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Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
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Today we see the release of the third film in phase 2 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

This time around Anthony and Joe Russo direct and a screenplay written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The cast is comprised by Chris Evans returning as Captain America, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as The Winter Soldier and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. We also have some new added characters into this film seeing Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon and Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce.

After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, 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.

Joining forces with Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off assailants sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy—the Winter Soldier.

The film is one of the best films so far released from Marvel Studios. The story is so compelling and leaves you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end. The one thing that really makes a difference from the other films released after the Avengers is that it reminds you of what occurs but sets in motion the future after the attack from New York and how the world has changed and how some those changes take away from freedom. As well as the underlying threat that has lived all along during the cinematic time of all the movies.

Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier
© 2014 Marvel. All Rights Reserved.

The acting is very well done. Chris Evans has really grown into his role and it is so refreshing to see the acting between Captain and Black Widow (Johansson). It was nice to see the role of Black Widow being developed even more and can see her becoming a stand alone character very soon. Johansson really does take the character to another level. Always nice to see woman roles expand in the comic book film universe.

Robert Redford really puts in an impressive performance though not on screen for a long his role is very important to the film. the casting of Redford takes the comic book movie in more respectable direction.

Mackie introduction and build up to the Falcon works great on screen as the scenes with Evan’s Captain America are fun and seeing the develop meant of a friendship works well on screen.

The Russo’s did a great job moving the story along and building the character in the modern age. The plot twist are set perfectly around Washington D.C. Along with linking them to prior events from the first film tie the puzzle correctly.

Overall as I mentioned earlier in the review this is one of the best Marvel films so far and can easily be said one of the most interesting movies. It will not only please the comic book fan but also the person who has not yet seen a comic book film. It is a story that comes off the page and lives on the silver screen. This film is exciting because builds on to the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe especially on next yours Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is in theaters beginning this evening for special screenings and officially in theaters beginning Friday, April 4. the film is rated PG-13 and has a run time of 2 hours and 16 minutes.

A little hint in the credit scene it is directed by Joss Whedon and trust me it is not one to be missed. Stay for the credits.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier – A+

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Michael Sandoval

Michael created MUSE/MUSE TV after a career in professional sports and journalism. Born and raised in Los Angeles, California. He attended Don Bosco Technical Institute in which he studied Electronics and Computer Science and California State University, Fullerton in which he graduated with a degree from the College of Communication in Journalism. He is a big Foo Fighters fan, loves Star Wars and loves photography. Member of the Los Angeles Online Film Critics Society.

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