“Captain, in Order to build a better world, sometimes means tearing the old one down… And that makes enemies.”
When an action movie opens with a solemn, quiet run throughout Washington, you tend to expect a different type of action movie. Captain America The Winter Soldier is the followup to 2011′s Captain America: The First Avenger that improves upon its predecessor in so many ways. The first and most important improvement is that this movie doesn’t feel like the second movie in a trilogy. It comes in with its own story line and doesn’t pander to those who haven’t seen The Avengers.
The story here is there is a mole inside of SHIELD. Captain America, Black Widow, and Nick Fury are all at odds when their team is disbanded. Winter Soldier plays out like a noir thriller more than an action movie; although, there are an abundant amount of set pieces. This time around, Cap is joined by Anthonie Mackie who plays the role of Sam Wilson AKA The Falcon. The dynamic between the two heroes shows an amount of respect and reverence that these two come off as partners rather than hero and sidekick.
Twists and turns are in effect during this 2+hour romp through Washington. The Winter Soldier himself is a mystery to those who haven’t even read a comic book from Captain America’s ongoing series. Who is he? Why is he here? Is Sebastian Stan really signed on for NINE Marvel movie deals? Be sure that this character will return. Someway. Somehow.
Without giving too much away, Captain America The Winter Soldier is one of the best Marvel films out. It changes everything in the Marvel cinematic universe and it can stand on its own. That’s what we need in superhero films.
It’s out now so go see it, chump.