Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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The Russo Brothers direct Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson and Sebastian Stan in this conspiracy thriller lite where Cap finds the modern world to be a distinctly untrustworthy milieu.

Strong ensemble character work and some genuinely kick ass action make this standard issue blockbuster fun. Evans stretches out perfectly into his iconic long term home – he’s still a Boy Scout in his small asides, actions and exchanges albeit an indestructible one. Johansson’s Black Widow is given more to do here than any other Marvel appearance, winningly so. Sure, the plot and paranoia isn’t quite up to scratch when held near the 70s genre it apes, the weather is that near constant Marvel bland utopia of never changing 40 degree days and you do wish in the final big battle they might “shut the fuck up” with the jokes and let the well set up stakes of the boom boom speak for itself. But all in all out an efficient romp.

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