Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) – Review

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.

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You can’t tell from this shot but they’re actually playing chess

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.

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No one could have know the game of Twister would get so out of hand

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.

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If i wish hard enough i might be reincarnated as a car door

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!

6/10

 

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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.

48 comments

  1. ‘but instead we have something that takes itself too seriously’

    You are wrong. The fact this film was slightly more serious was what elevated above such recent dross like Iron man 1,2,3 and Avengers assemble.

    Whilst not great, the best marvel for a while. The darker the better in my opinion

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  2. That metal arm does sound cool, but I am so tired of superhero movies… they’re all just starting to blend together in my mind. We need to invent a cool new genre that can replace it. How about we make a movie about some badass radioactive gargoyles?

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  3. Mikey I think you and I are on the same page here with Cap’n. He’s not very interesting to me. Just an average, pretty bland ‘nice guy’ with some intuition and an apparently unbreakable shield. If you’re going to be the guy with an unbreakable weapon/defensive thing, be Thor, because hammers are much damn cooler. I didn’t see The First Avenger, so i don’t see any reason why I’ll be at this one either. Next please.

    Good review though. 🙂

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  4. Ah that Winter Soldier just absolutely rocked!! He was badass and LOVED the outfit. I liked this movie!

    You have Scarlett wishes and I have others hahaha!

    Great write up!

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  5. Man, the first Thor movie sucked. Didn’t go see the second one. If this is on par with Thor, I know I’ll just hate it. The Avengers was ok in spots… but I’m really tired of all these superhero movies getting mashed up with that brand of uncritical American patriotism. Leaves a bad taste in my mouth. What are we teaching the kids?! etc.

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  6. Sorry you didn’t love this one, buddy! I’m seeing it tomorrow, and I have a feeling I’m going to like it much, much more than you.

    #chrisevansass #nuffsaid

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  7. A lot of very positive reviewers have got my hopes up for this but you’ve just held that expectation back a bit. Probably a good thing but I like the character and enjoyed the first film. Hopefully I’ll enjoy this.

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