Director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Time: 136 min
Stars: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford
Soundtrack by: Henry Jackman
As The Winter Soldier follows both Captain America: The First Avenger and Avengers: Assemble it's very well written, being both a complete story on its own and also a satisfying follow up to those prior to it. The plot is well paced, it's a two and half hour movie but never feels long, or rushed. The Winter Soldier is a complete story and lacks nothing. It's one of the best movies I’ve seen in a long time. It’s fantastic.
The music fits well throughout the movie. It's grinding, heart pumping, echoing. I like it when composers are skilled at silence as well as sound, it's the case here as the theater goes dead silent at exactly the right times, perfectly amplifying and expressing of emotions. The Winter Soldier's theme (here) suits him perfectly.
The cinematography and choreography were absolutely beautiful. I loved the fight scenes, especially the ones between the Winter Soldier and Cap. I'd never enjoyed fight scenes in a movie before, but these were skillfully and beautifully done.
In The First Avenger and Avengers Steve didn’t feel quite right, as though the writers didn't know or understand exactly who he was, but that’s not the case in The Winter Soldier. Here he's a strong, well-written character, portrayed excellently. Chris Evens embodies the role of Steve Rogers perfectly.
Natasha/Black Widow was awesome. It was great to learn more about her character: how far she's willing to go in order to do what she knows to be right. Also her and Steve's relationship was great and their joking was hilarious. Tasha multitasks well.
The Winter Soldier himself makes a threatening and brutal villain. But there's something different about a man who's trying to understand what he's fighting and one who doesn't care at all, and the mentality of trying to understand has an honesty about it in that it tries to recognize what it sees must be good. And the Winter Soldier has that honesty.
In the title "Captain America", I think America is meant not only as a geographical location but also as an idea, a symbol of what America means. The film asks a lot of thought provoking questions and there're a lot of thematic elements (to borrow a phrase from James). One question was whether any person or organization has the authority to justly intrude upon one natural right of a person to insure or protect another natural right. Whether anyone has the authority to intrude on someone's freedom in order insure their security, whether it's possible to intrude on one natural right without intruding on them all. It reminded me of a scene in Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll's sequel to Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. In the Looking-Glass world everything happens backwards. In an attempt to explain this concept to Alice, the White Queen tells her about the king's messenger: "He's in prison now, being punished: and the trial doesn't even begin till next Wednesday: and of course the crime comes last of all."
The falcon was a great character and I enjoyed him a lot. For fear of giving away spoilers there isn't much more I can say about him, but he's a cool guy and has a great sense of humor. "I made breakfast...if you guys need that kind of thing."
Don’t forget to watch until the credits stop rolling, some things are worth the wait. For more reviews of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, check these out: How to Watch a Movie, and J and J Productions.
my rating: 5/5
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