Friday, 25 October 2013


My favourite Marvel film gets a sequel directed by the Russo brothers, best known for lensing snappy TV comedies like Community and Arrested Development. Despite being a monolithic sludge company that hates the creators it's indebted to, Marvel are pretty good at picking direct talent. They seem to focus in on people used to corralling mobs of people in light, bright circumstances. Leave all the explosions to an accomplished second unit. Apart from trillion dollar helicarrier bollocks - which looks like it's been imported from a completely different film - Captain America: The Winter Soldier looks markedly less fantastical than similar comic crud. Cars are flipped and people are punched in small spaces. As an action proposition, it's threatening to be immediate and engaging.

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