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Suspenseful and politically astute, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a superior entry in the Avengers canon and is sure to thrill Marvel diehards.
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It knocks down a lot of the infrastructure the previous films had created, and it does so in a way that feels organic and refreshing for the Marvel world at large.
A movie that is, in the best sense of the word, a Marvel.
Beneath the expensive, computer-generated busyness of this second Captain America installment is a bracing, old-style conspiracy thriller made extra-scary by new technology and the increasingly ugly trade-offs of a post-9/11 world.
If Captain America: The Winter Soldier is indeed an augur of things to come during this special-effects-laden summer, maybe it won't be such a painful season after all.
This is the first Marvel Studios movie since the original Iron Man that really stands on its own.
In "Winter Soldier," amidst the chaos, our hero learns to be wary of the modern world. Welcome to the 21st century, Cap.
The story gives a nod to his past but also boldly moves the story forward. I feel that there's truly something huge at stake here, not just for Captain America, but for everyone in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Comic book fans will love this movie, but it works as a standalone film as well. It's actually a pretty entertaining political espionage thriller.
The Winter Soldier is not just a good film. It's a great one.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier...is engrossing due to the way most of its characters work, the physicality of the big set pieces and the fact that the movie is a game-changer in the storytelling of the Marvel universe.
There's a real resonance with everything that happens here, and all scenes and elements are essential to the story it's trying to tell. I have no real critique ...
So the good news is that Captain America: The Winter Soldier carries on the streak of Marvel wonders looking to further the entertaining mantle of super hotshots combating evil minds for our leisurely enjoyment.
It's suspenseful, ominous and elaborate in its story. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a solid burst of thrills and action that surpasses the previous installment and expectations. Indeed, the film is a great entry & sequel for this stand-alone-Avenger & bridge for the second phase of Marvel's Cinematic Universe's superhero empire. 4/5
While its first half is extremely good, well paced and has electrifying action scenes, the movie soon becomes bloated with silly revelations and twists. Besides, the plot also includes quite a few absurdities that demand a lot of our suspension of disbelief.
I have never been able to hide my disdain for the first Captain America film, as its only purpose was to set up the backstory for "The Avengers." Besides that it was also really bad. The effects were sloppy, the nostalgia was off-putting, and the story and villain were lame. With the Russo brothers behind the wheel on this film, the action is ratcheted up quite a bit, and it's really quite entertaining and well-choreographed. The interchange between the characters is interesting, the conflict that furthers the plot is intriguing, and the mysterious winter soldier is both a complex villain and a surreptitious foil. The main villain is even complex and well played, brining political undertones to the narrative. The conspiracy concerning S.H.I.E.L.D. and the secretive Hydra makes for an intense power play between Captain America, Black Window, and the members of the elite organization. The plot swerves into the Bourne trilogy oeuvre for a while, but most of the film is pure superhero action. The thing that keeps this from being absolutely perfect is the same as the first film. The set up for the next "Avengers" film often leaves inconsistencies in the plot and a lack of resolution. Altogether this was a solid part of the "Avengers" canon and a decent set-up for the next film.
Pretty exciting although it would take a superhero to follow all the stuff going on at times. It's "in your face" Marvel....which is good. I'm just sayin'.
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