“… great acting, directing, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.”
Last night I watched Captain America: The Winter Soldier and I really enjoyed it. It is no secret that I am a sucker for action movies, and this movie is full of great action scenes from start to finish. Not only that, but the story presented in the movie is also pretty good at being thrilling even when shit isn’t exploding in every direction. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie about Captain America, having to deal with a new enemy (The Winter Soldier) as well as deal with the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised. It is a great sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger because we get to see Cap in a new environment, but still kicking ass.
Many people praise this movie for being different, and I don’t think that it is. Specifically people liken this movie to a “political thriller” instead of an action movie. I feel that people say that just to make themselves look superior to someone who likes “superhero movies”, because to them this is a “political thriller” and that sounds smarter. I’m not demeaning the writing of this movie, but I don’t think the writers would combat me if I say that this movie is an action movie. It is very well done, but at the end of the day it is an action movie. That is in no way a bad thing, in fact it’s a great thing. What is bad is mislabeling something to make yourself feel better. Now that I got that out of the way, I will say that this movie was a very well done Superhero film. As I mentioned before, Captain America has to deal with the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D. has been compromised which adds a lot of tension in the form of “who can you trust” scenes. This kept the movie thrilling and entertaining throughout, but it is only the cherry on top. The backbone of this film is the heart stopping action sequences that take place. Sure, there are some shitty choices made by the writers in the movie to add tension, but that is a fault of all action movies. The main point I’m trying to make is that this movie is fun, plain and simple. I also enjoyed that we got to see a different side of Captain America. In his first film, he was very much reserved as a fighter, because he served a symbol to the American people. Well, 70 years later no one gives a shit about that so Cap can go on a fucking rampage. Honestly, this movie put Cap in many badass situations that really showcase why he is such an important character. It also built off of the emotional side of Captain America as well. We got to delve more into the character, who as I pointed out when I reviewed his first movie, got frozen and then woke up and all of his friends were dead. That is honestly a tragic side to the character, and thankfully that gets explored throughout this movie. I particularly enjoyed the score of this movie as well, especially the track that sounded like it had some sort of shrieking in the background. Honestly, these Marvel movies keep one-upping one another which makes me sound like a broken record when i review them. The acting in this movie was also pretty great, none of the character having missteps that I could see. I particularly enjoyed Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury in this movie, because he seemed to not just act like Sam Jackson for a change. As I already mentioned, Captain America and The Winter Soldier were well done, but newcomer Sam Wilson (played by Anthony Mackie) was also a great character.
Overall, Captain America: The Winter Soldier definitely takes its rightful place as one of my favourite marvel movies with great acting, directing, and a story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
I give Captain America: The Winter Soldier an A