Captain America: Civil War is Marvel’s latest silver screen gem and we do have to say - it’s a big and shiny one! The sibling directing duo of Joe and Anthony Russo have proven themselves once again, that they can make another keeper, as they attempt to surpass their previous masterpiece in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. One of the key aspects of the film, and probably the biggest attraction, was the inclusion of numerous Avengers in this rumble arena. This makes the film to be considered a ‘heavy hitter’ and a definite superhero mouthful. Chris Evans leads an A-list cast that includes Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, and Tom Holland.
The film is a perfect blend of action, comedy, and a bit of drama - the feels is strong with this one. So, are you guys ready? Let’s go! And don’t worry we’re doing this the spoiler-free way.
The Tale of the Tape
After the disastrous events in the previous installments of the Avengers, the government decides to place a system of liability that will limit the movement of the Avengers’ activities. Our heroes are threatened to be divided as not all agree with this treaty. Iron Man (Downey Jr.) approves of this, so-called liability, believing that the team should be put in check if they were to go out of bounds again. Additionally, Stark’s guilty complex due to the visions of a dark future pushes his choice even more. Joining Iron Man on the battle for control is Black Widow (Johansson), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), and of course! One web-slinging high-schooler that got our fanboy hormones raging (codename: SPIDERMAN!).
The scene where the whole cinema exploded.
On the other side is Captain America. Steve Rogers doesn’t trust the new accords, believing that a governing body will have a toxic and restricting effect on the Avengers (*sigh* politics *shakes head*). Add to the fact that he’s trying to save his old war-buddie-turned-fugitive, Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), and you’ve got a recipe for superhero mayhem. With the support of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), The Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and The Winter Soldier, Team Cap is not to be messed with!
Cue music *Back in Black!!*
Freedom vs Order
Probably one of the welcome points of the film was its intense and serious interpretation of Cap and Iron Man’s conflict. Of course, there are still a lot of light aspects to the movie (it’s a Disney signature recipe after all), but the war-torn ideals of Captain America and of the guilt-ridden Iron Man takes it to a darker but quite interesting place. Civil War blends in a bit of a political essence to the story. One side fighting for freedom - the right to make a choice and to act to his own accord, while the other is fighting for control and order because too much power knocks everything off balance. Now, mix in Cap’s affiliation with Bucky Barnes, and things become even more colorful.
Who wants to see Cap and Iron Man square off!?
Aside from a story that’ll take you off your seat, the movie’s sequence was flawless. Every scene counted and fit perfectly with each other. Yes, there were plodding moments, but these parts served as the build up for an exciting surprise. Like the airport scene in the trailers. You know what we’re talking about *wink*! The fight scenes were also well thought out, especially Falcon, Black Panther and Spiderman’s fight choreography - it’s parkour taken to an extreme level.
Surprisingly, one of the great character performances came from newbies, Black Panther and Spiderman. Not to say that the others didn’t live up to our expectations, but Boseman’s take on Black Panther’s personality shift was just flawless - he showed us clearly why his character thinks that way. And Holland’s teenage Spiderman was a refreshing look at the character; very youthful and innocent. His aspiration isn’t sparked by revenge.
Captain America: Civil War has got to be one of Marvel’s superior creations. It’s a definite gem and a movie you need to watch if you’re a Marvel kid. With that big of a statement, we reward both superhero teams with 9/10 stars!
Cap made his choice. Time for you to make yours.
Captain America: Civil War is rated PG and is distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. Witness the battle between Team Cap and Team Iron Man, and choose your side with GMovies. Book your tickets now!