Movie Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’May 9, 2016 at 12:05 am | Posted in Movies, Reviews | 1 Comment
Captain America: Civil War, in the end, is a pretty good movie. There’s action, there’s humor, and the storyline is solid. They did a good job of providing reasons why Captain America and Iron Man would fight each other. They also did a good job of not getting too carried away with that angle of the story. Plus there’s some fun new heroes thrown into the mix and somehow they manage to juggle them all.
The beginning of the movie, however, is a little rough. Personally, I had an issue with all the shaky cam, rapid fire fight scenes in the beginning of the film. It’s a chaotic mess for the eyes to keep up. For a while, I was really worried that they would keep up with that style of filming throughout the entire movie. Thankfully it got better and the messy shaky cam fights weren’t as prevalent or noticeable in the latter half of the movie. The battle at the airport, for instance, was easy to follow along with and enjoy.
The characters are the real stars of the film. As befitting given the title of the movie, Captain America gets a lot of attention and focus as he deals with the Winter Soldier situation and the growing tension between him and Iron Man. Yet there are a lot of character moments for the rest of the cast. Tony Stark gets some significant scenes which help tie the whole story together. Black Widow and Falcon get a lot of smaller scenes as they stay in the supporting sphere, and others like Hawkeye, War Machine and Ant-Man get small but memorable moments. In fact most of the humor in the movie is divided between Ant-Man and Spiderman.
The new characters in the film really shined. First off there’s Black Panther who shows up out of nowhere. If you’re familiar with the character’s backstory, you might see it coming, but for those who aren’t, it’s a nice surprise. The actor who plays Black Panther did a stand up job and the movie made the character interesting. On the other hand, there’s Spiderman who is just great. They went with a younger Spiderman which adds a nice element to the whole Avengers team. He’s also very funny which leads to some great moments in the film.
Rounding out the character element is Vision, Scarlet Witch and the Winter Soldier. Vision and Scarlet Witch have a subplot which threads in and out of the movie, thus building up both characters. However they also fade out toward the end as things focus in on Captain America, Iron Man and the Winter Soldier. Hopefully that development carries on into future films where we might see them take center stage. As for the Winter Soldier, he’s very much at the heart of the plot of this story. He’s the driving force of the initial conflict, and remains so for the entire film. Yet the interesting thing is how his role is played. Is he a bad guy? Is a he a good guy? Where do you draw the lines? All of the characters dance around the lines of good and bad as they explore the moral grayness of reality. It’s an intriguing point that’s explored, nonetheless, I hope we’ll eventually see all the Avengers back together in future movies. As fun as it might be to see Captain America and Iron Man fight, it’s even more fun to see them team up against an imposing villain.
Overall, Captain America: Civil War is another fun addition to the Marvel superhero franchise. I give it a four out of five metal bikinis.