Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War” by Blade Brown
Plot: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
When Marvel Studios announced they were adapting the classic Civil War story-line, fanboys worldwide had a orgasm. While its not a direct adaptation (X-Men & Fantastic Four properties belong to other studios), it is loosely adapted to fit the established world the MCU has created. There is a huge amount of hype and anticipation for this movie. When hype of this magnitude is involved, there’s usually a high chance of the movie being a let down. But this is not a let down. It is a damn good time at the movies.
The movie starts with a flashback of The Winter Soldier in 1991 carrying out a mission. From there we jump to present day, where on a mission in Lagos, a accident takes place and there are several innocent casualties. Due to the amount of victims over the years, The United Nations have created the Sokovia Accords, which will establish an international governing body to oversee and control the Avengers. Captain America (Chris Evans) is against it, feeling the team shouldn’t be controlled by bureaucrats. While Iron Man(Robert Downy Jr), who after a break up with Pepper Pots and a scolding by Miriam Sharpe(Alfre Woodard, who has a role in the upcoming Luke Cage series), has a guilty conscience for his involvement in everything the Avengers have done. To make matters worse, The United Nations panel is bombed, and evidence suggests that it’s done by Bucky Barnes, The Winter Soldier. Which sets off a global manhunt for him. Among those killed in the bombing is King T’Chaka of Wakanda. After witnessing his father’s death, Prince T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) vows revenge on the man responsible.
With the accords already dividing Cap & Stark, the involvement of Bucky is the straw that breaks the camel’s back. As the two assemble different teams for help aid them. Aligned with Cap: Sam Wilson(Falcon), Wanda Maximoff(Scarlett Witch), Clint Barton(Hawkeye), Scott Lang(Ant-Man) & Bucky. Aligned with Stark: James Rhodes(War Machine), Natasha Romanoff(Black Widow), Vision, T’Challa(Black Panther) & Peter Parker(Spider-Man).
The two characters making their MCU debut, Black Panther & Spider-Man are both played great. Boseman is stellar as T’Challa. His character is emotionally invested in the fight & Boseman portrays the character’s determination perfectly. He is the ultimate warrior, and i cannot wait to see how they bring the world of Wakanda to life in 2018. As for Spider-Man, Tom Holland had his work cut out for him. With there already being two versions of Spider-Man on the big screen already, Holland already had an expectation to meet. With that being said, this will probably be known as the definitive Spider-Man on film. Not only is Holland the perfect age to play him, but he’s extremely agile and delivers quips like they’re ripped straight from the comics. Plus, with Downey Jr already signed on to appear in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, the future looks bright for Peter Parker. Given the way he’s introduced in the film and how his relationship with Stark seems to be shaping, one can only hope for the eventual Iron Spider suit to show up.
With all the conflicts and heroes fighting each other, the movie still has a bona fide villain. Helmut Zemo plays the background for most of the movie. Before exposing a revelation that was hinted at in The Winter Soldier film, that sets the stage for the final act of the movie. While his plan does feel a bit far fetched, especially for only one man to carry it out, the result is a atomic bomb. Resulting in the most emotional moment in the MCU.
All the players do their roles justice. Paul Rudd & Anthony Mackie are great with their comedic timing throughout. Paul Bettany is brilliant as The Vision. But the standout role other than the two new heroes, who again are incredible with their performances, has to be the man who started it all, Robert Downey Jr. This is probably his best performance in the Marvel films to date. While he still delivers solid one liners throughout, he’s more emotionally driven in this movie than ever before. It’s great to see. And given the events that take place in this movie, and Downey’s recent statement of being up for a 4th Iron Man movie, i have high hopes for the next chapter of the character’s story.
THE BOTTOM LINE
With the only real nitpick I have being Zemo’s plot, it’s really hard to have a issue with this movie. Not only is this the best Marvel movie to date, its one of the best comic book movies ever made. If this is indeed the end of the Captain America trilogy, this will easily be one of the best trilogies ever made. But with ChrisEvans stating he’s willing to restructure his Marvel deal, I’m sure we’ll get more Captain America movies in the future. And that’s fine by me.
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