Sunday, April 6, 2014
Captain America: The Winter Soldier review
When Captain America: The First Avenger was released in 2011, it did well at the box-office. I reviewed the film and liked it very much, and liked the direction Marvel was taking the character. Here we are a few years later, and the sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has been released. The new film takes place after the events of The Avengers film, keeping the continuity built by Marvel studios. All the stars return, include the Captain himself, Chris Evans. But new to the party are the directors, Anthony and Joe Russo. Let's get right into it.
What I liked about the film:
Scarlett Johansson returns as Black Widow, with a much bigger role than in either of her two previous Marvel films. I love where the writer's went with her character. She's a spy that has had to pretend to be so many other people than herself, she's not sure WHO she is anymore. Samuel L. Jackson keeps us guessing about Nick Fury, Director of SHEILD. Is he good, is he bad? Jackson plays it so well, you just don't know. Robert Redford is a newly introduced character and fits very nicely into the film's universe. Other supporting actors include Sebastian Stan, and Anthony Mackie; who are both wonderful additions to the franchise.
The film is non-stop fun. The action is swift and direct; yet the moments where the film slows down are just as fulfilling. We learn a lot about these people, and I love that. We learn about their motivations, their personalities, their past, without being pulled out of the film.
What I didn't like about the film:
Captain America Can't Carry His Own Film
Howling Commandos, who fill in the supporting roles of that film. I hate to say it, but I agree with Marvel's strategy, and don't think the character is strong enough to carry his own film. I'm sure comic-book enthusiasts have hundreds of stories and characters they'd like to see play out on the big screen, but I don't know. What do you think? Can the Captain carry his own film?
One of Marvel's Best