My rating: 7
IMDB rating: 8
IMDB link: Captain America: Winter Soldier
I think it is safe to say that after the fiasco that the first movie turned out to be, it is definitely nice to see this movie turning out quite brilliantly. We see Marvel (and Avengers) regulars Black Widow, Nick Fury and Maria Hill returning with Captain Rogers to make this a successful Marvel blockbuster encore.
Of course, it is not only the regulars that make an appearance, we are also introduced to a few newcomers such as Falcon, Agent 13 and the Winter Soldier. I feel that it is worth mentioning that Cobie Smulders, who in the Avengers Assemble show absolutely no apt for the role of Maria Hill, this time nails it as the more serious boss-type not so overshadowed by Fury.
To me, the best action hero/Marvel or DC/blockbuster-type of movie, is still The Dark Night Rises but this movie certainly came pretty damn close. The CGI used in this movie is absolutely breathtaking. Especially Nick Fury’s car chase which is one of the most epic chases I have seen to date! The introduction of Falcon also brought a lot of special effects that truly makes this movie a feast for the eyes.
This is not what I like most about the film, though. The thing I thought gave this movie an edge above for example Thor: The Dark World, is the fact that the narrative is much more realistic. I do realise that there is a certain fantasy element connected to Thor making it appealing in that sense, but for Captain America the realism is quite effective.
The film actually delves into issues that psychologists have been asking themselves for decades. What if we could identify a person’s inherent tendency to either good or evil? Then by destroying those with tendencies to evil do we better society or are we ignoring the more important deciding factor in a person’s life, in other words the external factors? If all those with the pre-determined evil tendencies are destroyed would the world be a better place or would the good ones simply turn ‘evil’ at the loss of their loved ones?
Other than these very interesting questions that the film raises it also explores notions of freedom.
“HYDRA was founded on the belief that humanity could not be trusted with its own freedom. What we did not realize, was that if you try to take that freedom, they resist. The war taught us much. Humanity needed to surrender its freedom willingly. After the war, SHIELD was founded and I was recruited. The new HYDRA grew. A beautiful parasite inside SHIELD. For seventy years HYDRA has been secretly feeding crisis, reaping war. And when history did not cooperate, history was changed… HYDRA created a world so chaotic that humanity is finally ready to sacrifice its freedom to gain its security. Once the purification process is complete, HYDRA’s new world order will arise. We won, Captain. Your death amounts to the same as your Life; a zero sum.”
These explorations also brings a few questions to mind. How much of our freedom are we willing to sacrifice in order to remain safe? The safety we so desperately need; is it not the same people who provide the safety and issue the threats, so that we can constantly, willingly remain in a state of ‘unfreedom’?
With this thought-provoking narrative and excellent visuals to accompany it, it really makes for a much better effort than the first Captain America.
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