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Captain America: The Winter SoldierSecurity vs. Freedom

by Yo Snyder | 2014-04-04 | Movies, Reviews
Has the Marvel cinematic universe found it’s Dark Knight with Captain America: The Winter Soldier? While it’s not quite the masterpiece that Christopher Nolan crafted with Batman, what the Russo’s have done with Captain America comes pretty close. For arguably the first time, this is a Marvel move that isn’t just some fizzy, fun, brightly colored super hero romp; it’s a movie that deals with some very current, very real-world issues…and it also happens to have some super heroes and cool action scenes in it as well. How much freedom are we willing to give up for being secure? We see that struggle in the headlines all the time these days as citizens wrestle with just how much monitoring of their lives the government should be doing in order to protect them. This precarious balance is at the heart of Captain America 2, with Steve Rogers’ idealist, old-fashion views of freedom and liberty clashing with Nick Fury’s more pragmatic, cynical, do-whatever-needs-to be done view of what it’s takes to keep things secure. Toss in the mysterious Winter Soldier along with a twisty web of intrigue and espionage, and you have one of the best Marvel films yet, and yes, perhaps Marvel’s very own Dark Knight. Captain America: The First Avenger was my favorite stand-alone Marvel film. I loved the pulpy-adventure tone and the period setting; it gave it a somewhat Indiana Jones-ish feel. It was a fun, exciting romp that had undertones of seriousness, darkness and melancholy. It didn’t really feel like just another Marvel super hero movie, and quite frankly, I was kind of hoping to see more of Cap’s adventures with the Howling Commandos during World War II in the sequel. I suppose that wouldn’t have lent itself well to Marvel’s cinematic universe building plans leading up to Avengers 2, but I still think it would have been a great deal of fun. What Captain America: The Winter Soldier does well is it takes a different genre for its... read
 

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