Latest 'Captain America' Goes Deep for Popcorn Flick
Published: April 2, 2014
Even the comic-book stuff here, though, feels more relevant than it might: the big battle between S.H.I.E.L.D. forces, including Steve and Natasha, and the Winter Solider and his friends through the streets of Washington, DC—where S.H.I.E.L.D.’s shiny, massive new HQ is—feels like a lone-gunman-on-a-rampage story lifted directly from 24-hour news channels. Along the way to figuring out what the heck is happening at S.H.I.E.L.D., Steve will confront the world of his past in a way that folds his story back in on itself ... and we will confront the world of our past in a way that is deeply uncomfortable. Steve is, quite literally, a museum piece: We visit, with him, the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum exhibit about his extraordinary life. But even with his disconnect in time, is he the only one with his head in the right place when it comes to what the U.S. has been doing to itself in recent decades?
It’s not a spoiler to say that Winter Soldier ends up casting the concept of the modern Western surveillance state as an actual evil plot by people who do not have our best interests at heart—that fleet of spying helicarriers is only a tiny sliver of it. That level of disapproval for a status quo that a helluva lot of people think is a good thing—if they even think about it at all—is absolutely extraordinary in a popcorn movie. Where Winter Soldier goes ... let’s just say that Edward Snowden could be on the marketing payroll for this flick. It’s that revolutionary.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dir. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo, Joss Wheedon; writ. Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely, Ed Brubaker (based on the comic books by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby); feat. Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Samuel L. Jackson, Robert Redford
Opens April 4