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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier - The Best Marvel Film to Date!

That's right I said it, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel film to date! While I loved Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, both of those films were centered in their own stories with little ties into the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe. But here is the true follow-up to The Avengers and changes the way we see Marvel films forever.
After we see Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) meet, we are thrown into an amazing action sequence featuring Steve leading a S.T.R.I.K.E. Team for S.H.I.E.L.D. on a mission.
We see that Steve has an unnerving relationship with both Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and his teammate Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). This relationship only becomes worse as we see that both of them kept the real reason behind this mission from Steve.

Steve is still trying to fit into the modern world where clearly his sense of duty and what is happening today are at odds with one another. Where in the past the enemy was clear, today that answer is hazy. Rogers believes that criminals should be punished after the crime has been committed but Fury believes that the world cannot wait that long. Fury shows Steve Project Insight, a set of HeliBattleships, set on preemptive strikes.
Then an intense assassination attempt puts the Captain face to face with the Director of U.S. Security Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) and a mysterious assassin called The Winter Soldier. Steve is told to not trust anyone and ends up being hunted by S.H.I.E.L.D. itself. Steve is then forced to trust not only Natasha but his new friend Sam. Then a massive conspiracy quickly begins to unfold.

I am doing my best to stop from including spoilers but I will say that there are so many twists and turns here. There are even some great references to Marvel characters that we are already familiar with and maybe one that will become a new Marvel Cinematic Universe hero. But this film goes back to the very origins of S.H.I.E.L.D. and tying together bits and pieces from every Marvel film thus far. Plus, the two post-credit scenes bring us to next year's Avengers 2 as well as the next Captain America movie.
This film is huge and epic! The stakes are high for all of our heroes. We get so much more character development for not only the Captain but for Fury and for Natasha as well. We finally get to see both Fury and Natasha play a bigger role in the action this time. Sam and Steve have great chemistry together and you see how that plays against the link into the Cap's past with The Winter Soldier.

Everything here needs to be discovered by watching and to not let anyone, including myself, spoil it for you. From the cameos to the all of the twists and turns throughout the film there is not one bit of slowdown. This is the nail biting, emotional, edge of your seat movie you have been waiting for. This is the summer movie that you want but rarely get. This is the best Marvel film to date!

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