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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review

Good day to all who may be reading this blow, today is an important day I’m finally able to review Captain America: The Winter Soldier! I have waited for AGES for this film and avoiding spoilers has been a frigging mission for me. But after all the waiting I finally saw it yesterday and I’m ready to share my thoughts. So how did the film fare? Read on and find out!

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Set after the events of The Avengers, Steve Rogers/Captain America is trying to adjust to the modern world and while working for S.H.I.E.L.D. he starts to realize that there is a lot of secrets and complications hat come with working for an organization that has so many secrets. Soon a  new enemy emerges known as the Winter Soldier and it require not only Cap, but the help of Black Widow and newcomer Falcon to join in and help.

I thought the story was great, it was action-packed, dramatic, dense, thrilling and complex. There is so much to love in the film like:

  • Steve Rogers trying to adjust to the modern world
  • The secrets and deceit of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • The introduction of the Winter Soldier
  • Getting to know more about Black Widow
  • How this film not only links to the past of Captain America but also the Marvel Cinematic Universe in general

One of the great things about the film is that it doesn’t feel like a typical superhero flick, it feels like a mix between a thriller and a your usual comic book material. If you know of films in the political and spy thriller genres then you’ll totally see elements borrowed from that here and it is used to great effect. The story emphasizes the themes of trust and the price of freedom, plus since this film is all about secrets and lies nothing is black and white, just loads of grey. The Russo brothers do a great job with this film’s direction, it seems like they have a good idea of what Captain America is, how to handle him in film and change things up while giving the fans what they want.

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Oh and by the way, there are things in this film that basically change the whole of the Marvel Cinematic Universe forever. I can’t say what they are, but when you see this film, you’ll be looking at everything in a totally different light and will be trying to wrap your head around things for ages after the film ends.

When it comes to the cast they are all really good and there really isn’t any weak links. So let’s start with Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, honestly Cap has gone from being one of the most bland superheroes to being one of the coolest. Evans embodies the character so well now as he feels cool, serious, yet vulnerable and emotionally versatile, the guy really gets to spread his wings and shows off why he’s a badass seeing more of his strength and combat skills in a way unseen before now. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow is also very good in the film, we get to learn more about her, see more layers get stripped away and see more of her personality too. Johansson really does well as this character and I would love to see her continue in this role for a while longer. In addition to that Johansson and Evans have such a great screen chemistry as Cap and Widow whether it humour-based or action related.

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And then there’s Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, oh how I loved him. This villain here is cold, merciless, scary and relentless, he’s like the frigging Terminator and had an intimidating and screen-dominating presence. And Stan just does such a great job as the character, he’s stepped into this role so well and I he’s just awesome. Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon is an awesome new addition to the MCU. Wilson is cool, funny and capable action man, he’s not just thrown into the film, he is key to the plot and has some cool key scenes. Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce is simply amazing. I knew that he’d be awesome after I watched All Is Lost, but here is great because his character has a lot to do with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the main plot and he was really awesome. And then there’s Samuel L. Jackson who is still killing it as Nick Fury. In this film we get to see more of Fury emotionally and see how he fits into the world of lies and deceit that S.H.I.E.L.D. have created. Jackson is still cool and badass as hell and he has such a good handle on the character that it would be hard to see another person do the ultimate version of the character.

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And the there’s all the other people that show up in the film and even if they’re only around for a little while, they still have relevance. Cobie Smulders as Maria Hill was cool, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow was intense and smooth and Emily VanCamp as Agent 13 did a good job in her role too. By the way there is a cameo of a character that is from a certain TV show, I won’t say who it is but when you see him you’ll know and for me it was a great moment.

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As for the presentation MY GOD it is GORGEOUS! Honestly this might be the best presentation of the Marvel Studios films just behind Avengers. The action sequences and scenes are done with such precision, scope and style that you’ll be hard-pressed to fight something you didn’t like. There are fights in the sky and on the ground and it is a mixture of hand-to-hand combat, gunfights, car chases and so much more. The best part for me what the fight scenes, they were some of the sexiest fight choreography I have seen in years, i was tight, well-down, hard-hitting and SO cool to watch. Also the CGI in this film is very clean and works well to give us some of these larger-than-life set pieces. The soundtrack by Henry Jackman is also very good and in my opinion is better one then Alan Silvestri’s score for The First Avenger. While this film doesn’t have any stand-out themes, the music just amps up the action, drama and tension and it just felt so good in addition to what was going happening on-screen. And seeing this come together on a massive IMAX screen just made it SO much better. 😀

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In conclusion Captain America: The Winter Soldier just night be the best Marvel film yet! The direction, story, characters and action is simply incredible and this film really does change the game for future comic book films. Forget Iron Man 3 and Thor: The Dark World, this is the best Phase Two film and possibly the best film from Marvel Studios. 2014 films have finally gotten awesome and The Winter Soldier sets the bar really high for future films. Do yourself a favor and check this film out, it is mint.

