Flash Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The first time it happened you chalked it up to a coincidence, but when it took place again you became suspicious. You shared sensitive information with a coworker. Later in the day you bumped into a fellow employee from a different department who made a comment that seemed odd. Feigning ignorance you let it slide, but as you returned to your desk you thought it was unusual for that employee to make such a comment out of nowhere, especially since the two of you were not close business associates. Later in the week you saw your coworker talking to that very same employee and you immediately understood why that employee made the comment to you; your coworker must have said something to them about you. When trust gets broken with me the first feeling I sense is the quick evacuation of oxygen from my body, as if someone had jumped on my stomach with both feet clad in steel toed boots. All the connections that were created between us shudder and crumble as the aftershocks prevent me from finding balance. It is a horrible feeling to place trust in a person or business and later discover you were betrayed; they were not who you believed them to be. In this action adventure Steve Rogers aka Captain America, played by Chris Evans (The Losers, Fantastic Four franchise), would question the placement of his trust when a new threat appeared to be getting the odds stacked in their favor. This film had a super throwback vibe between the forces of good and evil. I had a sense that all the actors like Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Don Jon) as Natasha Romanoff aka Black Widow, Anthony Mackie (Real Steel, The Adjustment Bureau) as Sam Wilson aka Falcon and Robert Redford (All is Lost, The Electric Horseman) as Alexander Pierce were having a fun time filming this exciting movie. If you are not familiar with Captain America you may be at a slight disadvantage though the writers worked to fit in the back story of how Steve Rogers became Captain America throughout the film. There was a constant flow of action and excitement, but I found some of the fight scenes were so fast and in close-up that it was hard to make out each character’s actions. With a smart script filled with fun quips, an exciting story filled with surprise twists and a cast that met the physical demands of their roles while keeping solid chemistry between each other; I trust the powers that be will keep the Captain America franchise strong enough to yield more sequels. There were a couple of extra scenes up to the very end of the credits.

 

3 1/3 stars

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From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on April 7, 2014, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. As someone who doesn’t follow the Marvel heros from the comic books, I really appreciate being able to follow the story. You are right though, the action was too fast, and sometimes nauseating — but that is getting to be the norm rather than the exception. I loved this movie. And Falcon was funny, but I didn’t need to have the inside scoop to get the joke, which sometimes happens in the Marvel movies.

    • I can see where the close up action scenes could make someone sick to their stomachs. For a Marvel film I found this one to be smart and real in its own way. Thank you for coming by to share your comments.

  2. Solid review. It’s not a perfect film, but it gets the job done and it had a really timely theme. I have heard only one overwhelmingly negative review of the film, and that was from a friend who nitpicked based on his knowledge of Marvel comics from 20 years ago — while having no appreciation for where the stories have gone since then. I was able to enjoy this immensely without knowing anything intimately from the books.

    As for the action — I’ve found that as I’ve gotten older, it plays better if I sit further back. It’s like they’re choreographing for the “High Seats” like they did back in Shakespeare’s day!

    • Thank you for coming by to leave your comments. Also, I will have to try sitting further back and see if it makes a difference for me. It is funny you mention the friend who knows the Marvel comics; at lunch today I had someone tell me how the film was different from the comics.

      • I suppose I should clarify as “spirit of the comics” — this Captain America “rings true” per the way they’ve developed the character, particularly in the Civil War story arc, where Cap took a rather solid stand in favor of civil liberties against Tony Stark, who advocated the “imprison now, question later” approach and was using any means necessary to achieve his goals.

      • Thanks so much for your comments. I had no idea there was a civil war story line.

  3. That was an excellent review.

  4. I went to see this movie yesterday with my boyfriend. All I can say is LOVE!!!

  5. Thanks for the review. Looking forward to seeing this.

  6. The Dancing Rider

    Great review. Can’t wait to see this one! (And I really enjoyed your intro….)

  7. Ah, I must say that I absolutely loved this movie! Fantastic write up!

  8. I’m looking forward to this movie more than the original. I knew the origin of Captain America from my years of reading Marvel comics and seeing a modernized version of him after the alien assault on New York is more appealing because I can actually relate to modern society where the 1940’s America is just a collection of history books and a handful of period piece films for me.

    I also heard through the grapevine that Marvel has an epic vision for their movies that will cover a wide range of characters and crossovers on a timeline that currently stretches to the year 2038. That is a lot of superheroic action to look forward to!

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