Steve Rogers continues his journey as the super-powered American soldier who's grasping to find his place in a modern world after being frozen in ice since WWII with this Marvel Studios sequel. Chris Evans returns to star, with Community director/producers Joe and Anthony Russo helming. ~ Jeremy Wheeler, Rovi
Director: Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson
Release Date: Apr 04, 2014
Rated: PG-13 for Gunplay, Action throughout and Intense Sequences of Violence
Runtime: 2 hr. 8 min.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel’s best scripted stories thus far. That’s not to say it doesn’t have some issues but it’s a solid attempt at trying to dig a bit deeper into some complex issues with a complicated villain. It’s rather blunt if earnest about it’s intentions. If this all makes it sound rather dour well it is at time occasionally turning into a plodding and somewhat joyless experience that could have been trimmed by a good 15 to 20 minutes. Personally, I might have been more impressed if I hadn’t seen a similar story line in a certain DC animated series I was fond of but I digress. The film, when it hits its mark, delivers some excellent action set pieces and superhero action. Evans does his best to bring some deeper layers to the Captain and he pulls it off for the most part. Scarlett Johansson has a larger part which doesn’t require her to runaround in her catsuit and the film’s better for it as she displays some solid chemistry with Evans. Newcomers Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford bring varying degrees of excitement to the proceedings. Mackie is obviously having a blast throughout while Redford’s name brings some gravitas to the whole thing but he seemed as disinterested as can be. Sebastian Stan’s Winter Solider is in the movie title but his screen time is surprisingly small in the grand scheme of things. It’s a game changing film that does kind of blows up a lot of the establishment from the Marvel universe so it’ll be interesting to see where they from here, hopefully they’ll remember bring a bit more fun.