Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writer: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Based on: the comic by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Sequel to: Captain America: The First Avenger
Cast: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Stan Lee, Pat Healy
Part of: Marvel movies
Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) tries adjusting to life in his own future but that’s not easily done. Especially when the few things he thought he could count on come crashing down around him. Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is attacked and with him SHIELD, the mysterious and deadly Winter Soldier is after Steve and Steve finds himself almost entirely on his own. Only supported by Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) he tries to figure it all out.
Captain America was an extremely entertaining film and I did enjoy it a whole lot. They were certainly able to do better than with the first one, though it still isn’t a perfect film.
There are a couple of things that didn’t work out so well in this film. For one, it’s called The Winter Soldier but it’s very little about The Winter Soldier. And given the story there that just seems like an awful waste. They could have done so much with this, but they crammed too much in there that was supposed to happen (probably because of the Agents of SHIELD tie-in*) that didn’t take the time to do anything properly. Despite that, the film remains surprisingly empty of plot.
That being said, there is a whole lot to love about it. Above all there’s the cast that continues to be just awesome. Chris Evans is a wonderful Captain America – he manages the right combination of integrity and naivité, sensitivity and action to make the role work. Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan and Anthony Mackie are equally wonderful and the dynamic between all of them is made of win. Toby Jones is amazingly – and unsuspectedly – creepy.
I have to say that my respect for the Marvel franchise only grows. They consistently make entertaining films that feel coherent and distinctly suited to the various protagonists at the same time. And even if the plot is something of a mess here, they are absolutely true to their characters, which makes the film what it is.
The action sequences were beautifully done. The film generally looked wonderful. And it managed what it set out to do: entertain. I’ll gladly re-watch it and I can’t wait for Age of Ultron.
*which probably means that I’ll restart watching it after all. We’ll see.