Captain America: Civil War – Directed by Joe & Anthony Russo, Distributed by Walt Disney Studios.
Now that’s how you make a versus movie! Directors and screenwriters giving the necessary screen time and story development to each individual characters to make you care about each and every one of them on either side of the ideological battle going on.
The Russo Brothers, have achieved a feat that I thought wouldn’t have been pulled off at all. But not only did they pull it off but they rocked it! Even with all these massive big name characters after the movie ended I still felt like it was a Captain America movie despite being on Team Iron Man. This was the first movie where I was practically drooling over how awesome and well choreographed the action sequences were. The first sequence with Black Panther, Bucky, and Captain American is mouth-wateringly epic and just had me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. Black Panther & Spider-Man definitely steal the show in this movie even with all these awesome characters alongside them. Black Widow really pulls out a great performance in Civil War and really does give a reason why she is on this team of super-powered people and she kicks a lot of butts. I have never really been attached to the Vision character but with his deep connection with Scarlett Witch and fight scenes with Ant Man/Giant Man & Hawkeye it was just so cool to show how powerful he is with going from transparent to his vibranium state of ultimate badass-ness and when he misses Falcon in the final parts of the airport fight scene and tragically hits War Machine before he does that he is holding Scarlet Witch in his arms and you get tell he felt something for her which distracts him enough to miss. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon is another well-performed part of the movie and after most of Team Cap get put in jail the conversation he has with Tony Stark is another reason to be thinking why are these guys fighting because even after all that fighting Falcon asks and cares for War Machine, so even after fighting there is still a friendship there.
Tony Stark’s story arc is well justified compared to the villain type role he played in the Civil War comic book story line, his reasoning and mentality behind what he was doing in this movie are wonderfully well thought-out by the directors and it gives you a valid reason to be on his side of the argument. Tony’s scene with Captain America just before the absolutely awesome airport fight scene is very well acted by Robert Downey Jr he really does hit out of the park with his speech of “you’re gonna come in with us, because it’s US!” and it really makes you believe that Tony is only doing this because he wants to keep the Avengers together, as everything else in his life at the moment isn’t very stable, he wants and needs them to stay together. In the end of the movie Tony is still pretty conflicted on where he stands but he still wants to have Steve there because despite everything I still think they are friends.
Underoos! Spider-Man’s entrance into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is definitely one to behold, a masterpiece in understanding what his character is and how he acts. His character was so easily and well done in one single scene they got everything you need to know about him out there, which was no matter how hard you hit him, no matter what’s in his way he will laugh in life’s face and find a way to beat it. They even covered the essential Spider-Man ethos of “with great powers, comes great responsibility” without even saying those exact words. They deal with that by a very nice piece of dialogue delivered brilliantly by Tom Holland, “I didn’t play football before I had this happen to me, so why should I play it after” Tony then asked him “why do you do it all then?” and then in the sincerest and charismatic manor Holland’s Peter Parker replied by saying “For the little guy”. That scene encompasses everything from who Spider-Man and Peter Parker is. And there are still the action scenes to talk about with Spider-Man and there is nothing else to say other than it is just awesome.
One of the downsides to the current Marvel Cinematic Universe movies are the fact that most of the villains aren’t that interesting nor very well thought-out in their plans of world domination. Baron Zemo is the villain in Civil War and I would say some of his plots aren’t very well thought-out because why would he want to just kill those Hydra Kill Squad and leave it at that. But his plans and execution of his plans of pitting Captain America and Iron Man against each other are very well planned out in the sense that it completely adds to the story of the battle of ideologies between Steve Rodgers & Tony Stark. Zemo is wasted in some parts of the plot and he adds to it in other parts for instance the end scene with Black Panther/T’challa, where T’challa basically is making the switch to being a superhero in saying that vengeance has gotten the best of him and it has gotten the best of Steve and Tony, he won’t continue to let it get the best of him anymore. He stops Zemo from killing himself even though Zemo was the cause of all of his pain, T’challa does the right thing. Daniel Brühl is an amazing actor, I loved him in the role of Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s Rush the story of the 1976 Formula 1 Season and he played this part just as wonderfully he made you care about him and what he went through.
The airport fight sequence will be one of the things that will be talked about for years to come as how to make fight sequence awesome and still have individual characters have a special moment for the viewer to care about what is happening to them physically and ideologically. As I was on Iron Man’s side I found it quite annoying that Scarlett Witch was always there when someone of Team Tony was about to whoop someone. But it still doesn’t take away of the spectacle of the fight sequence.
Overall this movie is a triumph of directing, screenwriting, and action choreography. It is also a testament to how good Marvel movies are and it is also a twist on the themes and tones of past Marvel movies it is completely different in the sense that it has a lot of weight to the movies ending and to what is coming in Phase 3 of the MCU. I would rate it 9.5/10 just because of the under-developed villain plot but otherwise, it’s pretty damn perfect.