America, f**k yeah?
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson
Damn it’s happening again. It seems my opinion of a new Marvel film is contrary to what others are saying. Last time it was Thor: The Dark World this time it’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And the thing that links both of these big budget extravaganzas is that they’re both just OK movies.
Cap 2 tells the story of Captain America (Chris Evans) getting caught up in a huge international conspiracy that threatens the world. Teaming up with super-spy and fellow Avenger Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) he sets out to thwart the bad guys plans leading him towards a showdown with the titular Winter Soldier. What follows is 136 minutes of CGI action, exposition heavy dialogue, and some underheated topical political commentary.
Let’s look at what’s good about the film. Firstly the Winter Soldier himself is pretty badass with his cool metal arm and deadly arsenal. He cuts a mysterious figure culminating in a big reveal that will leave you thinking “what? This is extremely underwhelming”. Fight scenes involving him are great with him actually being an intimidating antagonist. Chris Evans is likeable enough as Captain America and has some nice banter with Johansson.
These small bright spots aren’t enough however to elevate the movie from being distinctly average. The story is by the numbers and the Edward Snowden invoking parts of the plot are tossed aside for a generic race against time conclusion. Making a film about war hero Steve Rogers first solo mission in the present day provided the opportunity for a much funnier, likeable script, but instead we have something that takes itself too seriously.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t a bad film, it’s just very uninspired. There are some excellent scenes including Cap beating the crap out of a group of baddies in a lift and the Winter Soldier himself is a solid villain but these highlights don’t stop the movie from dragging on slightly too long. Maybe I’m experiencing Marvel fatigue or perhaps I’m completely wrong but the Captain America movie is a bland, uninventive superhero film that has some interesting ideas trying to break through. In the end it left me cold. Boom! Winter Soldier pun!
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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is playing in UK cinemas right now. Have you seen it? Agree with this review? Let me know below.