Captain America: The Winter Soldier (review)

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Marvel Phase 2 has been on a somewhat rocky start for me. Iron Man 3 was a fun movie, but the whole Mandarin being fake left a bad taste in my mouth. Thor 2 was also entertaining, but the story was pretty basic, the villain was one-dimensional and generic, and the movie was very short. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I can say that it is easily the best of the Phase 2 movies, and it even rivals The Avengers (yes, that’s a bold statement).

Captain America: The First Avenger introduced us to Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a skinny man turned super soldier who help saved America from the Red Skull during World War II. He was frozen in ice and was brought back to life to defend New York City against the alien threat in The Avengers. With the alien threat gone, Rogers tries to adjust to a normal and modern life in The Winter Soldier. That all changes when SHIELD Director Nick Fury is under attack, and his past has come back to haunt him.

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Of all the Marvel films, The Winter Soldier is at the top when it comes to a complex plot. We have conspiracies and paranoia. This is a great contrast to the first Captain America film, where everything is black and white. Captain America now has to trust his instinct to find out what is happening while also trying to save the world (what’s a superhero movie without the world being in peril?).

There’s a lot of action in the film, and it ranges from car chases to infiltrating a ship in the middle of the ocean. Captain America even fights UFC fighter George St. Pierre.

Each character in the film gets the right amount of screen time including Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). The two characters that shine are Black Widow and The Falcon. If you thought Black Widow is only good for looking pretty and fighting, then this should change your mind. I guess this is what happens when you’re hanging out with Cap, the tender side seems to come out of everyone.

Although not as humorous as The Avengers, the film still has some light humor sprinkled throughout, mostly at the expense of Steve Rogers being a man out of time.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is easily one of the longest of the Marvel films, and the additional minutes help with giving characters more depth. Even with its longer running time, the pacing is great and the movie keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s heart, drama, action, suspense and thrills, making this one of the best Marvel films to date.

Grade: A

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