Rating: 9/10 (Another win for Marvel with a kick ass action-based thriller)

So what did you think of Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Have you seen it or are you gonna see it? And how do you think it stacks up against the previous Marvel Studios films? Whatever your thoughts are drop in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 27, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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All Is Lost Review

Howdy ladies and gents, its review time. Today I’m reviewing All Is Lost, a film I knew almost nothing about besides the fact that Robert Redford was in it and the fact that her was at sea because of the film poster. I was going in blind! So did the film entertain or fail? Read on and find out.

The story of the film is pretty simple; Redford is a man in a boat out at sea, who runs into a series of unfortunate incidents that puts him against nature itself and tests his endurance to the maximum as he fights to survive. And that is it.

The story is fairly simple and doesn’t really explain much, you don’t know the character’s name, history or family, you don’t even know where he’s from or where he’s going, but then you don’t need to. From the outset the film makes it clear once the danger kicks in that it is a fight for survival and it engages you on a realistic level thanks to good pacing, danger and a character who goes through hell that just want to see get out of his situation. Another thing to note is that this film is basically Gravity except it’s at sea. Funny thing is that this is even simpler in story and character and visuals and somehow comes off as a more powerful and dramatic piece of work (but that’s just me).

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As for characters, well there’s only one and that is Robert Redford a the unnamed man. Redford carries this film in such a graceful and energetic manner, he barely speaks and yet his actions speak louder than words. His character goes through so much that is humanly possible that you wonder how he is still standing and it is the acting that is so raw and believable that makes it so great to watch.

In conclusion All Is Lost is an incredible film for what it is. It is based in one, with one character that rarely talks and yet it still manages to be a very engaging and dramatic experience. Robert Redford is such an awesome actor and he really makes you care about his character in a way that not many films can. If you’re willing to give this film a try then I’m sure you’ll have a good time.

Rating: 8/10 (an insane and amazing fight for survival at sea)

So what did you think of All Is Lost? Whatever your thoughts are drop them below and I’ll see ya on the next review yo 😀

 
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Posted by on January 23, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier Trailer #1 Review

Hello ladies and gentlemen of the world, its trailer review time here on this blog and after a long wait we finally have our first look at Captain America: The Winter Soldier in the first trailer which was released just a little while ago. Now there’s been a lot of talk about this film especially after Comic-Con and a lot of it has been pretty promising and positive from those who have seen the footage shown back in July. But now we the public get to see what this film looks like, so does it look good or bad? Read on and find out!

But firstly check out the trailer below:

My first impressions form that trailer is “cool.” Yeah, this trailer looks pretty damn cool. While it wasn’t the ‘I was blown away, shit my pants, tell everybody in the world’ kind of trailer, it definitely has a lot of eyebrow-raising moments and set-pieces that have yet to grace the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far.

The trailer seems to have a very serious and thriller-esque tone to it and I’m loving that. Having said that though there is a bit of humour shown in the beginning between Black Widow and Cap and that shows that the funny side of things hasn’t been completely abandoned. It seems like the world has changed a great deal since the events of The Avengers and security is stepping, help is being recruited, Cap, Black Widow and S.H.I.E.L.D. are more active and there seems to be more enemies crawling out of the woodwork.

Character-wise Steve Rogers is looking as badass and true to his character as ever and I’m liking the different costumes especially his new darker one. Robert Redford’s character seems to be like Nick Fury’s either superior or part of some other division of SHIELD and I like him, Black Widow still seems to be kicking ass and asking interesting questions and Nick Fury is still Nick Fury and I have now problems with that. The only person we didn’t see the much of was Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, but I guess they’re saving him for later.

I’m liking the dialogue for the film too, it sound very thought-provoking and interesting. Robert Redford’s character has some of my favourite lines like “Captain, to build a better world, sometimes means tear the old one down” or “Are you ready for the world to see you how you really are?

Looks like a lot of people and a lot stuff is gonna get messed up as the action scenes and sequences in this film seem to go from very intricate to large-scale chaos. There’s a lot to love like the scene with Winter Soldier shooting that thing under the car that Nick Fury is in looked crazy, there are loads of other explosions, Cap taking out all those dudes in the elevator to some nice hand to hand combat between Cap and WW. But the coolest moment, the COOLEST MOMENT is when you see what looks like the FRIGGING HELICARRIER CRASHING AND EXPLODING INTO THE GROUND! BADASS STUFF GOING ON HERE YO!

