Cinematic Thoughts for Cinematic Minds
Director(s): Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan
The series of Marvel Studios’ stand-alone Avenger movies continues with Captain America’s (Chris Evans) second solo adventure and the ninth in the ‘Marvel Cinematic Universe’ (the first being Iron Man in 2008).
This time around, our star-spangled hero faces enemies both new and old… very old. Upon learning that this new threat to world peace emanates from within his own ranks after an attempt on S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury’s (Samuel L. Jackson) life, ‘The Cap’ closes up to everyone around him. Everyone, that is, except for Natasha Romanov A.K.A. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) who joins him on his mission.
Along the way they of course clash with the mysterious Winter Soldier who appears to have earned his nickname through a cool cocktail of ice-cold callousness and a merciless stare that would send a chill down the spine of Vladimir Putin. What the Captain and the Widow discover together is a treacherous plot to enslave the world and a web of deceit in the making for over half a century.
Rather than feeling like a cheap thrill made simply to fill the gap between Avengers films and because it’s expected, The Winter Soldier gives audiences an intimate glimpse into the life of a man well and truly out of time and explores further the characters of Fury and Black Widow. Furthermore, the plot significantly changes and develops the comic universe the story is set in, so it’ll be interesting to see how said changes and developments affect future instalments.
Funny, enthralling and not wanting for furious action, The Winter Soldier lives up to the precedent set by The First Avenger and Avengers Assemble by delivering all the ingredients found in their cinematic stew whilst altering the recipe just a little bit, giving it a new flavour all of its own. Be sure to stick around for the customary mid- and post-credits scenes offering titillating tasters of what’s to come in the future of the franchise and I’d be very interested to see how many of you eagle-eyed film buffs out there notice the sly Pulp Fiction reference slipped in towards the end.