Oh, Marvel Films.
Certainly, we have seen some great additions to the Marvel cinematic universe recently, what with the release of the Guardians of the Galaxy recently. It almost seems like Marvel can do no wrong. Once again, this is the case for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Whilst the first Captain America film (The First Avenger) was an ‘ok’ addition that set up the character of Captain America/Steve Rogers, the sequel was infinitely more daring, thrilling and dramatic. With the release of the DVD out today, we aim to give you plenty of reasons why you should be hitting play on this enthralling, action-packed film.
First off, the Captain America film series benefits greatly by having some of the more engaging characters of the Marvel universe intertwined with the First Avenger’s life. For instance, The Winter Soldier benefits from having the elusive and highly intelligent (and specially trained) spy, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) woven into the plot, along with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), the director of S.H.I.E.L.D., and several other key S.H.I.E.L.D. players, including Peggy Carter (Hayley Atwell), Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford), Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) and Maria Hill (Cobie Smulders). Not only is S.H.I.E.L.D. one of the more notable and satisfyingly epic organisations, the addition of Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow certainly makes the film more captivating, as the aforementioned and Captain America are certainly two dynamic personalities, with contrasting methods on how to go about things, and this is clear on screen. The film did a great job of juxtaposing these two differing personalities, but at that same time showing that they were both after the same thing, ultimately, and showing how much more intimate their friendship is becoming, and how one another is influencing each other.
Whilst the latest Captain America film is clearly aiming for a certain element of realism, this does not detract attention away for its intrinsic fight and action sequences, of which, range from kick-ass fight sequences to more stripped-back struggles, featuring naturalistic lighting and classic framing, indicative of the 1970s crime-thrillers. It’s clear the Russo brothers were going for a particular look, style and feel to the film, and it’s executed brilliantly, with excellent cinematography from Trent Opaloch.
A significant step-up from its predecessor, and containing plenty of snarky one-liners from Johansson’s Black Widow, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is an effortless character piece that provides fantastic development for its subjects, whilst taking an audience on a classic, thrilling adventure that is sure to intrigue and beguile even the most disinterested viewer.
Steve Rogers’ Notebook
In Pursuit of Captain America
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is available now on Disney 3D Blu-ray™, DVD and Blu-ray™