‘Captain America’ dominates

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Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) and Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johnasson) prepare to fight the Winter Soldier. (Courtesy of BusinessInsider.com)

On opening weekend, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” earned $96.2 million, according to Moviefone.com. These huge sales are a testament to the handiwork of

Marvel Studios.

The sequel is, of course, action-packed, but it also holds a deadly serious side while managing to maintain the fun and adventurous quality fans have come to expect
from Marvel.

But those aren’t the only reasons you should add your money to the film’s profit. “The Winter Soldier” is the first Marvel movie to play off as an epic political drama. That was the aspect of the movie I found infinitely entertaining.

Unfortunately, I can’t fully explain how or why without invoking massive spoilers, but suffice it to say: this movie rocks. I walked into the theater with high expectations and, with every scene, those expectations were surpassed. By the end, I was
in shock.

“The Winter Soldier” is by far the best Marvel movie to date, and rivaling the infinitely entertaining “Avengers.” The average movie-goer will be just as, if not more, pleased than hardcore fans – such as myself. There are enough references to previous films to keep the fan happy, while not detracting from the overall plot in the slightest.

“The Winter Soldier” is a game-changer for the franchise. Both in terms of plot and filmmaking. While Black Widow and the newly-minted Falcon do join Captain America for the ride, the film never loses its focus or drive. If I were to nitpick, I almost wish Hawkeye had made an appearance too, but his absence doesn’t detract from the film. Hopefully, that will all be explained in the “Avengers” sequel set to release a year from now.

“The Winter Soldier” a fast-paced thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat until the very end. It’s a ride that you don’t want to miss.

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