After last year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Phase Two of… More After last year's Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe unveils its third entry with Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film serves as a sequel to Captain America: The First Avenger as well as an epilogue to the events of The Avengers and a lead-in to the events to that film's sequel which will be released next year. Captain America would have to be my second favorite Avenger. I say that because it's a tie between him and the Hulk. I really enjoyed the first Captain America movie and loved his presence in The Avengers. It's obvious that I was really looking forward to his next solo outing. After months of anticipation, I was really satisfied with this sequel. Two years after the events in The Avengers, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America is now working for S.H.I.E.L.D. as well as trying to adjust to modern life. If you were to awaken after being frozen for seventy years, you would have to catch up on a lot of things. He and Black Widow is the people that S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in order to carry out dangerous missions. When S.H.I.E.L.D. comes under attack from by a mysterious enemy known as The Winter Soldier, it's up to Cap, Black Widow, and the Falcon to take down The Winter Soldier as well as discover the dirty secrets the organization they work for holds. Many people have praised this film for its political themes. To be honest, politics are not my thing. As I was walking into this movie, I was wondering if I would appreciate the political themes or they would just bore me. As a matter of fact, the political stuff kept me intrigued. The film brought up some issues that relevant today such as military paranoia and foreign policy. These two things made for an intriguing plot. If anything, the movie is a political thriller that just so happens to have superheroes in it. The film's plot is complex but it's easy to follow. There are also a lot of twists and turns that are sure to surprise the viewers. The film's first action sequence immediately grabs the audiences' attentions and prepares for the thrilling story that follows. The cast in this film all does a good job. This is Chris Evans' third time playing the title character and by now, he has complete confidence in his role. A large portion of the film deals with Steve trying to find his place in the modern world. He sometimes feels lost in this world and you can't help but feel for him. I just love the patriotic, good-natured attitude Evans brings to the character. But Cap isn't always the all-American nice guy throughout this movie. There are times where he has to question his morality and step out of his comfort zone in order to defend the country he cares so much for. It made the character of Captain America a lot more fascinating. While I know that Cap has a lot of fans, I always felt that he was in the shadow of some of the other Avengers. This movie will make you appreciate the character even more. Scarlett Johansson reprises her role of Black Widow and tags along with our main hero. Scarlett Johansson has always been great as Black Widow and she didn't disappoint here. Anthony Mackie plays Sam Wilson aka The Falcon and I really enjoyed his performance. By the end of the movie, I came to admire the character of The Falcon. I really hope we see him again in future films. I'm not the biggest fan of Nick Fury but I think Samuel L. Jackson did his performance as the character here. I grew to like him a lot more in this movie thanks to his performance. His character was well written. Robert Redford was a welcome addition to the cast and he did a great job. The person who played the Winter Soldier (it's best that you don't know who it is) did a fantastic job. I always felt that the Marvel Cinematic Universe lacked memorable villains. The only memorable villain in this franchise in my opinion is Loki. The Winter Soldier is the best villain in this franchise since Loki. He doesn't talk a whole lot but he is able to come off as menacing. I was on the edge of my seat every time he came on screen. I enjoyed Emily VanCamp in her small role as Sharon Carter. She's a good actress and a pretty one too. I liked her character and I hope we see more of her. The last cast member I want to talk about was Frank Grillo. He played a corrupt S.H.I.E.L.D. operative named Brock Rumlow. I thought Grillo did a good job playing an unlikable character. I have a feeling he will be a villain in a future film. When he came on screen, I felt like punching him in the face. I think the writers wanted to create a character that the audiences come to loathe. If that was their intention, then they succeeded. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, decided to use practical effects for some of the action scenes as oppose to CGI. I thought this was a great decision. The action scenes were planned out very well and there was some impressive fighting and stunt work. Only the climax looked like it relied on CGI. The Russo Brothers establish a tone that is different from the first film. While Joe Johnston gave a great period piece with the first film, the Russo Brothers do a great job bringing Captain America into modern times. The script was also solid. The dialogue was sharp, the comedy was witty, and there is a good amount of emotion thrown in. In my opinion, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best film in Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I was impressed with the film's engaging plot, the performances from the cast, and the action sequences. The events in this film make a big impact on the Marvel Cinematic Universe and I can't wait to see how things unfold in this franchise. There are scenes during and after the credits that are sure to make Marvel fans hungry for more. Captain America: The Winter Solider is an entertaining superhero film with brains and brawn. "I'm sorry. Did I step on your moment?"
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