Rating: 4/5 Stars (Four stars)
Star Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Chadwick Boseman, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
What’s Good: This Avengers meets Captain America film is finely built through the hints that previous Marvel films like Age Of Ultron and Antman showcased. The reason of conflict between the two superheroes is fully justified.
What’s Bad: A slightly lengthy run-time!
Loo Break: Nah! You don’t need that when Cap & Iron Man are fighting.
Watch or Not?: Certainly worth a watch! Civil War has a water-tight script that holds the film together. It accomplishes exactly what went missing with Dawn Of Justice.
Whilst working on a particular mission in Nigeria, the Avengers’ action result in collateral damage. Soon their actions are being questioned thanks to the mass destruction and loss of innocent lives caused because of them.
Political pressure is thrust on this superhero team as accountability for their actions is expected. The UN decides to intervene and put the Avengers under a bureaucratic supervision.
This forms a divide between the team as Steve Rogers/Captain America is against the idea of aligning themselves to a government body where as Iron Man/Tony Stark is convinced that a slight control is needed for them to function responsibly.
As the two men decide to choose their own paths, they are left to fight one another and the rest including Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon, Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner, Wanda are forced to pick sides.
Captain America: Civil War Review: Script Analysis
The best part about this film is that it has a great backing coming from the previous Captain America as well as Avengers films. To see Captain America and Iron Man stand against each other does not seem so shocking or intriguing since the reasoning is perfect. We have known Captain America to be a do-gooder and dutiful who will not succumb to propaganda or political pressure. Iron Man on the other hand knows what the consequences to his recklessness are (shown in Age of Ultron), hence the duo are fighting for their own reasons.
Since I don’t’ mean to give any spoilers, I would just have to mention how brilliantly the Captain’s old friend Bucky Barnes is inserted into the plot with a history that is the second big reason for Iron Man and Captain’s fall out.
The good part of the narrative is that when the time comes for both teams to fight one another, there is a strong reason for member to turn up.
Light humor rides through the banter amongst most members. The conversations between Iron Man and Peter Parker/Spider Man are extremely funny.
Black Panther is another new character added in this film and I have to say, he has a perfect time and reason to be here.
Ant-Man too is recruited on one of the teams and his humor is totally bang on.
The writers pave way for more films with this film as none of the questions raised in this film find answers.
Captain America: Civil War Review: Star Performance
Chris Evans as Captain America/Steve Rogers is at his best. In certain scenes he does make you side with Tony Stark/Iron Man when he says, “Sometimes I want to punch you in your perfect teeth”.
Robert Downy Jr. as Iron Man/ Tony Stark is seen in a different light in this film. For a change, the arrogant stark wants to keep his act under a scanner and is regretting his Age Of Ultron recklessness. His character is also facing a mild heart-break as Pepper and him are on a break. Robert pulls off the stark behavior quite naturally and its certainly not surprising.
Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff does a fine job too. She tries to play a mediator between her two warring co-Avengers.
Sebastin Stan as Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier returns after Captain America’s last film and is a crucial character in this one. Stan pulls of the role with full gusto.
Chadwick Bosman as the Black Panther is a completely new character and we would love to see more of him in the coming films.
Tom Holland impresses the hell out of you as young Peter Parker whom Stark refers to as Spider Boy. His act during the war scene is hilarious.
Don Cheadle (War Machine), Anthony Mackie (Falcon), Jeremy Renner (Hawk Eye), Paul Rudd (Ant-Man) form as a strong supporting cast to the film.
Captain America: Civil War Review: Direction, Music
To keep the audiences hooked for a span of 2 hours 27 minutes is quite a task even for a superhero film. Directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo manage this task quite easily.
After directing the first two Captain America films that had its own hits and misses, its as if the directors rectify them to make the third film a fine one. The tones vary in this film and with the inclusion of levity, it works just fine.
The major action scene captured at the airport is classy one. With all the members from each team present, there is a huge adrenaline rush that one gets when this fight begins.
To ease the narrative, lighter elements such as scenes where Vision is cooking for Wanda are included. Also, in one of the scenes where the Captain indulges in a kiss with Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp), we see Falcon and Bucky giving a nod which shows whether they are superheros or not, men will be men!
Captain America: Civil War Review: The Last Word
Captain America : Civil War is a proof that Marvel knows how its done! Unlike Dawn Of Justice, this superhero vs superhero drama will make you struggle to pick sides. Undoubtedly, the best film in the Captain America series, I am going with a 4/5.
Captain America: Civil War Trailer
Captain America: Civil War releases on 6th May, 2016.
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