Ravingnerd Reviews: Captain America the Winter Soldier

Naturally I wasn’t finding myself super exciting for the upcoming Captain America film. The first one was good, but in the scope of the Marvel cinematic universe I generally consider it to be on the weaker end of the spectrum. I find one of the biggest complaints that people who are unfamiliar with Captain America is that they claim he isn’t relevant outside of his Nazi fighting escapades. One of the biggest challenges this film had to face was to prove his relevance in our world. Additionally this film had to introduce the Falcon and promised to show case not only Cap but Black Widow as well.

While there was a lot going on in this film, I think the cast was the most compelling. All the long standing characters did an excellent job at further developing their characters. Both Fury and Widow especially got a lot of extra help thanks to strong performances by Sam and Scarlet. I think what drove this film thought was the great turns by both Anthony Mackie and Robert Redford. Both of their performances were stellar and not only drove much of the plot forward, but also in the case of Mackie helped to establish and update a long standing Marvel character. 

In addition to the stellar performances, the movie was home to some of the best action sequences I have ever seen in a film. Period. This movie was strikingly visual and the fights didn’t leave much to the imagination. They were fast paced and energetic. The movie was constantly exciting, and the extremely energetic action sequences made up for it’s predictable plot. Yes, much of the plot was predictable, but that is to be expected. Anyone who has some passive knowledge of comic books will be able to understand the big Winter Solider twist. That being said, the plot is involving and does keep you on the end of your seat. Lastly this film benefits from having loose subject material to base itself on. Many of my complaints with comic book films is that they play it loose with the subject material. This film however nails the parts it needs to while allowing everything else to fall into place organically.

All in all this is one of the best films in the Marvel universe. It’s catching, gripping, and entertaining. The films shortfalls are few and superfluous in comparison to the scope of the film. This movie did everything it needed to do and more. By a landslide.

My final ranking of the film is an 8/10. This film was solid and should easily fit within the top 5 Marvel films. I highly recommend this film to any one who enjoys comic books and anyone who finds themselves invested in the ongoing plot line of the Marvel movie universe.

My favorite moment of the film was probably Anthony Mackie’s performance. They did a stellar job at updating and introducing the character to the Marvel Universe and the friendship he developed with Cap was one of the nicer touches to the film.

My least favorite moment of the film was when everyone gasped when they revealed that Bucky was the Winter Solider. Read a book.

Until the next time,

Rn 

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Age of Ultron #5

The half way point is here. This episode is not only the pivotal point of change within Bendis’ story but also the departure of Hitch from art duties. Bendis and Marvel promised a massive change in tone and feel for the story, and it appears that that time is finally now. So the ultimate question is, can the spring board for the series spring lethargic and unimpressed readers with it? Here’s what I liked about the issue:

1. Nick Fury’s armory and bunker is a testament to who he is as a character and just how important he is to the Marvel Universe.

Rating before reading: 5
Rating after reading: 4

While I don’t enjoy disliking and almost actively hating them, but I can’t seem to help myself when it comes to this. Not only is this comic an un-involving story with near abysmal execution, but it just wreaks of bad plotting and inconsistency. While last issue I was quick to point out that they tried to make it appear as if this story was happening now, but was once again thwarted. So while Emma’s powers don’t work, Spider-Man isn’t superior and now the original Nick Fury is in charge. Hadn’t they gotten rid of him for his Samuel L. Jackson-ified son?

I’m not going to sit here and rant forever, because you have already heard most of my critiques. I outline my problems with the lack of “Nowness” and the over zealousness to kill in my last review. This comic does worse of by not only not improving upon it’s flaws, but by making them worse. I have been resilient, but don’t believe that I can hold on to this story for much longer.

Has Age of Ultron won you over?

Until the next time,

Rn