Have you ever seen a movie, like “Prometheus,” for instance, in which you were blown away when you first saw it in the theaters, only to see it again and wonder what the whole point was? In this edition of ‘Postmortem’ I take another look at “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” a movie that I enjoyed the first time around, though I wanted to see it could stand repeated viewings.
I divided it up into six areas: 3D, Violence, Acting, Villains, Heroes and Story.
When I caught the 3D version of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” having already seen the non-dimensionally enhanced version two weeks earlier, I did so primarily to see if it holds up to repeated viewings though I was also curious as to whether the 3D was necessary. And for those individuals that haven’t seen it in 3D, don’t worry about it. It isn’t necessary and doesn’t add much in the way of value, though in scenes where large machinery was in play, like with the S.H.I.E.L.D. helicarriers, or when there are explosions with lots of debris it was very interesting.
Other scenes, in other words most of the movie, not so much.
Verdict: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” isn’t markedly different–with the exception of a few scenes where it really pops–in 3D. Check it out if you’re curious, but your money could be better spent elsewhere.
“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is without a doubt an action movie. There’re numerous fight scenes early on, and they tend to be very visceral and physical. Is it as violent as “Man Of Steel,” which for me sets the benchmark for superhero movie violence (including movies like “Kickass” and “Kickass 2,” though they differ in that gratuitous violence is what they’re selling to an extent. Both are bloody and so over-the-top that they play more like a cartoon than anything else, which is their whole point)?
I’d have to say, No. Captain America is violent, without a doubt, but that violence is of a more “realistic” nature and focused on individuals, as opposed to hundreds or thousands of people. The scale of the violence in ‘Winter Soldier,’ as well as the way it’s edited,is focused less on the destruction itself and more on the athleticism of armed and unarmed combat.
Verdict: “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” is an action film, but one that’s on a very human scale. As a result, comes across as thrilling, as opposed to gratuitous.