Film Analysis: Captain America The Winter Soldier


This is the 9th movie in my marvel movie marathon. Captain America is caught up in doing missions for shield and keeping the world safe. After realizing that shield is compromised and working for hydra he tries to stop it.

Film Analysis

Film Title
Captain America The Winter Soldier
Year 2014
Anthony Russo/Joe Russo
Genre Action/Adventure/Sci-fi
If you could work on this film (change it), what would you change and why? I would have Bucky give more of a struggle to resist and would give falcon more fight scenes


1. Who is the protagonist? Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon
2. Who is the antagonist? Shield
3. What is the conflict? Shield is run by Hydra and will hill millions
4. What is the theme or central, unifying concept? (summarize in one or two words) Not everything is safe
5. How is the story told (linear, non-linear, with flashbacksflash-forwards, at regular intervals) Linear
6. What “happens” in the plot (Brief description)? Shield is compromised and Captain America has to save the world from itself
7. How does the film influence particular reactions on the part of viewers (sound, editing,
characterization, camera movement, etc.)? Why does the film encourage such
The struggles that CA and bucky go through in the movie are heartbreaking and exciting to watch
8. Is the setting realistic or stylized? What atmosphere does the setting suggest? Do particular objects or settings serve symbolic functions? Realistic but would never happen
9. How are the characters costumed and made-up? What does their clothing or makeup reveal about their social standing, ethnicity, nationality, gender, or age? How do costume and makeup convey character? suits=shield, military uniform=shield ops, hero uniform=protagonists
10. How does the lighting design shape our perception of character, space, or mood? bright outdoor lighting to help with the characters being undercover
11. How do camera angles and camera movements shape our view of characters or spaces? What do you see cinematically? closer angles to show how they need to lay low and wider angles fro some of the more action filled scenes
12. What is the music’s purpose in the film? How does it direct our attention within the image? How does it shape our interpretation of the image? What stands out about the music? Generic music mostly in the film unless it’s Rodgers listening to old timey music to remind him of the good old days
13. How might industrial, social, and economic factors have influenced the film? Describe how this film influences or connects to a culture? A corrupt government is certainly a culture
14. Give an example of what a film critic had to say about this film. Use credible sources and cite sources.Example: “The Shawshank Redemption Movie Review (1994) | Roger Ebert.” All Content. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 June 2015. “The Winter Soldier is effectively paced with enough action to keep things moving but not so much that it overwhelms everything.”-James Berardinelli|reelviews April 3, 2014
15. Select one scene no longer than 5 minutes that represents well the whole film and shows relevant cinematic elements. Write a one-sentence description of the scene and record the time of the scene.Example: from 1:05:00 to 1:10:00.

Explain why you chose this scene.


big fight scene where captain america realizes that the assassin was a long lost friend that doesn’t remember him

16. In the selected scenewrite a sentence for each of the elements below to justify why this scene best represents the film:
a. Screenwriting: Shows that bucky doesn’t remember his life long friend
b. Sound Design: lots of shooting and explosions which fits well
c. Camera Movements/Angles: wide shots to capture the action
d. Light Setup: natural lighting
e. Soundtrack/Score: generic action music
18. What’s the socio-cultural context of this film? Refers back to the nazi days and a similar group called hydra is practically running a huge branch in government

This worksheet was developed with ideas from many IB Film teachers, thus should remain in the Creative Commons

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