Marvel Cinematic Universe Movie Review Phase 2

Movie Review – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The Winter Soldier is perhaps the most complete and cohesive of all the Marvel Universe films thus far – while it might not have the box office draw of the Avengers, The Winter Soldier presents some major ramifications for the in-Universe continuity, pushing both Cap and Black Widow out of their relative comfort zones, and setting the stage for a massive showdown in the next Captain America film (due out after Avengers 2). There’s enough action to keep the junkies happy, plenty of plot, some nice character development (especially of Scarlet Johansson’s Black Widow, surprisingly) and a few nice Easter Eggs paving the way for franchise expansion in the future. A rip-roaring adventure yarn with plenty of style to burn.

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Movie Review – Thor: The Dark World

It’s weird that the best part of The Dark World’s shenanigans is the chemistry between Chris Hemsworth’s hammer-wielding Thor and Tom Hiddleston’s mischief-making Loki; the film rumbles through its galactic action with barely a pause, there’s twists and shocks galore, and the stakes appear to be enormous, yet Alan Taylor’s solid, commendable direction feels more mechanical than organic, leaving the on-screen action flat and emotionless. The Dark World is entertaining, but hardly enthralling.

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Movie Review – Iron Man 3

Controversial handling of The Mandarin aside, Iron Man 3 is a damn fun film. No, it’s not better than the first, and yes, it’s a long stretch better than the second film, and if this truly is Tony Starks last solo film outing (for a while, at least) then it’s a terrific one to go out on. Some will not be able to make it past what Shane Black does with Ben Kingsley, and that’s fair considering how potent a menace he is throughout the films’ early stages, but the gangbusting final act, coupled with some terrific effects, ensure Iron Man 3 wraps up this “trilogy” in a way sure to leave even casual observers satisfied.

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