In “Captain America: The First Avenger” we saw the birth of Captain America and how he started his fight against the world-domination seeking organization known as Hydra. In 2012s “The Avengers” we saw Steve Rogers in modern times trying to acclimate, but with Loki’s plans, we did not see much of this. The sequel to the first film, “Captain America Winter Solider” we finally see how Captain America is doing in present day. Most of his friends are dead, Hydra is gone, and he has a lot to catch up on.
This brings us to the beginning of the movie. With some humor thrown into the mix, we see how Steve Rogers is catching up, by making a list. Yet at the same time we see him fighting for freedom. This brings in his relationship with SHIELD. SHIELD has a new program put in place, which Rogers is against. When Nick Fury finds problems after investigating the project, what follows is a 2-hour thrill ride of non-stop action and plot twists that will forever change the future of Marvel films.
The movie is helped along by its great story-telling. The writer of the film were the creators of the TV show “Community”. Those who have doubted them for making a serious “Captain America” story, especially one that so beloved like “Winter Solider”, you can put those fears to rest. The story is intricately written and well executed.
The story for “Winter Soldier” is reminiscent of spy dramas of the 70s. This is more apparent with Robert Redford being part of the cast as the head of SHIELD Alexander Pierce, who isn’t all that he makes himself out to be. Redford pretty much steals the show with the little scenes he is in and it was nice to see him take on a kind of role he really hasn’t done before. Samuel L. Jackson plays a more prominent role compared to previous Marvel films as Nick Fury. We get a nice little backstory to the character, but he still is mysterious as ever using tricks to get what he wants.
Chris Evans as Steve Rogers Captain America and Scarlett Johanson as Black Widow are the leads in the film, dealing with a conspiracy that will shake the foundations of the Marvel movie universe. The chemistry between Evans and Johanson, though not romantic, is fun to watch and is one of the strongest things about “Winter Soldier”. Another new comer, Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson also known as Falcon. He is close to resembling a side-kick of Captain America but he is not. Mackie is a nice addition and plays a huge role in the movie’s climax.
The action sequences of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is some of the best in Marvel films to date. The fight choreography is well executed and the pace never seems to slow down. So not to spoil the movie, lets just say the villain might make quite a few people happy. The story of “The Winter Soldier” does quite a bit of fan service in terms of action and content.
Overall “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is Marvel’s strongest outing, besides “The Avengers”. Fans will love the mixture of spy/espionage film with tons of action. With tons of fan service in both story and easter eggs, there is much to love about “Captain America The Winter Soldier”