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'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' Actors Exhibit Stellar Performances

Kathy Zerbib |
April 4, 2014 | 2:57 a.m. PDT

Film Editor

Black Widow and Captain America mourn the loss of a dear friend (Marvel).
Black Widow and Captain America mourn the loss of a dear friend (Marvel).
Marvel succeeds once again with "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," an action movie/political thriller that features equal amounts of comedy and explosions. Thanks to its riveting and talented cast, the movie is sure to be a hit at the box office.

Chris Evans returns as Steve Rogers AKA Captain America. Evans' charming yet authoritative persona is spot-on for a character like Captain America. His discomfort with all things 21st century seems genuine. His on-screen sexual tension is heartfelt. He certainly looks the part, too.

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Evans' fantastic performance as Rogers is the foundation for why this movie is bound to be a hit. The main actor excels at what he does, and is blessed with supporting characters who are equally gifted for their roles.

The tantalizing Black Widow, played by Scarlett Johansson, delivers a performance that is both sensual and difficult to watch (She can really lay down some footwork on a villain or two). With a film as male-dominated as "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," there is a necessity for a strong female force. Johansson does not disappoint. She executes her role flawlessly, from every half-smirk after a beat-down to every snide comment launched at her male counterparts. Black Widow is independent and strong, and so is Johansson.

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This sequel introduced Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), an army paratrooper who later evolves into the Falcon. Wilson is the funny man of the cast, though everyone gets to provide a chuckle of their own at some point of the movie. Mackie rattles off jokes - one after another - while maintaining a calm demeanor. He is the comedic relief of the sequel. Bless him for not overacting, as many funny guys usually do. 

Samuel L. Jackson returns as Nick Fury. True to his name, he is quite a fireball in the movie. He, too, has several jokes to tell. With Jackson, everything seems so much funnier because of how serious he is supposed to be. For instance, Nick Fury in a hoodie inspired a round of laughter in the movie theater. Was Nick Fury in a hoodie supposed to be hilarious? Not really. And, yet, here we are laughing.

On the "bad guy" side, we have Robert Redford as Alexander Pierce. Pierce can best be described as the older, creepy guy in the office who glares at people a lot and mumbles when you try to make conversation. You know he secretly hates everyone and do your best to avoid him. Perhaps Redford had it easy with this role because all he really needed to do was frown a lot. Redford is not bad, as far as villains go, but he is not exactly memorable compared to the rest of the cast.

Last but not least is the Winter Soldier himself, Sebastian Stan. Remember Carter Baizen on "Gossip Girl"? Or maybe the Mad Hatter on "Once Upon A Time"? That's him. Seeing Stan in this role feels incredibly strange. Stan boasts muscles galore and has a dirty look to him… Very different from his other roles. Still, Stan proves he is fully capable of pulling off a super villain. His aggressive aura is exceptionally enticing. 

"Captain America: The Winter Soldier" is in theaters April 4. Watch the trailer below.

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