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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Movie Review

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Two easy arguments: 1) Captain America is the least interesting character on the Avengers; 2) Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best Marvel sequel since X2.

You heard that right. The first Captain America was mildly entertaining at best, mediocre on average and downright bad to some. Earning the award for most improved is its sequel, which is smart, exciting, fun and action-packed.

Even though the title character is only marginally more interesting than a stale piece of bread--and one of the movie's only flaws is the overabundance of Captain Boring talking about honesty and blah blah blah--directors Anthony and Joe Russo make it up for it in more than a few ways. The movie kicks off with an awesome raid aboard a military ship, and that's only one of many impressive action sequences.

The filmmakers are clearly aware of their character's limitations; while Chris Evans delivers a fine performance nonetheless, he is surrounded by a strong cast. Scarlett Johansson is terrific (and looks even better), Samuel L. Jackson finally gets some direct action as Nick Fury and newcomers Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford play their parts well. Sebastian Stan isn't allowed to show much range, but as a silent, mindless villain, he's a badass.

Aside from a few clunky dialogue sequences (Steve Rogers is like that attractive, fit person you go on a date with only to find he or she has nothing to say), Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a shockingly good action movie. There's not much else to say.

But I will! (SPOILERS) Four questions:

    • Where's the U.S. military when shit gets real?
    • Why doesn't Captain America call Iron Man when shit gets real?
    • How many people in S.H.I.E.L.D. are actually good?
    • Will they stop spending money on those giant flying aircraft carriers? Only bad things can come of them.

    Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.

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