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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 Perfect 10

only got excited for the stinger with scarlet witch and quicksilver. they look so GOOD

Edited by KnightofSteel

Loved it. Best Marvel movie yet. Best fight scenes in a superhero film I've seen.

Edited by Omega Ray Jay

Absolutely loved it, the best phase 2 movie and one of the best marvel movies.

Posted by NorrinBoltagonPrime21

Awesome!!!

Posted by connect200

This is a great film. Its so good that they should have released this later on in the summer (about May or June). But still, I am glad to see this film. It does have a couple of camera issues but none that will ruin the film. The story in this film lets all the characters shine (including the people in shield). Too bad this will be the only film in phase 2 not counting Guardians of the Galaxy since isn't going to have anything to do with Avengers: Age of Ultron that I can watch over and over again. Thor: Dark World was meh, and Iron Man 3 I just don't care.

Edited by MrMazz

Just got back from seeing it working on a review of it now. Overall it's good verging on very good but undone by the blockbuster mandate (something Guardians of the Galaxy can hopefully better aclimate).

The Russo Brohers work in TV shows as they appropriate the Marvel House Style well. Action was surprisingly well done.

Here's a cheap plug to my User Review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Edited by CommanderShiro

I absolutely loved this movie. It was so freaking awesome.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

Best comic movie yet

Posted by GodDamnIronMan

Just re-watched it just now...

Marvel has raise the bar again, Avengers: AoU and Cap 3 better lives up to it...

Posted by OreoAssassin

Age of Ultron, top that!

Edited by The_Comebacks

Excellent movie. Well directed, really exciting. Loved how Cap, Black Widow, and Falcon were handled as characters. The dialogue was really well written. Good humor but it was well balanced. The Winter Soldier topped Avengers as Marvel's best comic book movie in my mind. I will say I wasn't impressed by the end credits scenes-maybe they just weren't my favorite characters.

Can't wait for next cap movie!

Posted by TheBlackHood

I REALLY REALLY Enjoyed this movie. I have been pretty critical of the Marvel films with the exception of Iron Man 1 and 3. This actually felt like THE first Marvel film that was geared toward a more adult audience. The funny thing was that within a minute of eachother both of my friends on either side leaned in and whispered: "I think they've killed more people in this movie than in Avengers." This is just a really good movie with heavy consequences. During the film you can really feel the weight of the action, unlike Avengers which felt like a video game. My only gripe was that some of the action bounced back and forth between regular panned visuals and shaky cam. The shaky cam action really made it difficult to see what was going on at some points, but I guess that is necessary to a certain level in a superhero action movie.

Posted by Jayc1324

Almost as good as MOS

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Edited by War Killer

Better than Avengers, easy.

What I actually loved about this film was the fact that nowhere did it feel like I needed to see Avengers before this to understand what's going on. Even though this movie does take place after Avengers and does make mention of the events in that movie at least once, never throughout the film did it feel like I had to watch Avengers before hand to enjoy this one.

Something that many complained about in IM3 was the constant reminder of what happened in Avengers, and even Thor 2 had a few mentions. But I really feel like you could watch both the first Cap movie and this one back to back, without having to watch The Avengers, and not be lost or feel like you're missing something.

Posted by Lone_Wolf_and_Cub

@jayc1324: Lmfao that was a funny joke bro!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@jonny_anonymous said:

Better than Avengers, easy.

What I actually loved about this film was the fact that nowhere did it feel like I needed to see Avengers before this to understand what's going on. Even though this movie does take place after Avengers and does make mention of the events in that movie at least once, never throughout the film did it feel like I had to watch Avengers before hand to enjoy this one.

Something that many complained about in IM3 was the constant reminder of what happened in Avengers, and even Thor 2 had a few mentions. But I really feel like you could watch both the first Cap movie and this one back to back, without having to watch The Avengers, and not be lost or feel like you're missing something.

Winter Soldier was like a natural evolution to what happened in Cap 1 and the Avengers without the need for any forced exposition or references that would get in the way of it's own story.

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@war_killer said:
@jonny_anonymous said:

Better than Avengers, easy.

What I actually loved about this film was the fact that nowhere did it feel like I needed to see Avengers before this to understand what's going on. Even though this movie does take place after Avengers and does make mention of the events in that movie at least once, never throughout the film did it feel like I had to watch Avengers before hand to enjoy this one.

Something that many complained about in IM3 was the constant reminder of what happened in Avengers, and even Thor 2 had a few mentions. But I really feel like you could watch both the first Cap movie and this one back to back, without having to watch The Avengers, and not be lost or feel like you're missing something.

Winter Soldier was like a natural evolution to what happened in Cap 1 and the Avengers without the need for any forced exposition or references that would get in the way of it's own story.

