Starring: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Synopsis: Two years after the Battle of New York, Steve Rogers operates as an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. Still under the guise of Captain America, Rogers and Black Widow are sent to rescue hostages on a S.H.I.E.L.D. ship. During the mission, Black Widow reveals that Director Nick Fury has ordered her to recover data from the ship, which angers Rogers. After returning from the mission, Rogers confronts Fury, leading Fury to reveal the newest project S.H.I.E.L.D. is working on, Project Insight. Project Insight consists of three helicarriers linked to satellites that would eliminate threats before they fully became threats, which leaves Steve uneasy. While on his way to meet with his assistant, Nick Fury is attacked by a group of mercenaries led by an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. Barely able to survive, Fury finds his way to Rogers’ apartment to give Cap the flash drive containing the data retrieved by Black Widow, and tells him not to trust anyone, before being attacked by Winter Soldier again. Fury is pronounced dead, and the next day, Steve is called in by the Secretary of International Security, Alexander Pierce, and is asked about Fury’s final moments. Following Fury’s instructions to not trust anyone, Rogers withholds the information and is declared an enemy of the state. Black Widow joins him on the run, and together they try to figure out the deep conspiracy behind S.H.I.E.L.D. while avoiding the armed forces of U.S. government, clashing with political powers from higher up, and trying to uncover the secret of the Winter Soldier.
Review: To put it in simple terms, it doesn’t get much better than Captain America: The Winter Soldier when you’re watching a superhero movie. Watching Steve Rogers forced to develop from America’s golden boy into someone breaking all the rules who can’t trust anyone around him is a sight to behold. Marvel Studios took a step back from the CGI special effects to take a more traditional approach with this movie, and it paid off in a big way. Boasting some of the best action sequences of the entire franchise, one of the best parts of Winter Soldier is the sense of reality created between viewers and the protagonists, you aren’t watching a god throw around lightning or a giant green monster destroy cities- instead it’s just a really strong man with a shield throwing MMA combinations through waves of secret agents. The humor is light and subtle, but the fact that the movie is still so good without punchlines every other sentence should go to show how well written the script is. One new thing that the film brought to the table for the Marvel Cinematic Universe is the political aspect, showing how rocky things can get when higher ups get involved with the heroes’ missions and lives. This is wonderfully done, as it is never boring or confusing when the big suits are on the screen. The Winter Soldier himself is also a fantastic antagonist, as he provides a secrecy that leaves the audience wanting to learn more about him.
Favorite Scene: There’s so much good action in this movie that it’s almost tough to choose a favorite scene. However, the film happens to showcase my favorite fight in the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is when Winter Soldier attacks Cap, Black Widow, and Sam Wilson on a highway. At one point the shield and guns are cast aside, leaving Cap and Winter Soldier to clash with just their hands and a knife used by Winter Soldier. The choreography is fluid and precise, and it’s probably still the best hand to hand fight sequence that has been produced by the MCU.
Recommendation: I very highly recommend this movie to anyone, regardless of if you enjoy superhero movies or not. The second installment of the Captain America series leaves very little room for improvement, and it’s hard to find anything to be disappointed in. The themes are strong and the action is exquisite, leaving something to be appreciated by anyone who watches it. If you haven’t seen it, you definitely should.
Thank You!!! Written By: Brandon Gayle!