Film Review – Captain America: Civil War

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Marvel fans, get your emotions in check as you’re in for a whirl-wind tour of your psyche as Captain America: Civil War brings about the divide of the Avengers. For the next two plus hours you don’t know if someone is going to die, if the Captain and Iron Man will ever be friends again or whose side to be on when the lines blur as the story unfolds.

After a mission goes wrong, the Avengers are told they must be regulated by the UN. Leader, Steve Rodgers (Chris Evans) is against it but financial aid, Tony Stark is for it. If that’s not bad enough, Steve’s brain washed best buddy Bucky reappears and turns this into a full blown war between the group when Rodger’s shows where his allegiance lies.

We are introduced to two new character’s in this film, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who will have their own movies in the next 2 and a half years. Both characters have been introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe nicely but the stand out character has to be Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man. His introduction scene where Tony Stark recruits him is the epitome of Marvel humour. It’s a long, sarcastic chat where Tony ridicules Peter’s ‘onesie’ costume. The poor boy didn’t stand a chance.

Tom, in a short amount of screen time, captures all that we love about the witty teen web-slinger. He’s not Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield, but he’s his own gutsy, goofy and cocky version of the classic super-hero.

But, this film isn’t just about the stand alone performances. We now get to see how the old and new heroes relate to each other and act when they are at each other necks (quite literally). What the Russo brothers have done here is essentially stunning.

The main conflict is obviously Steve and Tony, this emotional battle will set your heartstrings on fire. But other clash ups like Flacon (Anthony Mackie) and Bucky (Sebastian Stan) also shine out. These two have one of the most complex relationships as both are best friends of Steve. But it does lead to a few comedic moments between the two.

Something that many fans have been waiting for is the relationship with Wanda (Elisabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) to get going. In the comics they’re are married (and then divorced) but this is the start of the relationship despite being on opposite side of the ‘war’. The initial scenes between the two are sweet and highlights a bond the two have as the ‘newbies’ to the superhero world.

The feel of the film is very different to all the others. There is always a sense of completion and light heartedness in the previous instalments (and to an extent this is seen here) but with Civil War, it’s the heaviest and darkest so far. It’s been almost a decade of the wonders and spectaculars of the superheroes battling aliens and bad guys that we now get a glimpse into the human side of it all. We get to see the heroes as humans and as individuals battling their inner selves. Watch it, feel it and embrace it. You won’t be disappointed.

Cross-posted here.

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