Back on The Job
U.S. Release Date: 4/4/14
When brothers Anthony and Joe Russo agreed to direct Captain America: The Winter Soldier they decided to enhance Marvel’s franchise, which has successfully smashed its way from comic book to big screen, with a strong dose of reality.
“We were pushing to bring a real world grounding component to the franchise,” Joe says. “You can’t have a thriller without stakes, and stakes are emotional. Stakes have to play real, especially in a political thriller, which has contemporary themes to it.”
The origins of Captain America, whose regular name is Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) harken back to World War 11. He entered a Super-Soldier program, transformed into the title character, became a national hero, lay in frozen limbo for decades, and, upon waking in present day, found himself in a brand new world.
After helping to save the world from utter destruction in 2012’s The Avengers, Captain America is back on the job again.
This time around he hooks up with Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson), also known as The Black Widow, and The Falcon, a new ally, to crack a massive conspiracy involving the titular Winter Soldier – a Russian operative.
The pic also stars Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, director of an espionage and law enforcement agency known as S.H.I.E.L.D. , and Robert Redford as the agency’s senior leader.
“You have to play as real as possible in order for the audience to properly relate to the storytelling otherwise you’re losing a layer of texture,” says Joe. “You’ve got to make the audience care.”
Using a handheld camera, the brothers opted for Cinema Verite, a form of filmmaking that aims to capture stark realism.
“For us the choice to to with handheld was philosophical,” Joe says. “It had to do with the narrative. We wanted the movie to be verity so that you would feel as if you were there, again as a way to raise the stakes.”
Meanwhile, Joe believes the movie is a solid combo of intriguing thriller and outright adventure.
“Once the plot is revealed and the cap’s mission becomes clear, it becomes an adventure film. We were extremely mindful of that construction in the development phase.”
Joe says the thriller component allows for character based realism, while the adventure element kicks back to traditional action filled Marvel storytelling.
“It has the scope and scale that Marvel’s famous for,” he recalls.
Redford, who loves the Russos’ approach to the world of Captain America, says the brothers have a strong idea of what they want to do and are committed to doing it in their own way.
“I like that. They have a vision for this film that’s theirs. I also appreciate it when a filmmaker has a vision that they stay connected to and enforce to the best of their abilities.”
“They have done a really good job with our film. None of the other Marvel movies were shot the way this movie was shot. The plot is more like a political thriller, but the way they’re capturing it is really different and unique.”
Studio: Walt Disney Studios
Directors: Anthony and Joe Russo
Stars: Chris Evans, Scarlett Johanssen, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
Screenwriters: Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Producer: Kevin Feige
Executive Producers: Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Michael Grillo and Stan Lee
Image Info: Left to Right, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johanssen. Copyright 2014 Walt Disney Studios. All Rights Reserved
Source: Captain America Press Kit (Courtesy of Walt Disney Studios)