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Captain America: Civil War Movie Review

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I’m sure that if you’re reading this review, you definitely know which movie we are going to talk about today. If you had a chance to check out my Top 52 Most Anticipated Movies of 2016 list at the beginning of the year, you know that I had the third installment of Marvel’s Captain America series at number three right behind Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. A little over four months into the year and we’ve already seen two of the three, and three of my top five, but it’s time to talk about Captain America: Civil War. I was crazy excited for this movie. Marvel consistently puts out movies of high quality, and I have really liked both Captain America films and both Avengers films with the previous installment, Captain America: The Winter Soldier possibly being my favorite of all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe films. Also, this movie brings back the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, who directed Captain America: The Winter Soldier and showed just how awesome Captain America can be. Say what you will about the first Captain America movie, but I really enjoyed it and thought that while it has its problems it is a nice homage to the classic character and a good origin story with the dream casting of Chris Evans as Cap. After an awesome movie from the Russo brothers in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War was right up with 2012’s The Avengers for my most anticipated Marvel films of all time. I’m done talking about how excited I was for it. Let’s talk about it now that I have finally seen it!

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Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and brings back all of the well known Marvel talents in Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Don Cheadle, Emily VanCamp, and Frank Grillo as well as welcoming in a few newcomers in Chadwick Boseman, Tom Holland, and Daniel Brühl. After the events of the previous Marvel films such as 2012’s The Avengers, 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Avengers are finally being held accountable for all of the chaos and destruction that they have brought on through fighting for the world. Tony Stark feels that the Avengers must be put in check to be safe and watch out for the lives of the innocent. Steve Rogers believes that the safest way to go about the situation is to let the Avengers handle issues they deem necessary to handle. With the return of legendary HYDRA assassin, The Winter Soldier, Steve must try to reconnect with his best friend, Bucky, while also fighting for what he believes is right. The super-team is divided and the members go to war against each other to back the leaders of both sides, Tony Stark’s Iron Man and Steve Rogers’ Captain America.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War L to R: Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) Photo Credit: Zade Rosenthal © Marvel 2016

I feel like I was pretty blunt about how excited I was for this movie. I was insanely excited. I adored Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and I wanted to like this movie just as much. After seeing it last night, I can say that Marvel did it again. They brought the long time fans another awesome movie with our favorite, most recognizable heroes. First off, something I was a little bit scared about for this movie was that it was going to end up as a throw away fight. The heroes would fight, then talk, then everything would be okay and go back to normal. I was wrong. There are stakes in this movie, and they’re high. These characters aren’t out to prove that the other is wrong. They’re out to kill each other, and it is absolutely awesome to see all of these characters giving 110% to a fight against each other. We truly see them torn apart and we see them at such odds in this movie that it’s strange to imagine them coming together as they have before and presumably will in the future. This movie also has some of the best action in a comic book film since, well, maybe ever. The airport scene that you may have seen in various trailers and television spots is absolutely phenomenal. It is possibly the best action scene in a comic book film, and possibly the best action scene in a very long time. It utilizes each and every character for their traits and personality, and each of them gets a chance to shine and show why exactly they belong on this team that defends planets. They all have special moments, and though the Russo brothers and the screenplay do an amazing job of establishing that this really is the third installment of the Captain America series as compared to the third installment of the Avengers series, each character gets their chance to be awesome. Emotionally, this movie absolutely draws you in. It was actually very difficult for me to choose a side. Iron Man is my favorite comic book character both in the comics and in the films. He is the character I have always stuck with, and he has always been my favorite. In this movie, I actually could not definitively say that I was on his side despite my love for him as a character. I’m going to try to explain this as best I can. From a beliefs standpoint, I actually agreed with Steve Rogers, but from an emotional standpoint, I think I agreed with Tony Stark. It’s tough to say that, though, because I definitely could emotionally connect with Steve Rogers who has recently regained his best friend and will do what is necessary to defend him, and I can also see where Stark is coming from as far as his beliefs go. Finally, I feel like I don’t have to mention how great all of the actors and actresses who have previously been in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are in this movie, so I’ll talk about the new characters. First we have Back Panther, the prince of Wakanda played by Chadwick Boseman. I’m not going to spoil anything, but I will say that this movie utilizes this character so well. I honestly don’t know much about Black Panther as a character, but Chadwick Boseman blew me away in this movie, and I can’t wait to see Ryan Coogler’s take on the character in 2018. Black Panther had so much depth and fed the story so well, and he is such a real character. He does not hide much, and he is straight to the point, and that is what I loved about him so much. Also, the new Spider-Man of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is phenomenal. This finally seems to be the Spider-Man who is true to the comics and the Spider-Man everybody can enjoy. I’m done talking about Spider-Man because I don’t want to say too much, but there is something for the Spider-Man fan from every medium and time.

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I loved this movie, but it does have a few negatives in my opinion. As I’m sure you’ve read about if you have read any Captain America: Civil War review, the villain, Baron Zemo, was a little bit weak. I did feel where he was coming from, and I actually did feel sorry for him at certain points in the film. I can see where he is coming from, and I can see his motivation, but he almost felt like a background character for most of the film, and he is trying to work his way into the foreground, but he just isn’t doing that. Eventually, I saw his importance and his motivation, but for almost the entire movie he felt so useless. Next, there were a few technical aspects I did not like. In the opening action scene there are so many quick, snappy cuts, and I feel like there are times that I missed the money shot, so to speak, in one of the many cuts that sometimes do not appear as though they always make contact with the sound effect. Also, there is one scene in the film that I thought had very noticeable green-screen. It may feel like a nitpick, but in a Disney Marvel film I have come to expect the best of the best with seamless effects, and I just noticed green-screen far too much in one scene.

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Overall, Captain America: Civil War was awesome. If you have liked all of the previous Marvel films just as I have, I would definitely suggest checking it out! It is one of the best comic book films I have ever seen, and it has some of the best comic book-to-film action I have ever seen in my entire life. It’s gritty with the same Marvel comedy we have come to expect from each and every character, and it brings back the characters we love. These characters are back and better than ever, and the Russo brothers do such an amazing job with this film. It is so well directed and so well written. I had my issues with it, but I still loved the movie, and it will definitely claim a spot in my list of favorite comic book films of all time. I’m going to give Captain America: Civil War a 9/10.

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Have you had a chance to check out Captain America: Civil War? If you have, comment down below and let me know what you think! If not, will you be checking it out this weekend? Also, what is your favorite film from the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I would tell you mine, but now after having seen Captain America: Civil War, I’ll be ranking each and every Marvel Cinematic Universe film in my next post! I’m very excited about that, so be sure to stay tuned for that because I would love to hear your thoughts and rankings! As always, thank you, and keep listening to 88.7 The Pulse!

Justin Lyons

Hey, it's Justin Lyons! I am the Chief Film Critic for The Pulse. Have any questions for me? Please feel free to email me at [email protected]