WesleyGibson Reviews: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Did this highly anticipated sequel live up to all of it's marketing and hype, or did the film fall too short? Hit the jump for my take on Chris Evans' third big-screen outing as the patriotic Captain America. NOTE: Mild SPOILERS ahead...

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By WesleyGibson - 4/5/2014


I would like to start this off by saying that I liked Thor: The Dark World and Iron Man 3, and from the start I really was not behind this film(welp, that's a crappy start but I'm not going to bullshit you guys). However, Iron man and Thor were fun sure, but still had that shallowness that sadly trails the Marvel Studios films like a creepy stalker. Captain America's latest outing, which hit theaters yesterday, I think had a little more depth to it. This time around, it didn't just feel like Marvel was throwing it out there real fast to sort of 'get it over with', this film had heart, but not just that. The action, humor, setting, everything was almost like watching one of the recent 'Bond' films. Everything about this one felt right to me. 

Chris Evans indefinitely stepped up his game in this installment. Evans not only returned to fulfill his contract, but to play a superhero true to the comics and I'm going to tell you friends, he played the hell out of him. Evans made me feel that he WAS Captain America, the whole way through. I will say that initially I felt there were better choices than Evans, but he proved me wrong in every way.  Now, I feel that Evans is indeed perfect for the role simply because he embodies everything that Cap is and stands for. I had a hard time seeing that previously but now I don't now why the hell I ever did. Evans' Cap this go around was fast, brutal, and to-the-point, but every bit as compassionate and selfless as he was in his first two appearances. 

The addition of characters The Falcon and The Winter Soldier were great, with solid casting to go along with it. Anthony Mackie surprised me as Sam Wilson/Falcon, he didn't turn out to be just a nice little foil for Cap, but throughout the film he built and became his own character. The effects of The Falcon were awesome to watch, every time he would spread those wings and take off, I couldn't help but smile. Sebastian Stan may not be an entirely new character, but villain wise he might as well be, because this was an entirely different role for Stan. The Winter Soldier was everything he was built up to be in the trailers and more. Slick, creepy, and just an all around badass, Stan proved his alter ego could be every bit as powerful as Evans' Cap.

Moving on to supporting villains Robert Redford and Frank Grillo as Alexander Pierce and Brock Rumlow respectively. I basically expected "Hail Hydra' to escape Robert Redord's lips before the film was over, and sure enough I was right dammit. Redford was that perfect 'pulling-the-strings' type soul with corruption oozing out of him. Redford's Pierce would threaten and act with sheer conviction and you could almost tell he was a forerunner of HYDRA from the start. On to Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow or as we like to call him: Crossbones. Grillo played Redford's little helper with good loyalty and a fantastic villainous side to go with. Grillo himself has said: "He is a bad ass guy. [He] pretty much beats the shit out of everyone in the movie and that's really it." That is really it.

Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johannson as Black Widow, and Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill all portrayed their characters to the letter, and no less delivered than how they have done in the past appearances, so if you were expecting some kind of life changing performance of the three, it doesn't really happen, but Fury and Widow do have some solid character development this time around, with Fury clinging to his life in frantic car chase scene to Widow getting a little closer to her mysterious past exploits than she'd like to be. That's all I will say on that.

Now, on to what I thought were to of the best elements of the film: the action and emotion. The choreography was smooth, stylish, and just downright brutal, and oh so satisfying to watch. I would say that the showdowns within this film are on par with Daniel Craig every time he beats up a baddie in a 'James Bond' film(please forgive me for the Bond comparisons. I just love the action within them). Captain America really shows just how painful things could get if you ever cross him. So, with said 'crossing' I don't recommend it. Other highlights fighting-wise would have to be The Winter Soldier, Black Widow, and Crossbones. So if you haven't seen this, you know who to look out for once the action starts.

The emotional levels of this one push the limits of the MCU's lighthearted-ness, and you really start to feel for these characters, specifically Steve, and The Winter Soldier. This film will certainly tug at those heart strings at some point in time, because the movie as a whole is just that powerful, and it's a nice change compared to Iron Man and Thor's last outings. The emotion in this film doesn't overdo. It's the icing on the cake, and whereas with Thor: The Dark World, it doesn't make you regret feeling sad at a particular scene with poorly placed humor following after. Speaking of the humor, the movie has it's moments of getting those chuckles out of us, but it is well done it doesn't make an ass out of itself by trying to look like a gut-busting comedy.

