The second Captain America film sees our hero having to adjust to the 21st century after being frozen for decades. Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson all return from the first movie. Robert Redford and Alan Dale (formerly Jim Robinson in Neighbours) also make appearances.
Some may not like Captain America. He is very like Superman in that he is almost whiter than white and nowadays that is not very fashionable. Where Batman sometimes bends the rules to the point where he almost sacrifices his own soul to protect Gotham, Captain America never really puts a foot wrong. Nevertheless, his struggles adjusting to 21stcentury life and finding a place in that world make interesting enough dilemmas for us to get drawn in. The emerging chemistry between him and Scarlett Johansson’s character Romanoff is also very enticing.
Romanoff is a bit like Batman – morally ambiguous. Having switched sides to America after having been a spy for the Russians, Captain America is not sure he can trust her. During the movie it is also clear that she struggles with the things she has done, having been a pawn in the game of international espionage.
The main thing about this movie that continually draws you in is the twists in the plot. A mysterious villain appears, who when his identity is revealed will pose a big dilemma for Captain America. With new-found friend ex-army vet Sam Wilson to help and others like Romanoff and Samuel L’s Nick Fury you can be sure that Captain Rodgers will not face these challenges alone.
This film is definitely designed for the big screen with lots of action sequences, explosions, stunning cityscapes and is generally very eye-catching – the sort of things that we have come to expect from Marvel superhero movies. I do believe, however, that it would be too easy to write this off as another big budget blockbuster cashing in on the current superhero craze.
This movie asks some very interesting life questions if you scratch the surface and really pay attention. Can we keep our friends and family safe? Who can we trust? How do we adjust to the massive changes in our world? Should friends who let us down be given a second chance? One of the biggest questions it poses is “How should our governments protect us against those who pose a threat to our national security?” Is it ever okay to sacrifice the freedom and human rights of some people based on a hunch for the greater good of the rest of us? Personally I believe we will all have to look much deeper for the answers to these questions than our governments and armed forces. Maybe like Bob Dylan said “The answer is blowing in the wind.”?
If you want to have some mates round and watch a big movie that will entertain without you having to try too hard to follow the story you could do a lot worse than this. Enjoy the special effects, watch Captain America whoop the bad guys with that shield and be surprised by Robert Redford. Most of all think about the questions that it asks. I know that I for one have been left thinking after watching it.
By Andy McKinney