Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) Directed by Anthony Russo & Joe Russo 6-6.5/10 I really enjoyed the Captain America: The First Avenger with its World War II setting and its old school adventure appeal in the capable hands of Joe Johnston who had worked on Raiders of the Lost Ark and directed The Rocketeer. With the modern day setting now in place however I was not sure how it would be, but he did look good in The Avengers. Another worry was it was being helmed by the creators of the tv show Community who were first time big screen directors. All things considered it turned out ok, it has some great stuff but some real problems with execution that hinder enjoyment. Starting with the good, it has an interesting story to tell on both the larger World level and the personal level to Captain America. The tone of the film is excellent, not too goofy, just the right amount of humour and real consequences to the carnage. The effects and sound were excellent with a rousing and exciting score to boot. Scarlett Johansson and Chris Evans were fabulous together and there wasn't really a weak member of the cast all around. Now the bad, starting with the biggest eyesore which was how bad the combat scenes were filmed, they were worse that Christopher Nolan's with some of the shakiest an over edited combat scenes I have seen. The un-watchability of these was a real hinderance to enjoying the film because they are quite frequent. The big action scenes (non-hand to hand combat) were not quite as bad but still could have been much better. There was a fairly good car chase scene in daylight with a lot of gunfire that was good but I kept thinking how amazing this would be in the hands of Michael Mann. Also whilst the story was good and had lots of layers, they tried to cram too much in and parts felt rushed, they should have left some stuff out and made not only a more concise film but a shorter one also. In the end I really enjoyed the quieter character moments and conspiracy moments better than anything the action had to offer and they are what kept the film going. It was certainly a lot better than the goofy Iron Man III and more even than Thor: The Dark World, so despite its poor execution this may just pip the Thor sequel as being the best of Phase Two so far.