Written by Giorgio Ramos
This is the very first movie review for Movie Talk Express, spoilers free!
Captain America: The Winter Soldier takes place in modern day where Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America (Chris Evans) is a busy man. When he is not working out or catching up on certain things he missed in the past 70 years due to being frozen, he is leading a team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents on high priority missions. After returning to headquarters following a mission, Steve Rogers is introduced by S.H.I.E.L.D Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) to a secret project that is meant to tighten security on the world. While Fury explains the project is a precaution after the events of New York, Rogers sees its function is practically at the cost of people’s own freedom. With so much secrecy surrounding this project along with S.H.I.E.L.D. in general, Steve Rogers begins to question the real reasons as to why they would take such measures and even begins to question after all these high priority missions he’s sent on, just what is he truly fighting for. It’s when S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury is heavily attacked by The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and his well-trained mercenaries that Steve Rogers must set aside his suspicions and begin to track down this new and much more dangerous threat. With the help of fellow Avenger, Agent Natasha Romanoff a.k.a. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Steve’s new friend, former para infantry soldier Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Steve Rogers begins a mission that leads toward slowly uncovering some of S.H.I.E.L.D’s long kept secrets, while facing a unknown adversary that may be linked to a tragic event in his past. The film also stars Robert Redford, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo and Emily Vancamp.
Directors of the film, Joe and Anthony Russo were brilliant with their direction of the Winter Soldier storyline. Taking that storyline and adding in actual problems and conspiracies that are faced today with our government is what makes this more than just a Comic Book movie but a political thriller as well. Because this is Steve Rogers first true movie in the modern era, I was worried a bit on how they would handle the fact that Steve is “a man out of time”, 70 years to be exact. I’m glad they didn’t focus too much on Steve struggling to catch up and being completely clueless, instead giving us just a little nod of his priorities. Steve’s values and beliefs tend to clash with Nick Fury’s and S.H.I.E.L.D executives about the way threats and dangers are handled, creating that conflict within of what am I truly fighting for. Though Steve Rogers is a highly strong and intelligent man, it’s clear he still hangs on to bits of his past in this movie.
The filmmakers did an excellent job with showing Captain America’s combat and tactics. While watching the film, I was telling myself “now this is the how Captain America is supposed to fight”. Every kick, every punch and even how he runs is a true result of the super soldier serum. They also make very good use of Cap using his shield, at least when it’s in his hands it’s the most dangerous weapon in the world. The action sequences and fight choreography were intense and some of the best, if not the best I’ve seen in a Marvel film. Anytime, the Winter Soldier or the mercenaries are firing weapons, they aren’t just doing the least while talking a lot, they are straight up unloading magazines and not stopping. When Captain America and his team of S.H.I.E.L.D agents are on a mission, it feels very tactical and spec ops and I like that.
Chris Evans did an amazing job as Captain America. It feels like he is settled in this role and completely owns it after a few movies, kind of like how Hugh Jackman was after a few movies as Wolverine. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow this time was the best out of her three appearances, we finally get to see some of the gadgets she carries be used. We even get to learn a little bit more about her past, including run in with The Winter Soldier. When the film begins, we see her as a person who follows orders with no questions asked but as the story progress’s she begins to break through that mindset and certain events happen that changes both who she is and how she thinks. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson was great throughout the film. Not only is he a friend to Steve but he is someone who understands Steve and what he is going through. When suited up as Falcon, he is every bit as skilled and as a para infantry soldier with years of experience would be, even when he doesn’t have both his wings. Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, S.H.I.E.L.D. executive, has a very strong on screen presence. His interactions with the main characters are very solid. Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier steals every scene he is in. Though he doesn’t have much dialogue in the film, it’s his facial expressions that deliver the most when the story calls upon it. Sebastian plays a very intense, intimidating, hard hitting mercenary very well. Of course there is Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. This time around Fury starts off as someone who believes he knows everything and quickly gets corrected. This was a stronger and better performance by Samuel L. Jackson this time around.
I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier very much. There were some minor complaints like the noticeable green screens at times, although for every one noticeable green screen there was plenty other amazing visuals. The action sequences are so intense. Every other scene is practically dropping Easter Eggs for future potential Marvel projects. The surprise twists will have you wondering just where the Marvel Universe will go from here. For me it’s a very close call as to which is the better film between The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. If you’re a fan of the Comic Book genre, I recommend not watching this once but twice. It’s that good of a movie.
I give Captain America: The Winter Soldier a 9.5/10