Captain America: Civil War Review
Captain America: Civil War is the biggest and most ambitious of the Marvel Cinematic Universe bringing in the largest ensemble of heroes ever on screen at once. The central story of the movie is based around the Sokovia Accords which are meant to make The Avengers accountable to the United Nations for their actions around the globe. A number of events fall in place including the death of many civilians which divides the once united team. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is for the accords as he's starting to see the consequences of his actions and dealing with the pain of many aspects coming together in his life.
Whereas on the other side of things Captain America (Chris Evans) believes that the accords would only limit their ability to save the world. Both have some merits to them, but I felt throughout the entirety of the film that Stark's side was much better developed. This was not only in the case the movie made for what he was pushing, but the acting presented by Downey Jr. as it was incredible and really out staged everyone else in the film. It almost felt at times like this should have been Iron Man 4 as Captain America started out as a strong character though that quickly changed after the opening sequences. Still, I felt the dynamics and choices of these two individuals were valid and well developed across the many Marvel movies we've seen in the past decade.
It's going to be hard to condense everything I'd like to write for the review though I'll try to make sure it's not too long for reading. A number of other characters also were given great development and it's a shame we can't get even more Marvel movies as some of these side characters are quite compelling. First off we got to see Vision (Paul Bettany) and his comfy living which was hilarious. There was some story around him and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) which also shined as she's getting more used to her abilities.
Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) also was a key player in the movie with a fantastic costume and story within the film which was used quite well. The biggest highlight was the introduction of Spiderman (Tom Holland) and damn was that amazing. They seem to have finally perfected the character this time around being so true to his origins while also entirely skipping them to get the character into the action. I can't wait for Spiderman: Homecoming as the mentor style relationship between him and Stark in this one seems like it's off to a great start. The awkward Peter Parker was incredible from the character and even seeing him in fancy costume was simply perfect.
There were also so many other great characters in this one that's difficult to cover it all whether that's Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) being a strong cast member; Falcon (Anthony Mackie) being joked about, Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) kicking it into high gear and The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) being somewhat hilarious. Some other characters were wasted to a degree whereas others are benched for future opportunities if everything works out.
The cinematography of the movie was decent though I did feel action sequences could have been a bit better fleshed out as there were too many cuts. The acting was top notch with Tony Stark's character being too good that it put the titular character Captain America a bit out of place and I really felt bad for Stark with all the conflicting points were against him. As far as CGI it was mostly incredible though there were some scenes where they could have done a better job so that was a bit disappointing, but many won't notice so it doesn't matter that much.
Civil War was an amazing movie and something that fans of this universe will love. It brings all your favorite super heroes together and creates actual causality for them to be fighting. I felt that this could have been an Avengers film or Iron Man 4 film as the focus did shift away from the titular character.
Spiderman was damn fantastic, Black Panther was well done and the fight scenes were so tense I almost forgot that Stan Lee had to make an appearance. I wasn't that big of a fan of the ending as it didn't resolve quite the way it should have and I felt it ended too easy. If you're a fan of this series than this is a must for the series as it really does determine the future of the universe and many of the heroes we've loved over the years.
Review for Captain America: Civil War at Theater with Dbox Atmos
Rating Overall: 9.2