Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Directors – Russo Brothers
Writers – Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring – Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Evans, and a whole lot more
Rating – PG-13
Genre – Action
Metascore – 75/100
Rotten Tomatoes – 92 %
I was a little nervous going to Captain America: Civil War; questioning how they were going to be able to weave a story of numerous characters (more than 10 significant characters including two major character introductions) with such a specific plot and still capture thick conflict between heroes. Those elements proved to be a huge task to balance but the directors and screenwriters handled this story with such finesse that it turned out to be one of the best Marvel movies to date.
Naturally every Marvel vet in this film excelled, but Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spiderman went above and beyond any expectations I could have placed on them. This is a result of the actors completely embodying their characters and due to great screenwriting. They each had about the same amount of screen time and what they did with their spotlight was impressive.
I truly believe that every single scene was integral to the success of this film. Say if you cut one scene for Spidey or the King of Wakanda (Black Panther) it could have dismantled everything and their characters fallen flat. The screenwriters and directors weaved this story in a way that created just enough space and time for every storyline to be fleshed out and truly developed. If we refer back to another Hero V Hero film that came out this year, Batman V Superman, we can see the quality of writing in Civil War. Their conflict makes sense, each side has valid points, and the movie provides time for the conflict and tension to reach an effective climax.
One element of this film that captivated me was the stunt crew. If you watch some of the B-Roll footage for this film you can watch the stunt crew working, and honestly they slayed it. In a world jam packed with CGI action, stunt work can be under appreciated. Fortunately we are moving towards an age of appreciation for good stunt work, e.g. the success of Mad Max: Fury Road.
Like most Marvel movies, we are stuck with soft and underwhelming villains and Civil War is no exception. This villain is one of the smallest in Marvel’s franchise and his role is absolutely forgettable. His character has no depth and serves only one purpose, to prod the plot along. He is not all bad though, I will say his role in the third act was surprising and did catch me off guard but it does not make up for the rest of his shenanigans throughout the entirety of the film. I believe the conflict that was built from the heroes in the film was enough and adding this villain was not necessary.
My last and final praise is that Civil War did not end in a nicely wrapped Marvel movie, as most are. It leaves many loose ends, unanswered questions, and had me on the edge of my seat for most of the movie.
FYI : There are TWO end credit scenes!
Author : Jesse Ingram
499 rating – 9.2 / 10
Jesse’s Top Five Marvel Movies!
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Captain America : Winter Soldier
- Iron Man
- Captain America : Civil War