The Movie Snob takes on the First Avenger.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (C). I enjoyed the first Captain America story, but this one was just sort of meh. Dislocated in time, square-jawed Steve Rogers (Chris Evans, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is not sure he’s really fitting into the shadowy ranks of the intelligence organization known as SHIELD. For one, he doesn’t trust Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson, Deep Blue Sea), probably because he wears a sinister eye-patch. For another, a bunch of SHIELD guys seem to want to kill him for some reason. On top of all that, there’s this hot girl he maybe sort of likes, but she’s always trying to get him to ask other girls out–plus she’s a former KGB agent nicknamed the Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson, The Other Boleyn Girl). But enough kidding around. This movie is 2 hours and 15 minutes of earnest and dull. There are lots of fights and explosions, of course, but nothing ever really seems to happen. Robert Redford (Indecent Proposal) seems to have a good time slumming as a top SHIELD guy, and Cobie Smulders (The Avengers) effectively pulls off her tiny recurring role as Agent Intense Brunette Sidekick Of Nick Fury. A few TV actors unexpectedly pop up in small parts, which was kind of fun. But on the whole, the movie left me unfulfilled.