Sonny Bunch, on the Captain America: Winter Soldier flick:
Directors Joe and Anthony Russo want you to know this isn’t your average popcorn comic book flick, the battles and bluster and bad guys notwithstanding. Rather, they’ve made what amounts to the biggest-budgeted paranoid thriller of all time.
I like 1970s paranoid thrillers, you see. A lot of them still work as movies, forty* years later. I sat down to watch Three Days of the Condor and The Boys from Brazil a few years ago as part of a deep dive into 1970s cinema (blame Damnation Decade), and it was fun: in fact, I should go ahead and finally watch Marathon Man tonight. I’ve been meaning to. So I’m happy to hear that we’re getting a big-budget example in the genre.
*…Wow. I’m getting old.