Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)


Movies about Marvel heroes have become quite popular in the last decade, although some may say that it is just cheap entertainment, with expensive effects. However, whether you like this type of film or not, it must be admitted that compared to the 80s of the last century, Marvel’s universe has made a big step by moving from B production and cheap entertainment to the center of attention when it comes to blockbusters.

The world of Marvel in the film has always been in the background for us compared to, say, DC heroes, but we must admit that Captain America: The Winter Soldier has slightly clouded our perception, which is especially true if let’s take into account that Captain America is not even close to our favorite superhero and that we didn’t like the choice of Chris Evans for this role in the least.

The story in the film takes place two years after the events in the film The Avengers (2012), i.e. the great battles of New York. Captain America / Steve Rogers now works for the S.H.I.E.L.D. with the order of Nick Fury  famous actor (Samuel L. Jackson), in which he participates in various anti-terrorist actions, during which he is accompanied by another Avenger, the Black Widow / Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson). One day, Fury is attacked by an unknown armed group, disguised as police officers under the leadership of the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), from which he escapes with great difficulty. Fury is hiding with Steve Rogers, warning him that the S.H.I.E.L.D. compromised and not to trust anyone. Trying to find out what is happening, Rogers is also attacked in the headquarters of the S.H.I.E.L.D., but after an exciting fight, he manages to escape, after which a general chase begins. In an effort to uncover the truth behind S.H.I.E.L.D.’s double play, Rogers is joined by Natasha Romanoff and his new friend Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who will become another superhero named Falcon. Further developments reveal too much about this film, and especially about things that are better kept secret for the sake of those who have not seen the film yet, so we will of course skip it, because retelling the film is certainly not what we are dealing with.

The very introduction to Captain America: The Winter Soldier isn’t exactly thrilling. The story begins a little forced, through the incidental actions of the main character. In addition, Rogers’ Black Widow escort, despite the fact of her great physical appearance, sounds rather unconvincing in the initial segments while trying to be dangerous, spilling shabby phrases, which at times quite unsuccessfully strive for wit. However, as the film progresses, the story becomes more and more interesting from moment to moment to levels that were completely unexpected for us. The force of the beginning soon falls into oblivion, while the film at almost all levels suddenly begins to gain in quality. Unexpected plots that pump tension into the already heated atmosphere of great action scenes make the whole story relatively complex when it comes to this kind of achievement, not to mention that its curiosity is far above the first part of Captain America: The First Avanger (2012). left us with a very pale impression.

The aspiration of Captain America’s close relationship with the Avengers is very noticeable, which was to some extent present in other individual films of the Avengers team members, but never to such an extent as now. This is not the slightest hindrance to watching and experiencing the film, however, it may seem that Captain America may have been damaged in relation to other “Avengers” in this regard. In a short period of the story, the viewer even wonders that the protagonist of this story may not be Nick Fury, while the Black Widow is hardly less present in the film than Captain America. Don’t get us wrong, this doesn’t bother us in the slightest, but if we take this into account, the film could easily be called Captain America & Black Widow, and when we add the debut appearance of Falcon, whose participation is not minor, we are close to winning. and the complete Avengers. Also, the name of Tony Stark (Iron Man) is mentioned in the film at least five times according to our calculations, as well as at least two mentions of the name of Bruce Benner (The Hulk). In addition to the constellation of these characters, it is interesting to mention the appearance of Alexander Pierce, one of the leaders of the S.H.I.E.L.D., when Robert Redford played interestingly, but without strong impressions. However, Redford’s appearance made this role fit him quite well.

The character of Winter Soldier, which to some extent should be the central theme of this film, we would not analyze too much, since it would entail the discovery of segments of the story that lie behind its mystery and which uninformed people probably would not want to know. We can say, however, that the appearance of this character, although extremely effective, is relatively scarce in the film, given the appearance of his name in the title and that the mystery surrounding him is only slightly more tickled, and that he definitely needed more attention than that was the case. However, according to the information so far, Winter Soldier will certainly appear in Marvel movies, considering that Sebastian Sten allegedly signed a contract for a total of nine appearances as this character.

In the end, perhaps the best recommendation for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the fact that we easily managed to “digest” Chris Evans in his third appearance in this character, after the previous two when we did not succeed. Such a change in the perception of someone after the built antipathy towards the same must be acknowledged as a rarity and an excellent indicator that something good must be hidden behind it. However, is it about the dominance of film quality over Evans’ appearance or did we suddenly start liking Evans? This is probably the first, although it is possible that the change of costume in which Captain America finally does not look like a circus clown had a part in it, but as segments of our subjectivity would not affect the creation of your prejudices, watch the film and form your personal impression.