We live in the age of superhero films and recently I've been getting… More We live in the age of superhero films and recently I've been getting kind of tired of them. Fortunately, Captain America: The Winter Soldier presents us with something new. It changes up the typical formula in superhero films by not being so obvious with who the villains are and where the story is going. It's exciting, complex, and fueled by excellent action scenes and unexpected twists. One of the best comic book films I've seen and also a great film in general. The best thing about The Winter Soldier is that it's unpredictable. In many superhero films a bad guy shows up, destroys things with some lame motivation, and you just know the hero will beat the villain in the end. This film brings a new dynamic. Who can we trust? What is really going on with the conflict? Things are more mysterious and it keeps us guessing. There's no obvious villain who shows up and says: "I'm here just to blow things up and irritate you!" Which is really what happens more often than not. So let's talk about one of the villains known as the Winter Soldier. He has a great design and he poses a threat. He's also a character with a lot of mystery around him and it builds up to an excellent twist; there were many gasps when his identity was revealed. It's a lot better and more interesting than other twists I've seen in some recent comic book movies. Anyway, he adds more depth to the film and makes it more emotional and personal for Cap. It's one of the best ways I've seen a villain handled. Well, on to the action scenes. In The Winter Soldier they are mostly fine. I did get annoyed with soldiers not shooting at the Captain's feet, which they could have done in a few situations. I was also bothered by the shaky camera at times, but it never gets to the point of being incoherent. With that said, Captain America fighting others is a thrill to watch and we really see him at his full potential in this film. I think there is a very good balance between CGI and well-choreographed, grounded action. The film knows when to use humor but it also handles the serious/intense scenes very well. I always get annoyed with the superhero genre trying to be overly serious by being extremely dark. The genre itself is silly and I think things work better when you know how to have a little fun. The Winter Soldier has some very intense dramatic scenes and I'd say it is one of the darker Marvel films, but it also knows that at the end of the day it's a superhero film; it never gets to the point of being pretentious. That's about all I have to say. If you are looking for a solid film that is thrilling, unpredictable, and emotional, check this one out. It takes the risk of trying new things and it pays off, making the film all the more better. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a recent highpoint in the superhero genre and it will be tough to top.
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