There have been a lot superhero movies that have come out in the past several years — some good and some not so good.
"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" stands out among the very good. Without a doubt, it is one of Marvel's best movies released yet, if not one of the best in the genre.
The movie has Chris Evans reprising his role as Captain America. The Captain is struggling to adapt to the modern world after being frozen for several decades. However, he's not necessarily struggling with the idea of changing technology, but rather with trust, morality and who he is going to be in the modern age.
Evans does a marvelous job once again at playing the Captain. He shows good humor, loyalty and honor, like the original character, and he performs very good action scenes that are highlighted by the film's superb cinematography.
Also, Scarlet Johansson returns as Black Widow and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury. Both play their supporting roles way above par.
Overall, it was disappointing that the Winter Soldier, played by Sebastian Barnes, did not have enough lines to flesh out his character. However, that didn't take away from it being a well-acted performance.
With superhero movies, the best part should be the action, and with "Captain America," it is. There are several action scenes leading up to the final huge battle, and Marvel is well-known for having that great action finale. This finale topped many of its Marvel predecessors.
The movie is right at 2 hours and 16 minutes, which ended up being the perfect length. The pacing of the film left room for hungry anticipation as well as immense satisfaction by the end — exactly what makes a good blockbuster.
The only thing to make this movie better would be to have more of a focus on Captain America because, after all, that is the title of the movie. His character is so complex that he deserves more time spent on character development. At times, it was easy to forget that it's his movie among all the other people, including Black Widow, Nick Fury, S.H.I.E.L.D. as a whole and the Winter Soldier.
Despite these flaws, Marvel's "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is another fantastic film to follow in the line of their big box office successes.
4 out of 5 stars.