CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review; "The Best Marvel Solo Movie Yet"

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Review; "The Best Marvel Solo Movie Yet"

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was released in the UK today ahead of its US debut on April 4th, and as you can see from the headline, I loved it! Hit the jump to read my review of the Marvel Studios sequel, but be warned, as there are some VERY minor spoilers ahead.

It should come as no surprise to learn that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is yet another triumph for Marvel Studios, and I don't think it's in the least bit unfair to declare it hands down the best Marvel solo movie yet. In fact, I would go so far to say that the sequel is up there with The Dark Knight in terms of quality and setting the benchmark for the genre moving forwards. In short, it's a resounding success on every level.

By now, you'll know that the movie is a loose adaptation of Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting's comic book arc of the same name, and as a huge fan of that storyline, I can say I was 100% satisfied with both the changes made and the similarities to the source material. Anthony and Joe Russo strike a perfect balance, and in the process deliver a movie with fight sequences which could rival The Raid: Redemption in terms of sheer thrills and exhiliration. As it turns out, the unexpected choice of these brothers to helm Captain America: The Winter Soldier was a genius decision, and the focus on action doesn't mean that the story suffers in any way. The return of a character from Steve's past will likely have you welling up, and the surprise return of another is immensely satisfying. 

If there's only one area in which the sequel isn't quite as good as it should have been, it's with further explring The Winter Soldier's past. We do get a few very brief flashbacks which tell us enough so that we understand how he came to be, but a little bit more time spent on that might have helped to make his arc a little more satisfying. That's ultimately a very minor niggle though, and Sebastian Stan is superb in the role. As with Thor: The Dark World, there's very much a "To Be Continued..." type of ending here, so it's likely that we'll see an awful lot more of The Winter Soldier moving forwards anyway. 

There's not a weak link to be found in the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Chris Evans is once again perfect as Steve Rogers. The new and familiar faces are all excellent, but Anthony Mackie and Frank Grillo really stand out. Even someone like Emily VanCamp (who only has a very small role as Agent 13) is great, and it's rare for a movie not to have any weak links, but a treat to not find any faults with any performances from such a large cast of actors. The fact that each of the characters in the movie are developed so well is also a major plus. 

What's most impressive about Captain America: The Winter Soldier is just what a game changer it is for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The ramifications for Avengers: Age of Ultron are massive, while revelations about the past will leave you rewatching previous Marvel Studios movies in a whole new light. The score, special effects and every other aspect of the sequel are perfect, and it's just one of those movies you'll want to spend hours talking about afterwards and definitely deserving of a repeat viewing. Thematically, the movie is Marvel's most serious yet and those of you who didn't enjoy the humour from the past couple of solo outings will probably be glad to hear that. Of course, that's not to say it isn't fun and there are definitely some very humourous moments! 

As always, be sure to stick around after the credits as the mid-credits scene is particularly interesting in regards to The Avengers sequel, and the second one perfectly sets up Captain America 3 (perhaps my most anticipated movie of the next couple of years after watching this today). I saw the sequel in regular old 2D and would definitely recommend that you do the same. 

To put it simply, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the perfect Captain America movie, one of the best superhero movies of all-time and just about perfect in every respect. I can't wait to watch it again! 

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Josh Wilding
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Bucky - 3/26/2014, 11:53 AM
I agree. The movie was phenomenal!
EdgyOutsider - 3/26/2014, 11:55 AM
Good to hear! :) My most anticipated movie of the year.
Highflyer - 3/26/2014, 11:56 AM
Really? Haven't watched it yet. The best solo movie?
ProfessorX - 3/26/2014, 11:56 AM
Nice review! Sounds like the movie is something special...
McNyagano - 3/26/2014, 11:56 AM
Great film! Seeing it in IMAX 3D in a less than 2 hours for the 3rd time;)
TheDarkKnightSlap - 3/26/2014, 11:56 AM
This sounds Rad, dude.
dangermouse - 3/26/2014, 11:57 AM
It was a good film, a 4/5 from me. This is the kind of review that is a bit over the top with praise and over hypes it in my opinion.
Omarvls - 3/26/2014, 11:57 AM

You mentions that it's in your top 5 of All Time
After seeing it it's in my top 3 the movie was simply AMAZING

I know we've talked abut Batman's fighting style in BvS I hope it is something like Cap's cause Batman should be that Badass
InfiniteMonkey - 3/26/2014, 11:57 AM
Can't wait to see this.

