Yo! I just got back from after watching my most anticipated film this year: Captain America: Civil War
. I can't tell you how psyched I was for this movie, especially hearing about the good buzz from its European release, and I had to wait a whole week to get back from Ireland so I could watch it in London. Guys, that week was agony.
Let me just say this: Civil War is an absolutely breathtaking movie! Believe the hype, it deserves the praise it's getting. So without further ado, let's get into a SPOILER-FREE REVIEW
. Read on!
The basic premise of this movie is that after so many cataclysmic events where the Avengers were involved, General Ross steps in with the "Sokovia Accords" to moderate their actions. Tony Stark agrees with the international oversight, but Steve Rogers prefers to save lives his own way. A lot of bad stuff happens that further distances both heroes, and they end up recruiting their own teams that leads to the "Civil War" we've all been waiting for.
Right off the bat, this is one of the most superhero-laden films we've seen to date. It's only real rival is the X-Men series. The Avenger
s had six superheroes, the sequel had nine, and this movie has twelve! You have to ask yourself if it's too much to jam into one movie. Will the story and characterisation suffer as a result of the exposition? Thankfully, I'm pleased to report that the writers (Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) and directors (Anthony and Joe Russo) did an outstanding job crafting a tightly-woven and enthralling film, just like they did for The Winter Soldier
. This isn't just a superhero-fest, there's real conflict that runs through their convictions and their loyalties to their friends. The writers capitalize upon our heroes' motivations and find key points of discord upon which to build a rivalry that rings true. That's tough to do when you have so many characters to juggle, so it's great to see that the divide extends beyond just Stark VS. Rogers. There are some scenes involving Scarlet Witch's relationship with Vision and Hawkeye, as well as the latter's relationship with Black Widow when they find themselves on opposing sides. There's so much to take in, it's amazing they were able to fit it all in one movie!
Among the established cast are two newcomers. The first is Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman. Panther had a lot more screentime than I expected, and I think the writers did a great job developing his character considering he first appears in a crossover movie instead of his own film. Panther brings his own bestial fighting style and I look forward to see what he can accomplish in the sequels. However, the real hype is all about Spider-Man, appearing here for the first time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Thank you Disney and Sony for coming to an agreement! When Spidey showed up on screen, he stole the show. Tom Holland fits the character way
better than Andrew Garfield. I can't tell you how much I was geeking out to see him fighting alongside the Avengers.
It's also great that the writers were able to introduce him so quickly without lingering on how he got his powers, because by now everyone and his dog knows how Peter Parker got bitten by an enhanced spider. (Oh sorry, was that a spoiler?) It shows how well audiences have familiarised themselves with these superheroes by now.
With all these heroes in play, it can be easy to overlook the villains. I want to give a shoutout to Crossbones who was an utter badass in this film. I was disappointed that he didn't appear in full costume in the last movie, but he more than makes up for it here where he goes toe-to-toe with Cap in his new exosuit. The fights in general were not only spectacular but very creative. If you liked the fight choreography in Cap 2, there's a lot more to behold with so many more powers to play with. If I do have a complaint, it's that Vision was seldom seen fighting among the team. (The writers probably thought he was too OP.) Also, Ant-Man's motivations were unclear at best. I get the feeling he was just thrown in the movie for shits and giggles... but the result is still worth it. You'll know when you see it.
Overall, Captain America: Civil War
is everything I could have hoped for and more. It builds upon the success of the Avengers with another triumphant crossover extravaganza that delivers as much fanservice as you could desire. It established that Markus, McFeely and the Russo brothers are a formidable team, and I can't wait to see what they have in store for us with the Infinity War movies. If I thought the last week was an agonising wait, the next two years are going to be torture!
Go watch Cap 3 right now!