My List: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

Rating: 10+/10

Captain America is being hunted by a legendary assassin, who might be someone from his past. Meanwhile, he and Black Widow uncover a plot from a different old enemy who may have corrupted all of S.H.I.E.L.D.

This is the movie when the MCU started to come back from a slight slump. Though I’d argue now that Iron Man 3 is a good movie, at the time I really didn’t like it and Thor: The Dark World just cast a shadow on the MCU and it seemed that Marvel sequels were just as bad as most Disney animated sequels. Just quick cash grabs with terrible writing and not worth the film it’s printed on. Well, most Disney animated sequels are straight to DVD so there is no film, but still.

But then this movie came out, turned Captain America into everyone’s favorite superhero until Groot arrived in Guardians of the Galaxy. And it’s still a great movie. It’s got a good pace, great writing, acting, directing, the whole shabang. Also, some of the best action in any Marvel movie up to this point, possibly even better than in the Avengers. It’s still a superhero movie, of course, but this is the movie that every superhero movie should essentially strive to be.

SCORING:

10+: didn’t think I’d give a perfect score to a Marvel movie, well, here we are.

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