If you enjoyed the first Captain America chances are you have been counting the minutes until it’s sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier hit theaters. Cap’ isn’t fighting just bad guys in this film. He’s up against his old buddy who you thought got killed in the first one.
The reviews for Captain America 2 are both really good and really bad as you can see below but the film was just released out on Netflix and Redbox and you can now watch it on your computer.
The defrosted Marvel hero, last seen in “The Avengers,” is in the right place in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” His 2011 debut was set in World War II, while this rousing, terrific film is a product of our era, full of dangerous drones and stolen digital intel.
Part of what makes the action so stand-out is how often it feels natural. There’s CGI at work here, don’t get me wrong, but it’s nowhere near the CGI-fest that previous Marvel films have tended to be.
With a mix of effective character moments, viscerally thrilling action, humor, intrigue, and surprising heart, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is one of Marvel Studios’ strongest entries to date. This one is in fact a game changer.
Though “The Winter Soldier” lacks the special period luster of “The First Avenger,” craft contributions are generally topnotch, especially the sharp D.C. location shooting of d.p. Trent Opaloch (“District 9, “Elysium”) and Henry Jackman’s rousing, propulsive score (incorporating bits of Alan Silvestri’s “First Avenger” fanfare). Sci-fi geeks of a certain age will get a special kick out of seeing “Logan’s Run” ingenue Jenny Agutter reprising her brief “Avengers” role as a member of the U.N.-ish “World Security Council,” and busting out some highly impressive karate moves to boot.
Chris Evans will be back for the next Avengers next year but if you are a huge fan maybe you should see Captain America 2 in theaters.