“”Captain America: The Winter Soldier” Easily Ranks Among The Best Marvel Studios Films.”
Let me get something out of the way: You know all those critics that say that “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” was a great superhero film that’s evocative of spy thrillers like “Three Days of the Condor (both which happen to have Robert Redford in starring roles)?”
Well, they’re right.
It’s a remarkable movie, easily the best Phase Two Marvel film so far (and it should go without saying at this point that you should never leave a Marvel Studios feature without sticking through the end credits) but what’s most amazing about it is that how it reinterprets old characters and brings Captain America forward to the present.
In fact, in that fashion it reminded me of Superman’s journey in Zach Snyder’s “Man Of Steel” except that despite the world being very different from that which Steve Rogers knew, he stayed true to himself and his beliefs, and as a result he changed it (with a little help along the way), while the superman that Synder presented wasn’t the Superman I remember and grew up with because he seemed to renounce the very qualities that made him what he was.
This was a trend that continued through the entire film, taking ideas and characters from Captain America’s past in the comics, and reinterpreting and reimagining them in a way that not only satisfied fans–such as myself–that have been following Marvel comic characters for years, but those that have never heard of the Falcon, Black Widow or Nick Fury (which, considering how successful “The Avengers” was, is probably a very small subset of people).
The Russo Brothers may not have a lot of films under their belt, but that’s going to change rapidly. They seem to understand that an action film doesn’t necessarily have to be wall-to-wall action, that the time spent establishing what motivates characters and laying the groundwork in the long run makes for a better movie.
And does this movie pay off! Most of aforementioned “groundwork” revolves around Captain America solving the mystery of an enemy that–while the Captain was frozen in ice for over 65 years–was active, undermining the American democratic experiment from within.
And special mention needs to be given to Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, who not only seems to have a snappy quip for just about every occasion, but whom whenever he took the skies virtually the entire theater would erupt into clapping.
I didn’t catch the 3D version, because more often than not that it’s a racket that enables theaters to charge significantly more per ticket than a non-3D movie, and truth be told before seeing it I didn’t think it would be as immersive in 3D like “Prometheus” or, to a lesser degree “Pacific Rim.”
That being said, I think that I will see it again very soon, in 3D. Just to be sure.