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I had often wondered what a Captain America sequel would look like set in modern times considering how his first movie started out with him in the early 1940s getting prepped for the second world war and here we see him after the events of the first Avengers movie showing how he's adapting to modern times and making new allies with the Falcon also known as Sam Wilson.
Unlike a lot of modern movies which have a very first political narrative shut down people's throats this one has a political narrative but it's done right it's the politicians who are hiding in Plain Sight who are members of hydra and are actually turning shield against themselves from within. And it's interesting contrast to where Captain America is now seen as the antagonist from those that remain in shield because he represents what they are against. Steve Rogers represents the ideal protagonist he is a boy scout he has a strong moral compass that most people can aspire to but it's done in such a way whereby it's not geeky or dorky not that's anything to be ashamed of, but it's just an all round nice guy that you would follow into battle with without hesitation.
To see the likes of Robert Redford in a Marvel movie was surprising considering how this legendary actor has gone from more dramatic roles in the past but they see him in a comment he is actually a huge compliment a testament to the authenticity of the movie's credibility. For an actor that had been in Legal Eagles and the indecent Proposal that also starred Woody Harrelson and the very talented and beautiful Demi Moore and then to see him in this particular comic movie that also is a political thriller was a treat to see.
So far I think I will go on record for saying that I think this is possibly the best sequel that the mcu has produced because it heavily expanded upon what had been established with the First Avenger and actually enhancing Steve Roger's character and then to see what he can do when his back is up against the wall.
Because let's not sugar coat this the MCU do not have a great track record when it comes to sequels. You need only look at 2010s Iron Man 2 and 2013 Iron Man 3 to know that those were not great movies despite the big numbers that I Iron Man pulled in 2013 a year removed from the first Avengers movie. And the less we say about the Thor sequels the better. And also I'm still bitter that we haven't had a sequel to 2008's The Incredible Hulk. Because while that was not a huge Money Maker at the box office it did fair better than it's 2003 counterpart but although having said the most movies have fared better than a 2003 counterpart because the Hulk 2003 was just so boring.
And then you have the titular character in The Winter Soldier also known as Bucky Barnes play by Sebastian Stan who hadn't been seen since the first movie when he fell into a frozen river which subsequently he went through his own suspended animation. In ice for over 7 decades or at least that's what we were led to believe which this was also further expanded upon in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. Sebastian plays the role of a man whose mental state has been manipulated for the benefit of others in this case the antagonists of Hydra and Robert Redford's character specifically.
This is still a very good special and visual effects movie it is one of those movies that makes you think. Are some people as trustworthy as we would like to believe that they are? I don't know.
What I do know is that this movie is most definitely worth a look whether you're a Marvel fan or not. Sometimes you don't necessarily need to be a fan of a specific brand or a story just to be drawn in. Sometimes you could just come in and just want to see a good movie and this more than fits the criteria.
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