Captain America 3D: Civil War
Out Now On-Demand
Divided we fall.
The entire Avengers initiative is torn into two opposing sides in this closing chapter to Disney Marvel's Captain America series. The directors of The Winter Soldier return, as does Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. The cast of Marvel characters joining them include Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and introducing Tom Holland as Spider-Man (marking the webbed one's first appearance in this Marvel universe).
After a major incident involving the Rogers-led Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability. This new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps - one led by Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Action, Fantasy, Science Fiction, 3D, Blockbuster
Rating: M Violence
I would need 13 TED speakers and several flowcharts to detail every single thing going on in Captain America: Civil War. With a rising hero count close to bursting point, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching the third Avengers film. But as overwhelming as all this seems, the story stays incredibly focused on what defines Steve Rogers: never ignoring a civilian’s life, remaining true to a global view of freedom, and acknowledging the consequences of doing what you believe is right. With heroes battling heroes, those ideas strike harder than ever, and that’s what makes Civil War a great Captain America film.
There’s also a heap of ass-kicking showdowns, so that helps. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo bring that grounded Winter Soldier touch to a number of key action scenes, including a stunning escape sequence that has Cap and Bucky turn a stairwell into a vertical pinball machine. But with more superpowers to show off, the Russos go beyond with a fantastic faceoff between the divided Avengers. Everyone gets a moment of badassery, a joke to crack, and a reason to be there (though some explanations are as light as “I’m always angry”).
This quality extends to the introduction of Black Panther (who I want to be when I grow up) and the swift arrival of a new Spider-Man (who I wish I was when I wasn’t grown up). It’s also novel to see a Disney-Marvel film that doesn’t end in huge explosions, favouring a physically confined and emotionally charged finale. And while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has usually failed to provide memorable bad guys, Civil War’s villainous orchestrator ends up benefitting from being a forgettable person, for his motivation acts as the sharpened echo of the hundreds who felt ignored just like him.
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Much better than B v S !!
Short 'n sweet because I'm not the first person to say this:
This movie shows Zach Snyder how it could have been if he's stuck with a coherant narrative and a plot that made sense. The acting is great and the FX aren't overpowering. I'm a DC comics guy (ie not a Marvel fan) but I enjoyed this a whole lot more than Batman v Superman.
I’ve been reading comic books, graphic novels, illustrated tales and cartoons since I was knee high to Ant-Man and say, what you will about Disney, but we’re in a golden age for comics fans.
Anyone who doubts that or the staying power of the superhero genre needs to see CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, because the Russo Brothers, Anthony and Joe, take all their excellent work on WINTER SOLDIER and turn this third Captain America movie all the way up to 11 on the SPINAL TAP dial.
Functioning both as CAPTAIN AMERICA part three, and as THE AVENGERS part two-and-a-half, it’s a far better movie than AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON and, incredibly for such a large cast bonanza, it manages to feel just as intimate and character driven as it does action-packed and over-stuffed.
There’s no big bad universal threat here, instead the stakes are intimate and involving, personal yet, for some at least, profound. More than a dozen Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) movies in, and the backstories are beginning to pay off big time. The MCU is stating to have the same longevity as long-running TV dramas (think GAME OF THRONES, only with more capes, less nudity, no bloodshed, and no incest), or that other Disney owned family saga about the Skywalker clan.
The plot is pretty simple, and all the more powerful for that. Should The Avengers be regulated? It’s pretty much the same idea as BATMAN V SUPERMAN, and the disappointment and gross missteps of that long-awaited superhero team up/beatdown is undeniably one of the reasons why this latest Marvel is just that – a marvel. Because it works.
From the introduction of new characters (Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland are awesome as Black Panther and Spider-Man respectively), to the inclusion of old favourites, CIVIL WAR may be light on the development of some of its many characters – but at least it has some damn characters to develop. As such, it’s a great counterpart to Joss Whedon’s first AVENGERS movie, only instead of the tale of a superhero team uniting, here we get the tale of a team falling apart.
Holding the whole thing together, Chris Evans owns the Steve Rogers/Captain America character, just as Robert Downey Jr owns Tony Stark/Iron Man. There are no cheesy villains, no silly convoluted narrative sleights-of-hand to set events into motion. Rather, these are two people who both think they’re right. No baddie. No goody. Just two differing ideologies. This culminates in a huge end of Act 2 fight that’s not only awesome in terms of action beats, but in terms of not knowing who to cheer. Turns out employing competing ideologies over villainy wins big time in terms of audience involvement.
At around the two-and-a-half hour mark, the main issue with CIVIL WAR is that the running time is just too small to encompass such a huge cast of interesting characters. But that’s its upside too. Because this is just one in an ongoing series of tales.
Is it the best Marvel movie to date? Maybe. It certainly ranks up there with the first AVENGERS and CAPTAIN AMERICA movies, and with the introduction of a new Spider-Man, and the tantalizing promise of more MCU tales to come, CIVIL WAR is not only a great superhero movie, it’s the perfect riposte to Snyder’s BATMAN V SUPERMAN. Hell, Marvel should’ve just called it THAT’S HOW TO DO IT, DC and created a poster featuring Cap and Iron Man beating the rap out DC’s Dark Knight and Caped Crusader.
As for the 3D? Just as with AGE OF ULTRON, it's no great shakes. To date the only MCU movie that ranks (for me at least) as a must see in 3D was James Gunn's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY - which looked great and added oodles in the third dimension.
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Captain America:Civil War
Wow, what a fight, almost continuously, like at conflict with someone or something. Takes a step up from Avengers and Ironman/Captain America in story line and content. Gave some more insights to back stories/origins, and ’new’ characters introduced. I really enjoyed it and thoroughly encourage you to watch it. Even Kevin Smith who is an avid DC fan, said it was “..the best greatest comic book movie ever made…”. I mostly agree with this fellow, mash up of “Captain America”, “G.I Joe”, “James Bond:Spectre” and “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom". Collects some info from previous Marvel (& other) films, starts making groups and tying them together in the same universe.
Genre : Marvel, graphic novel to big screen, action, adventure, superhero, action, etc
4/5 : the film was great, but some of the action scenes were jumpy, possibly just the 3D but it was in iMax so I’m putting it down to the film, and just didn’t quite tick all my boxes.
Marvel at it again
I thoroughly enjoyed Captain America. I was a little unnerved reading its run time was 2 hours 27 minutes thinking that was far too long for a superhero blockbuster but everything was to the point. There weren't any unnecessary scenes.
Bringing in so many extra characters was a bit of a risk but boy did it pay off with a great fight scene mid-film. I love the current trend of superhero movies going deeper than just superficial fight scenes and the goodies saving the world. Captain America explores how Avengers operate within the law and the consequences of civilian deaths caused by these 'enhanced' humans.
Not worth seeing in 3D though .... but is anything really?