[Movie Review] Captain America: The Winter Soldier

By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier brings toughness and mega special effects, but lacks the charm of the first one.

I went into Captain America: The Winter Soldier with high expectations, not only because the dynamic duo of Marvel Comics and Disney has pumped out some incredible movies in The Avengers universe lately, but also because it looked legitimately intriguing. As much as I love the sort of superpowered interdimensional craziness of flicks like Thor and Man of Steel, sometimes it’s nice to watch an actual human being deal with normal planet Earth problems. Unfortunately, while the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger delivers mega amounts of all-American justice battling power-hungry bad guys inside and beyond the USA government, the lack of emotional depth and the cheesy dialogue make it more of a “noisy and fun” flick instead of a “legendary classic” like Iron Man.

Let’s dish out the good, first. Long-time acting veteran Robert Redford plays a wonderfully complicated villain who almost makes you want to join him in “fixing” the world, and Samuel L. Jackson is his usual macho, wickedly charming Nick Fury. However, Chris Evans loses some of his small-town and old-school charisma from the first Captain America this time around, and Scarlett Johansson just seems to be going through the motions as bad girl assassin Natasha Romanoff (a.k.a. Black Widow).

Then, while the movie does touch upon American government surveillance issues that remind us of the real world’s National Security Agency drama with Edward Snowden, the plot unoriginally follows the usual thriller formula of bad-guy-manipulates-good-guys-from-the-inside. Yep, we’ve all seen what happens when an evil mastermind secretly takes over a good organization, and whether we’re talking about Palpatine’s creation of the Empire in Star Wars or Marvel’s S.H.I.E.L.D. being corrupted in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, it plays out very predictably. Thankfully, the special effects are very well-done, albeit with a little too much computer-generated imagery.

Then again, this is a comic book movie, so cartoonish good times and over-the-top action are kind of expected. If you’re a Marvel fan or just really like comic book movies, definitely check out the latest Captain America flick – however, if you’re wishy-washy, feel free to skip it. Our final verdict? We give Captain America: The Winter Soldier a “B-”.

Images courtesy of Marvel Comics and Disney.