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MV5BMTk1NTA1MzM2OV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwNDMzNTcxMTE@._V1_UX182_CR0,0,182,268_AL_What’s it all about?

A security pro finds his past coming back to haunt him, when he and his unique team are tasked with retrieving a particularly important item.

Why did I want to see it (again)?

Too Many Secrets.

I have always had fond memories of Sneakers¬†for some reason and when I realised that my husband had never seen it I got a hold of the DVD. And it seemed a nice movie to watch on my birthday, when he’d be forced to watch it all of the way through even f he didn’t like it because it was my birthday choice. (Disclosure – he enjoyed it.)

What did I think of it this time round?

It holds up in terms of plot (well, as much as it ever held up in terms of plot!) but boy has it dated – not just the technology stuff (which I expected) but the clothes! And the hair! Ben Kingsley in particular is not served well sartorially. Redford looks magnificent as always and it’s a strong cast giving great performances but you can look at this film and guess almost exactly when it was released. Great fun though, and some of the issues are more than relevant today……

1556313_652980988091655_967783542_oWhat’s it all about?

The latest in the hugely successful and almost entirely enjoyable Marvel film franchise Captain America: TWS (for such it shall be called from henceforth) is basically all about how:

Steve Rogers struggles to embrace his role in the modern world and battles a new threat from old history: the Soviet agent known as the Winter Soldier.

Oh but there is so much more…..

Why did I want to see it.

Duh! I refer you to my Marvel Avengers Assemble (still a stupid title) and the recent Thor: TDW reviews and you can kind of work it out for yourselves.

What did I think?

It is almost impossible to talk about what is cool in this movie without going into plot spoilers, which in a film which harks back to the 1970s and political conspiracy thrillers would be a terrible thing to do, so here’s a list of cool stuff with absolutely no meaningful detail whatsoever (so you’ll just have to go and see it for yourself)

  • Chris Evans is impossibly handsome (this is not a bad thing)
  • Scarlet Johansson is fabulous (but that hairstyle is a bit of a crime)
  • Falcon!
  • Robert Redford!
  • Jenny Agutter!
  • The Winter Soldier himself
  • What’s behind Nick Fury’s eyepatch?
  • Credit teasers
  • Don’t trust anyone
  • Did I mention Robert Redford (he’s 77 you know)?

I just loved this, it is probably the best of the Marvel films so far (and I say that as someone entirely wedded to the Thor/Loki saga) and sets everything up for the next Avengers movie. Great, great fun in a completely crash bang wallop way but also trying to do something a little bit different.

Could quite happily have sat through the whole thing again immediately.