Marvel-lous is the verdict on new Marvel superhero film, Captain American The Winter Soldier according to Star readers, writes Graham Walker.
The 12A-certificate film, which returns hunky pin-up Chris Evans as the patriotic forties Avenger, doesn’t go on general release until Wednesday.
But The Star’s competition winners and VIP guests got an advanced preview after we teamed up with our pals at Cineworld Sheffield, which was chosen to host the prestigious northern UK premiere.
And after sitting through the two-hours and 16 minutes film on the IMAX screen in 3D they unanimously agreed it is going to be a blockbuster hit.
The rest of the audience seemed to agree with unprecedented outbursts of clapping, cheering and high fives handed out at the end of the film. Very American. But then this was Captain America, noted delighted Cineworld Sheffield bosses.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch the verdicts of fans coming out of the premiere preview screeening - followed by the official trailer.
Two years on from Avengers Assemble, our hero is reunited with S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), all-action super girl Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and teams with mechanically winged hero The Falcon (Anthony Mackie) to take on the mysterious Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), as senior agent Alexander Pierce (Robert Redford) reveals a troubling agenda.
Andy Meakin, aged 40, Cineworld Sheffield’s Operations Manager, said: “Marvel always kick start the season with a great spectacle and at the end of the film the whole audience was clapping and cheering.
“Now that’s a kind of American thing. But it’s such a great film, from the feedback we’re getting, that everyone just felt they had to applaud.
“There really has been a marvellous response to the film.
“There’s nothing to topple the IMAX experience, we are proud of our IMAX screen. It gives great images, fantastic sound and the 3D actually pops straight out and feels like it’s hanging right in the air in front of you. A marvellous experience. And anyone who has seen a Marvel film in that experience knows not to miss this one while it’s out.”
Schoolboy Alex Goding, nine, of Sheffield, said: “The best bit as when the man with the steel arm went to beat Captain America, but he beat him. It was fantastic. Me and my mum loved it and it was just amazing.”
George Hewitt, 15, of Aston, Sheffield, said: “It was great. I really enjoyed it. It was very, very good.”
Jordan Chilton, 15, also of Aston, Sheffield, said: “The special effects were great. It was one of the best films I’ve seen - certainly one of the best films I’ve seen all year, or in a long time.”
Tre Carter, 14, of Manor Top, Sheffield, said: “It was a really good film actually - better than I expected. The special effects were amazing, especially the 3D. I couldn’t even describe it. It was just so good.
Tyreese Carter, 11, said: “Captain America is my best super hero, I really liked it I loved watching it. It was really good.”
Benjamin Spencer, 16, of Wickersley, said: “It’s absolutely awesome. One of the best films I’ve seen in a long time. You’ve got to stay top the end for that extra bit.”
Simon Flavell, 13, of Sheffield, said: “I thought it was pretty good because it had lots of comedy and lots of action. It was very good.”
Leonard Sultana, 46, a DJ, of Cleckheaton, said: “That was absolutely stunning. It’s the first grown up superhero movie. It’s exciting, violent - very wordy and grown up. It’s as though superheroes have finally made it to the grown up leagues. An amazing film.”
Barmaid Caroline Sultana, 29, also of Cleckheaton, said: “It’s awesome - absolutely amazing. I just couldn’t get over it. It’s one of the best ones I’ve seen. Very violent though.
IT worker Neil Williamson, 41, of Wakefield, said: “Absolutely loved it. Very good. Very good story line. Spot on with the comics. Very authentic for the Winter Solider. Absolutely perfect in my book.”
Cineworld’s Andy added: “To come this year we’ve got the Amazing Spider-man, another Marvel film, X Men, another Marvel film...then, at the back end of the summer we’ve got The Guardians of The Galaxy. Guess what? It’s a Marvel film.
“But in between we’ve got films like the biblical epic Noah, with Russell Crowe, Transformers 4, a huge expectation around that - with director Michael Bray bringing giant robots back to the big screen.
“There’s plenty of action packed films on the way, as well as sequels, some smaller films almost more under the radar, like The Inbetweeners 2 and The Raid 2, which we are expecting a lot of good business from.
“It’s going to be a fun year for film this year.”
* Captain America The Winter Soldier will go on general release with a midnight screening at Cineworld Sheffield, following a late night showing of Avengers Assemble on Tuesday. For updates and more visit www.cineworld.co.uk.