Jean-Paul’s Rating: 4/5 stars
Bottom Line: Possibly the best Marvel offering since the original “Ironman” movie. A decent plot with lots of action and a stunning amount of violence.
There’s just something about Captain America that sets him apart from your everyday comic book superhero movie fare. It certainly helps that there is none of the gross nationalism that you’d expect from someone named Captain America. He doesn’t fight for America, he doesn’t fight for SHIELD, he just fights for what he believes is right. When you do that, things can get messy, but you do the best you can with what you have as you navigate the grey areas of superherodom. All that to say that Captain America has a humanity that isn’t really present in any of the other superheroes.
Those of you that watch the ever so mediocre “Agents of SHIELD” television show probably were able to catch the tie-in between the last episode of the show and this movie. They did something similar with the last Thor movie but after the fact. This time, the events of the TV show predict the opening scene of “The Winter Soldier” and the movie looks to actually drive the plot of the TV series. This is the only time that something like this has ever been attempted as far as I know and it’s an interesting set of bonus material for the fandom without getting in the way of either the TV show or the movies.
Now to finally get to the movie itself. It was thoroughly enjoyable from start to finish. The plot was well crafted with twists that I did not expect, though the Winter Soldier reveal kind of fell flat for me. It was probably one of those things that you have to be a fan of the comic books to really get. The action in the movie is top-notch and well choreographed. And, in a surprising turn for a Marvel movie, there is a gratuitous amount of violence in it, with a kill count that would make “Game of Thrones” proud.
If you like the comic book movies, you’ll love this one so don’t delay. I believe “The Winter Soldier” would even be enjoyable for those that aren’t really into the whole comic book scene. It works pretty well as a solo project. Also, if someone could explain what the heck the ending credits preview was all about I’d appreciate it.