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4 Reasons Why You Should See Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Marvel's exciting new superhero movie eschews political and cultural cheap shots.

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John Boot

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April 4, 2014 - 9:00 am
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Marvel’s Captain America was one of the best superhero movies of the last decade, featuring an engaging Chris Evans as the 98-pound weakling who is transformed into a WW II fighting machine and, at the end, wakes up from a long nap to discover himself in contemporary America. The second go-round, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is nearly as much fun as the original, with a delightfully tangled plot, plenty of well-staged action scenes and a superb cast given reams of smart dialogue. Here are four reasons to salute Cap again.

1. The complexity.

Comic-book movies sometimes leave the impression that the writers are in a huge hurry to get from one action scene to the next, without worrying too much about what comes in between. The Winter Soldier, though, has enough plot for three movies, with a complicated back story gradually emerging about a nefarious historical plot reminiscent of that of the League of Shadows in the Dark Knight movies.

A legendary figure called “the Winter Soldier” is blamed for a rash of mysterious assassinations occurring over a long period of time, and though Cap derides the tale as a ghost story, he learns that the truth has much to do with his own personal history, dating back decades. Meanwhile, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) has a much bigger part to play than in any previous film, as does Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), yet there’s also room to launch a new hero, Falcon (Anthony Mackie, who has an easygoing, likeable-yet-confident vibe that recalls the young Will Smith).

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Saw this movie opening day with my teen daughter. Mr. Boot got it exactly right. It's excellent. There is a lot to like.
32 weeks ago
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Since Iron Man 3, I've pretty much given up on Marvel movies. Over promoted, predictable, and they give away the money shots in the previews. When it says, "The End" I like to get up and leave the theater and not wait five minutes for another trailer. That being said, I sort of liked the first CA movie, not sure if I'll see this one.
32 weeks ago
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The Winter Soldier (whose very title derives from an exaggerated 1970s tale about alleged Vietnam atrocities promulgated by John Kerry, among others)

which in turn was inspired by the original referred to here:
http://winterpatriot.blogspot.com/2007/05/summer-soldier-and-sunshine-patriot.html
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
(Dang lack of editing capability! Let's try again)

"a growing military-industrial complex" Huh?

Please avoid trite lefty cliches. Our military industrial base, along with DOD itself, are rapidly being disassembled and thrown away.
32 weeks ago
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"a growing military-industrial complex
32 weeks ago
32 weeks ago Link To Comment
Saw this movie this morning and it did not disappoint. Another great addition to the Marvel superhero library.
33 weeks ago
33 weeks ago Link To Comment
So the same writers gave us Pain & Gain? Well, that explains Anthony Mackie's presence; he was very, very good in P&G. I just might have to break my personal streak and go to this...
33 weeks ago
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Pain and Gain was an absolutely hilarious movie. Loved it. Mackie was very good but I thought the Rock stole the show.

I really really liked the first Cap movie, looking forward to checking this one out.

Totally off topic but John Boot if you're reading this: Any idea if The Raid 2 has plans for a wider US release?
33 weeks ago
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The fact they did the Narnia movies (not familiar with P&G) has me convinced. I can't imagine someone who was trying to be faithful the Narnia books would sneak anti-Americanism into Captain America.
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