‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Review

By Jordan Bennett Barnes

Ladies and Gentlemen: Captain America is back, and this time he’s got a partner. This past weekend, Marvel Studios released their ninth installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the sequel to the 2011 Captain America: The First Avenger. Fans disappointed with the the first film looked forward to the solo next Captain America film. This superhero sequel did not disappoint. From the invigorating plot to the mind-blowing action sequences, this film had everything that a moviegoer wants to see on the screen.

   The film takes place two years after the Battle of New York that occurred in the 2012 film The Avengers. Steve Rogers (a.k.a. Captain America), played by Chris Evans, attempts to fit in with the modern world and break from his 1940s mindset. When Samuel L. Jackson’s Director Nick Fury, tries to explain S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s objectives (eliminating threats before they occur) to the Captain, Steve struggles with the organization’s ethics.

Captain America doesn’t only struggle with S.H.I.E.L.D. ‘s motives, but also with Winter Soldier, a hired assassin with one main objective: to kill. General audiences may be unaware of the backstory of the Soldier, but fans of the comic book already understand who he is and know his purpose. Regardless, the assassin is not a disappointing villain. From his mysterious mask to his robot-like arm, this foe gives Captain America a run for his money.

     The Captain needs assistance from his “wingman” Sam Wilson (a.k.a. Falcon) played by Anthony Mackie. Sam is an African American pararescueman trained in military aerial combat with a specially designed wing pack. He and the Cap find team up after finding the common ground, losing someone on the battlefield, and partner up. Along with aid from Black Widow, a highly trained spy played by Scarlett Johansson, Cap’s ready to take on take on whatever evil forces attack.

This film sets the bar high for the average superhero movie. It incorporates themes such as political corruption and in depth character development. The action sequences deserve individual recognition.

From intense hand-to-hand combat to high-speed car chases, this film delivers in terms of “action-packed”. Comic book fans and moviegoers of all ages will enjoy this movie. Comic book fans should also stick around until the end of the credits to for an extra scene. Followers of the source material won’t be disappointed. Captain America: Winter Soldier is open in theaters everywhere.

Verdict: Incredible, Captain America: Winter Soldier, is entertaining and fast paced. Fans of the comics won’t be disappointed.
Positives: Seeing the chemistry that Captain has with the other characters, anytime the Winter Soldier shows up on screen, one name: Robert Redford
Negatives: Not enough Winter Soldier to have it as a subtitle