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 

Memorial Day Super Post!

Happy Memorial Day everyone! I hope you all celebrated it in the best way possible! As many of you may know by now, I love lists. And on this day, I will list the seven best soldiers in comics (you don’t get that reference, do you?)! Think this sounds boring? You’re probably right, but I invite you to enjoy! It’s probably the most themed activity you will have done all day!

7. The Punisher. I will say this. Frank Castle is a great soldier. The only problem is whom he attacks. Which is just about anybody in the Marvel Universe. And on occasions, the DCU as well. While he is perhaps the most proficient soldier, he is certainly the most immoral of those on my list.

6. Al Pratt. While commonly known as the Golden Age Atom, this man was a soldier first. Pratt turned is small stature from a disadvantage into a costumed identity. Al become one of the most famous heroes in the DCU, but this status was only born from his status as a soldier.

5. Bucky Barnes. Perhaps one of the greatest soldiers in comics. He falls here on the list because he died young. Well died and then became a Communist Super Soldier. And that’s the thing. This is Memorial Day. It celebrates American heroes, not Communists. AMERICA!

4. Sgt. Rock. One of America’s most enduring soldiers. The Rock has been in print since the 40’s, and has served in virtually every war in the 20th and 21st centuries. Rock is a tough as nails soldier, who cares for his men as only a dedicated leader could. That does not stop him from being the most decorated soldier in the armed forces. Who some how doesn’t age.

3. Diana Prince. Certainly the most beautiful of all of the soldiers in comics. Diana is the very symbol of modern day America. An empowered, but attractive female that can be just as capable as her male counterparts. Unfortunately, this is also often her downfall. For those who don’t read comic books, Diana often gets lost in an insatiable bloodlust. Good soldiers don’t enjoy slaughtering dozens of nazi’s at a time with a magical sword.

2. Bruce Wayne. Yes, it’s a stretch, as he isn’t an actual soldier, but he has dedicated his life to fighting what he sees as evil, and has undergone much training to do so. Bruce Wayne turned himself into a crusader against all odds. So while he is the only person on the list who was never at one point an enlisted man/woman, he certainly deserves the high place on the list he has.

1. Captain America. Come on. I mean come on. Did you think anybody else would be here? He is a cultural icon in both the real world and the fictional Marvel Universe. He is a soldier. That is his thing. The powerful characterization about Cap is that he doesn’t attempt to fight his instincts as a soldier. He instead uses it as a moral bearing and standard for the entire Marvel Universe.