Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Movie Review- Captain America: Civil War

Cap and Tony battle it out in, Captain America: Civil War


Intro

As with many films adapted from books (or comics), I haven't read their original forms. Some I actually have, but that was usually after I had seen the movie (Harry Potter, World War Z, Jurassic Park). However that does not mean that my opinion shouldn't count. Imagine having to read every bit of source material for a film or show just to validate your credentials. I have seen literally thousands of TV shows and pictures in my life. Should I have read all of their books or scripts first? Hell no! I'm gonna say what I need to say, and you will hear every damn word of it! Sorry, this whole introduction was just my little way of saying that I haven't read the Civil War comic... yet. But I have seen the movie ;) (no duh)


Captain America: Civil War


What can I say about Captain America: Civil War that hasn't already been said by the dozens of critics, reviewers, and armchair quarterbacks, out there already? How's about, "F*** you, DC!". While the guys over at Warner Studios are STILL scrambling to lay an unrotten egg, Marvel Studios lays out another golden ticket that laughs in all of their competitor's faces. For this round, we get an Avengers film without two of its main characters (Thor, Hulk), but in their place is a whole lot more. Also, we get a villain that isn't some cannon fodder like the Chitauri aliens or a cardboard cutout Ultron with his drones. Instead, the villain is morality itself from different perspectives, and the sins of the past biting all involved and then some. This movie does so much right that even when the predictable ending presents itself, some bullets to some heads negates it and eases your doubt. With the establishment of the many films before it, this movie is able to venture into many directions with multiple characters and not feel like a fuster cluck. The Russo Brothers (Joe & Anthony; Captain America: The Winter Soldier) have once again assembled a cool Summer blockbuster that captivates our inner geek and also stimulates our thought processes. The action is well balanced with the drama, and the little doses of humor are sprinkled in all the proper places. 

There is some major conflict that's going on with the characters as well as the story. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has just as much (if not more) to say and do as Captain America (Chris Evans). This could have just as easily been called "Iron Man 4". The sarcastic wit is still there, but this Tony is different. He's more scarred than before, and the film's seriousness stems largely from him because of it. Cap himself is still more interesting to me than his comic book counterpart, yet his own personal growth once again takes the backseat to the protection of his old buddy Bucky (Sebastian Stan). I guess it all works out though since that's what makes Steve Rogers so appealing to begin with. If you think that I'm going to name every single player involved in this, you'd be wrong. But normally I would. Let's just say that nearly everyone involved gets a moment or two to place their mark on this film. There are a few that get much more attention than others. Even so, it blends beautifully together like a nerdy work of art. There's also two highly anticipated Marvel characters that make their debuts in fine fashion. 



The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Captain America: Civil War


The Good- Spiderman! Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea) captures the young web head in personality and appearance like a natural. His few scenes teases what should be an awesome revision of my childhood favorite, when his Marvel Studios produced film comes out next year. Also, the big airport battle royal is much better than the previews showed,  VW Beetles aren't proper superhero transportation, Aunt May (Marisa Tomei, My Cousin Vinny) isn't supposed to be so hot, and a sad and poignant twist nearly tears everything apart.

The Bad- Where is this film's balls?! The story preaches that the indifferent actions of these superheroes has had repercussions fraught with death and destruction. But when those actions start to implode the team from inside, where are the casualties aside from some bruises and property damage? This film sets up to a major character death and doesn't deliver. Pushing that envelope would have made this movie so much more resonant. Cowards!

The Ugly- Wasn't there a DC movie that came out recently? What was it called? I can't remember because no one's talked about it for weeks. DC= Doesn't Compete.


Final Thoughts


Captain America: Civil War is smart, funny, and action packed. Stay after the end credits of course. The Russo Brothers have shown that they can handle large ensembles, so that when the Infinity Wars comes out in a couple of years, there should be no doubt that those films will be in capable hands. I haven't really read those comics either. Hopefully someone more experienced will write a review for them. Then it should count.
Rating- 8 out of 10

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13 | 2h 27min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi | 6 May 2016 (USA)

Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay) 
Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson  

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