Friday, April 4, 2014

Movie Review - Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie review

I saw the first Captain America movie back in summer 2011, and although I loved Chris Evans in it, I gave it a Maybe review rather than a Yes. This installment was more of the same, although if I was rating the film solely on action scenes, it would get 5 out of 5 stars, as they were awesome. The movie is fun and worth seeing, but it's just missing something - I'm not sure exactly what - that the other individual Avengers, such as Iron Man, is not.

In this sequel, Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), is on the run from S.H.I.E.L.D., as it turns out that not all of the people who work there are "the good guys." Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) was also targeted, and the Captain must team up with Black Widow (Natasha Romanoff, played by Scarlett Johansson) to figure out exactly what S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plan is and how to best take them down. To complicate things, the Winter Soldier (slight spoiler: Sebastian Stan) is going around killing people as well, and Captain America is trying to stop him too; at least, until he finds out the Soldier's true identity.

I think one of the things that the Captain movies lack is more humor - Iron Man as well as the Thor films are rich with one-liners - but there were still some humorous parts throughout. All of the actors do a great job in the film, and aside from the normal Captain cast, we have some newcomers as well: Anthony Mackie as a friend of Captain America's, Robert Redford as one of the S.H.I.E.L.D. leaders, and Emily VanCamp (TV's Revenge) as another S.H.I.E.L.D. employee. Cobie Smulders, from the S.H.I.E.L.D. TV show and The Avengers, also shows up, and keep a look out for the traditional Stan Lee cameo midway through the movie.

Yes, see this movie, but it gets my lowest Yes rating (3 stars). I wanted to give it 3.5 stars, but it didn't hold my attention as much as the other movies in the Avengers universe, or even as much as the first Captain America. There were definitely a few twists throughout I did not see coming, which was good, though, and if you're looking for a "popcorn flick" to see, this would be a good choice. Make sure to stay until the end of the credits, as there's one scene midway through and another at the very end, and these set up the next film in the series nicely.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters today, April 4th, and is rated PG-13 with a runtime of 136 minutes. 3 stars out of 5.

12 comments:

  1. I would love to see this with the family soon :)

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  2. I can't wait to watch this one, but my husband and my daughter will probably get there first

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  3. Thank-You Liz for your very good review. I/we our going to see "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" today at our weekly Friday Afternoon Film Festival Matinee Movie :)

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    1. Thanks. Let me know what you think of it!

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    2. Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This movie had plenty of AMAZING ACTION with an interesting storyline. I like the addition of Hawk and the Winter Soldier (Bucky Barnes). It is interesting to find out that "The Winter Soldier" gets his name because he is a Soviet assassin during "The Cold War". I would have liked a little more air time and backstory on both sides to Bucky. Anyways, I still highly recommend watching this movie in theaters, especially in IMAX 3D. This is a movie I could definitely view again. Looking forward to the next Super Hero movies coming our way this year. "To Infinity And Beyond".

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    3. Interesting that he was named The Winter Soldier because of his Cold War involvement - I didn't figure that part out.

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  4. I like humor in movies like this since action movies aren't my thing anyway. One thing I appreciate -- that the movie is rated PG-13 rather than R.

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  5. Very nice review, I just can't get into these types of movies but my hubby loves them all!

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  6. Out of all the Marvel series made into films, I have to agree. It's a good watch but it's just lacking something the X-Men and Thors series have. It's heavily action focused!

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    1. Did you see the new one already, or are you talking about the first Captain America movie?

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  7. I agree that for some reason Captain America does not have quite as much punch as the other movies, but I like Chris Evans too. I'm sure I'll see this with the kids.

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  8. I like Chris Evans and will see this but probably not in the theater. The previews just weren't enough for me to want to rush but are enough that I'm interested once it is on DVD. Plus I need to go back and watch the 1st one because I'm one of the people that missed the extra scenes in the credits. Silly me.

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