Captain America: Civil War, 2016
Directed by: Anthony and Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Elizabeth Olsen, David Brühl.
Whether you’re Team Captain America or Team Iron Man, you can’t deny Marvel has discovered the perfect formula for a successful film: elaborate action + comic relief + a dash of romance and BOOM! Sold out theaters.
Opening with a predictable fight sequence, movie-goers are immediately shot with adrenaline while giving some background to set up the story. Okay, a lot of background, but a slow start can be forgiven with such an intense second half.
Steve Rogers (Evans) alongside Falcon (Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Olsen), and the other Avengers are facing the harsh truth that they can’t save everyone. Scarlet Witch’s accidental building blow up was the last straw for governments around the globe infuriated with the massive amounts of civilian casualties at the hands of The Avengers. While she keeps a low profile, the governments issue leashes to all who are super-inclined.
A guilt-ridden Iron Man (Downey Jr.) agrees they need limitations. Cap isn’t having it.
And so the strings unknowingly attach to our Avengers from the metaphorical puppeteer Zemo (Brühl), a victim of The Avengers’ disregard. His wrath holds one twist after another till the very end.
It’s refreshing to see the not-so-glamorous side of being a superhero, what happens after the epic final fight scenes. It’s also nice to see that America’s good ole boy holds some flaws. While Captain America has always been defiant, he is exceptionally stubborn and close-minded this time around. I guess that’s what happens when writers keep using the same catalyst – a.k.a. Bucky (Stan) a.k.a. Cap’s apparent Achilles’ heel – to add conflict.
But while this film is part of Captain America’s trilogy, he was not the show stealer. That role is filled by one of our cameo friends, Spider-Man. After fans fell in love with Andrew Garfield’s rendition in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Tom Holland had high expectations to meet and he blew past them all, winning hearts with the boyish charm known of Peter Parker in just 30 minutes of screen time. Holland will return as Spider-Man in 2017. And don’t worry, I’m sure his voice will drop a few octaves by the time we have to listen to him for two hours straight.
Also making his debut is Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) who doesn’t really play for anyone’s team but his own. After the death of his father, T’Challa rises to the throne of Wakanda and runs on revenge in a bulletproof suit with claws to kill. Yeah, there’s a lot going on. We’ll be seeing Boseman again as Black Panther in his own film anticipated February 2018.
Brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, who directed Captain America: Winter Soldier, have mastered the use of angles when it comes to action movies. We get panoramic views of fight scenes and close ups that expose actors’ emotions, giving the full experience of the story. There is no doubt you will leave Captain America: Civil War entertained, emotionally spent and completely blindsided.