Like most people this weekend I ventured out to see the newest Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, and I loved it. It is arguably the best Marvel movie to date, and one of the best comic-book/superhero movies I have ever seen. Everything worked the story, the character development, the cast, the direction it’s all there. Civil War is the culmination of everything that started eight years ago with the birth of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Iron Man. A must see and game changer for anyone that is a fan of these movies.
Captain America: Civil War sees Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) butt heads with friend and fellow Avenger Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) aka Iron Man over how the heroes should be governed and held accountable for their actions. There is weight and seriousness to this movie that we haven’t really seen in any MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) film. While this is the first movie of phase three, it acts as a fitting end to the first two phases. Nothing is the same after this every character knows that the decision they make will change things forever. They convey both sides of the issue so well that I wouldn’t be surprised if a few folks found themselves switching sides during the movie. Avengers was the bright side of the MCU the team coming together, Civil War is the inverse of that it shows that there are consequences to everything that happened in the previous movies. There is a gravitas to this situation that the Russo Brothers convey perfectly. The humor that these movies have become known for is still there but it’s used sparingly and saved for key situations giving it a darker feel than some may be used to..
Speaking of the Russo Brothers they did a great job directing Civil War. The Winter Soldier was going to be a hard act to follow but they did a great job. They meshed practical with visual effects perfectly and created some of the best action sequences I have ever seen. Civil War is a Battle Royal that fans of the comics and movies have been waiting to see and Joe and Anthony Russo made sure every character got a chance to shine. They allowed each cast members to get screen time and explain their motivations, and still kept a steady flow to the movie. At two hours and twenty minutes I never felt bored, and no scenes felt rushed. Not only that the movie served as the debut of both Spider-man and the Black Panther two iconic heroes who never felt shoehorned in just to plug their movies.. Both steal every scene they are in Chadwick Boseman nailed T’challa and Tom Holland could be the best Spider-man yet. I am very excited to see both of their movies.
This leads to my only problem with the movie while I loved that all the characters got time there were moments that the movie felt more like Avengers three instead of Captain America three. That’s not a bad thing, but what I loved about the Winter Soldier is that it felt epic but still stayed grounded in being a Captain America story. I really didn’t get that from Civil War until the final act of the movie.
After 8 years and seventeen movies Marvel needed something to make things feel fresh and new again, and Civil War was the perfect movie to do it. Civil War was a fitting end to what came before, but also ushered in the next phase of movies perfectly. Homage was paid to the comic, but it also made the story its own. I left the theater feeling happy and feeling I had seen a complete story, At the same time I am anticipating what is coming and can’t wait to see where the story goes from here. I highly recommend going out and seeing this movie as soon as you can.