Now I love thrillers, especially action ones and they can be done correctly but they can also end up being very average. At this point in time I can’t tell how much of a thriller this’ll be and how it will coincide with the more superhero-based elements of the film. I just hope the Russo brothers and the writers have found that right kind of balance so that it feels like a comic book film, but feels fleshed-out and realistic.

Oh and one more thing, I said I’m excited for this film and I genuinely am, however I remember being excited for a little film by the name of Captain America: The First Avenger and look how that turned out. So with that in mind I am turning down my hype levels just a bit in case I do get a disappointing end result, I just hope this film is a stronger one.

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In conclusion this trailer makes me excited for the next Captain America film and I feel hopeful that this one will rectify the problems of the last film too. The action looks solid, the cast members new and old seem like they have their hearts in the right place and it seems like there will be enough content here to stand alone from under the shadow of The Avengers. So will the film succeed? I hope so, I guess time will tell when the first comes out next year.

So what do you lot think of the trailer, sound off your thoughts in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Robert Redford Will Play the Head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Well just recent we got news that Robert Redford was joining the cast of Captain America: The Winter Soldier but we had no information as to what role he’d be playing. But now we have specific info on the role now as we can see from the following article on superherohype:

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“It was announced last week that legendary actor Robert Redford was being courted for Marvel Studios’ upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier and he has confirmed his casting in the film today (via Spinoff). When asked specifically about his role, he clarified, “Well, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. The head of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Redford elaborated on why he wanted to do the film as well. “The Captain America thing is just a very simple thing I wanted to do something different. I wanted to do something just to be different. Something bold, different. And that felt like a good thing to do. That was it, nothing more to it than that. Well, it’s bold in terms of expectations, I guess. ”

Though he gave no more details about his character, many have theorized that Redford will play an older version of one of Captain America’s friends from the WW II era or that he will play the “original Nick Fury.” Who do you think Redford’s character will be?

Set to star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell and Maximiliano Hernández, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is said to be a political thriller inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s acclaimed arc in the comics. Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier begins production shortly for an April 4, 2014 release.”

Well some fans on certain websites called this out already so I am not all that surprised about it, but it’s still an intriguing role for Redford. So now the question, is what happens to Nick Fury? Is Fury being replaced by Redford’s character or is Redford the old Head of S.H.I.E.L.D. coming back to take over? So many questions and not many answers. I guess we’ll find out in due time.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Robert Redford Eyes Captain America: The Winter Soldier

I know this story is a day old and I was going to blog about it last night but I went out to party instead haha. So anyways it seems like there’s another interesting development for Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Read on below for the official article from superherohype:

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“There’s a surprising bit of Marvel Universe casting news today as Deadline reports that Robert Redford is the latest name to enter talks to star in Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. He would play a high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Already set to star Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Frank Grillo, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, Toby Jones, Emily VanCamp, Hayley Atwell and Maximiliano Hernández, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is said to be a political thriller inspired by Ed Brubaker and Steve Epting’s acclaimed arc in the comics.

Redford can next be seen in The Company You Keep, which he also directed. It opens in New York and LA on April 5.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, meanwhile, begins production shortly for an April 4, 2014 release.”

It seems like Marvel have some kind of powers as they seem to be able to cast anyone in their films, we’ve had a lot of famous people in Marvel films before but now someone as powerful as Robert Redford is involved. That is some hot stuff yo. Now while I’d like his involvement in Captain America 2 to be officially mentioned normally when Deadline report something then one can assume that it’s definitely gonna happen. Now loads of people are speculating what kind of “high-ranking agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.” he’ll play, there have been many guesses but the one I’ve seen the most was Redford as an old version of Nick Fury (the original Caucasian one). While that’d be interesting and funny I don’t think that’d work in the MCU. I was on IGN yesterday and their speculation on the role came up with some interesting results, here’s the list they came up with:

  • G.W. Bridge or Rick Stoner
  • Bill Naslund/Jeffrey Mace/William Burnside
  • Old Dum Dum Duggan
  • Phil Coulson’s Dad

I’m not too familiar with the world of Captain America so the first two choices sort of go over my head, however the last two are interesting. If an older version of Dum Dum Duggan was placed in this film that’d be badass and another great tie to the past and could add some more drama. As for the choice of Agent Coulson’s father I’m sort of half and half about that, on the one hand it could be cool to learn more about Coulson’s family and see who came before Phil. Then again on the other hand I kind of like that we don’t know anything about Phil Coulson, his personal life is a bit of a mystery and that’s how I like it, adding family members might be like adding a bit unnecessary baggage to the character. Well whoever role Redford gets cast in I’m sure it’ll be something good.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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