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Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the second installment in the Captain America series and the ninth movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Produced by Kevin Feige, C.E.O of Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios, it follows the ‘Winter Soldier’ story arc from the Captain America comics. In the movie, Captain America, Black Widow and Falcon unite to discover a conspiracy brewing inside S.H.I.E.L.D, when Nick Fury is presumed dead before informing the Captain that “S.H.I.E.L.D has been compromised.” All this while facing a mysterious military experiment called ‘The Winter Soldier.’
Plot After being frozen for more than 70 years, Steve Rogers/Captain America ( Chris Evans) is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D while adjusting to the contemporary world. As a field-agent, taking part in dangerous missions across different countries, he does his duty as a soldier but questions some of the work he is doing when his moral code doesn’t agree with it. Things only get worse when after a shocking event, Cap can’t seem to trust anyone or anything, and he goes on a path to discover the truth about who he is working for and who is really in charge.
As Falcon ( Anthony Mackie) and Black Widow ( Scarlett Johansson) team up with Cap to uncover the mystery behind the real workings of S.H.I.E.L.D, they’re faced against a mysterious Cold-War era Super Soldier. The only information available about him is his name: The Winter Soldier. Who is Winter Soldier and how he affects Cap’s mission, forms the rest of the movie. Will Captain succeed? Watch the motion picture to find out.
Analysis: A great script and a great edit are the biggest achievements of the movie. You can watch the entire film and not find a single scene, which is out of place or overstretched. The cinema is taut and well scripted by Christopher Markus. The layers of the film’s mystery unravel gradually and lead to a mind-blowing third act filled with crucial consequences, which is a clear winner for the movie. Every scene that doesn’t affect the movie directly adds to the development of the characters, from Cap and Falcon interacting during a jog to the Captain learning about his patriotic, heroic past in the Captain America exhibit in the Smithsonian museum.
With ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ the director duo brings us Marvel’s most exciting and action-packed work yet. The Russo brothers – who have primarily written television comedies, absolutely crush it with adrenaline-pumping car chases and stylish fight sequences. Not only does this movie work as a Superhero action movie, but it also works as an espionage thriller. Just like the Captain, the audience can’t seem to trust anyone. Marvel paints all its characters with shades of gray. No one is to be trusted, and anyone can have ulterior motives. The music by Henry Jackman compliments the gritty fight sequences.
Star Performances: Another thing that the movie gets right is its cast. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Samuel L. Jackson have been a part of the movies for quite some time, and they do a great job as expected, especially Jackson, who finally gets an action-packed sequence, which is one of best-choreographed action set pieces ever. The newcomers are the stars here. Sebastian Stan does an outstanding job as The Winter Soldier. He didn’t have much to do in the previous Captain America movie, apart from looking good and flashing his smile, and then he falls to his apparent death.
Here, gets to do some edgy action and also proves himself in the dramatic parts where he begins to remember who Steve was and starts questioning his motives. Anthony Mackie is charming as Falcon. His child-like devotion to Cap is worth seeing. When the two communicate on the screen, you can see a mutual respect and the understanding they have. Robert Redford does a terrific job as the traitor who’s behind all this mess.
1. The action sequences and the thriller inspired screenplay.
2. The chemistry between the actors is outstanding, especially Captain America and Falcon.
3. Great lead performances and an equally capable supporting cast
What’s not there?
The running time is a little too long. But as long as the Captain and his comrades are fighting their way through this well-crafted movie, it’s worth it.
Verdict: Joe and Anthony Russo’s flawless ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ is perhaps the greatest superhero film made since ‘The Dark Knight’. It is a one part engaging political thriller with contemporary issues of Government hampering the society with its selfish motives and one part huge adventure with memorable heroes and extraordinary action. This offering by Marvel Studios will appeal to people who are not into comics along with the fans of the comics and the superhero genre of movies.
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