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Being Captain America is not all it's cracked up to be and The Winter Soldier lays bare his apprehensions, his weaknesses, and the hidden dark/HYDRA side of SHIELD while filling in some questions about Rogers' story. This entry while part of the typically visually stunning Marvel Universe relies more on good, old-fashioned fist fights against the physically impossible Cap. It was great to see Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow have a chance to expand into more of an equal player versus Avenger supporter.
The most compelling part of Winter Soldier is the realistic questioning of how much we are willing to give up for security. It's not often a big blockbuster makes you think and it's a nice change. lli
The best second instalment of any of the Marvel films. It's funny and entertaining ("Who's Richard?" "Really?!?") yet dark and haunting. Chris Hemsworth as Thor is my favourite Avenger and I love Natalie Portman's clever Jane Foster and Tom Hiddleston's twisted Loki. Great comedic supporting turns from Stellan Skarsgård and Chris O'Dowd break up the epic action sequences.
Reading other reviews, it seems most are pretty harsh in the finale of the Iron Man Trilogy, but I enjoyed what set it apart from the others. I think Iron Man 3 lays out Tony Stark - his genius and his new awareness of his weaknesses and anxieties. Iron Man is not superhuman and I appreciated the fact that the film dealt with Tony's PTSD. It was also an effective counterpoint to Stark's dazzlingly quick wit. Despite the slightly darker tone and more realistic threat, the film led by the charming Robert Downey Jr. is hilarious and great fun. I think I'll even add it to my Christmas movie collection as it's rather festive. I love we got more Gwyneth Paltrow as Pepper Potts, especially now that she's badass Pepper. I also thought Ben Kingsley was great - in both of his roles.
A combined Avenger film directed and written by Joss Whedon has a lot of expectations, and it lives up to every one. Whedon brings his classic humour and humanising to the dysfunctional family of Avengers. It's such fun to watch them clash but inevitably come together. Epic visual effects continually upping the game in the Marvel universe. Also has some great Easter eggs.
Thor is just fun, but I feel like director Kenneth Branagh brings a Shakespearean feel to the Marvel universe. Popcorn flick meets King Lear. Chris Hemsworth is the perfect Thor, but every character and actor stands out in their scenes. The most stunning visual effects thus far in a Marvel film. Moves the Avengers story forward but not in a way that isn't detrimental to this story.