Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Reason for the Rating: Intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.
Plot Summary: Captain America must, once again, save the world from Hydra—and face his past while doing it.
PopFam Recommends: A fun film for action fans ages 10 and up in your family.
Did you really read the reason Capt. America: The Winter Soldier received a PG-13 rating? Go ahead and read it again, noticing especially that last part...the part that says, "and action throughout." That is probably the truest rating a movie has received. OK, so that might not be completely accurate, but the fact remains that The Winter Soldier is super action packed.
If you remember from the first Capt. America movie, Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) was a super scrawny young man who wanted to fight in WWII more than anything. His size and poor health kept him from a successful army career, until he was chosen to participate in an experiment which changed him into the ultimate soldier. Bigger, faster and stronger than any other man, he spent the war fighting Hitler and Hydra, another force who wanted to takeover the world. Unfortunately, Steve was frozen deep below the sea, and was returned to life when discovered about 50 years later.
Due to his time away from time, Steve has a different perspective on things. He sees things others have lost sight of. So when Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) shows him SHIELD's newest aircraft, designed to kill thousands at once to ultimately protect millions, Steve is taken aback and begins to question the veracity of SHIELD, Nick Fury, The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and everyone involved. So when Nick is savagely attacked and gives Steve some secret information, he must decide who to trust and who to leave behind.
One person he decides to trust is a new Marvel superhero, The Falcon a.k.a Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), who has this very cool device which gives him humongous wings. Who wouldn't want to use those? Sam brings another element to this serious movie...levity. He and Natasha bring moments of needed laughter that brighten the movie and give it a quick infusion of comic relief.
It seems Marvel has created a movie genre everyone wants to get in on. In The Winter Soldier, you'll see actors ranging from Robert Redford to Toby Jones to Garry Shandling. If you want to take on the challenge, listen for the voice of Gary Sinise. And of course, you must look for Stan Lee's cameo. Often, a studio will have a blockbuster movie and then make sequel upon sequel of it, and they are rarely as successful as the first. But Marvel has been marvelous at creating movies of different superheroes that all link together (Thor, Ironman, The Hulk, Capt America)...and they are all extraordinary movies in themselves. You know they have a good thing going when you see actors flocking to have their name attached to a Marvel movie. I wonder who will be in the next Avenger's movie?
Anyway, this is a movie you'll want to see on a big screen if you can. The story is superb, the action is amazing, and the acting is perfection. Your boys of all ages will love the movie, of course.
Be aware that there are intense scenes of fighting and a lot of explosions. If this is something that rattles your young ones, you might want to leave them at home. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Go see the movie and don't forget to stay all the way to the end of the credits...there are two ending scenes you won't want to miss.
Let’s Talk About It
Use these questions to spark discussion among family members who are interested in this movie:
• What surprised you the most in The Winter Soldier?
• Do you think Capt. America made the right decision in allowing the Winter Soldier to live?
• Capt. America is a man of truth, honor, and integrity. What words would your friends and family use to describe you?
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