Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlet Johansson, and Samuel L. Jackson
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Whedon (Post-Credits Scene)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
After waking up from his 70-year freeze, and saving the world in The Avengers, Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans) returns in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, still struggling with integrating himself into the modern world. Now an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., Cap frequently partners with Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson) on S.H.I.E.L.D. missions, all the while struggling with S.H.I.E.L.D.’s intentions and ethics towards the post-Avengers world.
After meeting former paratrooper Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who later becomes Cap’s comic book comrade the Falcon, Steve and Romanoff are assigned to rescue a shipload of S.H.I.E.L.D. scientists, and one operative (Jasper Sitwell [Maximiliano Hernandez]), from a pirate attack, which Director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) ordered… When Cap learns that Fury gave Romanoff a different assignment, which put Steve’s op in jeopardy, he calls out the S.H.I.E.L.D. director, which is when Fury shows Cap project Insight, a project which entails 3 helicarriers (like the one in The Avengers) up in the air, ready to take out any target when necessary.
As Cap’s trust and belief in S.H.I.E.L.D. waivers, he is thrown directly back into the mix he contemplated leaving when a Soviet terrorists known as The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) starts attacking S.H.I.E.L.D., with a mysterious ultimate endgame. Now, with S.H.I.E.L.D. in jeopardy, and a mysterious evil that is The Winter Soldier and who is behind him, can Captain America overcome his greatest challenge ever?
It’s one thing to say that a Marvel movie is good, which is most of them, but it is very rare when you can say that a single Marvel movie, aside from The Avengers, is a game changer. That is exactly what Captain America: The Winter Soldier does. It changes the game. We both promise you that after the events of this Avengers-esque, the Marvel Cinematic Universe, from Avengers: Age of Ultron to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., will forever be changed.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is easily the second best movie in the MCU franchise, just behind The Avengers. It is miles ahead of it’s predecessor in Captain America: The First Avenger, in just about every way possible. There is a TON of dialogue, the action is incredible, and the plotline is dark, mysterious, and intriguing. When first introduced, The Winter Soldier himself is mysteriously terrifying, and the backstory to him is half heartbreaking. Chris Evans adds multiple layers to Captain America, layers we never thought Cap would have based on TFA and The Avengers.
As much as The Winter Soldier is a Captain America movie, it is just as much a Black Widow movie, a Falcon movie, and maybe even by some stretch, a Nick Fury movie. Each of these characters, along with Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders) is integrated into the film seamlessly, and gives TWS an Avengers assemble feel, the same one we felt in The Avengers. What else is intriguing is how the events of TWS effect Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the TV show, as the events will directly have an affect on what happens to Agent Phil Coulson (Clark Gregg) and his team. Also, with Guardians of the Galaxy being the only movie in between Cap 2 and Age of Ultron (and Guardians obviously introduces a new team of heroes, so it’s unlikely to be as connected), Captain America: The Winter Soldier did what it was hyped to do, which was pretty much set up Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Even though it’s still only April, we are going to say that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is kicking off the summer blockbuster season. If you are a hardcore Marvel fan, you’ve probably already seen Cap, so you should see it again. If you are a half Marvel fan, you should definitely see Cap. And if you are a movie fan in general, you definitely need to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Brian’s Rating: 8 of 10
Patrick’s Rating: 9 of 10
Written by: Brian Leary and Patrick Hoarty
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