‘Captain America’ soldiers to the front of the box office

April 17, 2014


Cody Sexton
Entertainment Editor


Captain America: The Winter Solider 3/5 Stars Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Captain America: The Winter Solider
3/5 Stars
Courtesy of Marvel Studios

Whether it was sweeping patriotism, a love for the comic book hero or Scarlett Johansson’s perfection that brought movie-goers to see Marvel’s latest “Captain America” film, the film has been a box office hit making it the No. 1 film two weeks running.


Thankfully, there are several more comics for Hollywood to use as an inspiration for films to contrast from the teenage dystopian love stories and Tyler Perry’s cross dressing.


Though the film is thoroughly enjoyable, the best thing about the release of a new Marvel movie means we are one step closer to Joss Whedon’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”

“The Winter Solider” takes on a darker tone as Captain America battles the forces of the secret organization HYDRA but manages to keep the light-hearted charm Marvel is known for.


The film’s first action sequence was eerily reminiscent of “Captain Phillips” with a ship commandeered by international pirates. When Captain America jumped (literally) into action and began the search and rescue, I began thinking how much easier of a time Tom Hanks would have had if he had a shield.


Speaking of the shield, the filmmakers gave the Captain more versatility with his iconic shield in this film, allowing him to use it more as a weapon than just a means of defense.


“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is considered to be one of Marvel’s best films so far for its brilliant action sequences and standout acting. Chris Evans’ and Scarlett Johansson’s on screen chemistry feels natural and supports their character’s roles in the film.


Johansson in particular was a standout character. It was a nice to see her front and center for a majority of the film as (much to my own dismay) she does not have her own Marvel film. Yet.


Robert Redford steps out from behind the veil created by his recent work with indie films and delivers a performance not soon forgotten.


In addition to new cast members, nothing makes a film better than the filmmakers ability to bring in old faces if only for a moment. Cobie Smulders reprises her role returns as S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Maria Hill as well as Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.


Helping the Captain in his fight against HYDRA, fans get a glimpse of Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon, played by Anthony Mackie and Agent Kate Carter, played by Emily VanCamp.


One of the most notable and commendable aspects of the film is its lack of CGI effects. The filmmakers instead uses practical effects and well-choreographed hand-to-hand combat and gun play.


Though the film was somewhat predictable at times with a few corny jokes to be expected from a super hero action movie, it was still a thrilling and entertaining work of art.


In a perfect example of natural selection at its finest, some decided to leave the theater before seeing the hidden mid-credit scene, which is always the best part of a Marvel movie.


Without giving away too much, fans are in for a treat with the new Avengers movie coming out in the summer of 2015 as they enter the “Age of Miracles.”


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