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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Movie Review For Captain America:The Winter Soldier

Premise:As Steve Rogers adjusts to life in the 21st century, he starts to question the morality of SHIELD's methods.

Cast:Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce, Sebastian Stan as the Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow, Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill, Maximiliano Hernandez as Jasper Sitwell, Emily VanCamp as Sharon/Agent 13, Hayley Atwell as Peggy Carter

Directors:Joe Russo and Anthony Russo

MPAA Rating:PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay, and action throughout

Genres:Sci-fi, action

Notes:Takes place after Avengers. Poster taken from IMP Awards.

Pros:Gets into the characters emotional state. Friendships. A plot that will hit you hard. Effective villains.

Cons:Some characters should have been better developed. Some bad special effects. A couple of nonsensical spy elements.


It can be hard enough navigating the world when you haven't lost 70 years and most of the people you used to know. But when you start doubting the very orders you were used to obeying, things can get a little messy.

I went into this already knowing most of the spoilers, thanks to the internet and Agents Of SHIELD. The interaction and relationships between characters was what I was looking for, and in that area, I was satisfied. Friendships are strained and broken, the heroes are growing weary from fighting evil, and there are some trust issues going around. Overall, the tone is something more like Dark Knight than most of the other movies set in this universe. As a whole, it feels a bit more brutal.

Black Widow as a character has become much better defined as she appeared in more movies. She's much friendlier and less cold now (though it helps that Steve is a lot less obnoxious than Tony). She isn't even particularly sexualized beyond the movie posters and one scene in a tight-fitting suit. The acting on her leaves a little to be desired early on in the movie, but fortunately, it doesn't last.

There are a couple of characters in the movie that should have gotten more depth, particularly Sharon Carter. From what I've gathered, she serves a love interest for Steve in the comics, but she gets little build-up with him here. And besides that and the fact that she's a SHIELD agent, anyone who hasn't read the comics don't really get to see why we should care about her.

Overall, it has a story that deeply affects things and it's an improvement over the other Phase 2 films. If you love the MCU, you'll want to see it.


Sex:Black Widow gets one scene wearing her signature catsuit. She shows Steve a scar on her stomach and adds she can't wear bikinis. He sarcastically says she must look terrible in them. Men are shown shirtless. People wear tank tops. A senator talks about a woman he's having sex with.
Natasha tries to get Steve to date women again, but he's reluctant. When the two are on the run, she tells him to kiss her because public displays of affection make people uncomfortable. Sure enough, it works. Afterwards, Natasha asks if Steve was uncomfortable ("That's not exactly the word I would use"). They talk about how it was and he tells her he has kissed a someone since being thawed out.

Violence:You can expect standard action movie violence (explosions, car chases and crashes, shootings, people beating each other up, and so forth). Some of the fight scenes get a little brutal, even when the good guys are doing the beating. And even superhumans feel the physical pain that comes with battle. Knives are used to stab and slice. Plenty of people are tasered in one form or another.
The Winter Soldier tosses someone into a turbine, shoots various people, blows up a van, once killed a target by shooting through the agent shielding him, and is rumored to have assassinated dozens of people in the last 50 years. A villainous plot involves killing millions of people, many of whom don't pose a threat.
Fury is chased in his van, crashes into other vehicles and gets badly injured. Earlier, he talks about his grandfather scaring off muggers with a gun. Someone is given surgery and it looks as though they won't make it.
Steve puts someone in a headlock until they pass out, and while using his shield, he gets knocked back by a rocket. Several people are killed when small devices on they're wearing are activated. A man's horribly burnt (but still living) body is shown. A building is destroyed with people inside. A knife pins a man's hand to the wall. An innocent woman is gunned down. Someone is thrown onto a busy highway and killed. There's a not-quite-clear look at a man's bloody arm stump, and this same person is tortured. Aircraft are destroyed.

Drugs/Alcohol:A veteran with PTSD mentions she was pulled over because the officer thought she was drunk. Drugging someone is used as part of a plan. A man gives himself an anesthetic. A villain drinks champagne and offers it to someone else.

Language/Insults:"Sh*t" and "G*d" are used once each. "Son of a b**ch" is said twice. "H*ll", "d**n", and "a**" are each said a few extra times.

Spiritual:A woman swears on the Bible in court. A inaccurately sourced Bible verse appears on a gravestone. A villain says that the dead will be buried too deep for their own ghosts to find them.


So what did you think?

© 2015 by M.R.R.

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