Its going to be quite a blast. Definitely loads of popcorn and beer.
Omarvls - 3/26/2014, 11:58 AM
Some have said it the BEST superhero movie of all time
I still have The Dark Knight as my numero uno but Avengers might have to move to number 3
ALmazing - 3/26/2014, 12:00 PM
One more week, one more week

Hyperventilating (Futurama)
MisterHolmes - 3/26/2014, 12:02 PM
i agree with GoldenOne
MercwithMouth - 3/26/2014, 12:02 PM
It'll take some kind of 'miracle' to displace Blade II as my favorite CBM of all time, but if any movie has that chance...
tomasocelot - 3/26/2014, 12:03 PM
I hope it good. I always thought Cap was lame in the comics I mean come on he is a soldier with no guns. To me punisher and Nick Fury were more bad ass.
Also I can't wait to see the end credits scene with GUSTOS Detroit Cameo

Omarvls - 3/26/2014, 12:03 PM

I also felt that way
so the best thing to do is be SKEPTICAL
and then get ready to be blown away
GodzillaKart - 3/26/2014, 12:03 PM
Wow. I can't believe the reviews this film is getting. If the unseats Iron Man as my favorite CBM I'll be very impressed indeed.
TheBeard - 3/26/2014, 12:03 PM
one more week
MrBatmor - 3/26/2014, 12:04 PM
I heard that any acker was cast as the cellist in agents of shield that true?
Omarvls - 3/26/2014, 12:05 PM
My Top 5 after Winter Soldier

5. Iron Man
4. Watchmen
3. Avengers
2. Winter Soldier
1. Dark Knight
nowtheresaBATman - 3/26/2014, 12:05 PM
That's good to hear...because I was 100% DISsatisfied how The Wolverine was a piece of shit when it came to story changes & similarities to the source material reguarding the Japan story arc.
But this is Marvel so hell yes! Bring on The Winter Soldier!
MiracleMe - 3/26/2014, 12:05 PM
"I would go so far to say that the sequel is up there with The Dark Knight in terms of quality and setting the benchmark for the genre moving forwards."

Whaaaaaaaaat?!? High praise indeed!!! I am starting to get majorly excited about Captain A: TWS!!!
charlie2094 - 3/26/2014, 12:05 PM
Super excited! The reviews for this have all been praising it!

Thor 2's were much more mediocre/negative, glad to see this doing so well!
MrBatmor - 3/26/2014, 12:06 PM
@batmaniac does cap2 excite you more to watch agents of l shield...i know iqm asking a lot of questions to you today..sorry..but iam really curious
CyberInflames - 3/26/2014, 12:07 PM
"one of the best superhero movies of all-time" no it is not. It is far from being even great. While better than the craps that were IM3 and Thor 2, it misses its goal when not focusing much on the Winter Soldier and even less on Captain America apart from the action sequences. Plus, the script is terrible, I thought I was watchin a movie produced by The Asylum studios.
Omarvls - 3/26/2014, 12:07 PM

Do one with imo the best action sequence in a long time

Cap on a motorbike going up against a Heliship

MrBatmor - 3/26/2014, 12:08 PM
And this movie is getting super awesome reviews everywhere!! The people who hate cbms are also giving this movie high praises..
boboMELOSHE - 3/26/2014, 12:08 PM
Someone please put a shitty cam version online so I can watch this and finally do my papers!!!
nowtheresaBATman - 3/26/2014, 12:08 PM
AND this time Cap doesn't look like a high school jock in a Halloween costume like he did in the Avengers. STOKED.
MrBatmor - 3/26/2014, 12:09 PM
Omarvels no spoilers please..that is exactly not a spoiler but please...:)
MisterHolmes - 3/26/2014, 12:10 PM
I doubt its as good as TDK, TDK was not only one of the greatest comic book movies of all time, its one of the greatest movies ever made.
Bucky - 3/26/2014, 12:11 PM

The action is top notch!
Prime - 3/26/2014, 12:13 PM
Come on Marvel...
FoneBone - 3/26/2014, 12:13 PM
Even though I am not excited for this film, I have a feeling all these reviews that state its the best Marvel solo movie may be true, and if it is, it will be among the greatest cbms, which so far are The Avengers, The Dark Knight, and Iron Man.
Gary8264 - 3/26/2014, 12:14 PM
Good review Josh. Can't wait to see this for myself. I was worried that the Russo brother's were gonna direct this, and I'll be the first to admit, I've never been so glad to be wrong.
MARVELPSYCHO79 - 3/26/2014, 12:15 PM
Good review @Josh.This movie is getting great and positive reviews all over the net.I watched YouTube vids praising this movie lasr night.I can see this movie opening big next week in the US.Next Friday can't get here soon enough.
HulkOnion - 3/26/2014, 12:15 PM
To put it simply, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the perfect Captain America movie, one of the best superhero movies of all-time and just about perfect in every respect. I can't wait to watch it again!

it is confirmed this is an awesome movie
ThaGUY - 3/26/2014, 12:15 PM
It was amazing and it has a good load of easter eggs too :)
kinghulk - 3/26/2014, 12:16 PM
im seeing it tommorow cannot wait
Goldboink - 3/26/2014, 12:16 PM
HulkOnion - 3/26/2014, 12:16 PM
DAFUQ? what are you talking about? @Prime he said it was one of Marvel's best movies...
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