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He Said, She Said at the Movies: Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

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HE SAID:

Marvel Studios has done it again. “Captain America: The Winter Solider” is smart, tense, at times hilarious and a perfect continuation to “The Avengers” story and universe Kevin Feige and Joss Whedon are trying to build. Chris Evans returns to the role of Captain America, and he continues to become even more confident and comfortable in the iconic role. Evans doesn’t play Cap like a superhero, he plays him as a complex and conflicted character, a good-hearted man stuck behind all the brawn and super abilities. Scarlett Johansson never has a problem looking terrific on-screen, but she balances extremely well with Evans as the Black Widow, and their chemistry is some of the best in a universe that already boasts a number of great actors who work well together. Once again, they give Johansson a chance to show how athletic and talented she is when it comes to fight choreography. The action is some of the best I’ve seen from Marvel, but it works in unison with the dialogue and the plot. Unlike “Thor: The Dark World” (which I liked, but didn’t love), the action feels justified, not a constant go-to when the screenwriters got tired of putting together an intellectual plot.

Another thing I appreciate with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is the villain. SPOILERS IF YOU AREN’T A COMIC BOOK FANATIC: The Winter Soldier is one of the best and most terrifying villains in a universe that has very few interesting villains, my one constant critique of the franchise. It’s not that Marvel lore doesn’t provide them with great characters on paper, but I don’t think the execution has been as strong as it needs to be. Loki is the obvious exception. The Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Stan (who also plays Bucky Barnes in “Captain America” – HINT, HINT) commands the screen without saying more than 10 lines. The build-up to the final climactic battle between Cap and The Winter Solider is also well-deserved. Robert Redford also turns in a solid performance as Alexander Pearce, who plays a pivotal role in S.H.I.E.L.D. I’ll be honest I didn’t really know Redford could still present a compelling character on-screen, but “All is Lost” last year and this performance confirm the guy hasn’t lost a step, despite his age. “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is one of the best movies of the year, and the perfect lead-in to “The Avengers: Age of Ultron.” FULL PRICE

SHE SAID:

Typically this isn’t my type of movie.  I haven’t really seen any of the other films in the series, but I was excited to see this one because there was a lot of buzz surrounding it.  I ended up really really liking the film.  It really worked so perfectly—it was packed full of action… suspenseful in all the right places, funny when it needed to be and extremely smart.  It was just a really fun movie to see.  One thing that I really liked about the film, that I think can be a major problem for movies in this category, is it doesn’t take itself too seriously.  There are suspenseful action packed scenes—but there are still jokes to keep the mood light.

For anyone considering seeing this movie—GO! It is totally worth it.  My review: Full Price.


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