Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a very satisfying film from the world of superhero movies. It's another in the Marvel series featuring solo projects for The Avengers, and it hits on all levels. The visual effects are certainly marvelous, though no more of a standout than any of The Avengers films along the way. It's a superhero movie, we know that the effects are going to be superb, so this nomination is hardly surprising, though I don't know how the Academy chooses from among the obvious choices.
The story is a fun one, with Captain America doing his best to fight a mysterious enemy and the super villain group HYDRA, who seem to have infiltrated the good guys at SHIELD. When Director Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) is gunned down, he warns our hero to trust no one in the organization. Nonetheless, he partners with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and a new friend, The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), to root out the evil, which he discovers to be closer to home and his own past than he expected.
Even though I'm a huge fan of all of the Marvel films, I have to admit that there is one element that always puzzles me. Captain America, in this film, is fighting a big baddie who threatens the safety and vitality of the world. Why doesn't he get on the phone at some point and ask his buddy Iron Man to come help out? Ok, Thor is in another dimension, so he may not have cell service and the Hulk is likely off somewhere picking out clothes that go well with his shade of green, but if a threat this big is facing the world, you don't have time for a two minute phone call?
We may never know the answer to this question, but what we do know is that for a fun, popcorn movie, Captain America is a winner. You can check out the trailer here: