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Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier

You can’t see it right now, what with the computers in the way, but I am saluting the flag. I feel an overwhelming swell of patriotism growing inside me, having taken in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. This is a damn fine country and it produces some damn fine movies about damn fine superheroes. How many does this make for Marvel? How many amazing action movies have they produced so far? The Avengers was one of the biggest movies of all time, and all three superhero follow-ups have been dynamite, with Captain America 2 probably the best of the bunch. This movie has everything. This movie is everything.

It makes me proud to be an American.

Movie Rating: 9/10 – Great.

Not that American patriotism is the driving factor of The Winter Soldier, I just needed a good opening. This movie is actually about SHIELD and the secrets it keeps, and how Steve Rogers may be the only honest man left who can get to the bottom of the mysteries that lie at the heart of the organization. SHIELD has been the glue that binds all of the Marvel movies so far. Heck, Marvel went ahead and based a whole TV show around them. But something inside SHIELD is starting to crack, and Captain America is just the sort of hero we need to save the day. He’s not flashy like Iron Man or Thor. He’s not at war with himself like the Hulk. Steve Rogers is just a man, for the most part. He’s determined and honest, and a lot tougher than most. But he’s a man who wants to do the right thing, and has the strength to stick with it when the odds seem overwhelming.

Plus he’s brought along a bunch of neat friends. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is almost as much of an ensemble film as The Avengers, and it works just as good.

In terms of sheer spectacle and excitement, The Avengers is still the best. But The Winter Soldier is of the same caliber and quality. The action and danger are very real, with ties to both The Avengers and Captain America’s first film. The characters are true to themselves, and grow beyond what we’ve seen before. And, as always, that signature Marvel wit just saturates the film. The dialogue is delightful, the banter is beautiful, and the film knows exactly when to sprinkle in the humor.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier is everything we’ve come to expect from the Marvel Movie Machine. Once again, Marvel raises the bar for action movies and superhero movies everywhere.

Join me after the jump for the full review. I’m going to try to keep SPOILERS to a minimum.

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Everything Wrong with the Honest Trailer of Captain America: The First Avenger!

I’m going to see Captain America: The Winter Soldier at the theater tonight, so to celebrate, I cobbled together all of my favorite movie critiquing Internet videos for you to enjoy! We’ve got Honest Trailers and Everything Wrong With, both of which came out in the past week. Plus I dug out the How It Should Have Ended as well, because I love you guys.

Let’s start with EWW by Cinema Sins!

Then we’ve got the Honest Trailer by the Screen Junkies!

And finally, How It Should Have Ended!

Hopefully I”ll have my review of The Winter Soldier up tomorrow morning!


All This Talk About Batman Has Made Captain America a Little Jealous

For seemingly no reason other possible reason than to take attention away from Batman, Marvel has released a new mini-trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It’s only a minute long, so maybe it’s for TV, but it contains a wealth of new footage and action!

Definitely can’t wait for this movie to come out. It just keeps looking better and better.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Finally Explains the Winter Soldier

There’s no doubt that ‘The Winter Soldier’ is a badass character name, but is he enough to hang an entire movie off? Marvel’s going to find out this Summer in Captain America: The Winter Soldier! At least the new trailer, aired during the Super Bowl, starts to introduce the villain to audiences.

Trailer looks as awesome as the first one! This film definitely stands to be a good one, I hope. And I also hope that audiences really dig Winter Soldier. I think he has potential when it comes to battling Cap, though I’m sure there’s another, bigger villain waiting in the wings. I also hope Falcon doesn’t come off as just a silly sidekick.

New Captain America 2 Poster Reveals That Cap Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Parachutes

The first trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier is due out in two days (apparently), so Marvel have started the festivities early with the reveal of the first teaser poster! In it, Captain America plainly doesn’t mind standing on an open airplane cargo bay door, mocking the very idea of gravity.

Unless he plans to use his shield like a parachute, which, of course, would be badass.

I’ll post the trailer here as soon as it’s online on Thursday, so stay tuned! I know I’m excited. Also, how cool is it that Marvel is releasing a Captain America movie on the Fourth of July? Thank you, America, for allowing this to happen. That’s possibly going to be the most American Fourth of July of all time! And I say that without a shred of hyperbole or historical accuracy!

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