Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters recently, bringing with it plenty of fans as well as great reviews from critics worldwide. CBM's anthonyEstark got the chance to see it, and now I'm here to give you a spoiler-free review of the film. Read on after the jump!

Good Day, fellow fans! On my latest adventure to the theater, I finally nabbed the chance to see Marvel's latest, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From what I've heard so far, it was “the best stand-alone Marvel film yet” if not even “Better than The Avengers.” So I was extremely curious to see it, as I'm a big fan of the star-spangled hero. So let's begin, shall we?

I'll start off with the plot. We all know the basic story. Two years after the events of The Avengers, Cap has to put on the uniform again to take on his former friend now turned enemy, The Winter Soldier, while teaming up with other heroes such as Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury, as well as newcomer the Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie. But I'll tell you now, it gets much deeper than that. Directors Joe and Anthony Russo described the film as “a 70's political thriller” and it was just that. They always had something to keep you on the edge of your seat and waiting to see what would happen next. But it wasn't all plot, there were plenty of 'splosions' for all you action lovers. This brings me to the next category, the visual effects.

While watching the credits of the film, I noticed that Marvel had hired plenty of visual effects crews to work on this, and they certainly used their money wisely. Visual effects in movies have improved over the years, and this is definitely one of the best films to feature effects. While Iron Man 3 may have had a small action fight with all of Tony Stark's armors, and Guillermo Del Toro's Pacific Rim featured both Jaegers and Kaiju, the major disadvantages of those is that everything is set at nighttime, so we don't get the full effect of the VFX team's hard work. But in this, we get to see three of S.H.I.E.L.D.'s helicarriers at battle in the skies, and the best part is that it's all in the middle of the day! The guys who worked on this really put their time into it, and the outcome was great.

Next up, the characters. I was excited to see what Marvel would do with their characters for the movie, with newcomers Falcon and Alexander Pierce, played by Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford. Both of these characters have roles in the comics, where they changed up Pierce's role by making him a large part of S.H.I.E.L.D. Instead of just a normal hand-to-hand combatant. I can say I quite enjoyed the change. Marvel also brought in Brock Rumlow, who was played by Frank Grillo and many comic fans know Rumlow as the infamous Crossbones, a villain to Cap. I hope we can see him in future films as he was a good character to throw into the project. Several other heroes had a large role in the film, being Black Widow, Nick Fury, as well as Maria Hill. I was surprised at this, as we really get to explore the past of these heroes, and giving us things that we haven't seen before in the MCU.

And now it's time to move on to the ultimate factor; the villain. I would put this in the “characters” part of the review, but Sebastian Stan's role was so great that he deserves a whole paragraph. Sebastian Stan played the film's titular villain, “The Winter Soldier,” and while I was expecting him to pull it off, I was pleasantly surprised. In Joe Johnson's original Captain America: The First Avenger, Stan played Bucky Barnes, Cap's partner and a overall light-hearted guy. In this we see a completely different side of the character, who doesn't know who he is or why he's here, but his only job or worry is his next target. I wasn't expecting Stan to have too many lines in the movie, and I was more than right. He only said a few things and didn't need to say more. He pulled off the role intimidatingly, and I was quite surprised.

One thing that I was quite surprised about in this film was the way that it changes the game for Avengers: Age of Ultron as well as future Marvel films. I can't go into detail, as it is a major part of the film's plot and I don't want to spoil it for you. This film is definitely Marvel's most serious yet, and if you haven't enjoyed the large amounts of jokes from Thor: The Dark World or Iron Man 3, then this will certainly be a break for you. But don't fear, as there is still several jokes in there for family to enjoy.

Many of you know that the film was based off of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's comic arc bearing the same title, and was adapted to the film by screen writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. I can honestly say that I was quite happy about seeing the changes and similarities from the comic that were worked into the film.

As usual, be sure to stick around for the after-credit scenes which lead up to The Avengers sequel as well as the confirmed Captain America 3, which I am extremely excited for after seeing this. I had the pleasure of viewing the film in RealD 3D, and while it wasn't spectacular, I recommend it for viewers, as it still looks great and is well worth the extra price.

To summarize everything up, this film was simply amazing, hardly having any flaws. I think it's one of the greatest superhero films released and I can't wait for more, and I hope you join me!

