BULLSEYE OR MISFIRE: CATWS Reviews
By Drax Largo on April 3rd, 2014
Critic Reviews for Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Unless you’re intimately familiar with the so-called Marvel universe (or you really love CG explosions), little of this will resonate.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has the usual overlong running time, the half-hearted feints in the direction of human feeling and the obligatory action sequences that are big without being either exciting or particularly legible.
The Winter Soldier cheerfully and efficiently does its job doing whatever Marvel movies are meant to do — make you look forward to the next one, I guess.
On paper this sequel has some promising elements, but on screen it retreats from the very issues that it raises, and on a shelf next to “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “The Winter Soldier” is pale.
“The Winter Soldier” is superbly made and well-acted, neatly setting up the next few installments with just the right enticing sense of ongoing mystery.
The signal-to-noise ratio on “The Winter Soldier” is all messed up, and the net effect is self-canceling. I enjoyed the movie while I was watching it, or I thought I did, but all that’s left is an irritating buzz.
A sizzling, stand-alone conspiracy that lights the fuse on the Marvel universe and actually retrofits “Iron Man 2’s” clunkiest component parts.
The lack of green-screen laziness makes the red, white and blue workmanship pop out that much more.
Plot-wise, Winter Soldier makes for a more muscular movie than most Marvel-inspired mysteries.
A rousing adventure that will make devoted Captain America fans swoon while also pleasing those who met him only in the first film, but also touches on some hot-button contemporary issues.
His straightforward, human determination made 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger the best of the Avengers origin stories. The Winter Soldier, the best Marvel sequel, shows the guy’s still got it.
Winter Soldier fares best when the characters get to breathe a bit. Evans is both a solid team player and a terrific solo act, playing well off of both Mackie and Johansson and going a bit deeper when required.
It remains a highlight of Marvel’s bid for big-screen dominance, as well as a canny meditation on the perils of overprotective government agencies blithely swapping liberty and freedom for a tenuous sense of safety in a post-9/11 world.
With all the superheroes running around here, The Winter Soldier feels like a mini-Avengers movie unto itself.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is a very good movie, the rare film in this genre that serves as both entry point and continuation. For a change, you can walk in cold and you won’t be too lost.