Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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“Captain, in order to build a better world sometimes means turning the old one down… and that makes enemies.”
– Alexander Pierce

SYNOPSIS: As Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world, he teams up with a fellow Avenger and S.H.I.E.L.D agent, Black Widow, to battle a new threat from history: an assassin known as the Winter Soldier.  – via IMDB

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I have been struggling for a proper score for this. I missed the period setting feel of the first one, but this came together so well that it didn’t really matter anymore. This movie was good. It was put together exceptionally well, it looked great, had a good story which progressed at a great pace. The effects were wonderful and the cast was great. I was totally blown away with the appearance of the Winter Soldier, the costume design was fantastic, which is maybe why I got irritated watching Chris Evans run Captain America around in Nikes… I just… no.

I found the Winter Soldier to be quite a badass villain, and definitely one of the more interesting ones in a very long time! For once Black Widow didn’t completely grate on my nerves (I put that on Scarlett Johansson usually though) and they finally made her a little more human. The Nick Fury story arc was very entertaining, and it was nice to see him get more screen time. There were times, however, where I felt that Captain America was a little more in the background than anything.

The camera work was lovely and the score set the mood more often than not. There was a very impressive cast, too, and everything just came together very well. This is the best movie to come from the Phase 2 Marvel films so far, the other movies have been lacking, almost as though Marvel built up to The Avengers in Phase 1, delivered the big bang then sort of tapered out. This shows that they still have the goods.

I absolutely love Captain America, he is awesome, has integrity, loyalty, and is extremely brave and selfless. Chris Evans truly lends life to his character. It was interesting to watch how he is trying to catch up seventy years worth of history as well as find a way to fit into society after the incredibly long hiatus. I thought there were some great twists and turns in here and the plot simply barreled along… so excellent! It was fantastic to watch that shield being flung around again as a weapon and later being caught by the Winter Soldier…? Thrilling. Sebastian Stan was mesmerising as Winter Soldier and gave credence to a new villain and just gave a solid performance all round. Definitely the best villain performance I have seen in years.

The fighting sequences were excellent in here, too. I liked the way they explored Captain America’s disappearance and how people went on after that, even though it was not a terribly in depth look at it. I liked that it was more serious and not run into the ground by excessive cheesy humour. Overall, this movie was extremely well put together and executed and is a wonderful way to follow up on what they did with the original! I would highly recommend seeing this movie, especially in theatres if you can wrangle it… I want to go again… right now…

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38 thoughts on “Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

    • Zoë says:

      Yay, I really hope that you have a good time with it, looking forward to hearing what you thought about it! Yes, then my job here is done. Just watch that Winter Soldier… yes…

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  1. theipc says:

    JB,

    I didn’t read this or the comments – you know I’m going to see it this weekend. I’m sure it is a most excellent post!!!

    Love,

    Chop

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  2. ruth says:

    Right on Zoe! Again I think I’ll be more generous than you as I really dug this one, it even surpassed the first which I also enjoyed immensely. Can’t wait to write my review this week, can’t post it yet as it’s not out until Friday.

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    • Zoë says:

      Yay! I cannot wait to read your review and I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it so much! Once I buy this one again I am going to rewatch them and see how they stack up… the more I think about it the more I love it!

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      • ruth says:

        I’ve rewatched the first movie at least half a dozen times and loved it every single time. The director of The First Avenger Joe Johnston also made Rocketeer which I love so I had an inkling I’d love it, but the Russo brothers did an excellent job making the sequel even better! This is surely my fave of the year so far and if you see my post today, it’s my fave of the month 😉

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      • ruth says:

        Silly me, somehow I forgot that you’ve posted your review. Again I’m thrilled we’re in agreement here Zoe! I also love the end credits sequence, will be featuring that on my blog in the near future 😀

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  3. table9mutant says:

    Great review! Much better than mine – lol. I find it hard to review superhero movies. But, although you like the character a bit more, we definitely agree on this one. Yay! See? We like SOME of the same things. : )

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! Hey, I enjoyed yours! You write and review WAY better than you give yourself credit for! 😀 I am so glad we have something we agree on hahahaha!

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    • Zoë says:

      It was pretty damn good, I had fun with it. Definitely a solid entry from Marvel! Can’t wait to hear what you think and I hope you enjoy it!

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  4. caragale says:

    I’m so glad you liked this one and EEEE THIS MAKES ME WANT TO SEE IT RIGHT NOW!!!! I will be going to an 11:10 showing on Thursday, and I cannot WAIT. Nice review, lady! 🙂

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  5. Abbi says:

    I fell asleep in the first one so I’m feeling encouraged by the good reviews for this one although bizarrely I’m struggling to get my husband to agree to see it.

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  6. jjames36 says:

    Another great review, Zoe. And this time of a movie I cannot wait to see. Captain America is my favorite of Marvel’s solo outings, and so many folks say this one is even better.

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    • Zoë says:

      😀 I am with you there! The First Avenger was a fantastic one and this one was a lot of fun, even though I missed the period setting. I hope you see it soon and that you enjoy it, well worth the watch!

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  7. christenagarcia says:

    Great review, I loved it as well. The story line was great I loved the whole Hydra aspect to it. I was really looking froward to seeing the whole Bucky – Steve aspect since they were besties. I appreciated how they did that part of the story. Agents of SHIELD had a great tie in episode to the movie.

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    • Zoë says:

      Thank you! It was fantastic, I just loved how it all came together. I was thrilled with that aspect, it was just done amazingly well! I don’t watch that, but wondering if I should look into it.

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      • christenagarcia says:

        I like it, the show starts off slow but gets better over time. By this point the show is dealing with the aftermath of the Captain America movie so it is really interesting. If you like Marvel or any of the Avenger movies, then it is worth checking out. They tie the show into the movies and reference the Avengers.

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      • Zoë says:

        It was great how they showed us what it is that he is doing in a modern world, definitely cool! I will give it a shot sometime, but I am not a fan of the Avengers to be honest. I should probably watch it again at some stage now that I know what I know about it and how I feel, it might not be so bad.

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  8. Tom says:

    Just a fine review Zoe. It’s clear you have some passion for Captain America! I so wish I could get on the same page with everyone who is. I find Evans likable enough, and this story was pretty engaging I must admit. Especially considering I didn’t see The First Avenger, so I think my lack of connection from the beginning hurt me here. All the same, this just was not a story I was that into. But. BUT. The action sequences here were incredible. And I found the Winter Soldier to be pretty compelling as well. I had a good time with this, but writing a review is going to be a challenge. 🙂

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    • Zoë says:

      YOU SAW IT!! That makes me very happy! I do have some passion for the Captain, yes, hahaha. Awwwww, but at least it wasn’t a dead bust for you. I LOVED this movie, and I loved its predecessor as well. I think you should watch The First Avenger, then we talk some more. Ah, the Winter Soldier was amazing.

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