emember when you used to have the schoolyard debate about if your favorite superhero fought each other who would win? It was a debate for the ages ,cases were made and lines were drawn as to why that hero was a shoo-in for victory. The Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe deliver in an epic way that debate and perfectly translate it onto the big screen in Captain America: Civil War based off the Mark Millar comic.
Essentially what could be billed as Avengers 2.5, Civil War is the movie Age of Ultron failed to be. Civil War tells the story of a team split on ideologies after the U.N. decides The Avengers need to be held in check after a series of unfortunate blunders while trying to prevent catastrophic events. Tony Stark (Robert Downy Jr.) is immediately on board with the U.N.’s idea and is quickly followed by the Black Widow (Scarlet Johansson), the always logical sentient robot Vision (Paul Bettany), loyal friend War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who’s only there for his own personal reasons and M.C.U. newcomer Spider-Man (Tom Holland) who sees this is as the audition of a lifetime. Captain America (Chris Evans) want’s nothing to do with the U.N.’s plan as he senses something foul is going on and sees it as a form of control and limitation decides to go rogue, he’s not alone though Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Bucky aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) follow his lead.
There is a villain in this film of course and that is Baron Zemo (Daniel Brühl) who is fixed on knowing what happened in Bucky’s past in the year 1991 while he was still an assassin for Hydra.
Where the Russo brothers flourish is with the help of an amazing script thanks to Christoper Markus and Stephen McFeeley. The two and half hour movie never drags along and effectively builds the characters while at the same time keeping you on the edge of your seat with new revelations and plot twists. The action scenes all deliver especially the huge showdown between both teams which is comic book fan’s dream. All participants in the battle get their time to shine and show off their amazing skills.
Civil War also tells a great story of two friendships one on the mend Bucky and Cap and one deteriorating before our eyes Tony and Steve.
The dialogue between two has always been great on-screen but it’s exceptional in this film and will make you invest in their dynamic even more.
As for the newcomers, (Beanz speaking) I was very nervous as to how the Black Panther and Spider-Man would be introduced into the M.C.U (Marvel Cinematic Universe). I left the theater very happy and fans of both characters will enjoy them both as they both shined tremendously in their debuts. Holland nails it as the very young Spider-Man and will help you easily forget about previous versions of the character played on film.
Boseman stepped up to the plate and knocks it out the park as the young ruler of Wakanda. Civil War is just as much as his coming out party as he plays a very integral role in the film. Fans of the Black Panther comics will be very pleased to see how well he translates from the comics to film and will walk out the theater excited for his cinematic future.
Captain America: Civil War somehow manages to outdo Winter Soldier which in its own right was damn near perfect. It’s hard trying to find anything wrong with this film period, if you do, you definitely was searching hard. Civil War is The Avengers film fans of the M.C.U. have been waiting and hoping for since Age of Ultron was such a “let down” to some. It’s the perfect kick off for Marvel’s Phase 3 movie block and if this is a sign of things to come then we are in for a treat. Captain America: Civil War definitely starts off the summer movie season with a bang and you can guarantee lives up to it’s blockbuster status!
5 out 5
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters TONIGHT, officially hits theaters tomorrow, GO SEE THIS FILM!