Title: Captain America – The Winter Soldier (Official site)
Tag Line: In heroes we trust.
Release Date: 04 April 2014
Runtime: 136 min
Genres: Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi
Series or Standalone: Series
Where Seen: Movie Screening
Production Company: Marvel Entertainment
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon (post credit scene)
Writer(s): Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Joe Simon (comic books), Jack Kirby (comic books), Ed Brubaker (Concept & story)
Stars: Chris Evans (Captain America/ Steve Rogers), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Scarlett Johansson (Natasha Romanoff/ Black Widow), Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce), Sebastian Stan (“Bucky” Barnes/ Winter Soldier), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/ Falcon), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Frank Grillo (Brock Rumlow), Maximiliano Hernández (Jasper Sitwell), Emily VanCamp (Kate), Hayley Atwell (Peggy Carter), Toby Jones (Dr. Arnim Zola),
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
As you know I only just watched Captain America: The First Avenger a few days ago and the whole purpose for me finally getting off my butt to do so was so that I could attend a screening of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From previews, The Winter Soldier interested me far more than The First Avenger ever did but I hate to see/read things out of order when there is a series involved so I had to see the first before going to this one. And while I am glad that I had all of the back story and what not for The Winter Soldier I think this is one of those cases where I could have missed the first in order to watch the second. The Winter Soldier takes place a few months or so after The Avengers ends with Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) doing his soldier thing for Nick Fury and SHIELD and feeling a bit lost and out of place in the world.
Its not just technology that has changed since Steve Rogers was last walking about but people’s attitudes and ideals. Steve Rogers is a very black and white soul and the wold now is multiple shades of grey. This causes him to question his role in what he’s doing but before he can make a big life change sh!t gets real at the SHIELD offices. People are killed, others are framed and no one is who you think they are. Its all one crazy action scene after another that leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering who will come out on top. There were laughs and gasps and every emotion in between during my viewing of The Winter Soldier and I enjoyed being in such an interactive audience. There was some fun running gags that came up at the oddest of moments that really helped lighten things up. Much like Tony Stark’s schwarma obsession in The Avengers did.
But part of what made this movie for me was Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. Her character was underused in The Avengers (though it can be hard with such a large ensemble to give all equal time) so I was glad to see her shine here. Natasha is a strong, fiesty character who helps Steve Rogers navigate through the greys of the world and I just loved how they interacted together. Natasha is funny and kicks some series ass and if it wasn’t for her Captain America may not have been able to save the day. I also liked the addition of Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon. Just like Natasha, Sam fit in well with Steve Rogers and I loved how the three of them worked as a team.
The storyline was fast paced and while The Winter Soldier clocks in at just over 2 hours it feels like little time has passed when watching it. Its so easy to get caught up this world and to get lost in the story that I hated for it to end. Though the ending could have been a bit more clear cut for my tastes. I don’t mind series but I do hate when one is so clearly left open for a sequel by leaving several important threads dangling. It will also be interesting to see how the ramifications of this movie effect the show Agents of SHIELD and future Marvel movies set in this world.
My Recommendation: Worth seeing in the theatres.