Captain America: Civil War Review

rqAHkvXldb9tHlnbQDwOzRi0yVD.jpgI know I haven’t posted in a really long time, but I’ve super busy lately. I know that isn’t a very good excuse and I apologize.  But lets start:

Two superheroes fighting each other is definitely a common theme in movies this year, but between two different comic book companies, one far surpassed the other.  Captain America: Civil War was truly a thing of beauty. Carefully balancing drama and humor, while also sufficiently introducing new characters without being too crazy, and still further developing the characters we already know.

Over the years, Marvel has set the bar for superhero movies, and Civil War raises it even more.  With Captain America, played by Chris Evans (Lucas Lee in Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), and Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr. (Sherlock Holmes in Sherlock Holmes), fighting, the rest of The Avengers are forced to chose sides.  While the movie might appear overly ambitious with the number of characters they incorporated in the film, Anthony & Joe Russo (directors of You, Me, and Dupree) manage to not only further develop characters such as Scarlet Witch, played by Elizabeth Olsen (Elle Brody in Godzilla), Ant Man, played by Paul Rudd (Mr. Anderson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Vision, played by Paul Bettany (Charles in A Beautiful Mind), Bucky Barnes played by Sebastian Stan (Chris Beck in The Martian), and Falcon played by Anthony Mackie (Sergeant JT Sanborn in The Hurt Locker).   They also introduce Spider-Man played by Tom Holland (Lucas in The Impossible) and Black Panther played by Chadwick Boseman (Jackie Robinson in 42).  In addition to new, and relatively new characters, audiences continue to fall in love with the more familiar faces of Black Widow played by Scarlett Johansson (Charlotte in Lost in Translation), Hawkeye played by Jeremy Renner (Brandt in Mission: Impossible- Ghost Protocol), and War Machine played by Don Cheadle (Paul Rusesabagina in Hotel Rwanda).

The actors bring the characters to life and managed to reach audiences’ soul with the feelings of their characters.  Characters experience heart-wrenching pain, betrayal, and desperation, along with happiness, love, and humor. You almost forget that the characters aren’t real. They make you cry and worry, but, at the same time, many of them bring a smile to your face with quick witted jokes and hilarious dialogue exchanges, looks, or reactions.  

With a solid plot containing a minimal number of plot holes, if any, the story is evenly paced and always intriguing. Personally, I was on the edge of my seat the whole time, watching in wonder to see what would happen next.  Expanding and creating relationships, be they friendships or romantic relationships, also added to the plot s they created new dynamics between characters, causing certain events to ensue and adding to the emotional turbulence and impact of the film.

The special effects pull the movie together, just as much as the score.  With new powers being revealed, the special effects have to live up to the scale of these abilities, and they certainly do.  The action sequences are incredibly exciting and the stunt work is flawless, with the finishing result being seamless action sequences that go above and beyond expectation.

In all honesty, the problem I had with this movie was the character of Zemo played by Daniel Brühl (Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds). Zemo’s plan relied almost entirely on the events of the movie happening exactly the way they did. If anything had been different, his plan would have failed. He did have a backstory that made sense, but besides the end, I don’t think he was entirely necessary.

This movie deserves multiple views. It surpassed my expectations, which were already set fairly high, and it brings a new dynamic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I can easily say that Captain America: Civil War is the best movie in the MCU and I give it 9.5/10 stars.

Marvel fans will greatly enjoy this movie, and it is worth watching even if you aren’t a fan of Marvel.


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