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By Sam Avina. April 7, 2014 - 1:22 pm
HPU has done it again! At the Dole Cannery Stadium, HPU students were granted premiere viewing of the newest Marvel motion picture “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” And unlike the typical good versus evil plot, “Captain America” writers put a twist into the story by exposing a new perspective of what really is evil through a hero’s eyes and questioning what they’re really fighting for?
For all you Marvel fans out there, we know S.H.I.E.L.D hasn’t always been the most trustworthy government organization (Iron Man showed us that with his system override). However, what really grabs the audience is not necessarily the Winter Soldier himself, but the fight Captain America has in his own morality of what is right and wrong for the beloved America he is trying to protect.
Seeing someone even as strong and mighty as Captain America fight the struggles normal people face every day when looking at the world and its politics gives the audience a connection that can be universally felt.
This plot change makes viewers think beyond superhero versus villain and see what if the team you thought you were fighting for was your actual enemy? Totally disregarding the fact that S.H.I.E.L.D was compromised by HYDRA explaining why there was so much corruption in the system itself, but isn’t that how it always starts?
“Captain America” had a strong theme of fear of government desolation and corruption being frequently seen in the movie industry (think “Divergent” or “The Hunger Games”), which was again what captivated audiences.
And let us not forget we didn’t go juts because it was free and to question our governmental system because we are educated college students. We went because every once in a while everyone needs to see a good old action movie with your classic handsome hero, butt-kicking attractive woman, and a lot of stuff blowing up to just get you pumped up and in a good mood.
“Captain America” did just that and more. Bravo.