Steve Rogers goes all secret agenty with those awesome helicarriers, but the main storyline needs some suspension of disbelief and logic.

Featuring

Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America
Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow
Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon
Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce
and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier
with Stan Lee in a Marvel movie cameo

When we left Captain America, he was triumphant after defeating Red Skull, but ultimately very sad that there was no hanky panky with Agent Carter at the end. Then, he helped the Avengers stop Loki and his alien army in New York and rode off into the sunset to eat shawarma with his new best buddies. Now though, Captain America is firmly integrated into SHIELD and assisting the paramilitary organisation with any top secret work.

The plot centres around the need for Captain America to get all dark and gloomy, operating out of the bounds and without the resources of SHIELD. Unsurprisingly, it’s because the whole organisation has been compromised by the old enemy, Hydra. Meanwhile, the ultra-silent, mega-efficient assassin called The Winter Soldier is running around sticking his bionic arm in everybody’s business.

As with all middle children in a planned trilogy, Captain America’s character is developed further, still an idealistic, good man, who believes responsibility is the price that comes with freedom. The whole movie asks the question whether the ends justify the means to have security for all. Captain America says “hell no”, yet that is a question that is really quite pertinent in the current global environment.

We also meet a more developed Black Widow (although you will never see me complaining about any character Scarlett Johansson plays), and another of Marvel’s heroes, Falcon who has a pretty awesome flying suit, though it’s never going to be as cool as Tony Stark’s flying suits. It is a far superior film to the original because it wasn’t a lazy intro into The Avengers (which was awesome). The action is well done, not skipped over in a montage, the hand-to-hand combat is more involved, better choreographed and there’s tighter pacing overall.

Ultimately, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a much better sequel, that finally does the character justice. We even get to see other, newer characters who are developed a lot better than Captain America was in the first movie! Here’s hoping that the following Avengers and final Captain America movies keep up the standard.

Rating

It’s a good movie, better than the first and is a near perfect mix of action and character development.

Should I watch it?

Of course, whether you’re into superhero movies or not, you’ll enjoy it.

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