Release Date: September 9, 2014
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 136 Mins.
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Studio: Marvel Studios
Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie
The road to Avengers: Age of Ultron is in full swing. The newest brick on the road is Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We join Cap after the events of the New York invasion incident as he continues to try to assimilate in to his new modern day world. But, as he struggles to do so a new challenge from the past rears its’ ugly head once again and brings with it new pain.
Chris Evans returns as Captain America and I realized how perfect he is in the role because he has a goofy charm to him that allows him to be the upright do-gooder that cap has to be. Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow and hits all the right notes. Samuel L. Jackson A.K.A. Nicolas J. Fury is pitch perfect as the grumpy old spy. Robert Redford plays as Nick Fury’s mentor and friend Alexander Pierce he doesn’t have much in the way of screen time but his role is huge in the film’s plot. Falcon also makes his big screen debut played by Anthony Mackie and he does a pretty damn good job.
They handled the Winter Soldier story line fairly well while not dwelling on it. It gets to all the major points of who the Winter Soldier is and what he has done. They also further the story they are telling through out the Disney/ Marvel Universe with consequences that seem will reach in to not only other Avengers related movies but the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. television show. This time Nick Fury and Black Widow get a fair amount of story and character development as they don’t have their own separate movies and it works well within the parameters of the story the story the writers and directors wanted to tell. The fight scenes are better than ever and make all of the characters not just the powered up ones look like bad asses. The pacing is so done well and it doesn’t drag at any point.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of my top three Avengers related movies. I’d place it second to the masterpiece of a superhero movie Iron Man 3. The characters get story to play out amidst all the explosions and bones breaking (Michael Bay should take some notes). Each character gets time to shine and none of them blow it. The after movie foreshadowing scenes that have become customary will get anyone who’s been following the chatter on Age of Ultron excited as it shows two characters that were reported to be in the next Avengers. Captain America: The Winter Soldier gets 4.5 out of 5 from me as it doesn’t give fans of the comic and films the cold shoulder.