Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Review

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**SPOILER-FREE REVIEW. I THINK!**

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Starring:
Chris Evans
Scarlett Johansson
Sebastian Stan
Anthony Mackie
Cobie Smulders
Frank Grillo
Emily VanCamp
Hayley Atwell
Robert Redford
Samuel L Jackson

Running time: 136 minutes

Plot Synopsis: (via Wikipedia)
In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America and the Black Widow join forces to stop a covert enemy that is hiding in Washington, D.C.

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My Opinion:

As I’ve said at the beginning of every superhero movie I’ve reviewed, I don’t know anything whatsoever about these things beyond what I’ve seen in the films. So, luckily, I can just sit back, eat popcorn, and watch these superheroes kick some ass without having to get all geeky nitpicky. I really enjoyed Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

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Captain America isn’t my favorite Avenger (so far). He can be a little dull and he’s not exactly Thor-level hot. I liked the first movie fine but it didn’t exactly blow me away. I also felt the same way about the first Thor movie. But I thought Thor: The Dark World was a lot of fun (you can read my review HERE). And I think Captain America: The Winter Soldier is also a very big improvement over the first one. With the exception of Iron Man 3 (review HERE), I think these Marvel movies are getting better & better and it’s getting me very excited about seeing more.

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I’m struggling to think of what to say about this. As I said, I’m far from being an expert on these superhero movies. So I’ll list a few good & not so good things.

The Good:

The Cast. I really can’t say anything negative about any of them. Scarlett Johansson is one of the best things about this and I quite often don’t like her much. That’s two in a row where I really liked her! (This & Her). Samuel L Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Robert Redford – all good! And I especially liked Anthony Mackie. Like. LIKE! I liked everyone! Really – this is cool because I usually hate at least one person in a movie. Oh, and Chris Evans is good too but, to be honest, he’s kind of the weakest thing about the movie. (Sorry! More about that later).

The Winter Soldier. Well, I thought he was pretty bad ass. And occasionally hot. But not from every angle. I can’t decide! Sometimes hot, sometimes not. But his metal arm is pretty freaking cool.

Falcon & Agent 13. I like these characters!

Stan Lee cameo. They’re always fun but I thought this one was especially cute. Am I allowed to use “cute” in this review? Screw it – I’m a girl so I can say cute if I want to say cute. It’s really cute!

The action. There’s A LOT of it but I thought it was all really good. The fight scenes were, I dunno – really well-choreographed? That sounded stupid. What I mean is – they looked cool! And the car chase scenes were pretty damn awesome too. Now, I like some “worthy” films. But, in the UK, the first couple months of the year tend to be the time they show all the worthy Oscar-nominated movies in the cinemas. I thoroughly enjoyed The Wolf Of Wall Street, Dallas Buyers Club, Her… (not American Hustle so much). But sometimes you really just want to be entertained & have some fun and I was SO ready for a movie like that. The Winter Soldier is the very definition of a “good-time popcorn movie”. I didn’t look at my watch once. (And by watch I mean phone. Who has a watch?). But I still want a decent plot & characters (Hello Pacific Rim! You were fun but some time spent on your script would have been nice!). The Winter Soldier delivers just fine on plot & especially on characters as well as some really kick-ass action. (And, yes, sometimes there can be too MUCH action. I’m talking to you, Man Of Steel!).

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The Not So Good:

Captain America. Chill while I explain. I’ve gone & decided to break this down into the good and not so good and have now realized that I can’t really think of anything for the not so good bit but I’m too lazy to go back & change things. Lol. So…

I already mentioned above that Chris Evans is kind of the weakest thing about the movie but I don’t really mean him as an actor – I just think they’ve not done the greatest job developing his character. Yet. I feel like we should know this guy a bit better by now plus he’s not developed much of a personality in the way they at least made Thor more “fun” in The Dark World (Although we still didn’t get anything deep from his character. I’d like Thor a lot less if Chris Hemsworth wasn’t so damn FINE). To be fair, though, it’s kind of a problem with most superhero movies. I think it’s probably also very hard with these movies to get that right balance between “too serious” and “too cheesy” but they’re getting it right more & more often these days, especially with all the Avengers-related ones. So I’m not really complaining much. Other than Iron Man 3, these movies just keep getting better.

