The summer blockbuster season starts early with Captain America: The Winter Soldier directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. Can it be second time lucky at the box office for this super hero franchise?
Director Anthony and Joe Russo have made a magnificent sequel, with a much harder, more conspiracy filled story. The directors have given us a movie that is very different from all the Marvel films that we have watched so far. With the humor, explosive action, emotion and a character driven script, that raises the bar very high for all the other super hero movies to follow. The directors have taken a gamble and it has paid off handsomely by giving us riveting performances and a brilliant script with excellent performances from all the cast.
The Cast Will Blow Your Mind
Performance wise the movie belongs to Chris Evans, who this time is dealing with themes of right and wrong not always being clear cut for a man out of his own time. The character really goes through the wringer online and the actor really delivers the first rate action scenes in this explosive sequel, the more character driven moments that are balanced with humor for someone coming to terms with adjusting to the 21st century. His scenes with Scarlet Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Robert Redford and Samuel L Jackson are first rate, along with the emotional scenes with his first love Hayley Atwell and his best friend Sebastian Stan. A superlative performance from Chris Evans as both Steve Rogers and the first Avenger Captain America, full marks to both directors getting an incredible performance from a very talented star.
Sebastian Stan is pleasure to watch as the fearsome villain The Winter Soldier, who is a worthy opponent to our hero. He gives a first rate performance and matches Chris Evans blow for blow as all the great Bond villains have done in the past. The Winter Soldier unbeknown to our hero is his old friend Bucky Barnes and this adds a very interesting dynamic to their relationship. He is also an instrument of equal power with his bionic arm and his knife handling skills. The character is a wonderful addition to the cast and the Marvel universe.
Scarlet Johansson as Black Widow quite literally gets to be in the center of every event. She really gets to beat up the bad guys and get closer to Captain America in this superb thriller. There is a real kind of Big Brother element and both the characters find themselves more vulnerable. The stakes are much higher and her character grows wonderfully from the Black Widow we know. Anthony Mackie as the Falcon is a worthy addition as an ally to Captain America. Both get to become friends and the Falcon is also great in the scenes he is involved in. Samuel L Jackson as the cool Nick Fury gets in the thick of the action and we get to find out more about him. The legend Robert Redford who plays S.H.I.E.L.D. mastermind Alexander Pierce delivers a very interesting performance. Stan Lee gives another amusing guest appearance.
The Best In The Franchise So Far
Captain America The Winter Soldier is part action, part conspiracy thrillers in the classic 1970s. The directors have been very brave in giving us a film that stands hand and shoulders above all the other films we have watched from Marvel. The full movie is an excellent sequel that stands head and shoulders with both The Godfather Part 2 and The Empire Strikes Back. Anthony and Joe Russo both need to be saluted to directing a film that goes far above our expectations!
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