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Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier: Marvel Comics best movie ever

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a multifaceted, action packed spectacle that is easily the best of Marvel Comics post avenger films and quite possibly the best movie to come from Marvel Studios ever. It’s an engrossing continuance that re-establishes the dominance that Marvel comics have had in recent years with bringing their comic book characters to the silver screen. The film stars Chris Evans (The Iceman), Scarlett Johansen (Don Jon), Anthony Mackie (Runner Runner), Samuel L. Jackson (Oldboy), Robert Redford (Lions For Lambs), Sebastian Stan (Black Swan), and Frank Grillo (The Grey).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (TWS) is the sequel to 2011 film and the third of marvels post avenger films. It’s a multi-layered manifestation that is equal parts action, conspiracy theory, and suspense. TWS adds one of the more recent stories from the comics as subplot to this intriguing extravaganza. Its story heavy and highly interconnected with the other film is in the Marvel Universe. TWS is the best of the post Avenger’s films to establish a connection with all of the films in Marvels but still maintain its own identity in the process. It succeeds where Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World fails.
TWS continues to set up marvels cinematic universe, however, TWS is able to delve right into this film and not have to worry about retelling an origin story which often hampers superhero movies. It establishes a good connection to the first film by using a number of aspects and flashbacks that establish continuity to The First Avenger as well as the other films. The overriding theme of the film is trust and the issues that society has with itself and person to person. This movie really delves into Steve Rodgers struggle to adjust to modern society.
The only detractor from TWS is that initially, this is more of an Avengers flick than Captain America’s movie. The effects of the Avengers movie are very prevalent, and nearly take over too much of the focus of the film. It’s a little slow in its early stages but then it shakes off the Avengers heavy aspects and this story begins to finally kick in. It then gets exponentially better as it ratchets up the intensity after the first hour when we really get into what this film is truly about.
The cast of TWS is phenomenal from top to bottom. Everyone is on their “A” game. Chris Evans leads the way; he has a better grasp on the character. He continues to build on his already impressive depiction of Rodgers more and more. Evans has a better understanding of the character; his portrayal of Captain America is moving him into the class of actors who have come to be commonly associated with their hero, such as Christopher Reeves (Superman) and Bill Bixby (The Hulk). Evans may not have reached that plateau yet, but isn’t far off. The action of TWS is much better as it really shows the true fighting style of the Star Spangled hero; it has more use of caps great weapon, the shield. The acting in this one is far better than any of the other movies. With all of the major characters having been played by the actors for a number of films now, the depiction of each character is becoming better and comes to fruition in TWS. The supporting cast is great. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow/Romanoff) and Evans have great chemistry. Their witty exchanges and budding friendship is a great change of pace. They provide a great offset to the seriousness of the film. It gives the film a grounding feel while adding a much needed human element to Captain America and makes the feel more realistic. You can see the characters as people and not just for the heroes that they are portraying. Anthony Mackie as The Falcon makes an impressive debut, and a great addition. Robert Redford and Sebastian Stan are both are great as well in their respective roles.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best film by Marvel Studios to date. It’s the first complete standalone film. It is the first of Marvel’s films to have a great story that isn’t so heavily influenced by an origin story or setting up the Avengers film or being forced to stay so true to the source material that it has no originality. It may not be the big budget over hyped spectacle that The Avengers movie was but it’s a better overall film. The story is far better than that of the Avengers and possibly the best comic book movie since The Dark Knight. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a summer blockbuster comes early; this is a must see for all movie goers. It is one of those movies that will transcend beyond the label of a “good comic book” movie and be known as simply a good movie. A MUST SEE!