Writers: Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely
Directors: Anthony & Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, and Robert Redford
IMDb Log Line: Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.
- Topical story that does not beat you over the head with morality but makes you think.
- Human scale to the conflict
- Chemistry between the cast
- Great Ed Brubaker source material
- When you actually think about the end goal of the enemies plan, after their initial surprise attack they can be easily defeated with conventional forces.
Review: A surprisingly emotional sequel that supersedes the original, and does not suffer any of the sophomore slump of the other Marvel Studio second franchise films. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is their best effort to date delivering emotion, character development, good story telling, and action you can follow and not be overwhelmed with; all while maintaining respect to the source material. The greatest feat by the filmmakers is establishing the emotional connection between Steve Rogers and the Winter Soldier in only one film, where the comics had literal decades of history to work with.
Grade = A-
* Thanks to “filmhipster” for the new style of my reviews. My free time for my blog has been much reduced, and the length of my previous reviews hindered my abilities to keep-up with my movie watching. All that being said, I decided to adapt this short form “Consumer Reports” type of review to get back on track.