Saturday, 26 April 2014
Review : Captain America - The Winter Soldier
Captain America : The Winter Soldier - 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.
Welcome to another film review. Today's film review is going to be the sequel to Captain America - The Winter Soldier. I am for one pleased to see a sequel released, as it has been a while coming since the first one came out. I was just wondering what Steve Rogers was up to now, and this film really clues me in.
It's great. The references and the links that are made in relation to the comic books are in there in some context of detail, inclusion of characters, action sequences, small references. All sorts and it's communicated in such a way that you don't have to have read the comics in order to get those references. It's all pretty clear.
I liked the fact that it was all about a character origins being compelled into the story, communicated in such a way through mind blowing action, which is always good in terms of creating an effective visual effect. Also you want to create something that people are going to be able to enjoy, so the film fulfilled at least on that part.
What I didn't like so much is all the unnecessary softness and padding in the storytelling, I thought all that was meaningless and delayed more interesting story telling. It took a while to get on it's feet, it started off reasonably well, dragged out a bit in the middle and was really gripllingly exciting towards the end. Not a lot of rhythm in it.
The acting, I have to say was surprisingly a little below par in regards to the strength of the acting in the first Captain America film which I thought was much more communicated. In this film, the acting is more suttle, and droll and dull. That it's almost as if, main cast members have either no enthusiasm for the project or are just being dull. Scarlett Johanson does it a lot. Chris Evans does it a lot. Samuel L Jackson does it a bit which is very disappointing.
There was a bit of story to it, the storyline itself seemed very promising For Steve Rogers, awakening after decades of suspended animation involves more than catching up on pop culture. It is also about that this old school idealist must face a world of subtler threats and difficult moral complexities.
That comes clear when a man called Nick Fury is killed by the mysterious assassin, the Winter Soldier, but not before warning Rogers that SHIELD has been subverted by its enemies. When Rogers acts on Fury's warning to trust no one there, he is branded as a traitor by the organisation. Now a fugitive, Captain America must get to the bottom of this deadly mystery with the help of the Black Widow and his new friend, The Falcon. However, the battle will be costly for the Sentinel of Liberty, with Rogers finding enemies where he least expects them while learning that the Winter Soldier looks disturbingly familiar.
Seems like a pretty substantial story premise, which can give account for all the acting being down par and certain aspects not living up to greater expectations.
So overall, a fair movie 6/10.