Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Steve Rogers spent several decades as a human popsicle, and his old-timey ways were cute in The Avengers. But his second solo outing in Captain America: The Winter Soldier sees him pay a high price for that naivety, as he struggles with just how much the world and its people have changed.
Strangely enough, it’s a bit of an undercover coming-of-age story. He has a little notebook full of things he needs to catch up on: He doesn’t know who Nirvana (the band) were and has never heard a Marvin Gaye song. On a more serious note, Steve has to learn fairly quickly to be one step ahead of the enemy, especially when he can’t trust anyone – not even the people he works with. He has to think independently, going against his soldier mentality, and realise evil could be suiting up closer than he thinks.
Without giving away anymore spoilers, let me just say The Winter Soldier is a well-crafted story. Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely do particularly well at balancing the action to keep big audiences entertained while moving the story along at a solid pace. Chris Evans’ Captain America is a bit grittier while holding on to that genuineness and heart, a reminder why he’s a favourite Avenger. When Cap is introduced to an expensive exercise in “protecting” Earth by Nick Fury – three giant and fully-armed helicarriers – the cogs start turning on something more elaborate and sinister than appears. The Winter Soldier also sees a great debut in the Marvel universe from Anthony Mackie as the Falcon. Together they’re a pair of pure heroes just fighting to protect others, they’re not in it for themselves or the glory unlike some in the Marvel universe. The bromance between the two former war heroes is a beautiful thing.
Veteran actor Robert Redford as senior S.H.I.E.L.D. figure Alexander Pierce was fairly average, if I’m being honest. You get why he’s there, as a liaison between S.H.I.E.L.D. and the world security council, but Redford felt redundant until nearer the end. Perhaps his character could’ve been more sinister, he seemed just middle of the road unfortunately (I’m preparing myself for some hate for that one). There are plenty of heartbreaking and shocker moments to keep you intrigued, I’m now so pumped for The Avengers: Age of Ultron after this awesome ride.
Rating: M Violence.
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