Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers gave people the impression that Captain America was the most "boring" avenger. A good man with a strong sense of patriotism didn’t feel nearly as interesting as the notorious Tony Stark/Iron Man. However, over the course of the three films, Steve "Captain America" Rogers might just have evolved into the most interesting of the lot.
In 1945, Steve Rogers was frozen in solid ice when he fell into the ocean. Though the super-soldier serum kept him from dying, he entered a state of suspended animation. Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins on a light note, chronicling Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) efforts to assimilate into the 21st century. Perfectly content with fighting the good fight, Rogers’ personal life isn’t nearly as exciting. The Black Widow (Scarlett Johannson) tries to remedy this in a series of hilarious scenes, where she suggests dates for Roger. Of course, this also happens to be when they’re on a stealth mission.
After the mission, Steve finds himself in an argument with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) over the subject of crime and punishment. S.H.I.E.L.D., spearheaded by Fury, is all set to launch three helicarriers. These helicarriers are designed to execute any potential criminals before they can even commit a crime. Rogers disagrees with this ideology, leading to a conflict between the two. The appearance of the Winter Soldier makes matters worse by creating chaos and mistrust.
Like Marvel’s other cinematic ventures, the cast and their charming chemistry remains the highlight of the movie. Though spectacular action scenes are a must, they certainly can’t compensate for bad acting. And with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they don’t have to. Chris Evans is remarkable in his portrayal of a good man trying to find his place in a world that isn’t so good. As the star-spangled hero, Evans efficiently combines innocence with wisdom. The movie also gives him a chance to showcase his comic timing, making it an ideal blend of comedy and drama.
Unsurprisingly, Samuel L. Jackson is also noteworthy in his portrayal of Nick Fury. Captain America: The Winter Soldier shows us a much darker side of Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. While the facts uncovered might be less than pleasant, Fury’s witty quips and dry humor keep the movie from ever becoming too serious. Additionally, Anthony Mackie is brilliant in his portrayal of Falcon. His comic timing and rapport with Captain America add comic relief, making the movie a delightful watch.
It goes without saying that the film is also visually stunning. Where 2011’s The Avengers was an extraordinary affair, Captain America: The Winter Soldier opts for a more minimalistic approach. In fact, the simplicity and sharpness of the CGI make the film a refreshing change from other action movies, where too much happens too fast.
However, the movie has its drawbacks. Its main flaw is the lack of focus on the titular villain. If you think the Winter Soldier will play a big part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, you stand corrected. Though the story gives the audience a glimpse into his past, it fails to fully flesh out the character. In fact, he has very little screen time, which can be a tad disappointing. Inspite of this, Sebastian Stan makes a lasting impression in the little screen time he has. It would have been great to see more of the character, and knowing Marvel, we just might.
The pacing of the film also feels off, as the second half is slightly rushed compared to the first. Moreover, the epic battle scene is reminiscent of other Marvel films. One has to wonder how many airborne fight scenes Marvel plans to feature before they get old. However, these things are easy to ignore in an otherwise stellar movie.
Why should you watch this film?
All things considered, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a wonderful addition to the Marvel franchise. It amplifies everything good about Captain America: The First Avenger and gets rid of the negative parts. The film combines the periodic element of its predecessor with a modern touch, making it one of the strongest films Marvel has released so far.