Repeat Watch: Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the second installment in the Captain America storyline, was released on April 4, 2014. The cast featured Chris Evans in the lead as Captain America, and it also featured Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, and Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes. It was directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and it was penned by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The film received rather favorable reviews, and it went on to secure an Academy Award nomination for Best Visual Effects. The film went on to gross over $700 million at the worldwide box office and paved the way for another Captain America installment in 2016 titled Captain America: Civil War.
So, with all of that said, why is it worth the repeat watch?
1) Steve’s Journey
One of my favorite aspects of this particular film is the journey we see Steve embark on here. His ideals are challenged in every way, and suddenly, America’s golden boy from the 1940’s doesn’t know where he fits into this new world. He doesn’t trust his superiors. He’s skeptical about the power measures S.H.I.E.L.D. seems to be taking, and he’s not sure he wants to be the perfect soldier anymore. As if that were not enough, Steve is also challenged in his relationships as he grapples with the idea that Bucky is still alive but not the same man he knew. His journey in this film is also enriched all the more by the presence and support of Black Widow and Sam Wilson.
2) A Better Class of Villain
I’ve been known to argue that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is the best of the Marvel films so far, and part of the reason for that is the character of Alexander Pierce. He is arguably one of the best villains in the MCU, and the fact that he’s portrayed by Robert Redford doesn’t hurt either. He’s an intelligent opponent who is able to hide his true colors and rise through the ranks. He also has no qualms about killing anyone who gets in his way, which adds to his menacing nature. When you add that to the plan they were actually hatching with Zola, he actually makes for a worthy opponent. He also uses the Winter Soldier as his own personal assassin, who is a formidable character in his own right.
3) That Huge Twist
This story has several twists throughout it, but one cannot extol this film without acknowledging how this film turned the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe on its head. S.H.I.E.L.D. had been introduced in previous films and had moved into center stage during the events of The Avengers, so to completely dismantle it was a bold move. Then to suggest that Hydra had completely infiltrated the ranks was even more of a shock to the system and an unexpected connection to the first Captain America film. This was a surprising story point and another reason this story stands out.
It really speaks volumes that the main reasons I recommend watching this superhero film again has nothing to do with the visual effects and everything to do with the story. As one would expect, the film has excellent action sequences when they occur, but this story is driven by character moments. It also has some excellent one liners that keep the audience entertained and a speech at the end that deserves a standing ovation. Captain America: The Winter Soldier is definitely worth watching again, so enjoy it again sometime this weekend.
Mollie is a film enthusiast, aspiring writer/screenwriter, and a lover of all things Harry Potter, Star Wars, and Doctor Who. She is the co-founder of The Digital Shore (@thedigitalshore) and Above The Line (@atl_movies). You can follow her many adventures through Twitter and Instagram at @mcbeach.