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Marvel turns up the heat with “Winter Soldier”

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Captain American: Winter Soldier completely outdoes its predecessor in every way.
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EDMOND, Okla. - The newest entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe could be its best one yet.

Captain American: Winter Soldier completely outdoes its predecessor in every way. While the first one focuses on the origins of Captain America and takes place mostly in the era of World War 2, this one has a story that could have been ripped from today's headlines, picking up almost immediately after the events of the Avengers film. It is edgier than the first, which makes sense considering it takes place in the modern era. 

I have always felt that Captain America was the most human of Marvel’s superheroes and this film solidified that fact. Gone are the aliens and superhuman creatures that want to mount interplanetary war on the Earth. This film tells the almost horrifying story of something that could actually happen in today’s world and focuses on the handful of people trying to stop the threat, with Steve Rogers taking the lead.

The actions scenes are incredible and take up most of the film. Visually speaking this film was non-stop fun to watch. It had everything from intense car chases to humor. The fight scenes, of which there were plenty, helped to make this movie the epic superhero film that it is. 

Chris Evans plays his role perfectly again, making it impossible to imagine anybody else playing the role of the Captain. 

The supporting cast was amazing. Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson return in the roles of Nick Fury and Black Widow. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, played the sidekick role beautifully. Hollywood icon Robert Redford plays the part of the “real” leader of SHIELD, while Alexander Pierce in a role that seemed suited just for him. And last but certainly not least, the character of the Winter Soldier, aka Bucky Barnes, was perfect. I felt like the costume designers and the writers really did their comic book homework with that character.  

Speaking of the Winter Soldier charter, I felt that the title was slightly misleading in a way. Although the Winter Soldier was extremely important to the plot and to the film in general, the film's main villain was actually not the Winter Soldier at all. And the real villain will blow your mind.

After the Avengers, I would have never thought there would be a Marvel movie that could top it. I was wrong. I thought this one was better, mostly in terms of storyline. Anthony and Joe Russo really picked up very well where Joss Whedon left off in the Avengers. It is kind of interesting to know that this film was done by the same guys that directed the TV sitcoms Arrested Development and Community.

There are really very few bad things I can say about this movie. In fact, none really come to mind, except one and it is pretty nitpicky and involves the absence of a particular character from the Avengers movie.

If you have not seen this movie yet, I suggest you stop what you are doing right now and go see it. Unless of course you are at work. I don’t suggest you risk getting fired to go see a movie. Just wait until you are off for the day. Then definitely go see it!  This is a film I could certainly see myself enjoying in the theaters more than once.

Captain America: Winter Soldier was not a movie that I had been too terribly excited to see because the first one. Although it was good it just did not impress me that much. It was not until I saw the first trailer for the new film that got me excited to see it. It made me think this was going to be a completely different Captain America story. And the idea of including the Winter Soldier in the film made me even more eager to go see it. The film delivered in so many ways.

It is going to be interesting to see how Marvel Studios follows this one up in their movie continuity because they have definitely raised the bar. 

Hollywood is going to have its hands full trying to top this one.

Steve Long runs the Otter Limits blog and currently resides in Edmond, Oklahoma.   

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