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Watching "Captain America: The Winter Soldier"
Published on April 23, 2014 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I review the new superhero movie "Captain America: The Winter Soldier."

Here's an excerpt:

"Captain America is a throwback.

At a time when comic book superheroes tend to be edgy and brooding, Captain America is cheerful and friendly, patriotic and loyal. He wants to do what is right. He isn’t consumed by self-doubt or tormented by the burden of being a hero. He’s not Batman, or even the more serious Superman of last year’s big comic reboot, 'Man of Steel.' He’s just an ordinary guy who believes in America, and has extraordinary physical powers.

I liked the first 'Captain America' film well enough, and I was perfectly happy to see Captain America pop up in 'The Avengers.' But it’s tough to get too excited about him, mainly because he’s such a square — not nearly as fun or charismatic as Iron Man or even Thor. What makes 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' interesting is that it depicts Captain American’s growing disillusionment with government secrecy and modern-day surveillance. For the first time, he seems like a man who is capable of thinking for himself and taking matters into his own hands.

The Marvel comic book movies have a lightness of tone that’s really appealing, even during the big climatic fights, and 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' is no different. At times, the banter between Captain America, aka Steve Rogers, and the superspy Black Widow, aka Natasha Romanoff, sounds like something out of an old screwball comedy, which, come to think about it, is how much of 'The Avengers' and 'Iron Man' films sounds, too. Like most comic book adaptations, the interactions between the main characters is the best thing about 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier,' while the explosions, car chases and battles eventually grow tiresome. It’s fun to watch Samuel L. Jackson return as Nick Fury, and it’s a real kick to watch Robert Redford as the duplicitous Alexander Pierce. And Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson, aka Falcon, is a nice addition to the cast. But it’s the stars — Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson — who really carry this film."

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