Thursday, May 5, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

There is a lot of superheroes in a Captain America: Civil War, so much so that the movie can barely contain it, but somehow it is pulled off to make an enjoyable, action-packed adventure and kick off the new phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I need to make a list so I remember: starting with Captain America there is also Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, Vision, War Machine, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Spiderman and of course Iron Man. The movie is packed but the plot was brisk only slowing down to explore the complex issue of the Sokovia Accord.

The movie begins with the villain Crossbones played by Frank Grillo returning from the second film. He was in it for only a short amount of time but there are plenty of heroes to fill the void. The Vision and Scarlet Witch are forming a relationship that was shown in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. This movie is really a sequel to the Avengers and adds even more to the mix though it leaves off Thor and Hulk for a later film. 

The Marvel Cinematic Universe will be changed by the colossal events in this film but still they made it so that the team can easily assemble for later missions in the future. The introduction of Black Panther and Spiderman were both done so well and I am pleased with the way those heroes looked and can't wait to see their new films. Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland both performed well in their new superhero roles. It's understandable that they are shifting to Dr. Strange for the next film to avoid immediate repercussions. 

In the end, this was a Captain America film with other characters added on. The events circle around the characters of Captain America and Winter Soldier and make Steve Rogers out to be the hero in the end. All of the acting was par for a Marvel film with Chris Evans reprising role but pivoting to a different Captain America, whereas Robert Downey Jr. had to not only perform the wit of Tony Stark but capture the grief of Iron Man after the creation of Ultron.

Ant-Man had some of the coolest new powers in this one but all of the action and special effects were top notch for a Marvel movie. There is nothing much new other than heroes battling each other but the addition of Spiderman made the airport face off extra exciting. The Russo brothers use a lot of shaky came for some of the fight scenes, which makes it difficult to see during some of the fight sequences but I'm sure this lets them use stunt doubles and they framed the final battle quite well. I would have liked an awesome villain but that might have made it even more bloated. Daniel Bruhl does how

This film is another great step for the creators of these Marvel comic movies and I will buy into yet another phase as they approach the ultimate finally that all of these films have been leading to with the Infinity Wars. I think this battle set up an interesting dynamic where the heroes are not always in accord with the government and each other while introducing new players that could serve a purpose in the future. I enjoyed this film a lot despite the length, I never felt bored throughout. 

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