20 March 2014

Film Reviews - Captain America Winter Soldier

My good friend Rossteffer won tickets to see Winter Soldier on 13/03/2014 and I tagged along as his Wingman!!!

When Captain America throws his Mighty Shield!
All those who chose to oppose his shield must yield.
If he’s led to a fight and a duel is due,
Then the red and white and the blue’ll come through
When Captain America throws his mighty shield!!!

Certificate - 12A
Running time – 136 minutes
Scene after the credits – Hells Yeah!!! Like Thor Dark World there is one scene after the first set of credits and one right at the end

Cast –
Chris Evans as Captain America
Sebastien Stan as Winter Soldier
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow
Anthony Mackie as The Falcon
Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce

The plot
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Cap Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world

But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk.

What's right with it?
This builds incredibly well on the Marvel Universe we have seen so far, all the behind the scenes stuff going on at S.H.I.E.L.D that were only hinted at get put right out in the open

One of the mains things that I felt was lacking in The Avengers was Cap dealing with his time in the present, how he deals with loved ones that are long gone and how attitudes have changed, but the excited Marvel fanboy that I am should have just waited for this

Plus even though this is totally a Steve Rogers story, we also find out a lot more about S.H.I.E.L.D, Natasha and Nick and their stories lead right back into Caps

There are also some superb action sequences, from the beginning with Cap and Natasha on a covert mission where Steve uses his shield in some inventive ways and some poses come straight out of the comics, to a superb car chase sequence and then it all kicks it up a notch when The Falcon joins the fold

But one of the best things about this is that it isn't just all about the action, there is a superb story going on, and while some will see some story tropes coming a mile off, it just feels right because of all the other elements coming together and they do it in a waggish way

What’s wrong with it?
With so many elements and storylines going on at the same time sometimes it feels like it drags a little bit, but that's only because Marvel have fitted so much into the film

Like I said above you can see some story elements coming a mile off and if you haven't really liked previous Marvel films then WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH YOU!!!??? but also don't think this will change your mind

Plus this was probably just at my showing at Leicester Square Odeon, but if you go there the seats kind of dip in the middle, I had a guy sat in front of me with a slight quiff and I couldn't see the subtitles at one point although that's a very minor point, one which will be rectified when I go to see it again next week ^_^

Best Scene?
The car chase

Best Quote?
The best quote is REALLY spoilerific so I'll go with this instead

Natasha Romanoff: You do anything fun Saturday night? Steve Rogers: Well, all the guys in my barbershop quartet are dead. So no, not really.

Bonus Trivia
Unlike the other films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, "The Winter Soldier" minimizes the use of visual effects as much as possible. Anthony Mackie, elaborated: "The Russos, what they did that was so great was, they wanted to stay with live action, which is a dying art form...If they could build it, they built it. If we could do it, we did it. They wanted to do as little CGI as possible. That's why the movie looks so great."

The scene where Captain America jumps out of a plane without bothering to use a parachute is a homage to a similar scene from the first issue of "The Ultimates" comic.

Cap's new costume takes cues from the "Super-Soldier" outfit he wore when he served as Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. in the comics.

Anthony Mackie was unhappy with the modern take on his costume as Falcon. He wanted the red spandex look from the comics.

Robert Redford wanted to do the film because his grandchildren are fans of Marvel films and he wanted them to see him in one.

Final Thoughts
This is not only a superb Superhero film, but also a pretty cool sexy espionagey spy thriller in it's own right too (Sexy being Scarlett Johanssen or Chris Evans in his new costume, take your pick ;)

Winter Soldier was a completely risky story to take though and I think Marvel pulled it off and then some, and am really looking forward to Guardians of the Galaxy, Age of Ultron and ALL of phase 3

Bring it!!

My Advice?
Go and see it!


  1. "Best Scene: Car Chase"
    Really? Car chases are very limited IMO. I preferred the elevator scene and also liked the scene at the captain's home.
    I have a question. I watched the first scene after the credits (awesome) but didn't wait for the second one. Was it as revealing as the first or was it similar to the one from Thor (which I also didn't see but Youtube came to the rescue)?

  2. I think car chases are very limited too but loved the elements they brought to the screen including the part with the window and had a call back to Lola from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D plus come on man, Nick Fury action scene right there and although I thought the elevator scene was good, at that point I had seen it about 4 times with other times I have been to the cinema and seen an "exclusive preview"

    Second scene was similar to the one from Thor, this time involving the Winter Soldier

  3. Thanks, I just read about it somewhere. Fair point, Fury's screen time was less than expected but everything he did was pure awesome and the AI in the car was sweet - very useful, but not perfect. They got a hell of a lot right with this movie, particularly the story and the subtext between characters.



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