Captain America: The Winter Soldier Leaves Viewers Cold

By Hannah Kendall

Sadly, the newest superhero movie is another action film full of empty bullets and little substance. Cue the dramatic sigh.

As Steve Rogers, played by the dangerously handsome Chris Evans, tries to adjust to living in the 21st century world, he begins to realize he cannot trust anyone, not even the agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the agency that manages superheroes and all end-of-the-world calamities. However, when a S.H.I.E.L.D. representative mysteriously comes under attack, Rogers becomes involved and is caught up in a tangle of half cooked world domination plans and fruitless missions. Despite the realization that no one can be trusted, Captain America allies with Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and the Falcon (Anthony Mackie) because why not? They are attractive, so they must be trustworthy. This trio must go up against The Winter Soldier, a trained assassin whose mission is kill Captain America at all costs.

Since the premiere, Captain America: The Winter Soldier has hit number one in the world wide box office, earning approximately $102 million globally. The film barely scraped by as winner with Rio 2 coming in close second with “$101.3 million globally,” reports. Nonetheless, it is a little troubling to see the children’s movie about an “Avian genocide,” according to Time Magazine, come so close to beating out a Marvel superhero movie.

I am going to be honest. The movie was mediocre; it was not too terrible, but it most definitely was not good. Also, do not be fooled by the trailer. The hardcore background music and macho action scenes gives the illusion that the film is better than it is. Marvel fans and superhero fanatics will die hard for this movie, however, as the skeptic critic, I tend to have a hard time suspending all disbelief.

Saying that, halfway through the film I realized the only reason why Captain America was still alive was because 90% of the bullets shot in the entire movie missed their only target: the sole man in tights – a sight hard to miss. Some might say “But he is Captain America! Mere bullets cannot deter him!” Maybe so, but the sheer chance that he has to be hit at least once by the 20+ trained men aiming at him with machine guns is high. He practically floated through the whole movie, gracefully burning helicarriers, taking name, and whimsically twirling his shield, without a single scratch. Even if Captain America does happen to take a bullet and the odds are looking gloomy, never fear. Just remember that Marvel would not dare to kill off one of their money makers.

Admittedly, the characters were fun, but the film was definitely not “character driven”.  Ironically, in a pre-movie interview, Mackie, who plays Falcon, states that the film was “character driven”. At those words, my fellow movie viewer and I shared a dubious look, and to our amusement, the film proved to be utterly plot driven. There was no in-depth character study, and nothing to make me feel remotely attached to the characters besides the fact that they are good-looking human beings.  It was a film full of cookie cutter characters with the perfectly sadistic villain, the dazzling hero who stands for justice, and the loyal sidekicks.

Granted, one should not expect Oscar-winning material walking into a Marvel film, yet Captain America: The Winter Soldier was disappointing despite low standards. However, the movie does end with a cryptic scene from the next movie to come. Hopefully, the next movie will have some redeeming qualities.

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