In Hollywood, bigger does not mean better. Sequels that strive to outshine their predecessors often fall short of their goals. However, the amped up sequel to the highly successful 2011 ‘Captain America: The First Avenger,’ ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier,’ creates a well-rounded motion picture and is destined to be a mega blockbuster.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. In fact, he keeps a bucket list in a notebook of things that he would like to catch up on. As he puts it, ‘I’m 95 years old, I’m not dead.’ And, based on his chiseled physique, he is definitely alive and kicking.
Steve (Chris Evans) immediately springs into full Captain America mode when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack. He soon becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and his newly found ally the Falcon (Anthony Mackie), he struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. To make matters worse, he encounters a formidable foe, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stanis).
‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ has plenty of action-filled and adrenaline pumping fight scenes. After watching these spectacularly executed moves, you can’t help but think that the bar has been raised for future movies.
Yet, the film is not just an action junkie’s dream; it also has all the elements that make for a extraordinary Marvel Studios movie going experience complete with a well-crafted and believable plot, surprise twist, and well-rounded characters. For example, The Winter Soldier is a challenging villain whose circumstance evokes some sympathy (even if he does look like Michael Jackson complete with a mask). Steve Rogers as the defender of freedom is the ultimate American soldier while Black Widow is more than a pretty face. She is a perfect specimen of the urban woman who is an equal partner. Captain’s new side-kick, The Falcon, embodies the characteristics of a true-blue friend (one who has your back, no matter what). The story also is mindful to mention our old friends, the Avengers along with the customary cameo of the Marvel creator, Stan Lee.
'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. It is rated PG with a Run time of 136 minutes.
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