Captain America: Civil War Movie Review
By: Jarrod Hester
Explosions, people in spandex and awesome battle suits, superpowers, and Spiderman are just a few of the characteristics that make Captain America: Civil War the amazing superhero film that it is. Following up Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron is no easy task, but Captain America: Civil War succeeds in almost every aspect of this duty. Complete with a terrific cast that features both characters old and new, the film successfully accomplishes the challenge that arises from creating a project in which such a variety of personalities are brought together. Although the plot can become repetitive, and the ultimate antagonist isn’t particularly entertaining nor interesting, the epic action and emotional circumstance we find Earth’s mightiest heroes stuck in is enough to keep the movie entertaining and fun.
The film is a loose adaptation of the Mark Millar written, Marvel comic book series “Civil War”. The story revolves around The Avengers as the world leaders attempt to make them sign the Sokovia Accords, a document that would allow for the United Nations to supervise their activities and ultimately control their actions, seeing that numerous civilian casualties unintentionally occur when The Avengers are trying to keep the planet safe. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is all for this regulation, arguing that their team needs to be “checked” and held responsible for the deaths that have come due to their actions. However, Captain America perceives this all to the contrary. This is where the problem develops and ultimately splits their team apart. As Team Cap goes rogue, attempting to locate and protect Captain America’s oldest and closest friend Bucky Barnes, a.k.a The Winter Soldier, Team Iron Man is tasked with capturing the rogue Avengers. It is in these instances, when Team Cap and Tony Stark’s Team Iron Man battle one another, where the movie accomplishes its greatest successes. The action between them all is superb, with hand-to-hand combat proving to be just as exciting as the CGI dense fight sequences and car chases. The airport scene in particular is one that stands out the most. A scene with all of the film’s heroes fighting against one another could prove to be crowded and messy, but the Russo Brothers’ direction des a terrific job making sure all of the characters stay true to their individual personalities and fighting styles. Watching so many super heroes pit their powers against each other is a geek fest that keeps one on the edge of their seat. Who can’t love watching Ant-man use his powers to trade blows with Black Widow, or see Falcon use his abilities in sync with The Winter Soldier to tag up on Spiderman? That being said, Spiderman and the Black Panther are superb additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a whole! Firstly, Tom Holland’s Spiderman is arguably the best ton screen adaptation of the popular hero. He is depicted as young and inexperienced, possessing many boyish qualities that are apparent as he spews out continuous puns and other humorous statements while fighting. Holland looks younger as well, and his life is a fresh outlook on the way that the character has been perceived. Chadwick Boseman’s portrays a Prince T’Challa that confidently and vengefully holds the mantle of The Black Panther. This is the Black Panther’s first theatrical representation and initial MCU illustration as well, and he does not disappoint. Whether he is clawing and kicking his way through someone or chasing down The Winter Soldier through traffic, his character provides consistently great moments in the action that keep you wanting to see more of his graceful, yet powerful fighting style.
With so much attention placed on our heroes as they fight a battle both physical and emotional, Captain America: Civil War allows for its villain to be placed on the back burner. Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo, who is already substantially different from his comic book depiction, isn’t really entertaining. The movie focuses more-so on the conflict between its heroes rather than the ideas of the antagonist, even though his plan is one that relates to the stories overall theme. Also, the idea of Captain America’s views vs. Iron Man’s becomes a bit repetitive to a point where the audience is nauseated by the conflict. We understand that it is the stories major conflict, but does it have to seem so forced in every scene?
In conclusion, Captain America: Civil War does all of the things I wanted it to do as an expansion of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although the plot had room to grow with potential for a little more risk, I’d say that overall, the film follows the Marvel formula of “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. Awesome action, excellent characters, and consistent humor help keep the general audience entertain, while small Easter eggs and other nerdy references are thrown in here and there to keep geek and Marvel freaks like me wanting for more. Hopefully, a villain can come along and truly keep us entertained as well. If Marvel can make that happen, I can say that perfection will happen.