Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a thoroughly entertaining blockbuster which emphasises the best elements of Marvel’s movies. The Winter Soldier blows its predecessor out of the water; no mean feat considering that Captain America: The First Avenger was a decent film.

After his heroics with the Avengers, Captain America Steve Rogers returns to duty working for the S.H.I.E.L.D. agency. Working with the Black Widow, Rogers must uncover the truth after a cataclysmic event…

Every aspect of Anthony and Joe Russo’s sequel is on point. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier the story is meaty and unfolds at a good pace. The action is fantastically executed. Set pieces are used sparingly, and are more effective as a result.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier combines a superhero movie with an espionage thriller. The film is darker than other recent Marvel films, and has more depth. The story is well crafted, offering mystery suspense and action. The key theme of privacy versus security is very pertinent. Captain America: The Winter Soldier astutely plays this theme out in an identifiable manner, despite the fantastic aspects of the franchise.

The film’s main characters develop in a way that feels natural. Captain America: The Winter Soldier builds on the previous appearances of these characters to make them more rounded and more interesting. The new characters are a good fit for the sphere.

There is some humour in the film, but this is wisely limited to focus on the more serious narrative. The action sequences are the best in a Marvel film thus far, with a refreshing brutality for the franchise. Effects are good, and the 3D works well. The film’s score is also great.

Chris Evans adds suitable depth to the all-American hero. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson both do well in their extended roles, whilst Anthony Mackie is a welcome addition.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is easily the best stand-alone Marvel movie. Most enjoyable viewing.

Captain America: The Winter Solider is released in UK cinemas on Wednesday 26th March 2014.

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