Movie Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (Marvel Studios)

I know.  I know.  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking:  “My friendly neighborhood jman… everyone and their mother has been reviewing this movie.  Why do I care what you […]

I know.  I know.  I know what you’re thinking.  You’re thinking:  “My friendly neighborhood jman… everyone and their mother has been reviewing this movie.  Why do I care what you think?  Why even bother writing a review at this point?  Talk about a day late and a dollar short!”

I have to admit, that’s a fair enough assessment, on your part.  An assessment that instinctively makes me want to reply with a “nuts to you” remark.  But, instead, I’ll say perhaps we should look upon the following article as more of an ad hoc dissertation, than a review?  That way you’ll still read it and I’ll still have the satisfaction of once again entertaining you.


Either way, you’ve come this far, so you might as well make with the reading…


I swear the Marvel movies just keep getting better and better.  By the time WB/DC gets anything going, we’re all gonna have superhero fatigue and not really give shit one about what actor is playing who for what DC movie.

And speaking of the WB/DC they should really pay attention to how Cap is written in the Winter Soldier.  Because, that is how you write a Superman.  Cap is a god damn hero!  Yes, at times he has his doubts.  In the end, though, when push comes to shove…he shows time and time again that he is a leader.  He assesses any given situation, and knowingly determines the right course.  The operative word here being “knowingly”.  Not “sullenly” or “unsureingly” or “are-those-Kryptonians-hurting-my-mommy-inlgy”.  But, knowingly.

You wanna talk about a big blue boy scout? For the love of all that’s holy, Cap goes back to wearing the bright colors of his country!  Not muted tones…the red, white and freakin’ blue.


This isn’t about patriotism.  It’s for standing up for what you believe in.  What I’m saying here is that Superman isn’t some whiney, dark anti-hero.  He is the light!  He is the good in all of us.  What we should all strive to be.  And if Marvel can write an über successful movie about a similar character created during the same time period, then WB/DC should stop trying to tone down their character “for modern audiences” and play to his strengths.  God damn!  It can be done.  It has been done.  All’s you gotta do is watch how Chris Evans plays Cap.

Whoops!  Look at me.  There I go again.  Talking bout Superman.  When really, I brought you here to talk about Captain America.

What can I say about the Winter Soldier that hasn’t already been said 50 million times.  Best Marvel movie to date?  Without a doubt!  Better than the Avengers?  Man, I don’t know.  If it isn’t, it sure as hell is close.  Scarlett Johansson looks hot in the Black Widow uniform?  Dear lord, yes!


If you’ll permit me to digress again for a moment, would it kill Marvel to show a little “action” in these movies?  For real.  I know Cap’s from a different era and all, but c’mon!  You mean to tell me, he isn’t the least bit coocoo for Black Widow?  Is he looking at the same costume I am?  Man!  Honor be damned, Cap!  Grab that gal, give her a dip and plant one on her, for the love of all that’s great and holy!!!

Talk about a boy scout!

And don’t be afraid to grab a little of that, too (while you’re at it), Rogers!  Remember, we’re all living vicariously through you in more than one way, dude!

that's the best you can do, soldier?!?!?

that’s the best you can do, soldier?!?!?

Anyway, the Winter Soldier is completely actiontastic!  Right from the start, Cap is kicking arse.  Man!  Does that guy kick some ass or what?!  Sure, there’s some talky parts.  But, not horrible, by any means.  And all the players play great parts.  Fury, Falcon, Widow, Maria Hill (Man!  I gotta get me a job at SHIELD!), Alexander Pierce, Arnim Zola (spoiler alert?!?!), all of them.

My only real complaint (cause I got to make it at least seem like I’m not some drooling fanboy) about the movie is I think it would’ve been better served being called Captain America:  The Fall of SHIELD or something like that.  The Winter Soldier just wasn’t in the movie enough to warrant titling the movie after him.  Actually, if Marvel could’ve found a way to keep him under wraps, it would’ve been so much better if the Winter Soldier was a secret.  How much more awesome would’ve it been if he just showed up out of nowhere and shot that bomb at Fury’s car?  You would’ve been like:  “Oh shit!  That’s the Winter Soldier!  I had no idea he was gonna be in this awesome movie!”  You probably would’ve had to change your underwear at that point, too.

Either way, the movie is awesome.  There’s far too many awesome parts to relate here.  You should just go see it already (if you haven’t).  In the meantime, I gotta go back to practicing throwing my makeshift garbage can lid shield around.  Man!  That guy knows how to toss that shield!




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