The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment
The Falcon and the Winter Soldier (2021), Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Marvel Entertainment

I liked The Falcon and the Winter Soldier immediately, thanks to a tense, action-filled first few minutes. This is precisely what I’d been hoping for from a series about two of the Avengers. Even more so considering my disappointment with the first two episodes of WandaVision (2021). 

Anthony Mackie and Sebastian Stan’s six-part series is an action/adventure that sees Sam Wilson (The Falcon) and Bucky Barnes (The Winter Soldier) adjusting to the world following the events of Avengers Endgame (2019). And it’s not long before they have to deal with a new, earthly enemy.

My partiality to a beautiful bromance makes it no wonder that the scenes of Mackie and Stan on screen together are my favourite. The moments when they appeared separately or not at all were often engaging too. Nevertheless, ‘fully engaging throughout’ is not how I can best describe The Falcon and the Winter Soldier. There are periods when it feels flat, less urgent, less exciting, and lacking my favourite element of all; the fun action and an adequately speedy pace. 

The other issue I have with The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is its main villain, Karli Morgenthau (Erin Kellyman); a character whose story/villainy I just didn’t fully buy.

Overall, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier is good but I can’t say that I love it in its entirety. However, I will remember it fondly for the bromance/action. Especially in episode one, towards the end of the fourth episode and much of episode five. Make time if you’re curious.

Happy Film Loving 


11 thoughts on “THE FALCON AND THE WINTER SOLDIER (2021): The Things I Liked…”

  1. I really enjoyed this series. Like you I loved the bromance between Sam and Bucky. Their journey of having to find themselves after the Avengers that they knew….. and Steve… we’re gone was really touching and made me like those two even more. Bucky had to forgive himself and find what he could be and Sam finding out his full potential no matter what any one else thought and over coming stereotypes. There were moments that I was blubbering like a little kid. I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for these two.

      1. I actually liked Karli. Of course not the way she went about trying to prove what they stood for but I could on a level see why her and many others felt the way they did. They and all the others that were left here after the snap had to cope and move on, then 5 years later when everyone came back they were basically forgotten. She and the others just wanted to be recognized and get the same help as the others, tho I don’t agree with the way they went about it. She had said before that they tried to make the ones in power understand and listen, but they didn’t. I do think of course she went about it the wrong way, but I think she was tired of seeing people like her die and get cast aside without help. I think Erin Kellyman did a great job playing her. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Kellyman in anything else.

      2. I always like learning of your perspective, Christy. Even when we don’t agree, and especially since you’re a long time Marvel fan and I’m much less immersed in the universe. So, thank you for sharing.
        I’m actually not sure that the absolutely perfect Marvel production exists for me and my specific tastes and needs! 😂😂 Well, maybe th efirst Avengers movie, That proved a very fun and pleasant surprise.

      3. I always love learning your takes as well. You’ve actually gotten me to watch movies that I never heard of or didn’t think I’d be interested in and I ended up pleasantly surprised. Yes, the first Avengers movie was so much fun exciting wasn’t it. I do really like the others, but there was something about that one.

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