Friday, May 2, 2014

Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier


                                     'Captain America: The Winter Soldier': Red, White, and Fun 
                      I'll admit that when I was growing up on comic books, I was never much of a Captain America fanatic. Although, after watching both Captain America: The First Avenger and The Winter Soldier, as well as The Avengers, my interest in this character is starting to grow. However, The Winter Soldier might not only please its target audience, but reach out to another audience as well.
                 
             Story:
        Captain America: The Winter Soldier follows the title character Captain America, aka Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) who continues to try to adjust to the new decade after being brought out from cryogenic sleep. He also becomes wary of his alliance to S.H.I.E.L.D. as he finds himself fighting a new enemy named The Winter Soldier that may be a figure from his past.

        What I Liked About It:
       First off, I loved how the film manages to be both a superhero film and even a conspiracy thriller. The film delivers brilliant, high-octane action sequences that will satisfy the biggest comic book fan and allow those who see it to turn their brains off while watching it. However, the film also manages to make viewers think about the whole possible idea of enemies hiding within those who try to protect our nation. It honestly gave me chills watching it because something like that is entirely plausible. There are even some more heartfelt moments in the film, like when Steve goes over to visit his former lover Peggy Carter, who is now much older while Steve looks the same way he was before he became frozen.

      I also really liked the performances from the cast. Much like how Robert Downey, Jr. embodies Iron Man and how Chris Hemsworth embodies Thor, Chris Evans truly embodies Captain America and once again excels at playing this character. One thing I'd want to point out is how completely different his performance in this is from his role in the more artistic action pic Snowpiercer, so he has really proven himself as a versatile chameleon-like action star. I also really liked the scenes between him and Scarlett Johansson who plays Black Widow, as they both have great chemistry. Robert Redford is also in this and he leaves quite an impression as S.H.I.E.L.D. official Alexander Pierce who may know a little more than he lets on. So, the acting is quite amazing and that is something you probably wouldn't hear about when discussing a superhero movie.

        What I Didn't Like About It:
       Nothing.

        Consensus:
       Overall, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an action-packed gem of a superhero film that allows you to turn off your brain at the right moments and also brilliantly works as a suspenseful conspiracy thriller that makes you think at the right moments. Whether you are a fan of superheroes or Captain America or none at all, you might like this. This one might really surpass your expectations.

Rating: 4.5/5