Captain America: The Winter Soldier [2014]

4stars

Captain America The Winter Soldier by Oli Riches

Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo (post-credit scene directed by Joss Whedon)
Written by: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely; concept and story by Ed Brubaker; based on the comic book by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L. Jackson, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Sebastian Stan, Cobie Smulders

 

Cap is my favorite Marvel superhero and I’m one of the few who loved his first trip to the cinema (I just found out there was a 1990 version but it looks absolutely awful so I’m going to ignore it), so I was naturally anxious for a sequel.

The studio has had its share of recent misfires (The Avengers) and winners (Iron Man 3), and I wondered where exactly on that scale would Winter Soldier land. I’m so happy that it’s on the positive side of that spectrum.

While it’s not as emotionally stimulating and it loses the period piece appeal the first film had going on, the action in this sequel is the best we’ve seen so far from Marvel and it’s more than enough to satiate this fanboy’s geeky needs.

CA:TWS features a solid cast, where Robert Redford stands out and Chris Evans keeps selling his earnest Steven Rogers without a shred of irony. Bonus points to the Russo brothers for that cool cool cool cameo (if you know what I mean).

Make sure to stay for not one, but two post-credits scenes.

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