One of my only real complaints with the film was that I was expecting an 'Expendables' type battle with Falcon and Crossbones, and all I really got was some snappy comments and a few punches and a throw. Falcon proceeds to go and 'take care' of Brock, he gets there and then it goes to another event happening within the film, by the time it comes back to the two, its over. Some other little things about the film may have been out of place not to mention I strongly disliked the suit at the beginning of the film, but overall, this is the best film that Marvel Studios has released so far. I was glad I took the time to see it.


 


With solid acting, well-placed humor and emotion, incredible choreography that sets itself apart from the other MCU films, and just a great overall tone, this is one of the best Marvel has ever made. I highly recommend seeing it if you haven't yet, I was not disappointed. 

 

 

 

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yonny616 - 4/5/2014, 7:30 PM
Great damn film!
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 7:33 PM
One of the best
MrCBM56 - 4/5/2014, 7:37 PM
Excellent movie. Just pure amazing.
Havensent - 4/5/2014, 7:39 PM
Amazing movie. An absolute must-see film from any person claiming themselves to be a comic fan and beyond.
legolad - 4/5/2014, 7:42 PM
It was a perfect combination of action, humor, and drama. It efficiently slowed down when it needed to and sped up when it needed to.
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 7:42 PM
"On the left!" classic
Ineedrevelation - 4/5/2014, 7:45 PM
Dick on hard in amazement.
DoubleD - 4/5/2014, 7:46 PM
I agree it was Evans that made this movie AWESOME. This was all Captain America everyone else was secondary.
legolad - 4/5/2014, 7:46 PM
Did anyone else get creeped out by the "old woman" CGI done on Peggy? I mean they could have put Robert Redford in a wig and it would have turned out better.
Titanace - 4/5/2014, 7:47 PM
Anyone up for a pretend flame war?
MightyZeus - 4/5/2014, 7:47 PM
Awesome movie.
DoubleD - 4/5/2014, 7:48 PM
For once the SUPER HERO was the star. AAA+++ MOVIE REVIEW FOR ME. Going to see this 3 or 4 times at the show before it is pulled
dckizzle - 4/5/2014, 7:52 PM
Too Disney and kid material
sups92 - 4/5/2014, 7:52 PM
Pretty great film this was.
JDUKE25 - 4/5/2014, 7:52 PM
Best Marvel movie yet. Yes, definitely better than Avengers.
legolad - 4/5/2014, 7:53 PM
@GoldenOne33

First, I was expecting Red Skull too!

Second, it would have been wayyy cooler if that Council Woman was not Black Widow but a bad ass old lady!
Mercwitham0uth - 4/5/2014, 7:54 PM
@dckizzle

So it's perfect for you.

This movie is boner inducing madness.
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 7:55 PM
Titanace, umm "Flame On!" Would it be awkward for Evans if they had a Defenders flashback and The Human Torch and Toro were there?
Laconic - 4/5/2014, 7:55 PM
@dckizzle

Dat autism.
ElDarkside - 4/5/2014, 7:56 PM
On the left. Nice one! I absolutely loved this film and have no qualms saying it's better than iron man 3 and Thor tdw... The story, suspense, and action set not above the others this year.

I was on the edge of my seat for nearly the whole film.

I feel like I was more emotionally invested in the characters in this movie than any of the other marvel films. And that has everything to do with the story, setting, tone and actors who really stepped up their game from the last movie.

As soon as I got home, I watched the aos episode and the cap 1. Can't wait to see this again in 3d tomorrow matinee...

Bring On the guardians!!!!
Tainted87 - 4/5/2014, 7:57 PM
There were moments of perfection all through the movie, not just in the way lines were delivered, or how awesome the direction went, or how great the stunts were... but that which matters most to fanboys - seeing the comics come to life.

This was astonishing. He was Cap's match, he was like a machine, he was deadly and brutal, and he hurt people... not just the extras or the informed body count, but people who matter to you on screen. He was dangerous. And then BAM. They ripped this STRAIGHT from the comics.


The Helicarrier fight could have been awkward, and could have been reminiscent of Revenge of the Sith where Anakin and Obi-Wan are fighting on Mustafar (however cool that battle was, it went on and on for too long with less purpose and more style and effects than anything else). So you've got Bucky who's like a zombie, and Cap who has a clear-cut mission of bringing down that Helicarrier, whatever the cost. Cap knows the score, knows he's fighting a losing battle trying to appeal to his old friend, but tries anyway.

