Ian's Movie Reviews
Short Reviews of Movies, Board Games, and Other Stuff

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


The first Captain America movie was certainly one of the weaker movies in the Marvel catalog, but its sequel The Winter Soldier has proved itself to be one of the strongest. It is probably the Marvel film that is most focused on story, that’s for sure. In Winter Soldier, Cap must investigate into a plot within SHIELD to compromise its organization, and from there comes many twists and turns which will keep the audience intrigued.

Captain America may not be the most showy superhero, but he worked well in this movie. The fight scenes were well choreographed to his abilities and were exciting, and his steadfast boy scout antics worked as well. He’s an easy character to follow and like.

Some of the action highlights were:
– the fight on the ship
– Nick Fury’s car chase (and I normally dislike car chases, but there was more to it than just the chase)
– the elevator

All in all, a pretty awesome comic book movie. Its right up there at the top with Avengers and the first Iron Man.
Its solid, however, not perfect. Mind you, most of my complaints are nitpicky, so take them with a grain of salt.

Ian’s Nitpicks
– Shield’s futuristic gadgetry and tech: I really hate this stuff. Things like the “ground melter” the “face changer” etc. They feel out of place in a way that I can’t quite put my finger on, and they are awful plot devices. They are such a catch-all deus ex machina that its a joke. This is the reason I couldn’t watch more than 5 minutes of the SHIELD tv show.

– The climactic fight was a little drawn out – This is a problem I have with almost all action action movies. It might have something to do with the fact that I know where point B is at that point in the movie and its frustrating which it takes so many villains getting back on their feet and jumping back in the way to get there.

– The actual Winter Soldier – his back story, and the impact that follows from that, felt shoehorned in slightly. But he was cool in the fight scenes.

– I want to stress the gadgets again.

There, now that that’s off my chest.. Winter Soldier. Its good.

7 Responses to “Captain America: The Winter Soldier”

  1. Good review Ian. Had a very fun time with this movie. Except for maybe the first half-hour, due to me not knowing what the hell all of these characters were blabbering on about so damn constantly.

  2. Nice review. I agree with your gripe with the Winter Soldier character. I felt like they could have done more with him.

  3. Great review. I loved the film and thought the new thriller aspect of the film took Marvel into a new Genre even if in a relatively small way. Very much looking forward to the next one ๐Ÿ˜€

  4. Enjoyed reading your review, nice way of formatting. Loved the film myself, such a huge improvement over ‘The First Avenger’. Though I somewhat disagree with your gripe about The Winter Soldier himself. Pretty great introduction to a fantastic character in the Marvel Universe in my opinion of course. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. Good review. I liked it too. very much. You know, that car chase scene was super amazing!

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