Commentary

April 11, 2014

Fly Over: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’, and ‘Pirate Fairy’

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In theaters:

‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’

Dear DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studios,
Be jealous. Be very jealous. While you are still working on the “Superman vs. Batman” movie, Marvel Studios has done it again and released another box office hit with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”
The sequel to 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger” is set some time after the events of “Marvel’s The Avengers” and finds Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) adjusting to modern life in Washington D.C.
Rogers is called on a mission to rescue a SHIELD ship overtaken by pirates. During the mission, he discovers a team member is following a mission separate from the team’s. Later, he brings this up to SHIELD director Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), who justifies the second mission. Fury then reveals to Rogers a SHIELD project which will launch three new helicarriers that will patrol the globe and never require landing. What scares Rogers the most about this new project is the fact these airships will eliminate any target before a threat arises, all in the name of freedom. Rogers tells Fury, “This is not freedom. This is fear.”
This is the point where Rogers begins to doubt SHIELD and what it stands for. Movie buffs will recall how Tony Stark tells Rogers about his suspicions regarding Fury and his motives during “Avengers,” planting a seed of doubt in Rogers. Now, “Winter Soldier” tackles those doubts head-on and drives the story as Cap digs through government conspiracy and political intrigue.
“Winter Soldier” is more than your average “superhero stops a villain from taking over the world” movie. It is a well-crafted story on par with a Tom Clancy or Jason Bourne thriller.
As Cap works to expose the truth about SHIELD, a mysterious assassin known as “The Winter Soldier” attempts to assassinate a high-ranking SHIELD official. Comic book fan-boys already know the assassin’s identity, but I won’t ruin it for you with spoilers. I will say I kept the Winter Soldier’s identity hidden from my wife these past few months and the big reveal during the movie was well worth it. Mind. Blown.
Captain America is quite possibly the last superhero character without a “dark” reboot or secret past. He is simply an American patriot who lives according to a set of ideals and morals, and questions if anyone else does the same.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo, working from a screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, have managed to break the traditional “superhero saves the day” mold and ground Captain America in the real world.
The special effects add to the realism of the story without resorting to lasers, aliens or interdimensional portals. The effects are so realistic it’s easy to believe this sort of thing could happen in the real world.
The action was turned up for Cap’s third big screen adventure as well. As I watched his fight scenes, I began to wonder if Rogers had been training at a mixed martial arts gym. Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) returns with some great fight scenes, too. And it doesn’t hurt to cast Georges St-Pierre as bad-guy Batroc and Anthony Mackie as Falcon to increase the movie’s “kick butt” factor.
So as you head out to the movies this weekend, believe all the hype you’ve heard about “Winter Soldier,” but understand it’s not hype. This is a solid movie with a complex story, great cast and impressive action sequences.
So DC, how’s that Justice League movie coming along?
This film is rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, gunplay and action throughout.

 
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And on Blu-Ray / DVD:

‘Pirate Fairy’

In “Pirate Fairy,” the story revolves around Zarina, a pixie-dust talent fairy, who is entranced by the magic of blue pixie dust (introduced prior to in “Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure”) and is determined to find out what it is capable of, despite having been told not to by Fairy Gary, the leader of the pixie-dust talent fairies.
After intentionally experimenting with some blue pixie dust and causing chaos in Pixie Hollow, Zarina is prohibited from working with pixie dust again. Saddened and hurt by this, Zarina leaves Pixie Hollow.
A year later, Pixie Hollow celebrates the Four Season Games. As the winter fairies perform their act, Tinker Bell, a tinker fairy, and friends Silvermist, a water-talent fairy, Iridessa, light-talent fairy, Rosetta, plant-talent fairy, Fawn, animal-talent fairy, and Vidia, a fast flying-talent fairy, spot Zarina flying into Pixie Hollow and take cover.
Zarina uses some pixie dust to summon several poppies which cause everyone to fall into a deep sleep before taking the blue pixie dust. Iridessa notes poppies are the source of pixie dust and affects the fairies’ ability to fly. Because they were hiding, Tink and her friends are not affected and follow Zarina to the coast.
Zarina leads the fairies to a pirate ship for which she is the captain (though the title kind of gives it away).
The fairy friends manage to retrieve the blue pixie dust but are stopped by Zarina, who uses modified pixie dust to magically switch their talents.
Tink becomes a water fairy, Silvermist becomes a fast-flying fairy, Fawn becomes a light fairy, Iridessa becomes a garden fairy, Rosetta becomes an animal fairy, and Vidia becomes a tinker fairy, much to her horror.
Tink and the others struggle with their swapped talents as they search for Zarina. In the process they meet a baby crocodile who takes a liking to Rosetta.
It is revealed the pirates made Zarina captain when she promised to make the ship fly, which would allow the pirates to plunder anything without getting caught.
The fairies then discover the pirates’ camp at Skull Rock is home to a second Pixie Dust Tree.
The fairies attempt to retrieve the blue pixie dust, but are caught. Tink tries to convince Zarina to return to Pixie Hollow, but she refuses because no one appreciated her talents.
With the fairies now captured, the pirates begin making pixie dust, which allows their ship to fly.
And that is where I end the plot synopsis. I don’t want to ruin a great little twist.
Anyone watching this movie that has seen Disney’s 1953 “Peter Pan” will guess what is coming.
Seeing characters from the old movies being used to help tell a new story was fantastic. I eagerly await seeing Peter in one of these movies one day, or at least a reboot of the old movie.
This movie will teach your children it’s all right to experiment and question what “has always been;” great things can come from it. It will remind them they aren’t alone, and regardless of what happens, your friends and family are always there for you.
I thoroughly enjoyed this movie as did my friend’s children who were watching with me. Watch and enjoy with family and children alike.
“Pirate Fairy” is rated G.




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