Captain America: The Winter Soldier (♦♦♦♦)

Steve Rogers (a.k.a., Captain America) leads a rescue mission of hostages, taken by pirates, aboard a S.H.I.E.L.D.'s carrier. Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a., Black Widow) backups the content of the master computer aboard the vessel, which, as it turns out, not even S.H.I.E.L.D.'s director Nick Fury can access.

Furthermore, there is an attempt on the life of director Fury. Captain America and agent Romanoff team up to uncover the truth behind the premeditated targeting of their leader. At every step they meet assassins with huge firepower intent on stopping them. Unsure of whom to trust, they enlist the help of outsider paratrooper Sam Wilson (a.k.a., The Falcon) to expose a secret arm inside S.H.I.E.L.D., an arm whose beginning dates back to WWII and whose most lethal enforcer is a ghost, someone known only as The Winter Soldier.

I liked this movie very much. While The First Avenger was all about establishing Captain America as a historical character, with the corresponding appeal of a hunk in uniform, The Winter Soldier is a solid spy thriller with an edge.

The sex appeal is still there: Steve Rogers and Natasha are easy to look at, and there are moments when one may imagine them hooking up; fortunately the story is meatier than that. The humor has been toned down a bit, though it occasionally peppers the thick plot—as when Rogers tells Natasha "yeah, I bet you look real bad in a bikini"—and it's OK because this screenplay has places to go and they do it in a reasonable timeframe.

The dynamic camera work, so characteristic of superhero movies, imparts edge-of-your-seat action, as do the multitude of well choreographed fighting scenes—I loved the one in which a pack of agents try to tackle Rogers inside an elevator; I'm sure anyone can figure out the result. Another very accomplished set of scenes were the ones on top of the flying carrier with Captain America fighting The Winter Soldier. Who can bet on either one when it is two genetically modified super soldiers fighting with all they got?

The Winter Soldier is more in the vein of a Daniel Craig's Bond movie than standard superhero fare, and the closing credits are perhaps a nod to Bond as well with the characters drawn in profile on a black and white screen. The Bond comparison is quite auspicious since this is the darkest yet most solid back-story to come from the Avengers by far.

Comments

  1. Sounds like you had a fun viewing experience. A superhero spy thriller with an edge appears to have all bases covered.

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  2. This sounds great - I haven't seen it yet - but, yes, Steve Rogers is definitely very easy on the eye!
    Lynn :D

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    1. Easy on the eye?! I think the concept was invented after him! :-D

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  3. I must admit I don't watch the Marvel superhero stuff. I know I'm no fun whatsoever. However I do watch Daniel Craig in Bond at times so perhaps there is hope for me yet. If it's more like that, perhaps I will give it a try. thx!

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    1. Give it a try, you only have a few hours to lose. ;-)

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  4. I'm with Susan. I never got into comics. I don't even like graphic novels that much. But I am happy for you that you had a fun viewing experience. You expressed it well.

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  5. Glad to see you enjoyed this - I think it is my favourite Captain America film :-D

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    1. Yes, Jessica. It is the most solid entry yet, though I have not seen Civil War yet.

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