Captain America: The Winter Soldier- How a Superhero film should be done!
Greetings! Railgunfan75 here. Last week, the first of 2014’s superhero films was released in theaters, Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This film has had much hype leading up to it and with the hype there is high expectations. It is clear that many people were excited to see this film as it did well in the box office rankings. I was quite excited for this film myself. I personally thought the first Captain America film was awesome. Chris Evans proved to be the perfect casting choice for the iconic superhero. I also thought the choice to do his origin story during World War II was the right one. I certainly had high hopes for this film with the inclusion of Black Widow and Nick Fury. Also the introduction of the Falcon to the MCU intrigued me as well. It was also clear that film was going to be a different change of pace compared to the first film so I was curious to see how that was going to go. So with much anticipation this past weekend, I decided to check out Captain America: the Winter Solider.
In short I thought the film was extremely well done. The film tackles many things as once. The threat of the Winter Soldier, Steve adjusting to the modern world, and the inevitable difference of opinions between Steve and those in charge are all covered in this film. While the first film played out like an old school serial film, Winter Soldier definitely plays out like a spy thriller. The movie wastes no time getting you sucked into the plot which is certainly full of mystery. The movie does a great job of keeping the audience guessing as to what will happen and who is really behind the early events of the film. The allegiance of quite a few characters are called into question throughout. There are twists and surprises at every turn which I really enjoyed. As is the case with any MCU film, there are references abound to the events which happened in previous films. I personally feel that it is a nice touch especially with this film. The nods and easter eggs are a nice subtle reminder that yes this is a superhero film.
Because this is a superhero film, there are bound to be action sequences. The movie does not disappoint in that aspect either. It was fun to see car chases and explosions and to have them in a realistic setting. The action sequences are done well and each character gets a chance to show off what they can do. The sequences had a purpose as well which is a rare thing in many films. There is a clear objective and purpose to each scene and the consequences affect the plot as a whole.
The first Captain America boasted a wonderful cast of characters and the sequel continues with that trend. Returning are characters such as Nick Fury and Black Widow. It is nice to see them in a more prominent role. Nick Fury has an important role to play in this story and it involves more than just getting heroes together. The audience does get see more of what Black Widow can do and it is fun to watch. She has many scenes where she is featured with Cap both in battle and during the slower points of the film. There are many cases where the banter between Steve and Natasha are just hilarious to listen to. This adds a nice touch of humor to a real dark film. We also get introduced to the Falcon in this movie and the character adds nicely to the story. He gets his fair share of action as well and does not feel tacked on as many characters tend to in these type of films. Finally, Winter Solider was handled very well and was certainly a mysterious and powerful foil for Steve and his companions.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of the best films that marvel has ever released. It does a great job presenting the audience with a story which is very complex and goes beyond the capabilities of a lot of superhero films. In fact i would struggle to say that was a super hero film. It is more a thriller film which just happens to have superheroes in it. While I love the superhero genre, this was refreshing to see simply because it will appeal hopefully to wider audience. The plot and characters were great and the film felt much shorter than its runtime. I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes Captain America or likes films with intrigue. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I recommend you do so. You will not be disappointed, I know I wasn’t.
On a side note, it is worthwhile to stay for the end credits scenes. The first one is particular is really mind-blowing and well done.
So those are my thoughts about Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So what did you think of the film? Did you like it or hate it? Do you like or hate superhero films in general? Please comment below. I am also curious as to everyone’s favorite MCU film and have posted a poll below. I will be doing more superhero themed content soon and hope to start expanding the content of this blog by including some sci fi content perhaps. My next anime review of Log Horizon is in the works as well and I do plan on sharing my thoughts of Kill la Kill soon. Until next time, this is Railgunfan75 signing off and saying stay geeky my friends!