Captain America: Civil War - Review

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  1. Overmind One

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    Let's get it right out there: This was a good movie! It's not deep, not particularly intellectual, and as superhero movies go, it was not overdone (glaring at you, Batman vs Superman and Transformers). This is actually an Avengers movie with Cap's name on it as a headliner. The movie is actually quite political as far as action flicks go. I won't go too much into that to avoid spoilers. :)



    This movie opens in a flashback to 1991, when the Winter Soldier(s) are first created and activated. We see Bucky going through the painful process of Winter Soldier transformation, and we get a backstory about how Hydra created these Winter Soldiers and why. Flash forward, and we are witness to a terrorist attack which summons the Avengers. In this movie (only these, no Hulk):

    Captain America
    Black Widow
    Scarlet Witch
    Iron Man/Tony Stark
    Hawkeye
    Ant Man
    Black Panther
    Spiderman
    Falcon
    Winter Soldier
    Iron Man/Rhodes

    Black Panther is a new addition to the franchise, and he is BAD ASS. He appears to be as strong or stronger than Bucky (Winter Soldier), and has some interesting powers. I'll let the movie introduce him properly. And a pleasant surprise is FINALLY a great Spiderman who better fills the role as laid out in the comics. He is a teen, like he is supposed to be, and without any girlfriend baggage in this movie. And he is super BAD ASS. He and Stark have great chemistry in this film. BTW, this is the most thoughtful Tony Stark ever portrayed in these Marvel films. Robert Downey Jr has made this his, and he has fleshed out the role like nobody else really could at this point. He can grow old doing this.

    The story behind this movie is political. Not subtle either. It is at the center of the "civil war" (which is fought between these Avenger superheroes). Again, I cannot give details without spoiling it, but it does not bog down the film and gives things a twist. I do find it more interesting than bringing in yet another baddie from outside to deal with. And we are not talking about Hydra here. And there is a lot of comedic light-heartedness in this. It is a great balance.

    Visually? This movie has a lot of great special effects eye candy, but no cities being destroyed (that is getting too old now). The effects are very well employed, part of the story, and look convincing enough. I also like the fact that each of our heroes display some limitations to their powers. We see how the powers of one superhero are weaknesses to another, and we see strategies being played out.

    Overall, this is a solid entry in the Marvel franchise, and the ending sets up a very interesting dynamic that will have to be resolved in the next film in order to move forward. Think of this as a loosely constructed two parter (three parter?). I give this movie four out of five stars.

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  2. Gatefan1976

    Gatefan1976 Well Known GateFan

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    Yeah, saw this before you guys, keeping quiet ATM :D
     
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  3. Bluce Ree

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    DC should take a queue. They're trying to recreate their Batman trilogy ambiance in their other franchises, which worked well in the Batman standalone context (except The Dark Knight Rises, which seemed phoned in) but fails miserably as a baseline formula.
     
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  4. Overmind One

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    DC is lacking in the portrayal department, they need to completely abandon the team concept for the moment. Their superheroes do not make for a good Avengers killer. And as I said before, the superheroes they have are way too powerful. If we ever see a superhero playing basketball with a planet or lighting a cigarette on a star, it will be in a DC movie. Wonder Woman stood out for me in the last Batman vs Superman movie, but she is not really Wonder Woman of the comics. This new WW is a warrior first. In the comics, she is about peace and truth and justice. But wait, don't we have that character now in Rey from the new Star Wars?
     
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    At least tell us if we get to see Chris Evans nude in this one? :monkey:
     
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  6. Gatefan1976

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    Nah, the Helicopter Arm porn is as good as you get, sorry Ape.
     
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  8. Overmind One

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    The new Spiderman is awesome. :) I have now watched this movie three times. Ant Man is better in this than his own movie (IMO). Whomever writes the funny parts in these films is very talented. All of the characters get great one-liners and snark moments, right when they are needed. DC cannot compete with this, they just can't.
     
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  9. Lord Ba'al

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    As a whole I didn't find this movie as good as The Winter Soldier, but it's definitely better than The First Avenger. My favourite scene is the part where both sides are battling it out. I particularly liked the new Spiderman and I so hope they reboot some Spiderman movies in this way. Special kudos to the scene where the winter soldier swings a punch with his vibranium arm at the tiny Spiderman and spidey just grabs it and moves it around with his skinny little arm and says "you've got a metal arm? that is so cool!". I also enjoyed Antman in this, which reminds me that I have to watch that movie again.
     
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  10. Rac80

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    ok finally saw this- definitely a keeper! Loved the whole premise. I truly can't stand iron man was it was good to see less of him. Loved the intro of ant man so much that mr rac and I watched ant man last weekend on demand. It was fun - with actual laugh out loud moments- not just laugh AT someone. Love Chris Evans as the Captain - he does good vs evil without getting too preachy.
     
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