Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Captain America: The Winter Soldier ★★★★½

Summer has arrived early!!! Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set the bar high for the actual summer movie season to follow. The Winter Soldier works as a spy thriller, a piece of political commentary, a straightforward action flick, and a fun comic book movie. Thrilling action scenes blend deftly with extremely witty dialogue and realistic drama in a way that most summer blockbusters fail to do. The ensemble cast, consisting of old and new faces, is terrific across the board. The score from X Men First Class composer Henry Jackman is solid. And the set pieces are expertly staged. Too much shaky cam at certain points and a tad overlong. But overall, this is the best solo Marvel film since Iron Man, and in the top tier of comic book films made since The Dark Knight.