Film: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Running time: 136 minutes
I love these Marvel comic films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the latest instalment of this glitzy Avengers franchise.
The first scene introduces Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) as the nation’s hero, Captain America. You get to see his spectacular physique with the overdeveloped upper body and then you see the pretty boy face. It somehow doesn’t go. He is said to be a super talented actor so I look forward to seeing him in other roles that will allow him to show off his talent a bit more.
In the film, Captain America has been brought back to life after being frozen in the 1940s. The action sequences are of course highly digitalised. Where there is fighting, the hero uses his shield like an oversized discus with great aplomb. Not quite Ironman with lots of fancy gadgetry but thrilling enough.
Scarlett Johansson plays the Black Widow and is great in this role. She convincingly plays the Black Widow as you can believe that she can do those stunts and it doesn’t hurt that she looks great in the costume too.
Robert Redford, post plastic surgery, plays the baddie. He somehow doesn’t exude the evil that his role requires. Love Robert Redford but he doesn’t look like himself anymore.
The plot of this film is more gritty than the other films of this franchise. They get political and and instead of duelling with a demented baddie, this film deals with real world contemporary issues like national security and terrorism.
Being Hollywood, in the end, of course good prevails.
Pure escapism and nice predictable happy endings. More superheroes please. (Can’t wait to see Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk)
Watch the trailer: