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Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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The summer super-hero season seems to be starting earlier and earlier each year and this trend continued today as Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens in Irish cinemas. This marks the third of the five films from Marvel’s phase 2 of their cinematic universe and was always going to be a pivotal film for my feelings of phase two in general after a mediocre Thor 2 and a incredibly disappointing Iron Man 3. I am very happy to report that Captain America 2 is a return to the quality of film making that has made me so passionate about this studios films.

ImageThe plot centres around Steve Rogers’ (with Chris Evans returning to wear the star spangled suit) struggle to adjust to modern day America, as both it’s people and government have drastically slipped from the strong sense of right and wrong the America of old embodied. He teams up with Avengers team mate Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take down a government conspiracy that has roots deeper than anyone could expect. Their is a wild card in the middle of all this in the form of The Winter Soldier, a mysterious agent of war who brings Cap not only physical but also mental trauma. Although full of fantastical action and unadulterated science fiction this movie has less of a superman feel, more of a Borne vibe. The focal point of the film is very much a search for truth as apposed to a super-powered grudge match.
Before I gush over it any further (and gush I will) I must admit my biggest problem with the film. Drawing comparison to the Bourne franchise again the film suffers from way too much shaky cam moments. There is some fantastic stunt fighting in this film but a lot is lost in a series of blurry and overly fast shots. However this is very much a nit-pick as I was engaged, enthralled and entertained from start to finish.

Many people have been talking about the directing, as well they should, however I feel a lions share of the praise for this film should go to Christopher Marcus and Stephen McFeely, the writers of this film, as this may have the smartest and well rounded script of all the Marvel Films to date. Other highlights for me were the relationship between Cap and The Falcon, the great balance between plot and action and of course the stellar acting as always from Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce). Redford brings a gravitas and a humanity to a role which could come off as pretty inane in the hands of a less-talented performer.

This film is over two hours of straight up entertainment and is one of the smarter block busters your likely to see for a long time. Far from perfect but certainly great, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a movie which is both engaging for the critic in me and exciting for the nerd in me.

I am giving Captain America: The Winter Soldier a solid 4/5 stars.

However in the spirit of the internet we want to know what you think, Are you excited for Cap 2? Are you a fan of the MCU? Are you as excited for Guardians Of The Galaxy as I am? Comment below with your thoughts or give me a shout on Twitter @spillanejohn.

(PS: There are two very exciting post credit scenes so make sure you stick around for them!)

Images courtesy of Marvel

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