Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The second Captain America movie sees Steve Rogers in the present day after the events of the first Avengers. Steve meets Sam Wilson, played by Anthony Mackie, in the park at the start and this friendship proves to be fruitful as he turns out to be the Falcon with a very cool suit of wings that allow him to fly. Captain works missions with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, and Brock Rumlow, played by Frank Grillo. 

There are a lot conspiracy and the movie turns into a political thriller with Nick Fury, played by Samuel L. Jackson, discovering that Agents of Shield are not to be trusted. He is attacked by the the mysterious Winter Soldier in an awesome car chase, and injured badly. His only hope for help is to turn to Captain America.

The action comes in spurts with some very cool scenes. The mystery was intriguing the first time around since I only had a few hints as to where the story was going. The major twist of Hydra infiltrating Shield took me totally off guard. I thought Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce was a pretty cool villain of sorts contributing to the overall force of the twist. Chris Evans looks more comfortable in the lead role and the special effects looked a lot better.

The final scene was really cool when the helicarriers all crash down into Shield's headquarters. I liked the fights between the Winter Soldier, who turned out to Sebastian Stan's Bucky Barnes, and Captain America. The emotional core of Roger having to fight his best friend gave it more character than just a simple action movie. The addition of Falcon was really cool in my opinion. This Marvel movie has one of the best twists and is one of my favorite ones. I hope this bodes well for the future of the Captain America series.

The Russo brothers are going to not only direct the upcoming Captain America movie but they will also take over from Joss Whedon to direct the upcoming Avengers: Infinity Wars or whatever they will be titled. I think The Winter Soldier showed a lot of promise and really good signs for the whole future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 

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