Arianna St. Pierre – Arts Editor
Marvel’s First Avenger is back and packs a bigger punch in “Captain American: The Winter Soldier.” The second installation in the Captain America series picks up where the “The Avengers” film left off. Captain Steve Rogers, a.k.a Captain America (Chris Evans), is working for secret spy agency S.H.E.I.L.D but Rogers isn’t quite sure if he wants to keep doing the whole superhero thing. The main concept of the film is there is something fishy going on at the S.H.E.I.L.D agency. With the lines between whose good and whose bad are blurred, the Captain isn’t sure who can be trusted and who will kill him.
“Captain America” is an action film and there is definitely plenty of that. It is refreshing to see some of the most epic fight scenes don’t rely heavily on CGI (though there are plenty of other CGI effects throughout the film). The fight choreography combined with brilliant cinematography, along with the aid of a forty-foot movie screen, create well-crafted hand-to-hand combat sequences.
However, there are too many clichés in the dialogue. They are meant to serve as profound one-liners but they come off too strong. Also, the Captain’s self-righteous nature and his constant preaching is annoying but it’s an action-comic-book flick it’s to be expected. As annoying as he may be, Evans is the perfect Captain America. He’s got that clean-cut, Cub Scout look making him ideal for the part. De- spite his self-righteous nature, he manages to remain likable.
The most compelling scenes are the confrontations between the Captain and the bionic-metal-arm villain, the Winter Soldier. Their interactions are relatively limited but when they battle each other, it is a grand performance. In terms of physical strength they are equal so it makes for a good fight.
The Captain isn’t completely alone in trying to defeat the corruption at S.H.E.I.L.D. He has the help of an old friend, agent Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), who can more than hold her own in a fight and a new addition and ally, Sam Wilson aka Falcon (Anthony Mackie). Falcon is a welcomed addition and hopefully he makes an appearance in the second Avengers movie out in 2015. Samuel L. Jackson also reprises his role as Nick Fury and it was nice to see him in a heavy action scene, instead of standing around at headquarters.
It was an interesting choice to have Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce in the film. Redford doesn’t do anything spectacular and the sole reason he was cast was because of his name. Redford’s character is part of a predictable plot twist that has been seen countless times but works for the purpose of the film.
Overall, “Captain American: The Winter Soldier” is worth seeing if you love all things Marvel and superhero. The sequel was far better than the first film and the action sequences are truly fun to watch. The dialogue can be a little hard to sit through but after all it is an action movie and action is certainly what you get.