Genre: action, adventure, sci-fi
Duration: 146 min
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), Mark Millar (comic book), Joe Simon (characters), Jack Kirby (characters)
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany , Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, John Kani, John Slattery, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard
Rated PG 13
I saw Captain America: Civil War in Real 3D at the United Artists Theater in Forest Hills, Queens, where I went most times since it was so close to where I lived. Which coincidentally, is also where Spider Man’s from apparently. Team Forest Hills here!
The theater was packed, as it is always during blockbuster movies, especially on the weekends. It’s the type of theater where everyone claps at the end of a superhero movie. Also, where they let babies in. Not kidding. Clearly stretching that PG 13 rating.
Captain America: Civil War is the third and last film in the Captain America trilogy and features the good ole’ Avengers, minus Thor and Hulk, introduces Spider-Man and Black Panther, and finally includes Ant Man. It’s set one year after the battle at Sokovia and finds our favorite superheroes in a disagreement which has them divided into different camps, one led by Captain America/Steve Rogers and the other by Iron Man/Tony Stark. Said disagreement also provides perfect timing for the villain.
Interesting to note is that although it is a Captain America movie, it does not go the usual route – featuring one main superhero and a sidekick or two, but rather seems like it would have been more appropriately named “The Battle of the Avengers”.
It was a pretty awesome movie, and according to Rotten Tomatoes, we’re not the only ones who think so. It has a 91% rating. It’s a superhero showdown that is as fun (and funny) to watch as it is painful to see them tear each other apart.
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The plot tends more toward a clash of ideologies rather than your usual good vs. evil movie, which adds a degree of depth that made it more enjoyable to watch. In a world where superheroes actually exist, would you want them to do their job all by themselves, their power unregulated, or would you have them answer to someone higher, an overseer? Arguably, both views have their pros and cons.
The battle sequences are great, especially Black Widow’s. Black Panther’s introduction into the superhero universe, although unsurprising if you’ve seen the trailers, exceeds expectations, and the character proves to be one of the sanest of the movie. It also brings a royal sort of elegance to the ensemble. Not sure how I feel yet about teenage Spider-Man, although it was incredibly fun to watch him interact with and attempt to gain his footing among the Avengers, especially Tony. Also, since I’m Romanian, I am able to fully appreciate Bucky’s perfect Romanian accent.
And of course like most movies, it has it’s WTF/huh/why would you do that moments, but they’re survivable and don’t impede the plot going further too much. Like when Zemo “frees” Bucky with the help of a power outage. On the other hand, as one of my movie lover friends pointed out, if Zemo would have been caught, we would have gotten an hour of movie time. Also, the whole plot could have been avoided if the Avengers would have actually, you know, talked to each other.
Although the movie definitely does not top the first Avengers in fun and general awesomeness, it’s absolutely a must-see, particularly if you’ve seen every Marvel movie so far. If you haven’t, then you’ll understand nothing so you should probably not attempt it. Unlike the Batman v Superman nonsense, here the plot makes sense, the characters have clear motivations, and everyone’s back story ties pretty darn well.
Marvel did not disappoint this time either and does yet another great job at making each character fit, which is in no way easy considering the number of superheroes involved.
One more thing. Obviously, it’s Marvel – wait for the extra credits.
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