CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

I think this movie is kind of silly.

There is one exciting action sequence involving Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) in an extraordinary vehicle being overtaken by a team out to kill him, but I can’t think of anything else in the film that is thrilling.

Actually, I saw the movie three days ago, and I can’t think of much else about the film worth recollecting except that Natasha Romanoff (Scarlett Johansson) is a badass and that it is funny to see Robert Redford in a comic book movie.

Though, maybe it’s fitting because Redford plays Alexander Pierce, a career politician/political appointee, and he has experience, construed broadly, in this type of role. Remember him as Bill McKay, a man running for the U.S. Senate from California in the 1972 film The Candidate?

I keep trying to think of something else to say about Captain America. It’s not a dreadful bore or a dud, it’s just not terribly engaging either. I don’t think that’s because Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) is such an earnest fellow; it’s more a problem that runs through the film on multiple levels.

There are some interesting ideas at play about sacrificing people to create a common bond among humanity and overcoming polarization, but what could make the film an interesting narrative is muddied and lost amid the competing storylines and repetitive fighting sequences.

Hopefully, some of the other Marvel offerings, summer releases previewed in trailers before the show, will cohere better and offer more of the thrilling sequences that are needed to drive this type of film.

Captain America

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