Seeing Zola was great. Pure fanservice, and it worked so well. Seeing Black Widow become a friend of Steve's was great. I loved Stan's cameo. I thought Peggy's brief visit was a little weird, mostly because it's already there, already into it. I loved Fury's grave, the list, the jokes between the three heroes. I really like Batroc's fight, and how it showcased both his AND Cap's fighting styles, and then of course, Steve understanding and speaking French. I really liked how faithful Bucky's programming as the Winter Soldier was, and how brutal it was made out to be. I loved Robert Redford, and I really appreciated the FOCUSED screen time: how we can actually see characters outside of Cap and Widow do things.

I really liked how after the meeting with Pierce, Steve looks despairingly in the glass elevator over the Watergate Hotel Plaza.

This movie was packed to the brim with awesomeness that any non-fan can appreciate, and any MOVIE fan can be amazed by.
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 7:58 PM
@goldenone33, or if redford put on the red skull mask
ElDarkside - 4/5/2014, 8:00 PM
*Action, sets are above *
TheBaroness89 - 4/5/2014, 8:00 PM
I have not heaped enough praise on this film but I have spent about 80$ in tickets so far. Watching it again on monday then twice more next week.
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 8:01 PM
@tainted87, just reread the winter soldier stories, great catch, I think they nailed it
j2cool2 - 4/5/2014, 8:03 PM
Am I the only one who thinks The Incredible Hulk was better than Iron Man?
Tainted87 - 4/5/2014, 8:04 PM
Wasn't it also really ironic too, the scene AFTER the Winter Soldier escapes (when it's revealed he's Bucky) and Rumlow and his squad come to capture Cap, Widow, and Falcon?

Ironic, in that, they have them dead to rights, but Rumlow tells his men to put their guns away because there's news copters around.

Considering how Crossbones more or less kills Steve in the follow-up to Civil War IN PUBLIC.
ElDarkside - 4/5/2014, 8:05 PM
So does anyone else think that Arnim Zola is going to somehow survive and then turn into Ultron? Or do you think that the technology that Arnim Zola created is going to be manipulated in turn into Ultron and basically Ultron will be trying to carry out hydras scheme they were trying to fulfill in this movie?

Is the clairvoyant dead (Zola)? They pretty much smoked that place with bunker busters...
DoubleD - 4/5/2014, 8:06 PM
Captain America The Winter Soldier was a 5 out 5 Star movie. One of the best if not the greatest. I ONLY HAD ONE PROBLEM WITH THE MOVIE. IT HAD TO END. I sat there wanting more.
Humperdink - 4/5/2014, 8:07 PM
Saw it twice.
Wouldn't mind a 3rd.
5 out of 5 is right.
Tainted87 - 4/5/2014, 8:09 PM
I think Zola's finished. His algorithm was an important part of the movie, and he had the distinction of corrupting and pretty much transforming SHIELD into a giant sleeper Hydra organization. To see Zola in a robot form would be LESS than what Ultron would have to offer, and at that point, what would he do?
Rom - 4/5/2014, 8:10 PM
Great review, great film, up there with avengers.
One of the best bits.
Tainted87 - 4/5/2014, 8:15 PM
If we saw Zola communicate with Ultron, that would be great. I just don't see him having a purpose anymore. If we saw the enemies of each hero come back to haunt them in some capacity, that would be neat.
KingEmperor - 4/5/2014, 8:16 PM
This was the best MCU film for me.
hewilldefytheirgravity - 4/5/2014, 8:16 PM
Enjoyed the film. It was entertaining and suspenseful. My daughter was like (Dad I know you're gonna find something to complain about) well not on this cbm! The Falcon's flight scenes will give Man of Steel's flight scenes a run for its money! Believe me when I tell you!
mattattack - 4/5/2014, 8:20 PM
I stopped reading after you said you liked Thor:TDW (both Thors are shit) and Iron Man 3 (the shittiest one yet). TWS is the only good phase 2 film and I'm positive Guardians and Age of Ultron will deliver too so I guess 3 outta 5 ain't bad.

Glad you dug it though!
Skintastic - 4/5/2014, 8:24 PM
Its a shame we'll never see a cap, wolverine bucky flashback. The winter soldier is one of the more interesting marvel characters
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/5/2014, 8:24 PM
I agree on the Evans comment. Before this I always thought that Evans wasn't a good choice, there was so many better choices. There still is, but Evans out his stamp on it. Him not being blonde really throws me off though
CaptainAmerica31 - 4/5/2014, 8:28 PM
So Armin Zola is like a precursor to Ultron? Ultron would be a more advanced form
Wildaniel - 4/5/2014, 8:28 PM
Hail Hydra
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