Thursday, March 21, 2019

Captain America: The Winter Soldier Review (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Captain America: The Winter Soldier, 99%, A+, 4.5 Stars
Who the hell’s Joe Johnston? The Russo brothers don’t just advance the character of Steve Rogers, but evolve his story into something beyond the period piece his first movie was, enhanced with commentary on freedom vs. security.
-Pacing 10/10
We waste no time getting started with Steve making a new friend, followed by a stealth mission and from there, almost non-stop action. It breathes at the right moments in the right ways.
-Coherence 10/10
The story makes sense from beginning to end, with all the twists set up properly, although Fury not dying was one that the marketing gave away. It also delivered amazing commentary on modern society with Project Insight and Steve’s take on modern day “security” being something we as a citizenry should all worry about. I for one would rather not have a metaphorical gun pointed to my head 24/7 to make me play nice, and if you disagree with me, Fury and Pierce represent your viewpoint well.
-Relatability 10/10
The two worldviews this movie shows are nuanced yet simple: freedom for security vs. freedom to do what’s right. It’s a relevant dynamic that makes the viewer question whose hands you want your security in. Steve’s dilemma is very relatable to me because I can’t stand being a blind follower of any group, and he challenges the status quo, which I would describe as the audience living through him for those who may want it changed but don’t have the willpower to do so.
-Development 10/10
This dynamic also develops Steve as the man out of time. It advances his journey by corrupting the establishment he trusted, which challenges his black-and-white worldview of the establishment being an all-good entity.
-Visual Believability 9/10
Some of the CGI shots are too obvious for me, especially when contrasted with the magnificent shaky-cam fight scenes that feel realer than any computer ever could make it.
-Purposeful Content 10/10
Everything advances Steve’s character arc and adds to the real world commentary.
-Emotional Resonance 10/10
Henry Jackman’s soundtrack ditches Alan Silvestri’s grand orchestral score for a grittier, less romanticized sound that sells the machiavellian nature of the Winter Soldier and the more confusing nature of the times Captain America woke up in.
-Appropriate Use 10/10
It was consistently used appropriately to sell the scenes.
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There’s an occasional quip, and a fun tone to the opening before the serious stuff begins, and even then, any humor that shows up isn’t overbearing. Moments like Steve and Natasha kissing to unnerve the Hydra goons and the recurring Natasha trying to push Steve into the dating game is naturally placed and effective.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
While the shield gets dirty from the fighting unlike in The Avengers, the language is rightfully a little dirty here and there.
The Winter Soldier is Marvel’s greatest movie of them all. While the CGI shots aged poorly in the last five years, the grittier fight scenes hold up brilliantly and the commentary enhances the story. When I first saw this, my only problem was the fact it ended, but now, those effects are too obvious. The freedom vs. security commentary will hold up well because of the truth Arnim Zola dished out in that bunker: freedom won’t be taken by force, people will give it up for security in a world that’s gone crazy.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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