CaptainAmerica (Chris Evans) still can’t grasp how different his role is in the 21st century to what it was back in 1942. He was fighting for freedom, but when he sees what the SHIELD is doing, he can’t help but think this is not freedom, this is fear.
My thoughts on the film
It’s been three years since the last Captain America film and while a majority of people enjoyed it, it still didn’t hit the sweet spot. Now, we have the second installment in The Winter Solider and I can guarantee it, this one is going to hit the sweet spot.
Of course, Chris Evans reprises his role as Steve Rogers, also known as Captain America. Other familiar faces include Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Samuel L Jackson as Nick Fury, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill. The main newcomer to the series is Anthony Mackie who plays Sam Wilson, also known as Falcon. With the main cast out of the way, other notable characters include Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow and great Canadian UFC fighter, Georges St-Pierre as Georges Batroc. The cast was certainly great and each character had enough build up to keep you satisfied in their character development.
The premise of the story is simple, yet touches a sensitive subject. Captain America is having a tough time with his role in the 21st century because he fights for freedom, while the SHIELD have a different definition of freedom and they certainly don’t like Captain America’s type of freedom. So, think of it as the government hiding everything from us and having that one guy save millions of lives.
The action was certainly some of the best to date under the Marvel brand. It got to a point where you thought there was more action than dialogue and who would ever complain about that? The CGI was top notch except for one scene with Falcon near the end, but in no way, shape or form does it damper the mood.
Lastly, the credits. Most films will have opening credits and the worst is when the opening scene gets your adrenaline going and then you have to watch a few minutes of names flying by. Well, not this time. There are no opening credits in The Winter Soldier and I thought that was pure genius. Also, it goes without saying – stay after the closing credits. It’s not a lame, waste-of-my-time clip like in the Avengers where they are all eating shawarma. This clip leads up to the second Avengers film, The Age of Ultron.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is certainly one of the best Marvel films to date and you won’t even feel like you were in the theatre for two and a half hours.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is now playing.