If you’re looking for a quick review, here it is – Captain America: Civil War is the Avengers film that we needed last summer.
Captain America: Civil War, continues the story left behind by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron. It brings us into a Post – Battle of New York and Battle of Sokovia world where the public for the most part, is divided on whether the Avengers have been saving the world or causing more harm. After another incident in Lagos, Nigeria, world leaders begin demanding the Avengers be held accountable for the damage they leave behind. This is where the notion of the “Sokovia Accords” are introduced, a bill that would require superheroes to fall under a governmental body that would dictate and oversee their actions. While Tony Stark sees this as a way for superheroes to be held accountable for their actions, Steve Rogers does not believe the Avengers should be regulated by governments with agendas. This creates a rift between the two heroes and causes other avengers to choose sides. Both Tony and Steve are justified in their reasoning, the two heroes have opposite views on what a safe world looks like and are willing to fight for what they believe in. Complicating the matter further is the resurgence of The Winter Solider, a brainwashed soldier forced to carry out heinous crimes for Hydra/Shield throughout history and Steves closest friend. Bucky, a man trying to find himself and reintegrate into society, is the linchpin of this conflict.
The film is filled with constant action sequences and amazing dialogue in between. There are no dull moments or prolonged scenes. The airport brawl between the two teams is without a doubt one of the best superhero action scenes ever seen on film, the scale is huge and the battle is explosive. The film never slows down, not even in its third act.
The MCU’s two newest additions, Black Panther and Spider-Man are given just enough screen-time each. While the Black Panther is cool in his scenes, it feels like there are a lot of lost opportunity to build his character. He never really feels like a king, more like a prince. Coming from someone who was insanely excited to see him on the big screen, Black Panther while undoubtedly cool to see in action, is mostly used as a convenient plot device. However Tom Holland as Spider-Man steals the show. He is lively and exciting, cracking jokes and one liners at every given moment. For the first time in an MCU film, I felt like Tony Stark wasn’t the funniest person on screen, it was Spider-Man. While I was doubtful of Tom Holland, it was clear that I was wrong, and I cannot wait to see what he does alongside Zendaya in Spider-Man homecoming. He is without a doubt the best onscreen Spider-Man.
The story itself at its core, is still a story about Captain America adjusting to a new world, and his story is executed perfectly. While the movie asks questions like whether or not Superheroes need government regulation, I think the true take away of it was Buckys struggle and asking whether or not he is truly innocent for the crimes he committed when brainwashed. That is what the movie leaves viewers questioning at the end, days after they’ve seen the movie. It is fun to see Bucky and Steve working together on screen again. While Bucky tends to be a relatively quiet character, Sebastian Stan executes him perfectly through his body language and facial expressions.
One of the best aspects of the film is how it treats its characters. Each and every character is given an ample reason to be on the team that they are. The film wastes no time establishing the conflict. However, with that being said, the “Civil War” never really feels like a war and more like a passive aggressive argument with characters pulling punches. I never truly felt like the characters were angry at each other or in any true danger.
With all that being said: Here is my pros and cons list for the film:
- Bucky with the good hair
- Airport fight Sequence
- Ant-Man and Spider-Mans humor
- Philosophical questions asked
- Constant action with amazing dialogue in between
- Introduction of new characters
- Aunt May
- Ending that changes the framework of the MCU
- Two amazing post credit scenes
- Black Panther/Wakanda not developed properly
- Using a South African language and calling it Wakandan is distasteful
- T’Challa is never treated like a king throughout the movie
- Strays away from source material which changes a lot of characters
- Conflict seems oversimplified from the comic version
- Martin Freemans character is a waste of space
- Boring villain
Final Thought: Civil War can easily be classified as one of the best Superhero movies ever created. For the most part, there are no good guys or bad guys, just characters and conflict which extenuates the story. Technically, we can thank Zack Snyder and Batman V Superman for pushing Civil War to happen because it truly is a spectacle. The Russo brothers have directed a movie that cleans up the mess that Age of Ultron was, and present us with a story that leaves us thinking days after we’ve seen the movie. Civil War is a beautiful end to the Captain America trilogy and will be remembered as a milestones for the Marvel Cinematic Universes.
Final Score: 87%
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