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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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This movie is exactly what you'll want from a Captain America movie.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest film from Marvel Studios. With so many installments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, our expectations have reached a certain level. While many have loved those movies, there seems to always be some complaints or criticisms over the plot (or a lack of certain elements) and too much humor. This movie goes above and beyond what we would expect or want in the next installment.

A minor thing you may have noticed within each movie is they don’t pick up immediately from where the previous movie left off. Time has passed since the first Captain America movie as well as The Avengers. Steve Rogers is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. and there’s a great sense of him simply throwing himself into his new role. As a man out of time, his focus is on fighting the good fight. Despite Black Widow’s encouragement for Steve to try to go out and unwind, being Captain America is all he really knows and wants.

That being said, we see much more to these characters than the simple superhero persona. A huge element of the movie is an issue of trust. We know that with government agencies like S.H.I.E.L.D., there is always something going on. Despite being isolated in his role of a protector and hero, we do get to see who Steve Rogers is. The same goes for Black Widow as well as Falcon, who is introduced in this movie. This aspect makes the characters feel more alive instead of having a big action movie with less substance. The returning characters here have been allowed to grow since we've last seen them.

With a callback to 70s spy thrillers, directors Joe and Anthony Russo give us a movie that doesn’t really feel like just another Marvel Studios movie. The movie is very driven by the plot with nice twists and turns. Some of those twists will be obvious to readers of the comics. But there will still be enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

If you’re looking for action, you will find plenty here. It may not be the destruction of New York City at the hands of the Chitauri and Loki, but you will be amazed at what the filmmakers accomplished. There is so much to see in a wide variety of fight scenes. We are talking about Captain America. He’s a guy with the Super Soldier Serum running through his veins. You should be happy to know that we’ll get to see what makes Cap so super along with Black Widow, Falcon, and even Nick Fury.

Of course Winter Soldier gives plenty of conflict for the characters. Too often the villains in the Marvel Studios films end up being a little two dimensional. We know the struggle that Winter Soldier will have to face along with the ferocity he’s capable of. You can also assume he will not be the only antagonist our heroes will have to deal with.

As I mentioned, this isn’t just another Marvel Studios film. It’s a movie that will have a big impact on the landscape of the Cinematic Universe. Don’t expect a simple campy Cap movie struggling to find his way in modern times. This is heavy at times with some rich character development that makes you immediately crave more. There is some humor but it’s not as extreme as in some of the other movies.

Thinking back to the first movie, I liked this movie so much more than the first, which I did enjoy. How often can it be said that a sequel is better than the first? This movie simply feels bigger and deeper with more going on. Marvel Studios is building up their reputation with each movie they release. With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I now have a favorite Marvel Studios movie. This is the movie that makes me happy and proud that I've been a Cap fan for so long. I cannot wait to see it again.

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Posted by BritishMonkey

It really was incredible and perfect.

Posted by Crackdown

Why would you upload this now? The film sn't even out in America yet.

Edited by G-Man

@viin: You do know that all reviews are accurate because they reflect the OPINION of the reviewer. Unless the reviewer is making stuff up. And I'm not sure who's Iron Man 3 review you were talking about but we didn't give it a five.

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Posted by pingclang

Man am I pumped. Your review is just making it worse! Come on double feature Thursday.

Edited by angelaself

Looking forward to seeing this. I'm taking my son to see it opening weekend. Hoping to see it more than once if it's as good as everyone says it is. I love that Disney bought Marvel (I'm a huge fan of both). I just wish that Disney/Marvel had the rights to other Marvel movies like Xmen and Spiderman. Can you imagine what Disney/Marvel could do with the characters??? My mind would be blown. But for now, I will enjoy what movies are out now and look forward to all upcoming movies in the future.

Posted by lifeboy

oh no you don't!!

I've been burned too many times by people who say they really loved a marvel movie. Case in point, the wolverine, capt 1, ironman 2and 3 both thors.

Honestly, I learned my lesson after thor 2. But those that say they enjoyed this, I'm happy for ya!

Posted by HT101

My brother and I will be seeing it this weekend. I have been able to avoid what the mid- and post-credits scenes are so I am also excited about seeing what they are.

Edited by ScrappyDont27

Took off work on Friday to see this first thing cannot wait

Posted by AllStarSuperman
Edited by Maddpanda531

The theater near me is having a doubke feature premiere this Thursday. Can't wait to see this movie! I have a feeling that it's going to be one of my favorites.

Posted by Roldan

I thought it was good, really good but not a 5. At best a 4 for me. Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson are really good but i thought rest were kinda forgettable. Winter Soldier was to faceless with too little time to actually develop, most of the scenes with Bucky were there for Steve to get characterization and the other villain (i probably shouldn't reveal) were too two dimensional and a bit boring. And Rumlow, who was only there too give Sharon (another forgettable character) and Falcon (whom i liked) a adversary and too set him up for later.

And it felt like it was a bit too long which is probably because of the big cast and the Russo brothers TV mentally to give every character something to do, which is a blessing and a curse. But I agree with your other points. It's unique among the other MCU movies where it felt like it was its own beast and not by the Marvel machine, which has been my biggest complaint against the MCU. Also those fight scenes with Batroc and Winter Soldier were just fantastic. I could watch them all the time.

Edited by myerlanski

Very good. I'm soo there.