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Summary:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is, well, a kick-ass superhero movie. What else can I say? If you like all the other movies with all the other Avengers, I really can’t see you not liking this one. And I think it’s a massive improvement on the ones that have come before it. I find the character of Captain America a little bit weak compared to the others but if they put this level of effort into the rest of the Marvel Avengers films, we’re in for a real treat. I can’t WAIT to see more based on this one. A thoroughly entertaining movie.

My Rating: 8.5/10

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Scenes After Credits?: Duh. It’s a Marvel movie! Why do people rush out the second the credits roll?!

Are they worth holding your pee for? There are two: One partway through the credits and one at the very end. The one partway through is a definite must-see. Man I want to see what comes of that one!!! And thanks to the hubby for filling me in on the details with that one. The scene at the very end is worth watching if you’re a completist. I MUST stay for these scenes after the credits otherwise I get really annoyed knowing that I’ve missed something. But, hey – you’d probably have time for a quick pee between the two end credits scenes if you really can’t hold it. 😉

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49 thoughts on “Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) Review

  1. HE IS ABSOLUTELY HOT FROM ANY AND ALL ANGLES. We all know I am sold on the Winter Soldier… but then, this guy is just gorgeous. Not just from here, but the long hair adds to it all.

    Awwwwww… I really like Captain America. I think he is one of the better developed heroes with a good story and Evans portrays him really well. I like that. To be honest (here the war begins), he is put together better than Thor (Thor had so much potential…I mean I LOVE Norse mythology and all that and felt they just kinda… well… missed it a bit).

    Awesome review, loved it. I really wanna go see this again but I intensely doubt my budget will allow it with all the movies I am going to see this month!

    • That’s okay, Zoe – you can have Captain America & I can have Thor all to myself! ; ) I’d say we really agree on this one overall, though. And we gave it the same rating! It was just damn good fun. : )

      • No I don’t want the Captain hahaha I want the Winter Soldier. If I can have him to myself then the world is fantastic, Thor is all yours 😛 It was SUPER enjoyable, and we did! 😀

  2. Great review. I loved the film and thought the new thriller aspect of the film took Marvel into a new Genre even if in a relatively small way. Very much looking forward to the next one 😀

  3. You know how I like to hang out over here but I didn’t read this. Going to see it this weekend and don’t want to have anything tainted. I’ll come back after I’ve seen it.

    #taint

    • That’s okay – I know you’ll be back! : ) I often don’t read reviews of new films until I’ve seen them.

      #SometimesTheyComeBack

      Is that a Stephen King movie or the story of your plumbing?

      • I thought that was the story of the fart Mike left in the hallway when he left our office.

  4. EEEEE I’M SEEING THIS TOMORROW!!!! YOU WILL BE ASLEEP, BUT I MIGHT LIVE TWEET YOU THINGS ABOUT CHRIS EVANS’ ASS ANYWAY. CAN’T WAIT!!!!! ALSO, GOOD REVIEW!!!!! 😀

  5. I actually agree that this character isn’t the most thrilling of The Avengers, but the first flick is still my favorite solo outing. To date, anyway; we’ll see if that changes when I see Winter Soldier.

    Glad you like the sequel so much! Gives me hope I’m going to like, too!

  6. Another positive review for the good old Captain! I am shocked that my least favorite superhero is responsible for one of the best superhero films in years. My girlfriend is making me wait until next Sunday to watch this since it is her exam time….BUT URGHHHH I JUST WANT TO WATCH IT NOW!!!!!!!!

  7. Well FUCK – I wish I’d read this and stayed through the credits…. I wonder if they’re on YouTube yet???

  8. Wicked review and glad you liked it! I kinda missed the period setting of the first one but I thought the villain was excellent this time around, which is something Marvel don’t always nail.

    I didn’t see either of the credits sequences either as my dad didn’t want to stay! How inconsiderate!

    • Thanks! Lol – sorry you didn’t get to see the end credits scenes. I’m pretty anal about sticking around for those. ; ) True – I did like the time the first one was set. I did still like that movie a lot too but, yeah – I think the villain was MUCH better this time. Really enjoyed this a lot! : )

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