Sunday, April 6, 2014

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier steps up the game for comic book films, of all kinds. It proves exactly what marvel has been trying to prove. That not all "superhero" films are the same and not all characters should be treated the same. There's a level of depth to each individual character that they put on the screen. While Thor's films have been fantasy driven and the first Cap film very much being a World War II movie. This film takes a different path by making itself a political spy film. 

This film feels more like a Bourne film to be honest especially the way Captain America takes out bad guys. We all know Cap is a super soldier ( if not then stop reading and go watch the first film and The Avengers again) but who knew he was such a badass. He literally takes out at least eight bad guys in an elevator all on his lonesome. The scene is truly hat tip worthy. 

This time around Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is a full fledged member of S.H.I.E.L.D. trying to find his way back into society, back into a world full of mystery, and  definitely not the world he left behind all those years ago. He's joined by Scarlett Johannsen's Black Widow but better known as Natasha Romanoff on the field and a bigger role for Sam Jackson's eye patch, no holds barred Nick Fury. Off the field he has a somewhat friend in ex "pilot" Sam Wilson played by Anthony Mackie. The cast is filled to the brim with talent with roles by the Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders, and Frank Grillo

The film itself keeps you not the edge of your seat. You become an agent yourself as you watch the film. Just like Cap who can you trust. The action scenes are a plenty and intense from each punch thrown to Falcon and Fury's shingling scenes in the spotlight. Keep your eyes on the screen though, the action is quickly paced and if you blink too long you're bound to miss something. 

It's all superbly put together but The Russo Brothers, who you wouldn't believe have only done tv at this point. It has countless references to other Marvel films and characters. As well as a great connection to Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. 

With Marvel's next film being Guardians of the Galaxy and next summer being Avengers 2, I personally can't wait to see what happens next in this world. There are things to be concluded and characters that need we the audience can't wait to see again. All in all definitely check this film out and enjoy. 

Eli's Rating: 9/10

P.S. Stay during the credits for a pretty cool extra scene but if you have to pee like I did don't wait for the after credits scene, totally not worth it.

1 comment:

  1. The film did a good job bringing a new flavor into the saga, and it was greatly executed. I would say a 9/10 is quite generous though. In that case, The Avengers would have to be a 10/10. As much as I enjoy this ongoing story, there was an excitement dip after The Avengers. I suppose that was to be expected as they build new arcs. We can only hope phase 2 will lead us to an even more compelling Avengers sequel.