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The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues as “Phase Two” kicks into high gear with Captain America: The Winter Soldier Part 2!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER came out this past weekend and it broke April Box office record.  The Winter Soldier opened to a very strong $95 million and set a new record for the month of April ahead of Fast Five‘s $86.2 million.  The Winter Soldier is also doing strong business overseas, where it has already topped Also in the film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, D.C. represents a moving organic tapestry that helps the story narrative.  The story develops, the D.C. outside, where the Mall is, where the memorials are, where the unseen President and Congress do the work of governing for the people. This is the D.C. of innocence, upon which the omnipotent and omnivorous surveillance operation gazes icily downward.There’s something both forward-looking and deeply conservative about this view of America and Americanism.  Just as the boogeymen of the past were based on fears of Russians and atomic power, the topical terror here is of governmental data mining.  We lost our way.  A couple of the villainous declarations sound like things you’d find on an episode of 24, and “Things A Fascist Who’s Reading Your E-Mail Says.”  And it does have that feel of ’70s paranoia that inspired The Parallax View and The Conversation, though it lacks their quiet, grainy dread in favor of slick bombast.

Despite the echoes of post-Watergate, and its profound distrust of domestic politics, I love this film, faith low built, grassy Washington and in its fundamental decency and importance.  What Cap is working to save, the film visually defines the idea of a government for the people, by the people, as Jefferson and Lincoln inversion.  This movie may not have much affection for a snooping Washington, but it has great reverence for George Washington’s Washington.

In conclusion, I love this film.  It has a lot of heart.  The character development in the film feels appropriately paced, and shines the spotlight on Steve Rogers. There’s great amount of time with Sam “Falcon” Wilson, played with care by Anthony Mackie.  We see a connection formed between the two soldiers that build from a very specific place, something the greatest generation have, the banding together of brothers.  I loved what’s done with Nick, and the Widow.  Rogers respects Fury, but he’s a spy, not a soldier, and he doesn’t fully trust Fury, similarly with Black Widow.  On the other hand, they trust and respect him.  The final decision by Cap to destroy S.H.I.E.L.D. and start from the beginning is proof to that.  I love what was done with Arnim Zola, the eater eggs that we come to expect for a Marvel film with references from War Games to, Pulp Fiction, to Avengers: Age of Ultorn, to future Marvel film’s like Doctor Strange.  This film made history, and paved the way for a very enthralling MCU future, and single-handedly revived the failing TV series Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.  The TV show’s ratings are proof.  The studio has a new canvas to play with, thanks to Cap.  I hope this time around Marvel paints a better TV series.

Your Beloved Raphy

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER is in theaters now, and stars Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Samuel L. Jackson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Cobie Smulders, Robert Redford, Frank Grillo. The film is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo.


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