Let me just start out by saying that, as an avid reader of Captain America comics and a huge Marvel fan, I'm going to enjoy every Captain America movie I see in one way or another. However, the film studies major in me has an extremely rich taste in movies; only la creme de la creme, the best of the best, make it into my list of must-see movies. Very rarely does my comic book junkie half and my film critic half agree on what is a good movie. In fact, I don't believe it's ever happened. Until now. Captain America: The Winter Soldier set the bar extremely high for future superhero movies, especially those that will be released by Marvel (because we all know that DC just can't compete).
After the flop that was Iron Man 3, and after the relatively disappointing (but well-intentioned) Thor 2, I was beginning to think that Marvel might have gotten a bit too big for their breeches after the enormous success of The Avengers, and had decided to toss out half-made sequels just for the sake of raking in more cash. I was already worried about how the second Captain America installment would turn out, especially because my film critic half was extremely disappointed with Captain America: The First Avenger. Captain America: The Winter Soldier included stellar performances from all involved, and it undeniably soared above and beyond my expectations. Although it had its fair share of cheesy moments that made me burst out laughing (I mean, it's hard to miss the obvious hero-pose shot after he takes down the quinjet in front of the Triskelion; it makes me chuckle every time), but that's to be expected in comic book movies.
I enjoyed this movie so thoroughly that I didn't know whether it was my comic book geek half or my film critic half that made me go back four times to see this movie in theaters. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves an extremely well-made comic book movie, or just a great movie in general. Marvel certainly delivered with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I couldn't be more pleased.