Captain America: The Winter Soldier, film review: A shake-up for Marvel's big Boy Scout
(12A) Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, 136 mins Starring: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Robert Redford, Samuel L Jackson
Marvel movies are... Marvel movies. Captain America is a superhero in a spandex costume who uses his shield as if it is some lethal make of frisbee.
We know from the outset that the film will be full of elaborately choreographed, wham! bam! 3D action sequences.
What's refreshing here is that the directors, the Russo brothers, and their screenwriters, Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, treat the hero (Chris Evans) as if he is an anguished character in a real drama, not just a pantomime figure in a souped-up, big-screen version of a WWE bout.
The script plays heavily on Captain America's past, his Second World War experiences and his status as an all-American hero in a quasi-fascist modern US society in which democracy itself is frowned on.
It helps that the film has such a rich array of supporting characters.
From Scarlett Johansson's wonderfully sultry femme fatale Black Widow to Robert Redford's self-satisfied politician and Samuel L Jackson's tough and sardonic Nick Fury, the film benefits from performances that combine camp with conviction.
Captain America: The Winter Solider is in cinemas now
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Snoop Dogg and Jared Leto buy a stake in Reddit as A-list invests $50m
- 2 Prince held a Facebook Q&A and this is the only question he answered...
- 3 'F*ck it, I quit': KTVA reporter Charlo Greene quits live on air in spectacular fashion
- 4 35,000 walrus gather ashore on north-west Alaska beach 'for a rest'
- 5 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
Ed Sheeran dedicates song to David Cameron
Star Wars 7: David Fincher's sequel idea sounds a lot more intriguing
Tom and Jerry cartoons now carry a 'racial prejudice' warning on Amazon
Great British Bake Off, semi-final, review: Richard remains the baker to beat as Chetna begins to flake
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'
Exclusive: 'Putin's Russia has been my biggest regret,' says Nato's outgoing Secretary General
The Osborne Ultimatum: Chancellor’s benefits freeze bombshell will affect ten million households
There’s no excuse for Dave Lee Travis’s behaviour, but we need to keep a sense of proportion
Should gay sex be illegal? 16% of Britons think so
Mark Reckless becomes second Tory MP to defect to Ukip in a month
Benefits 'smart cards' plan revealed by Iain Duncan Smith to stop claimants spending welfare money on alcohol
- < Previous
- Next >