After the disappointing Thor: The Dark World, Marvel matures with a contemporary thriller that emphasises character and ideology.
The Winter Soldier himself is underused and the conclusion weakened by sequel-bait, but bar some overly-rapid editing the Russo brothers nail the darker tone and give us stunningly-staged, largely practical action sequences; refreshing relief from the CGI fatigue of T:TDW and Iron Man 3. The script isn’t always subtle (a necessity for younger audiences to follow) but remains strong.
Redford’s still got it and Mackie shines, but this is Evans’ show: melancholy, emotive and unfailingly heroic, he grounds the spectacle with humanity.
Marvel’s back on track with a spectacular thriller filled with charm and character. The pairing of Evans and Mackie will leave you thirsty for another solo outing from the Star Spangled Man. This is one of Marvel’s smartest and strongest efforts yet.
CAST: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
WRITERS: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
DIRECTORS: Anthony & Joe Russo
SYNOPSIS: Still adapting to the modern world, Steve Rogers is given cause to question S.H.I.E.L.D.’s motives as they prepare to launch a new initiative.