Posted by MasterBelmont

Now that's a great review! This has been my most anticipated solo Phase 2 film, and I'm glad people are loving it. The previous Phase 2 movies haven't wowed me (though the Mandarin twist was pretty smart), but it looks like that's about to change. So excited to see it this weekend. I probably won't think it's better than Avengers, though.

Looking forward to seeing this. I'm taking my son to see it opening weekend. Hoping to see it more than once if it's as good as everyone says it is. I love that Disney bought Marvel (I'm a huge fan of both). I just wish that Disney/Marvel had the rights to other Marvel movies like Xmen and Spiderman. Can you imagine what Disney/Marvel could do with the characters??? My mind would be blown. But for now, I will enjoy what movies are out now and look forward to all upcoming movies in the future.

As long as you don't go see Sony and Fox's movies, you just might get your wish (it's my wish as well).

Edited by The_Titan_Lord

Sweet.

Posted by vandinejd_1991

Wow G-Man!!! You giving this a perfect score just confirms even more how great of a film this will be.

Edited by TazzMission

the movie already grossed $900 million internationaly. itll be a billion dollars just watch

Posted by Life_Without_Progress

This isn't a superhero movie, it's a bloody SPY movie! WHICH MAKES IT MORE AWESOME! Saw it twice this week

Posted by whiteknight67

We have our tickets. 10 of us from work with our wives/girlfriend and one boyfriend. Our showtime is 8pm Thursday. AMC we are there baby.

Posted by scouts1998

seeing it tonight (Wednesday in Australia) i can't wait

Posted by KidGravity

Looks like another Marvel MASTERPIECE. Can't wait for Friday.

Edited by cloudzackvincent

this is my favourite marvel movie as well and i don't really like cap at all... but the movie was good

Posted by Superteddy

Its an amazing movie only second to Avengers in the MCU so i def recommend it. Seen it twice already even, it opened here in Nigeria on the 26th which was a nice surprise for us fan boys down here! Being a big fan of cap for a long time so i am glad they finally got it right this time especially after the first 1 which was imo just average. Next up, Spidey!

Posted by Cgoodness

it really was good, tons of "AHA!!!" moments

Posted by Herx

Saw the film last week when it came out in UK cinemas. All im going to say is that the film is absolutly fantastic and that you should all go and see it. Captains orders.
+ there are 2 after credit scenes for those of you who wanted to know if there were any. One halfe way through the credits and one right after (similar to the Avengers and Thor 2).

Posted by scouts1998

just watched it and it was freaking awesome

Posted by jwalser3

Looks like a great movie!

Edited by TheAcidSkull

@pyrogram said:

This was really good, gotta say.

As opposed to iron Man and Thor eh? :P

good to know that.

Posted by alreich

no spoilers...oh the credits! wait for it... its worth the wait. i'm betting on the 3rd cap movie up against sup/bat. its gonna be a real showdown if marvel studio will have balls to face the two biggest franchise of dc

Posted by UNKNOWNUSER101

4.5/5 in my opinion, great movie that's even better the more u think about it

Posted by Black_Arrow

to me the best marvel film. It was awesome, they knew when to do a joke and there werent many. No character was there to add comedy. Almost all of the characters had a good time to show their motives.

Edited by Jonny_Anonymous

The best thing about the movie is that not only did it use Brubakers run on Captain America for inspiration but also Hickman's Secret Warriors.

Edited by NICKXH

@jonny_anonymous said:

The best thing about the movie is that not only did it use Brubakers run on Captain America for inspiration but also Hickman's Secret Warriors.

Oh my god! I was thinking the exact same thing.

Posted by Jaymundo

So f*****g good!!

Posted by Trodorne

@g_man: i saw the movie tonight, I have to say in terms of the after credit scenes, they are great tie ins for the future movies like Avengers 2 and possible Captain America 3.

Posted by Buddy_Baker

Even though i quite enjoyed EVERY marvel movie so far, please, let THIS be the new quality standard of the MCU from now on!

Im fully satisfied. I seriously thinking of watching it a second time in the cinema to fully get/appreciate every scene and every easter egg (the last and only Marvel-Studios flick i went to the cinema a second time was the Avengers, so that's seems to mean something, right?). Besides that many references, the movie itself isn't just a Avengers 2 prequel - it is standalone and awesome at that!

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Posted by Warren X

This movie is down right amazing from the small stuff to the big helicarrier falling out the sky! which is still jaw dropping even though it was in the trailer

Posted by marvel123

great movie, it's always cool to see cap in action.

Posted by lykopis

The bar has been raised. I just got back from watching this film and I am still reeling from the experience. Gotta say, this is a super hero movie done not just right, but perfectly. Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant.

Posted by Fenderxx

Just got back from seeing it .... wow man ... I was shocked how smart, dramatic, and action packed this movie is ... and yes ... there where some funny parts too . 5/5 !

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

As true as they could be to the comics, this movie alone leaves the dark knight trilogy in the ashes, my personal opinion & I don't even like Captain America

Edited by Alak

I loved the movie. I took my friend who typically dislikes Chris Evans and he even enjoyed the movie.

Posted by Lykida

What I loved most about this movie were the dynamic and dialogue between Cap and Widow and the choreography of the fighting scenes. There were so many amazing new moves in Cap's repertoire, my friends and I ended up calling him Captain Kick after the movie. Remember that scene with Batroc?^^

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