When I went to see Captain America: The First Avenger, I didn’t really expect much – yet, in the space of 119 minutes it had completely revolutionised my opinion of Captain America, and a week later I’d picked up a couple of comic books. So, when Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened in cinemas recently, it was pretty much a done deal that I’d be going to see it.
For those of you who don’t know, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is set after The Avengers, with Cap adjusting to modern day life as a S.H.I.E.L.D agent. After saving a S.H.I.E.L.D vessel captured by pirates, events are set in motion that reveal secrets with deadly repercussions. As the title pretty much gives away, the Winter Soldier is a prominent new character in the film, which also features a lot of screen time for Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow. It’s well-written, with a good number of plot twists and turns as well as the references to other Marvel films we’ve all come to expect from the studio. Each of the actors plays their part well, with Samuel L Jackson particularly standing out as we see a new side of Nick Fury.
While the film does (unsurprisingly) have some pretty heavy set-up for the next Captain America / Avengers film, it also has enough to make it a good stand-alone story. It’s probably more ‘relevant’ to today’s world than most of the other Marvel films, and does a good job of it – without saying too much, while Iron Man 3 dealt with the idea of modern-day terrorism The Winter Soldier deals more with fears closer to home. It’s hardly going to shake your perception of life, but it’s nice to see Marvel take a spin on actual events.
In closing, I really enjoyed The Winter Soldier. It’s certainly a good film I’d recommend you go see if you’re considering it. A blend of plot, old-fashioned action scenes, characters and political twists all come together to make Captain America: The Winter Soldier an excellent movie.
If you’ve seen The Winter Soldier, I’d love to know what you thought of it – leave a comment below! :)