'Captain America' sets bar high
By Chi-hao James Lo, The China Post
March 28, 2014, 1:46 pm TWN
Though the eponymous Winter Soldier had a less-than-expected amount of screen time and a smaller than title-earning part in the latest Marvel installment, "Captain America: The Winter Solider" sets the bar for a new line of Marvel Hero (Not really Super) films for reinvented characters that might be otherwise too incongruous for the big screen (ahem… you might be able to learn a thing or two DC if you catch my drift).
When most audiences, fans mostly, were concerned about how the 1942 WWII hero might be translated into a film following an implemented expectation of WWII films by Spielberg and superhero films by, well, Marvel, and that nightmare of a so-called-movie from 1990 (please don't watch it if you haven't) as well as the fact that Chris Evans had made his name as the Human Torch in another Marvel film, Cap found his way into the cheers of audiences in an unexpectedly harmonious chemical mix of comic-book hero and military drama — much like the life-changing serum which made him who he is — in 2011.
In the same way, when geek fan boys like myself can't help but to feel concerned for Captain's latest film after the success of "The Avengers," which basically told the world that the heroic character is no better than the likes of Black Widow and Hawkeye next to celebrity Superheroes Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and yeah, even Loki, the super solider managed to pull through and delivered a film which not only lives up to Marvel standards but also exceeded expectations and opened up a new door for lesser powered heroes like the Super Soldier himself.
The film opens after a brief reminder to audiences that the character is in fact still established as "over 90 and recently thawed," with Rogers scribbling down Marvin Gaye as recommended by Sam Wilson onto his to-catch-up-on list. Soon, the Captain is seen donning a slick black version of his uniform, giving up his stars and stripes for a job more covert than is suitable for the patriot.
From there, the film quickly establishes its mood, where Jason Bourne movies see a revival by a storyline going deep into questioning the morals and legitimacy of intelligence agencies such as S.H.I.E.L.D, with action sequences enhanced by superhuman combat and no shortage of cool gadgets that grant Samuel L. Jackson's Nick Fury an action scene of his own.