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DEVLIN712 - 4/6/2014, 6:31 AM
For someone with such little dialogue, Stan killed it on screen. He's the first Marvel villain you think could actually beat the hero
DEVLIN712 - 4/6/2014, 6:31 AM
Nice review Stark!
Havensent - 4/6/2014, 6:31 AM
It deserves every star it got and deserves even more success.

Two more viewings for me to give my support. :)
Joementum - 4/6/2014, 6:31 AM
The only time available was a 3-D showing so we wnt.

Didn't need the 3d as there was less CGI and more live action.

However the Spiderman 3-D trailer was truly Spectacular.
Pasto - 4/6/2014, 6:33 AM
Loki has some stuff to learn from Winter Soldier.
Alfredo27 - 4/6/2014, 6:37 AM
you have to be a child to say nothing was wrong with film. There was alot wrong. It was good but not even 25% of what it was suppose to be. You are delusional if you think it is a 5 star movie. Maybe a 4 star action movie but cmon no one on planet didnt think Redford was a bad guy there was no suspense and the scene at his house with winter soldier was so dumb. My wife who like first captain america hate this movie and almost left in first 30 mintues she was so bored. But hey keep sucking your own dick if you like that taste.
Starfox - 4/6/2014, 6:39 AM
Good Review!
Pasto - 4/6/2014, 6:39 AM
Pasto - 4/6/2014, 6:40 AM
That was directed to Alfredo.
Havensent - 4/6/2014, 6:41 AM
Alfredo...Why even post something like that? Even if you disagree, there is no need to be an asshole and post the shit you posted.

Btw,anthonyEstark, you spelled Brubaker as "Brubacher" just to let you know in case you want to edit it.
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 6:41 AM
With so little to say in the movie and he still pulls it off, does that vault WS into the top group villain status in the CBM world.
SpiderFraud - 4/6/2014, 6:45 AM
I doubt the 3D is worth the extra price. I really wish they would separate 3D from Imax.
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 6:45 AM
@alfredo27. If you did not enjoy parts of the movie then explain why and let it go. By ending your comment the way you did, you are just showing immature frustration over a movie....really?
Joementum - 4/6/2014, 6:46 AM
There was an excess of action. But all of it well choreographed and non-cheesey.
The only significant scene without pain was a visit to the past.

More character development would have been welcomed. I suspect the DVD will provides these extra scenes as there couldn't possibly be any action scenes on the cutting room floor.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 6:47 AM
Damn Another 5* review from this site. Going by the last review thread your going to have some lurkers ready to pounce with their undercover hate for this film lol. The Winter Soldier deserves this praise. Great all around performances. Classic!
GeekyCheekyChic - 4/6/2014, 6:49 AM
When Widow was running from Winter Soldier the fear on her face was so strong you could feel it. She looked more frightened than in the Avengers. Winter Soldier was a killing machine- it played like the terminator and it worked on all levels.
My fear though is he comes back full memory and not a villain or opponent but an I really hope Strucker and Ultron pay off huge as villains that stick around for a bit like Loki.
GeekyCheekyChic - 4/6/2014, 6:50 AM
3D did nothing for me. 2D was brighter and more vivid. I am hitting IMAX on Monday to complete the trifecta. That will be my fifth viewing and I feel it will get at least five more before Spider-Man 2 hits
PatchesOhoulihan - 4/6/2014, 6:51 AM

Alfredo27 is the perfect example of why you don't take your blind deaf wife to the cinema.
GeekyCheekyChic - 4/6/2014, 6:54 AM
This is coming soon to this thread:
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 6:56 AM
There's only 7 minutes of footage left out according to the directors. The script was tight and they knew what they wanted according to the russo brothers. The development was superb and no one was thrown away (cough fox men).

Agent 13
Steve Rogers
Black Widow
Nick Fury
Maria Hill

For the good guys were handled very well.

Arnim Zola
Alexander Pierce
Agent Sitwell
The Winter Soldier

All were handled well for the villain roles

To balance all these roles was excellence by the Russos.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 6:58 AM
Lmao again @TheBaroness! They are lurking.
Abary - 4/6/2014, 6:58 AM
Great review Stark.

I however feel that The Winter Soldier and Falcon were both wasted opportunities. They served no point in the plot and neither of them should have been in the movie. Hawkeye should have replaced Falcon and the villain should have been Zemo or Strucker. Whoever would work best as the leader of HYDRA.

