Leagues better than the second outing with the rebooted cast but that's not saying a hell of a lot. One problem that hasn't been fixed is the dependence on the pre-reboot material to give depth to the relationships between the characters. Kirk's repeated insistence that he depends on Spock feels hollow when these guys have spent all of two movies with each other. Yes, they've been exploring together for years by this point but we're told that, not shown it. This is the worst sin of Into Darkness: it wasted an opportunity to properly develop the characters.
So after watching Civil War and not really understanding many of the big reveals, I went back and watched Winter Solider and found it better than I remembered. Chris Evans is terrific as Captain America but it's such a shame that the film is devoid of any artistry. Enjoyable enough as a blockbuster but it's so procedural that any trace of wonder has been completely and utterly exhausted.
The older I get and the more times I see this, the less I like it. Perhaps it was never as good as I first thought and it was merely the sheen of seeing my first Bond on the big screen. Or maybe in the shadow of the Craig Bond movies, you can see what they were going for but also how far they were for achieving it.
There are still some brilliant set pieces. The opening mission is as…
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I finished the film feeling... complicated. I was gripped throughout and loved all of the performances. But I was nagged constantly by the question of what responsibility, if any, a movie has to the societal context in which it is made? In a society where women who are the victims of domestic violence face an incredible struggle does a movie, or any creative work, have a duty to keep this in mind when telling a story where the 'victim' turns out to be a psychopath?