Cap his day in the sun and they’ve made it very relevant to the current society as well! In my opinion, this is one of the best movies from Phase 2.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in cinemas 27 March 2014

Images courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

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