The Winter Soldier was just thrown in for the sake of having him in the movie. I wanted to see Cap and Fury fight, and Cap eventually leave S.H.I.E.L.D. to search for Bucky when Fury tells him not to. THAT should have been the plot. They only used him in a few scenes and they had him introduced just as some character that randomly appears out of nowhere.

Aside from that the movie was pretty decent.
HiTcH - 4/6/2014, 6:58 AM

fortycals - 4/6/2014, 6:59 AM
Good review. I wonder why it seems that no one is Noticing how much of the story is being taken straight from the secret warriors. It follows that plot line closer than ed's arc. From the deep infiltration of hydra into shield's ranks, hell even the three helicarriers.
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 7:00 AM
I wanted more to @DD. The mid and after credit scene made me want Avengers 2 and Cap 3 now. The MCU is amazing.
CaptAmericaSux - 4/6/2014, 7:00 AM
Dude, Winter Soldier was the SECOND best villain of the movie. Robert Redford's Pierce was the TRUE villain of Cap 2. Pierce puts the hits on people, eliminates witnesses, and made Fury and Widow look like fools :D! WS shows up only a couple time to shoot people and blow something up, but he had 1% of Pierce's personality and charisma.
patrat18 - 4/6/2014, 7:04 AM
DoubleD - lol
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 7:09 AM
@alfredo27. Read TheAbaryMan369 on how to comment about something you would change if you could without being spiteful.
HubisKhan - 4/6/2014, 7:10 AM
Overall good movie. Definitely not worth the extra $3-$5 buck to see it in 3-D. Save your money and see it the old fashion way
MercwithMouth - 4/6/2014, 7:11 AM

Winter Soldier is a character that randomly appears out of nowhere...

And using Winter Soldier in this film was a natural progression after his death in TFA. And sets up Cap's death in Avengers 3, and Bucky taking over.
MrSotoMan - 4/6/2014, 7:11 AM
"5 Stars"
No shit, Winter Soldier is the best example how a Marvel sequel should be. I had doubts in them, but it's obvious to me that they can make a sequel that is worthwhile to watch.

Let's just hope Guardians has the same effect, cause after that ending of Winter Soldier I could care less what goes on in space.
MrSotoMan - 4/6/2014, 7:12 AM
Guys.......stop watching movies in 3D.

It is never worth it anymore to watch a movie in 3D anymore. Dead technology.
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 7:12 AM
Redford was a bad, bad man. The writing was so good for him. Something simple like shooting a innocent witness made him just nasty!
Hardigan - 4/6/2014, 7:14 AM
... nice review! @ Alfredo: write up your own review and stake out your opinion! ... by the way, who´s sucking who ;-)
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 7:16 AM
@ TheAbaryMan369 I can tell that this film flew over your head. I can you say falcon and bucky were just thrown in for the hell of it? Falcon was a war veteran that Steve could relate to outside of shield. As falcon lost his friend that fought beside him just as Steve did with bucky. Remember the lines "sometimes we leave things there, sometimes we bring them back". Steve could relate to that as well as falcon asking Steve "what makes you happy? What would you do if you were not a soldier? (2nd question will be answered in avengers 2 according to feige)." There was a bond between Steve and falcon that was fulfilling to Steve especially it coming from the outside of a government Enterprise. With bucky as Steve is figuring out everything around him seems to be corrupt or untrustworthy he doesn't realize that the man he is after is a long time friend thought to be dead and at that point what else did you want from bucky as he was a shadow assassin brainwashed and only about his mission directory. This relevation leaves Steve floored as he is not prepared for that after the people he is working for are out to kill him. Going back to falcon, he is basically the only outside person he can trust. You need to watch the film again and take notes. ;)
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 7:17 AM
I hope Cap sticks around for a while, I love.what they did with his outfits......I want one! Lol...
TheRealRemyLebeau - 4/6/2014, 7:21 AM
Oh yeah, when a normal guy like Pierce can be a cunning ruthless villain without punching anyone then this film did something right. Redford's performance was excellent.
TheGreenBastard - 4/6/2014, 7:21 AM
I heard this movie has the same vibe as Thor2, which is a bad thing for me, since I didn't like Thor 2. Hopefully that person was wrong, cuz I'm seeing it next weekend.
LaserKing - 4/6/2014, 7:22 AM
Can we say this film produced two top notch villains then?
TheRationalNerd - 4/6/2014, 7:22 AM
5 stars again? lol Oh geez, the 3D honestly wasn't even worth it. I'd give it a 4.5/5 for the 3D and overall film.
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