Marvel Studios is not pulling any punches this year. Their Cinematic Universe seems to be determined to be awesome all the way to kingdom come with their comic book movies. And the latest adventure of Captain America sets the standards pretty high.
Set 2 years after the battle of New York (Avengers), Captain America (or just Cap, as he’s fondly called) is working with global espionage agency, SHIELD, while trying to come to terms with the modern world in which he lives. Having so much to learn and yet not really having anyone he can relate to, it feels pretty sad, until he meets and befriends another war veteran, Sam Wilson.
Surrounded by political drama and an ever increasing threat to privacy, Cap is shocked to learn that good and evil are no longer as straightforward as it was back in his days. The ideals that he used to fight for make him seem aloof and out of place, struggling for relevance in a society that probably doesn’t need him anymore. All he can do is be a soldier and do what he does best. It all changes when a new set of threats to global security emerge that he’s forced to deal with. Nick Fury is attacked, and everything Cap knows is now hanging in the balance. Not knowing whom to trust, he has to find answers fast.
There are moments between the action when the main characters tell of their backgrounds. We finally get to see more of the person behind SHIELD Director Nick Fury, and the hard-kicking no-nonsense assassin called Black Widow. Unfortunately, the movie didn’t say where Hawkeye (the arrow guy from Avengers) was during all this.
The Winter Soldier himself does well with his time onscreen. He’s the sort of terrifying, enigmatic, ruthless villain to match Cap’s idealism and brawn. To say more would be to tread deep in spoiler territory.
In true Marvel fashion, the movie is rife with references of characters and events across other Marvel films and series. The plethora of Marvel characters across movies and series makes for interesting guest appearances, but the focus barely shifts from the lead characters. One obvious remark is made about the helicarrier engines that now operate using repulsor technology, developed by Tony Stark (Iron Man). After being nearly shredded by its engines in Avengers, he had a few things to say about their turbine design.
This movie didn’t sparkle because of witty dialogue you’ll be quoting for months. No, it is the sort of movie that will make you realize that fight scenes can be infinitely better than you had been accustomed to, not to mention the extremely legitimate reasons to be blowing things up. Marvel kept the CGI action to a minimum and focused their efforts on well executed action sequences. Another thing to thank Marvel for is making winged flight awesome again! We were severely cheated by the X-Men films which had winged characters that were not the least bit interesting.
Catch Captain America: The Winter Soldier at a 3D cinema near you. Hurry!!
Plot – coherent, well paced, intriguing.
Acting – Good, solid, like the actors/actresses knew exactly what sort of film they were in.
Directing – Splendid.
Soundtrack – Nothing remarkable.