MTV Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Strap yourself in for a thrilling ride with Cap 'n' co...
UK Release Date: March 26, 2014
Running Time: 136minutes
Directors: Joe Russo and Anthony Russo
Plot: Cap (Chris Evans) is back for his first outing since Avengers Assemble. Winter Soldier picks up two years after the events of the billion-dollar grossing blockbuster, with Steve Rogers struggling to adapt to the modern world (don’t forget, he was busted out of an ice cube after 70 years underwater in the first Captain America flick.) But he soon finds himself dragged back into the fray, alongside Nick Fury and the Black Widow, when it turns out S.H.I.E.L.D has been compromised and a familiar face from his past reappears.
Date Movie or Mate Movie? With barely a hint of romance in this film (although not for a lack of trying on Johansson’s part), Captain America 2 is most definitely a mate movie. And that’s before you even get to the numerous (yet awesome) action sequences. Ditch the date and grab an extra-large bucket of popcorn for this silver screen spectacle.
Scene Stealer: ScarJo holds her own in this testosterone fuelled blockbuster as only ScarJo can. Back in her black, skin-tight catsuit she delivers the one-liners and kicks ass with the best of them with barely a strawberry blonde hair out of place.
WTF Moment: When the lone silver-haired female on the World Security Council - who looks more like a Vogue editor than a streetfighter – starts throwing roundhouse kicks coupled with some punches, you know something is up. Her true identity is soon revealed.
Summary: From its first big screen outing, Captain America has proven itself the strongest of the Marvel franchises, at least in terms of delivery if not box office receipts.
Chris Evans perfectly portrays Cap as the tormented relic from his own past and, in this sequel, his interaction with Sebastian Stan – who reprises his role as Cap’s former sidekick Bucky – is both touching and exhilarating. The supporting cast – including oldtimers Samuel L Jackson, Hayley Atwell and Cobie Smoulders as well as newcomers Anthony Mackie and Revenge star Emily VanCamp – are great and you’ll leave the cinema chomping at the bit for Captain America 3. In the meantime, Avengers: Age of Ultron, should pacify you. Don’t forget to stay after the credits for a sneak peak.
Insider Tip: Pulp Fiction fans should keep an eye out for Nick Fury’s gravestone in the flick (and don’t worry, that’s not a spoiler!).
By Karen Yossman @mtvuknews