Captain's Winter of Discontent

Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Life is difficult for Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as when he isn't joining forces with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) on their missions for SHIELD he is trying to catch up on all the years he has missed whilst feeling sadness for his old friends who are no longer with him. But when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is attacked by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) things begin to kick off as it becomes clear that SHIELD has been infiltrated by HYDRA and no one is safe especially as they don't know who they can trust either.

I guess I just won't be as blown away by comic book movies like some people are as whilst "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is over 2 hours of big screen entertainment and excitement it didn't blow me away. I actually don't know why other than maybe less would have been more as this ticks so many boxes from having plenty of wit to big action as well as a storyline which drives the whole thing forwards. But whilst it undeniably entertained me it didn't stand out from the ever increasing crowd of comic book, super hero movies.

Anthony Mackie in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Now I could go in to detail about the storyline to "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" but in truth it has a few surprises and also a few new characters who I expect will have further parts to play in the franchise, as someone who isn't a fan I don't know if they do in the comic books. I could also mention some of the movie's funnier scenes but in truth they work best when you experience them yourself as a lot of the funny lines rely on a look as well. But what I will say is that once again this movie goes over the line when it comes to the CGI action, delivering something which is just on an utterly ridiculous level, yes entertaining but for me over powering and going beyond the realms of just escapism. It is the same criticism I have had with other comic book sequels where those in charge have gone bigger but not necessarily better.

What this all boils down to is that "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" certainly is an entertaining movie which ticks a lot of boxes. But for me this movie highlights that bigger is not always better and for me the movie is at its strongest when dealing with Steve struggling to find his place in a changed world rather than when he is leaping from tall buildings or bringing down high tech weapons of mass destruction.

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