Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Release year: 2014
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Screenwriter: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker, Joe Simon (comic book), Jack Kirby (comic book)
Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders
Ratings: 1 Oscar nomination: Best Visual Effects.
Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) better known as Captain America, the superhero with integrity and a strong sense of justice returns. He is still struggling to come to terms with the modern world and finds himself working for S.H.I.E.L.D. side by side with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) when disaster strikes and changes the organization forever. Soon Rogers is fighting a ghost from the past and is uncertain of who he can trust as friends becomes foes.
This the second solo outing for the Captain America character has a more mature approach than Captain America: The First Avenger (2011), the style is more that of an old school thriller and the special effects are toned down. Evans seems at home in the uniform, hitting the right note as a mixture of a soldier and a truly decent and good hearted guy, trying to find a way to make those virtues from his own time fit in the present. The soldier part is obvious, of course, in the fights and action scenes, while the heart shows in his interaction with new friend Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie) and fellow S.H.I.E.L.D agent Black Widow. There is especially sparks of chemistry between Evans and Johansson as their characters feel the ground shaking beneath them while they try to figure out whether or not they can trust each other. Johansson is still absolutely amazing as Black Widow, a character so interesting I hope and dream that she will get her own spin off at some point. Apparently she and Evans wrote a lot of the dialogoue between them themselves, which might explain why their cameraderie is so damn convincing. The action is nailbittingly intense and you don’t get many quiet moments during the movie. Considering the improvement from the first outing (which wasn’t bad at all) it will be very intresting to see what the third, due in 2016, will bring.
After Scarlett Johansson’s suggestion, her character Black Widow wears a necklace with an arrow on it in several scenes as a reference to her teammate Hawkeye.