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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PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS – REVIEW

Starring: Logan Lerman, Brandon T. Jackson, Stanley Tucci
Director: Thor Freudenthal
Running Time: 106 minutes

Before I go into this one I want to point out that I have never read the Percy Jackson books and from what I hear, there are a lot of things missing from the first film Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief, as well as its sequel. That being said, I won’t focus too hard on what is missing and discuss what I actually saw!

Now, one of my hang ups about the first film that was reiterated in the sequel was the lack of skill from the demigods. Percy and his friends, although living at Camp Half-Blood and supposedly spending all their time training for some impending epic battle, when it comes down to it, don’t seem to do anything particularly special. This isn’t a criticism more than just a disappointment that considering these children are spawn of legendary deities, their perks from this are limited. Once again, I haven’t read the books so if they have “powers” of which I am unaware, feel free to let me know. I just feel that Percy’s powers other than obvious healing from water, being able to breathe under it and, what was impressive, ride it, seem a bit limited.

The story itself is fine. Demigod sent on a quest to get the Golden Fleece to save his home from imminent destruction. Cool, I can dig that. What I can’t dig is why the children have to do these epic trials and not the adults who are supposedly there to protect them. Okay, so he has to fulfil a prophecy, so what? Take some responsibility man. Demigods are for life, not just for Christmas.

Funny one liners, two Cyclops, a few satyrs, a centaur and a golden fleece are always going to be a fun night out at the cinema. I didn’t expect too much and that’s exactly what I got, not too much but for once, im not particularly complaining about it. Percy’s personal battles as to whether he is good enough is a good central theme and is further explored but only at the end of the film, ultimately making you want to see the next film. When we will receive this is as yet unknown but as it is a book, you can always find out if you don’t know already. The special effects of the film are good, the script’s a bit bland when they’re not making a joke but as it isn’t too long a film, you don’t get bored of it too quickly.

A little guilty pleasure from this one, so take some kids and grab some popcorn. Its really just a bit of fun, nothing heavy 🙂