REVIEW – CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Review

Starring: Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson,  Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan
Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Running Time: 136mins
Cert: 12A

I’m getting a good feeling about this year of movies! For the second time in a row I have gone to the cinema and been pleasantly surprised at the outcome but in the case of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, I am completely blown away!

We all know that the superhero/Marvel/DC franchise thing is all the rage right now but the first instalment of Captain America was needless to say a bit drab. Steve Rogers was pretty boring to say the least and even his outing in Avengers Assemble didn’t really tickle my funnies. However, Chris Evans has more then made up for what I thought were pretty mediocre films in this amazing second (or third depending how you look at it) outing for Captain Steve Rogers.

One of the greatest things about this film is that there is a LOT of fighting but not unnecessary fighting (think Superman) or unrealistic fighting (think Thor) or fighting particularly heavy on the technology (think Iron Man). Captain America is all about bare knuckled, alpha male brute strength that is amazing to watch. You feel his power and determination through every blow but what is interesting is when Captain America finally comes face to face with someone who he cant outrun. He has finally met his match in The Winter Soldier and what a match it is! Admittedly, I thought their final battle could have been a bit more spectacular but it doesn’t take anything away from the film because it maintains its pace throughout. There are no dull moments.

One thing that lets the film down however, is the fact that although the film is named after him, The Winter Soldier doesnt play that big a role. Without going into it too much to avoid spoilers, i thought he would have done more. When he is on screen, he clearly owns the show with his bad ass-isms but once he is revealed, his fear factor kind of disappears. In true Marvel style though, at the end of the film we are left more questions that will be answered in the coming sequels and yes, there will be one.

For all those that have seen the 300 sequel, you have already seen the first 20 mins of the film and this basically sets the precedence for the entire movie. Military expertise, Captain Rogers’ precisions as a leader and a fighter alongside good friend and equal bad ass Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff makes each scene exciting. Along with the ever amazing Nick Fury, we have a new member of the Marvel family in this instalment in the shape of Falcon/Sam Wilson who gives Captain Rogers the friend he is clearly in need of.

With great fight scenes, touching moments, a decent plot and too many awesome surprises to count, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is probably my favourite Marvel film, excluding Iron Man 1. Its exciting , surprising, well shot and an all round good time. Dont wait for it to come on Sky Box Office or watch online. Watch it now! 😀

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THE HEAT – REVIEW

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Melissa McCarthy, Marlon Wayans
Director: Paul Fieg
Running Time: 117mins

When I heard that Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy were going to be in a movie together, i was genuinely excited. Both had proved they could be comedic actors, McCarthy of course because she IS a comedy actor and Bullock from films such as Miss Congeniality, The Proposal and Two Weeks Notice. I think its fair then to point out that those are all ROMANTIC comedies and perhaps this is why The Heat falls short of her other successes.

Now, do not misunderstand, The Heat is funny. Just not funny enough. The jokes are there, just not frequently enough and at times (on Bullock’s part) felt repetitive. How many times is she going to play the lonely workaholic cop? Only this time theres no leading man to melt her icy heart but an aggressive little woman who clearly doesnt wash and this doesnt seem to cut it. Though McCarthy delivers with her sharp though dry sense of humour delivered as always with a straight face there was something missing from the film. Maybe it was the leading male as mentioned above or maybe that we’ve seen this scenario one too many times; from Bullock as well as from studios.

Its good to see females taking the lead as FBI agent/police officers but as light hearted as the film is intended to be, you cant take it seriously. This sounds contradictory but McCarthy’s excess as a crazy cop, countered by the formality of Bullock’s just doesnt make sense even in the comedy world.

Though admittedly there were laughs, they fell short of the comedy that has come to be expected from these two extremely talented women. Other than the lead roles, the other characters feel rushed with no real development and the villain is someone, although unexpected, is still not thoroughly explained. Scenes were predictable, characters were stock and the entire movie was saved by a few Albino jokes!

The Heat, despite the best efforts from those involved is not up there with comedic gold. Though not intended to be any kind of epic film, the lightheartedness is lost even then as you find yourself wondering how long its been on. Not a good look at all 😦

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES VIDEO REVIEW!!

Just got back from seeing The Dark Knight Rises so just a little vid to let you know what i thought 🙂 Not too in depth with this one but comment and let me know none the less lol

The film did have a few surprises that i was definitely excited about! Definitely a good one, a long one but a goood one! lol