It’s pretty simple: if you like these kind of movies, you will like this one. If you are as bored with the latter-era comic-book superhero genre as I am, you won’t. It’s not that I don’t like superhero-action movies, but I am finding most of these movies to be re-treads of one another. And it doesn’t help when you know that no matter how bad things get, your hero and their core entourage will always survive.
Nonetheless, I liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier — for about the first half. I found it dramatic enough, and entertaining, and I particularly liked the women in it: Scarlett Johansson, Cobie Smulders, and Emily VanCamp. But the second half degenerates into trite, formulaic action movie sequences. The whole secret organization-within-a-secret organization idea is tired, and why do big action films so often feel that they need to lay forth some supposedly high-minded moralistic message? Kenneth Turan of the L.A. Times:
For what is frustrating about this “Captain America” is that it’s saddled with the defects of its virtues. It’s a product of the highest quality, but at the end of the day that’s what it is: a machine-made, assembly-line product whose strengths tend to feel like items checked off a master list rather than being the result of any kind of individual creative touch. “Captain America” is everything a big budget superhero film should be — except inspired.