Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review
The Russo brothers might be my favourite superhero directors. This film is easily one of marvels best and it did this by building on what the franchise has forged so far. It pitted Iron Man’s fear, anger and guilt against Captain America’s fight the good fight spirit and the ensuing drama was spectacular to watch. They really packed all the emotions into this one but it never felt stuffed or long winded and that is damn impressive given how much actually happens in this film.
“I’m saying there may be a causality. Our very strength invites challenge, challenge incites conflict, and conflict… breeds catastrophe.”
With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Iron Man and Captain America while a new villain emerges.
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Story: 100% Acting: 100% Characters: 100% Dialogue: 100%
Action: 100% Style/Sound: 100% Visuals: 100%
The story of this one is very ethically grey on all sides. There’s no moustache twirling villain, there’s no end of the world threat and there’s no united guardians of truth and justice. This was personal and deep for each character; they all had to choose between different family members with no obviously good guy and bad guy. The acting was really strong in this one, much better than the average marvel film, mainly because it gave the cast brilliant emotional scene to test their talent.
Another great part of this film was the sheer amount of new characters to be working together which in the past has been a recipe for disaster. In this however it seemed effortless. We got two massive characters entering into the franchise and everyone else that haven’t really been on screen together, yet the chemistry was brilliant. My favourite line was from Ant Man in Iron man’s suit – “It’s Your Conscience. We Don’t Talk A Lot These Days.”
The fights in this film were spectacular and epic. Both sides in that epic brawl of superheroes at the airport where amazing, the choreography, the visual effects and even the humour. However the more touching and emotional fight was the climactic battle between Iron Man and Captain America over a revelation regarding Bucky. It was both savage and emotional, loved it.
Nothing really spoilerific to discuss. If you think otherwise do please remind me in the comments.