“If Pakistan marches to Mumbai and drags your daughters to the stadium for execution and if you had a switch that could change the situation wouldn’t you use it” this is the question asked to Councilman Singh by the senior SHIELD officer Alexander Pierce and the councilman replies “No… Not if it is your switch”… This is a rather small and quite irrelevant statement in the whole movie but one that stuck with me enough after watching the movie so I dedicate my review to this one dialogue…. Why the India Pakistan reference… was that needed…? I will get to it in a bit.. before that a bit about the movie….
I was never a big fan of super hero movies…. I used to watch them when I was a kid….I really loved them back then…. but then somewhere I lost touch with it… but today I decided to go for this one along with kids…. I think sometimes you need to watch it with kids to bring out the kid in you… I took the 7 yr old, 15 yr old and the 65 yr old….
It was a bit loud and too much action for the 7 yr old and he mostly ended up closing his eyes every now and then…. but everyone else enjoyed I guess… though I have to write on this one dialogue from the movie…
I thought that dialogue was very absurd…. you have a movie that has super heroes who do not exist… so you should have used country names in a more considerate way than this one…. again that is my opinion…. now coming to the execution part and stadium reference.. I am an Indian and as far as I know Pakistan does not order stadium model executions…. According to the guardian article here Pakistan is not even listed in the top 10 countries in the death penalty statistics, but US made it to the list.. So imagining that Pakistan would do it in another country once they invade it is a far fetched idea… that is my opinion….
But may be through the councilman Singh’s answer the writer wanted to make another message loud…. the fact that not everyone would think of peace and defense in the same way…. and here I am probably putting words into the writer’s pen…. defenses that destroy mankind is no good for mankind…. but to state that piece of information there were many ways other than dragging Mumbai and Pakistan into the picture….. when a country is torn apart it takes a long time often generations for the wounds of partition to heal…. yes 60 years is a long time… But it is not as hopeless as the statement in the movie….
I need to say that because this is a PG 13 movie and the fact that many kids who watch it might not have the slightest idea of world politics…. leave alone adults who are sitting and watching superheroes in a dark room, blinded to what happens in the world…. When you tell stories about non existent super heroes you should be more considerate to what references you use….. I would not have written this comment if this was not a PG 13 movie….
Finally you can watch the movie if you love super heroes…. just don’t listen to the above dialogue… the director/writer is probably confused with countries and regimes…..
Yes there are some problems, that people in both countries will acknowledge, and as neighboring countries; people in both these countries are working on it…. in fact have been working on it for a very long time… but still not a hopeless situation as I stated… I think that the last thing they want is a Captain America losing his sleep on this issue :)… but otherwise the movie is a good watch…..