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Friday, April 04, 2014 

Captain America movie sequel is "pro-Edward Snowden"?

Christian Toto at Big Hollywood published his review of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and for a conservtive, it's a very peculiar take he's got, no doubt an acquired taste for some. He says:
We also meet The Winter Soldier, a villain with a robotic arm and a connection to Cap's past, plus longtime comic book sidekick The Falcon (Anthony Mackie, a welcome addition to the franchise).

The story, without spoiling too much, delves directly into Edward Snowden-style transparency in a way that would please Julian Assange. The themes is treated with comic book depth, something a genre movie can get away with sans guilt.
I'm sure that's a matter of opinion, and the hard part here is when Toto implies it's favorable to Snowden and pleasing to Assange. Regarding the latter, from what I read about him in the past, he sounds like a very terrible person, even if, as Diana West noted, he published some items that could be helpful. Cliff Kincaid, on the other hand, notes that Assange is anti-American, and that is troubling. Snowden is an even more disturbing matter. The American Thinker notes that plenty of Americans consider Snowden a traitor, and Kincaid has more about him here, such as his ties to communists and terrorists. That's not somebody who deserves praise, yet unfortunately, that's just what a PBS host was doing. The movie may not be loved by the Obama administration because of its anti-NSA messages, but not every conservative is bound to appreciate it either.

Toto's take on the issue is baffling, and it won't be surprising if this movie, like his review, will be pretty divisive. But whatever the politics involved are like, I'm really not happy they used Ed Brubaker's story as a basis for the screenplay. Again, there are some better stories from past decades that could've made a good wellspring for a Captain America movie, and I don't see why the newest-ever stories have to serve as grounds for a film.

Update: on the other hand, the director Joe Russo told Mother Jones (also via Big Hollywood) that the film targets Obama's "kill list", as one the issues they decided to draw from while writing the screenplay. But while that does sound a lot more interesting from a conservative POV, the way they're going about siding with Snowden is still very worrisome, and suggests they used classic moral equivalence to make the movie.

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