(This review contains minor spoilers only)
‘An ambush of engaging sequences that leaves you satisfied’
Once upon a time there was Iron Man 3 where the hype is on the top of every Marvel movie that I thought wouldn’t be surpassed by any other sequels/spin-offs or interconnected movie. The level of Iron Man 3 (not from a fan-boy perspective) was above the top. From the storyline to its action sequences to its comedy was above all commendable (although fan-boys would not agree with me, of course).
Then, there was Captain America.
Although the first movie was a little bit dragging from the beginning up to the end, the storyline was strong and was complementary to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The tone was sepia-ish due to the timeline of 1940’s.
But little did I know that the entire first movie of CapAm was vital for the sequel: The Winter Soldier.
It revolves around Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and the events after the cataclysmic Avengers in New York. In his trial to blend with the modern time and facing another familiar enemy which would destroy the entire empire of S.H.I.E.L.D., also a past that is sinister in the present, naming himself “The Winter Soldier” (Sebastian Stan), that will rock Rogers’ world. Betrayal and Loyalty are his ultimate struggle on who’s who he will give his trust, to win over the first ultimate test in the modern world he and the S.H.I.E.L.D. will ever know.
There’s a lot going in the film, but is not distracting, and the pace is just perfect for the two hours and fifteen minutes run of it. The character build-up was enough for each, especially on Falcon (Anthony Mackie), the ex-military/side kick of Captain America. With Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), his character was focused from start to finish because he’s the focal point of the movie on which the main characters should act upon after his unforeseen demise. But one superstar, aside from Captain America himself, who garnered an applause and bravo credit in the film, was Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). Her finesse, sinister moves, unprecedented jokes and sensual aura made it work for the entire movie. She is that one person in a film that would give a cool effect, plus she’s a woman, so, it all works. I think its Marvel’s way to introduce her because of the rumoured Black Widow movie… and I’m up for the line.
The only character that was little most exposure was Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), but well, I am biased to this because I just so love her. But I guess it’s a build-up on what’s to come for her and Steve Rogers in the future.
The story of The Winter Soldier was really compelling. The ambush to the main characters was believable in the sense of real life situations. The betrayal of some will pose a question on whether a main character will die. And that’s exciting and dreading at the same time, not knowing if your favourite character will make it or not.
All the action in the movie was up-beat and so good. Although, I just hoped the camera movements weren’t that much moving a lot, but still it works.
What I appreciate about Captain America: The Winter Soldier was that from start to end, because of the compelling storyline; it will engage you to focus and love every scene. It’s a must watch. I’m kind of in battle to what’s better, Iron Man 3 or Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and the latter is a bit revamped on the storyline.
POST CREDIT SPOILER:
For the post credit scene, which you can see on this LINK here, you will have the glimpse for the second Avengers movie starring the twins; Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a 2014 sequel Marvel Studios Film, a ninth instalment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, third film of the second phase leading to Avengers: Age of Ultron, Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Starring Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthonie Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell, and Robert Redford.