Synopsis - Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Where do I even start with this movie? This is gonna be a long review there’s just so much to discuss. Let’s get this out of the way, it is AWESOME! This movie is pretty much everything you’d want from a comic book superhero movie! One of the most fun experience I’ve ever had watching a movie. I was like a little kid all giddy every anything happened. Captain America Civil War is essentially a sequel to both Captain America The Winter Soldier and Avengers Age of Ultron so I do recommend having seen both of those movies before going into Civil War. After the events Age of Ultron the world governments have decided that superheroes and the Avengers need to be reined in and controlled. This leads to the creation of The Sokovia Accords a document that outlines restrictions on how super powered people will conduct themselves, which lead to two groups forming among the Avengers, one for the Accords led by Iron Man and one against led by Captain America. This leading to a conflict among themselves.
This movie does so many things well but first and foremost I have to talk about the writing and the way this movie was put together by directors the Russo brothers and the writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, it was done to near perfection. Just the sheer balancing act is remarkable with so many fantastic characters they give them all great moments to shine and use them all meaningfully even some with very little screen time.
Due to the large roster of characters it’s hard not to think of this as an Avengers movie but as the title says this is first and foremost a Captain America movie and does a great job of diving into his character and his friendship with both Bucky (AKA The Winter Soldier) and Tony (AKA Iron Man), as well as his struggle to continue to do what he believes is the right thing despite people with more power than him telling him he’s wrong. Civil War does such an amazing job creating tension and suspense in the story and between characters taking them to a level we haven’t seen many of these characters go. I feel like this is the atmosphere that Age of Ultron was trying to accomplish but missed the mark on. For all the tension and drama this movie creates Marvel Studios never fails to inject the perfect amount of levity and humor. I was smiling and cracking up pretty much the whole way through!
The crazy thing is you could go into this movie having picked which side you were on but if you made it through this movie without once questioning your actual choice you’re a freaking bold face liar! You can get on board with both of them because their ideologies are developed and portrayed so incredibly well you could easily understand going with Iron Man or with Captain America. One thing I really loved was that they took the time to explore each heroes motivation and reasoning for choosing the sides that they chose. It’s hard not to love those little character moments that make these characters feel more grounded and so relatable, which I feel is super important in a movie with people that can shoot lasers, psychic energy and webs out of their hands.
The action as you’d expect from Marvel Studios at this point is phenomenal! The stunt work and fight choreography is amazing it felt real gritty and looked like they beating the crap out of each other! The airport fight scene you see in the trailers is probably my favorite action scene I’ve ever seen in a movie! By far the most geekout thing you’ll ever see! I could talk about the other action set pieces which are also fantastic but the airport scene blows everything else out of the water!
I need a separate paragraph to mention three newer additions in particular Black Panther, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man. Black Panther was great I love how organically he was introduced into the story it made sense that he would be there and his motivation to be involved made a lot of sense. As far as the suit and Chadwick Boseman's portrayal of T'Chala they were incredible! He kicked some serious ass, the way he moved there was just a sort of grace and agility to it which was really apparent during the chase scene early in the movie when comparing how his fluid cat like nature was perfectly captured to the more forceful way Captain America was moving. Ant-Man's inclusion was perfect Paul Rudd's comedic timing was just a joy to have around and his relatable reactions to meeting all these superheroes were just great! As far as Spider-Man all I'm gonna say is this is easily the best onscreen adaptation of Spider-Man ever! Tom Holland and Marvel just knock it out of the park! They really love and know this character and it really shows through I can't wait to see how his character is going to develop in Spider-Man: Homecoming next year!
The only thing I had a minor issue with was yet again with all the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies was the villain, Zemo. While he is still one of the better villains he didn’t do too much and wasn’t all that intimidating or menacing. He just wanted revenge for the death of his family during the Sokovia attack in Age of Ultron. I don’t know if my expectations were too high from seeing what Zemo is in the comics, which for you comic book nerds out there, he is nothing like his comic counterpart. So, that may just be my problem. I was expecting something grander but I guess the intimate nature of his plan is also what made the final showdown have so much impact and so good. When you really think about it the real antagonist of this movie were the two sides of the Civil War coin, Cap and Iron Man. I was very glad to see that it delve into that for most in the movie.
I want to get into this movie a lot more because there is just so much I have to talk about. Maybe I will follow this post up with a spoiler filled post that goes into more detail of my favorite parts of the movie which is pretty much the whole thing! Guys in short Captain America Civil War is a thrilling and fun superhero action movie that will leave you in awe of just how they managed to pull a movie of this scale off and so amazingly well. Fun Fact: Make sure to stay after the end credits there are two post credit scenes one in the middle and one at the very end.