Agreed. I think there was like only one reference to the Avengers in the movie total. It really felt like a continuation to Cap 1, picking up where the first movie left off with Steve in the present day and trying to adjust to modern times. While there were references to other characters in the MCU, it wasn't so overbearing and in your face that it bogged down the story all together. Any mentions or references were subtle and quick, being little reminders of the movie being a part of a larger universe while still managing to keep the viewer engaged and focused on Captain America and his story.

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Edited by Jedted

I saw it today and it was really exciting. The plot felt a little obvious but i think that's just in the wake of hearing the Giant Bomb crew talk extensively about "the government is evil" storylines in pop-culture.

I enjoyed seeing Emily VanCamp in it and i wish they had more time to build her character. Disappointing that they only refer to her as 'Sharon' until the end, also no hint that she's related to Peggy Carter.

Posted by frozenedge

Just saw it today and man was it good, definitely the best of the Phase 2 films. I wonder how the outcome of what happened is gonna effect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. though

Edited by Starbrander

VERY good movie. Captain was pure beast mode the entire film. So much ass beating. And the Winter Soldier was actually menacing and dangerous feeling.

*** 1/2

Posted by StriderNo9

The movie was so damn good. The best representation of Cap in non-comic book form.

Posted by Lee_Everett

This is probably my favorite superhero movie ever. 5/5 for me.

Posted by manwithoutshame

Just watched it this afternoon and loved it. The fight scenes and action choreography were out of this world. 5/5, and officially my favorite Marvel Studios film yet.

Posted by The Stegman

As of now, if I had to rate how I enjoyed the Marvel movies, it would be;

1 Iron Man

2. Captain America: Winter Soldier

3. The Avengers

4. Thor

5. The Incredible Hulk

6. Iron Man 2

7. Captain America: The First Avenger

8. Thor: The Dark World

9. Iron Man 3

Edited by acaciopereiraoliveira

Spot on in the conspiracy element that made the best comics starring Captain America.

No cosmic menaces or asgardian or magic caracters...

A thrilling spy movie in the Marvel way.... Best MU movie to date!

Posted by Herokiller12344

That ending really makes me feel like Avengers 2 is going to be a total clusterf**k. You got Loki on the throne, Tony's lost all his suits, SHIELD's dissolved, Hydra's as strong as ever, Loki's Scepter, Scarlett and Quicksilver and at some point Ultron's going to jump in.

Edited by Owie

This is probably the best comic book movie I've seen, and I'm only a semi-fan of Cap.

Posted by AmazingWebHead

Didn't expect Hydra to be behind Howard Stark's death. But it all makes sense in hindsight.

So Iron Man is retired and S.H.I.E.L.D. is disbanded. Jesus, let's just hand Ultron the world now and save him the trouble while we're at it.

Posted by Dstick88

thor 2 > thor1. cap2 > cap1

Posted by kcjr

I saw it and loved it. I still liked the Avengers a little more though.

Posted by Jedted

@manwithoutshame said:

Just watched it this afternoon and loved it. The fight scenes and action choreography were out of this world. 5/5, and officially my favorite Marvel Studios film yet.

Speaking of the fight choreography: When Cap and Winter Soldier went mono-a-mono in the street my first thought was how is there not an Injustice style game but with Marvel characters?

Posted by Skyhawk1

Saw it! Loved it! So the special forces guy the Falcon fought in the building survived. Let's see if he comes back as a marvel villain.

Posted by ArturoCalaKayVee

Just saw it tonight. Easily best Superhero film to date. Holy crap.

Also, great review, GMan!

Edited by Shieldbearer

Definitely the BEST MCU movie yet! I saw it in IMAX3D, no better way to watch it!

Posted by Ren_

@skyhawk1 said:

Saw it! Loved it! So the special forces guy the Falcon fought in the building survived. Let's see if he comes back as a marvel villain.

If you're talking about Rumlow, that's actually Crossbones

Posted by bigsoto74

I watch the movie with my wife and brother and they are not comic book readers, but they do love the movies. It killed them that I knew who the Winter Solder was and would not tell them. It was so cool to hear the "Oh $#!+" from my family when his mask came off... lol

Edited by 14NC3

Just saw the film... and HOLY SH*T was it awesome. How I rank all the marvel studios films:

  1. Winter Soldier (VERY narrowly beats Avengers)
  2. Avengers
  3. Iron Man
  4. First Avenger
  5. Thor
  6. Incredible Hulk
  7. Iron Man 2
  8. Thor 2
  9. Iron man 3
Posted by DeathandGrim

Am I alone in saying the movie was OKAY?

Posted by Bezza

@14nc3 said:

Just saw the film... and HOLY SH*T was it awesome. How I rank all the marvel studios films:

  1. Winter Soldier (narrowly beats Avengers)
  2. Avengers
  3. Iron Man
  4. First Avenger
  5. Thor
  6. Incredible Hulk
  7. Iron Man 2
  8. Thor 2
  9. Iron man 3

It must be good, those are my favourite Marvel films at numbers 2 and 3.