The film even comes complete with an actor who is no stranger to the political spy genre, Robert Redford. Redford was cast mostly due to his involvement with the 1976 Oscar nominated film “All the President’s Men” which was about the Watergate scandal. He brings some heavyweight clout to a genre of film that was relegated to silly costumes and humor just a decade ago.
But it’s not all about spies and politics. A large portion of the film, and most of the humor, is Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, who is still coping with current technology in the present time, as well as adjusting to his new life in the 21st century.
There’s not really much to say without spoiling the movie because there’s tons of twists and turns and surprise guests which makes the two-hour-and-16-minute run time seem pretty short.
But we do get more involvement from Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow character, who is basically the Captain’s sidekick in the movie. We learn about her character’s background a little bit more and get to see her kick a lot of butt.
Fan favorite Nick Fury, played by Samuel Jackson, also gets a lot more screen time in “The Winter Soldier,” which is nice. He has a few really heavy action pieces in the film, and it’s good to see him in his full glory as the super agent we’ve all heard he was.
The plot basically revolves around The Winter Soldier of the title. He’s a top secret assassin that has popped up throughout the years to murder political leaders whenever he’s told to. His identity is kept secret, though the Captain may know who he is and might just have some history with the character.
Overall, the film really exhibits how well Marvel Studios has been handling their characters since they decided to take the reins and handle their character’s films themselves. You can definitely see the effect that “Avengers” has had throughout their cinematic universe, and so far they can do no wrong.
It’ll be interesting to see how they can top “Avengers” because at this point they’re going to have to. Every sequel they’ve produced so far has done just that from “Thor: The Dark World” to “Iron Man 3” and now “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” Each movie grows in scope and grandeur while including the top-notch talent they need to elevate the films above normal superhero fare, actually creating films that tell stories and emotionally suck you in, which comic book movies have failed to do in the past.
Marvel Studios continues to bring intriguing elements and massive scale battles to their features and show no signs of slowing down.
With “Avengers 2: The Age of Ultron” currently filming and headed to our screens next summer, it will be interesting to see how they use each character this time around, now that they are all blockbuster film heroes themselves.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is playing at Rio 6 Cinemas, 806 E. Houston St., in Beeville. For showtimes head to rioentertainment.com.
Paul Gonzales is the entertainment writer at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 116, or at thescene@mySouTex.com.