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Review of "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER"
By Jayne Waterford
Copyrighted © Jayne Waterford, 2014. Revised 17th April 2014 Revised 2nd January 2015
REVIEW: "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" by Jayne Waterford

Anthony and Joe Russo's "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" (2014) is a hit!

From the trailer which dazzled me, I mean I went into "NEED FOR SPEED" and sat down watching a day in the life of Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) unfold that kept going and going, until I thought wow put my feet up, they're screening the film right now! But no. It was simply the trailer to eclipse all trailers literally and starred alone before the feature, to the Manga like incarnation of Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) (exposition withheld), it's a hit.

"MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER", more commonly referred to as "CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" features the futuristic, Stark and S.H.I.E.L.D. branded CGI technology we have come to expect, plus takes something from many contemporary television hits, an angel figure. It reminds me how gorgeous angels are to watch. The athletic man with wings. In this case he was the low-altitude IRONMAN you have when you don't have an "IRONMAN". Indeed, he may have been a little more interesting than IRONMAN, if only because he could not zip out of harms way and was a much more romantic shape. Props to

"Falcon" (Anthony Mackie) (inventor: Sam Wilson).

Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) himself was played as a more steady, older guy who still took the chance to feel excited every now and again. Skipping out the end of the plan in front of Romanov is one instance. Flawed heroes, a Romanov who clarifies that she only acts like she knows everything... Johansson and Evans really shone.

It's tempting to site the "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA" franchise (2011)-(2014) as an examination of fascism but to some degree I feel like I'm simply letting them of the hook with a dismissive classification. I'll never forget coming out of the first Joe Johnston's "CAPTAIN AMERICA" (2011), later called, "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER" at Hoyts in Sydney and hearing an usher say to me, "We of short stature..." were offended, essentially. There is something fundamentally flawed with a story that presumes its audience is going to buy that tall is necessarily better than short. I mean at what height does one become the other? It's all relative surely. Steve Rogers goes into the process 5'4", is drugged and treated and becomes 6'2".

Equally we have to opportunity to see the franchise appropriate the ugliness of Nicholas J. Fury's Iraqi War, smart bomb-like policy of putting down terrorism

before it becomes a crime. He now possesses technology, the heli-carriers that, "can read the DNA of a terrorist before he leaves the shelter." Writer Ed Brubaker must have taken a leaf out of the book of Dror Moreh's "THE GATEKEEPERS" (2012) for his S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to be designed along these lines. Steve objects and goes off, contemplating alternative career paths. They become patriots against the government sponsored enterprise. Fury, in the end, has a simple change of heart when he is out voted by a small group of stars. It's not tenable. Samuel L. Jackson's work as Fury gives us an interesting, isolated, hard-bitten man who is even more alone that Ice-Cube's James Payton in Tim Story's "RIDE ALONG" (2014). He has given everything to his ideals. He is now a little over weight, very unhappy and alone, alone, alone and hard, hard, hard, like a desert inside.

Even though our team now posits itself as a force against S.H.I.E.L.D. policies, they will not be destroyed, ie. we will keep seeing them, because they are needed in the MARVEL world though with "GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY" coming out, introducing us to more characters to fight against might on our planet's behalf we wonder how many sound bites each will ultimately get in their careers.

But proably my favourite character of all was someone

who managed to channel Georges St-Pierre (GSP) himself for the character Baron Wolfgang von Strucker (Thomas Kretschmann) the arch villain of our tale who promises to come back in the next instalment. He looks like GSP, he fights as radically as like GSP, so well in fact that his fight sequence against Captain America gets a second wind. Until at the end, we see a glimpse of his face. I loved him as the Captain Englehorn in Peter Jackson's "KING KONG" (2005) and just between you and me he was the best thing in Paul Middleditch's "SEPARATION CITY" (2009). And he's hot.

"MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" gets a little bogged down and is a little simple but hanging out with the well drawn Romanov and Rogers is a pleasure. Plus we all like Captain America so much. He's nice and the questions he faces in his life feel real. 8/10


Anthony and Joe Russo's
"MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER" (2014)
Release Date 3rd April 2014
Category Action Adventure
Running Time 136 minutes (2 hours, 16 minutes)
Rating M
Studio MARVEL
Origin USA
Coda Yes - 2
Director Anthony and Joe Russo
Producer Kevin Feige
Stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian
Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Distributor Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
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Official Blurb "After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvelís ďCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIERĒ finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemyóthe Winter Soldier.
Based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series, first published in 1941, Marvelís ďCAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIERĒ is produced by Kevin Feige, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, from a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Frank Grillo, Emily VanCamp and Hayley Atwell, with Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury." - Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures PR

8th April 2013 "MARVEL STUDIOS BEGINS PRODUCTION ON 2nd INSTALLMENT OF THE ICONIC FRANCHISE "CAPTAIN AMERICA""

First look: "MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER"
Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
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L to R: Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson)
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Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
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Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
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"MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER"
Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans)
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"MARVELíS CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER"
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