(Under) Watch Captain America The Winter Soldier Online-(Loc
The scene of Captain America and the team taking on the hijacked ship was already partially shown in a four-minute preview for Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but with the new footage it’s already possible to catch glimpses of a budding antagonism between Steve and SHIELD as he is told that their ship was trespassing and responds, “I’m getting a little tired of being Fury’s janitor.”
The enemy here is within, which means no one is to be trusted and everything’s up in the air, often literally. It would be a crime to spoil the surprises in a plot that owes as much to 1970s conspiracy thrillers as comic books. It’s only a pity the workmanlike execution can’t match this thematic boldness. This is, after all, a mega-budget studio movie, not an Occupy-funded piece of agit-prop. The genre still demands its product placement, its high-tech weaponry, its crunching action set-pieces, and the obligatory effects-splurge climax in which no one important dies (that’s hardly a spoiler considering they’re already talking about Captain America 3).
In terms of star power, Chris Evans is no Robert Downey Jr either, it must be said. He’s not even the most famous person called Chris Evans. With his 90s-boyband hairstyle and an emotional range that runs from “a bit sad” to “really quite cross”, he tends to disappear into blandness when he’s not chucking his shield around.
Burning brighter is Scarlett Johansson, whose Black Widow has fun chipping away at the Captain’s old-school earnestness and trying to fix him up with a date. Having played the voluptuous female mascot in this boys’ club for so long, Johansson at least gets to be an actual character this time. The supposed baddie of the piece, the Winter Soldier – a sort of metal-armed goth snowboarder – barely registers amid the densely plotted clamour, though he’s not the only baddie by any means.
These shortcomings don’t really matter, though. The real excitement of the movie is seeing just how far they’ll take their political parallels – which is pretty much all the way to a grand conspiracy theory linking current US foreign policy with Nazi totalitarianism. Advocates of the “liberal Hollywood” conspiracy will find plenty of ammunition here, too. In the first movie, an injection transformed wimpy Steve Rogers into strapping Captain America; similarly, this sequel gives the flagging comic-book movie an adrenaline shot of relevance. You’ve got to hand it to them.