Captain America: The Winter Soldier
After the roaring success of Iron Man in 2008, Marvel slowly trickled their assembly of heroes into the world of film. Thor, Captain America, The Hulk (you can cross this last one off your list – save you the trouble of watching it), then The Avengers in 2012 – summer blockbuster of the decade. Now, after a slew of (equally spectacular) sequels, we have arrived at Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the most patriotic film in the history of everything.
Without giving too much away, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an epic journey into the inner workings of S.H.I.E.L.D, and a potential weaponry ploy that could both save millions and wreak havoc on the world. The ol’ Cap goes rogue against his superiors to save the nation from the merciless will of the illusive Winter Soldier. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), who essentially runs this town as it is, puts herself in the firing line as Rogers’ go-to-gal, where their friendship is put on the line in order to protect the masses from the decimating barrage of villainy.
What could arguably be the best Marvel film to date, The Winter Soldier truly has it all: a juicy plot, healthy sprinkle of humour, delightful characterisation, and not to mention, the most stunning fight sequences to ever be performed on screen. Characters that have already been in cinemas before – as well as the refreshing introduction of another Marvel hero (who we’ll keep quiet about) – have, indeed, turned the dial up to 11. Johansson’s portrayal of the cunning Natasha Romanov crests to new, exciting heights, put front and centre with both diplomacy and action – not just some damsel in distress on the sidelines any more – and will no doubt be a welcome change with fans. The unforgettable Nick Fury, who plays a pivotal part in the plot surrounding S.H.I.E.L.D, is as sassy and decked out in black as always, keeping the shroud of mystery cloaked behind his iconic leather jacket.
This spring epic, set to hit cinemas later this month, is a must-see for any action fan. It seems that the old classic of strutting slowly away from explosion is no longer enough to satisfy action-flick junkies, and walking into fire and smoke is what the audience wants. More action than fantasy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is no doubt something your inner eight-year-old will want to see time after time after time.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is released nationwide on 26th March 2014.
Watch the trailer for Captain America: The Winter Soldier here: