Captain America: The Winter Soldier: *****

Captain-America-2-Scarlet-Johansson-Black-Widow-Chris-EvansRun Time: 136 mins         Cert: 12A

 

Synopsis: Steve Rogers (Evans) uncovers a conspiracy involving S.H.I.E.L.D. Cap must race against time in order to save the world.

 

The weakest character in the Marvel Cinematic Universe returns and ends up being the biggest surprise of the franchise so far.

 

Community Directors Joe and Anthony Russo’s have concocted an interesting premise for a superhero movie. One part tense 1970s influenced political thriller and one part overblown effect filled fantasy blockbuster. It should not work but somehow it does.

 

The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is clearly influenced by political films including Three Days of the Condor or All the Presidents Men. Three Days of the Condor. The story is more character based than previous superhero movies.

 

By doing this Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury, are given far more to do this time around and are not just action piece set ups. Anthony Mackie’s Sam Wilson a.k.a. Falcon is a welcome addition and provides many of the more humorous moments.

 

While Robert Redford is clearly having fun in his role. Where the film is letdown is by the one dimensional and forgettable bad guy The Winter Soldier. Evans is also far more likeable and not as annoying as he was in The First Avenger.

 

The action scenes are gripping and tense with thrilling car chases, well choreographed fight sequences.

 

If this is what Marvel has planned for future movies, then we can all look forward to more intelligent superhero movies for years to come.

 

Reviewed by Paul Logan

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