I had a feeling reading your thoughts on a film called "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" would make me want to punch babies.
It wasn't as bad as expected, kudos.
Scrotleg! I obviously need to up my game.
Here's something obvious: the title of the film is telling us that Captain America is
the Winter Soldier, as well as
the named character in the film, AKA Bucky. (Read up on Winter Solider Investigation here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_Sol ... estigation
) -- the reason I say this is because Captain America says at some point in the film to fury something like: We compromised. We did some bad things, but we did it so that people could be free
. That's his admission of war crimes. Not his, personally, but his, as a representation of, like you say, the US ideal back then
That the US ideal has committed atrocities is probably the main point, though. The veterans from the Vietnam war were displaced people, lost in some kind of limbo, caught between serving the state, and the liberal political backlash that proceeded it. Captain America is similar. He is caught in a murky area between two distinct worlds: His own, where he fought for freedom, and where he took no bullshit whatsoever, and the current world, where he fights for selective "freedom" (Why destroy Hydra, but no the CIA? Why take down Shield, but not Stark Inc.?)
Captain America has completely sold out. In Cap 1, he would never have stood for the bullshit hypocrisy that he does in Cap 2. I mean, the Apple store used on film was no accident (as much as people may like to think filmmakers are a bunch of dumb gits). In other words, Cap has switched sides. He no longer stands for the downtrodden, the oppressed, the proletariat (like he does in Cap 1, being a weakling with an unstoppable heart). He no longer stands for empathy. Now he stands for compromise, something he would never have before. Now he stands for a preferred side, rather than a preferred idea.
After all, what do we see at the end of the movie? All those "good" shield agents filtering off into other organisations. That woman into Stark. Agent 13 into the CIA (lol! ). They only way they could have made that more obvious is if they replayed Armin Zola's voice over it, going: When one head falls, two more rise to take it's place!
Hydra is an idea. Much like it was a parasite in Shield, the idea is a parasite in the minds of corruptible men and women. The sad thing is that Cap stands for one and not the other, when he should be anti-institution all-together. All he's done in Cap 2 is endure a status-quo that is already a world-order, stopping a new world order from emerging. He hasn't "saved the world".
I mean, the film presents us with frequent class-conflict imagery. Look at Bucky's arm with a red star on it. Why does he have it if the Soviets play no part in this film? I mean, apart from pleasing fucking nerd ass comic book fans (it could have been omitted easily, but wasn't for a reason). Bucky stands for the proletariat. He is the downtrodden, the oppressed, the immobile. He is a slave either to the future "state" (Redford, and state is a misnomer), or to The American Ideal (aka Iron Man aka contradiction). Notice how we frequently see his arm damaged by Cap's SHIELD OF TRUTH AND FREEDOM? His arm is paralysed at least twice.
That's no mistake. That didn't have to be in the film. To those who take the hate-on-Michael-Bay approach to films, you may only see this as necessary so that Cap can "escape" or whatever, but they could have written this in so many other ways. The point is we're presented with this imagery because this film is about
something more than just some caped crusader beatin' on fools. A man with a soviet star representing the proletariat on his arm has it frequently paralysed? Nah, doesn't mean a thing.
I like Cap. He represents the ideal, not the flag, and he isn't afraid to go rogue when they clash. Timely and necessary.
I agree with you when talking about Cap 1. Not about Cap 2. Notice how often he uses his shield in Cap 2 versus Cap 1? What is a shield? A defensive tool. Let me smash your face in with my defensive tool. It's self defense, though. Seriously, bruh, self defense!
Pre-emptive self-defense. Punishment before the crime. USA bombing "threats" as they emerge from their caves. The shield is thrown, a tool operated. Like drones.
The ideal has been corrupted. Captain America 2 is a story about capitalism. Cap 2 is the twist ending to Cap 1 -- Cap lost, and himself was turned into a tool for the new era of Stark Inc. capitalism, automated super-weapons, and AI algorithms that do the targeting "for us".