FINALLY! For the love of all that is good and holy in this world, I finally saw a good movie this year aside from Deadpool. Considering the fact that I have been on a dead streak that has included two movies that I have given a 0/5 to… This has not been a fun season for me in terms of movies. I am just happy that I don’t have to see some more shit. So with that being said, I might be judging this movie a little more kindly than others, but I do not care. This movie was great! It is so nice to sit in a theater and watch a good ole fashion popcorn movie and Captain America: Civil War is the perfect movie for that fact.
After the events The Avengers: Age of Ultron, the new Avengers are in full swing. Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) has now joined the group and together she, Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), and Falcon (Anthony Maxie) are taking down terrorists in Logos. After they finish the battle, Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) mentions Bucky (Sebastian Stan) which causes Captain America to drop his guard. This almost ends badly for Captain America when Rumlow uses a suicide vest, but he is saved at the last minute by Scarlet Witch at the cost of a number of Wakandian lives inside of a building. This incident prompts the United Nations to create the Sokovia Accords that is intended to limit the power issued by the Avengers. Some of the Avengers agree and others disagree.
During the signing of the Sokovia Accords, a bomb is set off, killing several during the accords including the King of Wakanda, the father of the Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman). It would seem that this is the cause of the Winter Soldier, but not all is as it seems. Captain America sets off to clear the Winter Soldiers name against the wishes of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) and portions of the Avengers.
The New Characters are Awesome!
This movie sees the addition to Spiderman (Tom Holland) as well as the Black Panther. Both of which are awesome inclusions in the movie and so much fun to watch. There is a true mystique around the Black Panther and Spiderman is the best incarnation of the character that has ever existed. Everything about Tom Holland screams adorable teenager looking to make a difference in the world. He is a dork and he comes across as awesome… Yet a complete dweeb.
As much as this was a movie about the fight between Iron Man and Captain America, this was also a movie that showed the brilliant coming out party of two characters that I am dying to see more of.
The Mere Concept of Civil War is Dripping with Atmosphere and Story
I love it when there is a superhero story of superheroes fighting one another. Civil War is the type of comic book that was screaming for a movie and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The movie does a great job of making the Sokovia Accords a gray area in which both sides have some excellent points. It is the perfect document that can split loyalties and cause a true fracturing of the Avengers. That has been the story that I have been looking forward to for years and it certainly didn’t disappoint.
Pro with a Pinch of Con
The Villain is Great… Though a Little Expected (Spoilers)
The “villain” in this movie is Helmut Zemo, a former Sokovian military officer turned terrorist after the Avengers v. Ultron battle killed his wife, child, and father. His ultimate goal is a great one, to tear down the Avengers from the inside so that they can never be rebuilt. In a way, he is one of the best villains in the series as he is able to due what others have failed to do, destroy the Avengers… Or at least the former reinvention of the Avengers. I loved him from scene one for being a different kind of villain, one that relies on cunning instead of super strength and is by all accounts, just some guy.
However… There are some problems with Zemo, in particular that his appearance is somewhat expected. It doesn’t take a lot of smarts to recognize that Zemo was probably someone who was hurt by the Avengers and that he was there to tear them apart. Also, his plan does rely on a lot of contingencies, in particular that Stark and Rogers are going to follow along a carefully concise path. The expertly worked plan based on what people “will do” walks a fine line between jaw dropping awesome planning and scheming that occurs on behalf of the plot. Tragically a lot of what happens with Iron Man and Captain America happen because the plot needs it to and less because of Zemo’s well worked plan.
It Feels a Little Lack-Luster
This movie had all the makings of an excellent, blow you out of your seat, style of movie. The trailers played up a major war between friends, Iron Man would face Captain America, Hawkeye vs. Black Widow. Black Panther and Spiderman were going to show up and it was all going to be a rocket sled of emotions from start to finish. All of it was setting up for a grandiose challenge… But then all of it felt a little downplayed. This is the continued problem with Avengers post The Avengers movie. After you have a rift in time and space that causes aliens to invade the Earth soon followed by The Guardians of the Galaxy with a fucking spaceship the size of a city colliding with a planet… Seeing twelve superheroes fight it out in an abandoned airport kind of loses some of its luster.
The movie was great, don’t get me wrong. But I did feel a little disappointed with the end result. It left me wanting more and not in a good way.
Anyone who is a fan of superhero movies needs to see Civil War as soon as possible. It is an excellent continuation of the story that Marvel is putting together and it is going to be one of the best Summer Blockbusters. It is most certainly one of the strongest so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Final Score 4.5/5
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