Captain America 3: Civil War – ★ ★ ★ ★ ½ DVD Review
This might as well have been Avengers 3, because it had everyone in it. Steve Rogers’ Captain America (Chris Evans) battles Tony Stark’s Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as the heroes pick sides after the fallout of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron and the events of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier collide. They may have saved the world (from a menace they had a hand in creating), but many innocent lives were lost. The governments of the world and the United Nations now want to keep the Avengers in check and hold them accountable. Cap’s WWII friend Bucky (who had been brainwashed into becoming the cold war assassin the Winter Soldier) has been framed for a new crime by Zemo (Daniel Brühl) and the two teams of Avengers set out to find him. Captain America’s team (Falcon, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man) are trying to save Bucky, while Iron Man’s team (Black Widow, War Machine, Black Panther, Vision and Spider-Man) try to bring Bucky to justice.
The film may have been a bit of fan pandering, but it was still well constructed and entertaining to me. We got the introduction of a few new key characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther will soon have his own film, as will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. Both are important additions to the ever growing MCU, and I like the potential directions that both characters/films/franchises could take. I will admit that I’m super excited for a “proper” Marvel Spider-Man film. What I like about the Marvel films (the proper Disney Marvel films that is) is that they really do know how to pace and lay out a story. The first act of Civil War was the build-up and the increasing tensions between the team, as well as the hunt and mystery over the Winter Soldier. The second act was the big battle scene that brought all the characters together and the third act resolved it all, with Captain America and Iron Man temporarily setting aside their differences to fight the common enemy that had been pulling their strings for most of the movie. Essentially the first act was character driven, the second action and then it circled back to a character driven story again. All of it worked, and balanced the action with drama and humour. I have heard some people say there was too much humour, but I disagree. When you’re dealing with gods and monsters and knights and soldiers and heroes, all fantastical things, I prefer to keep it lighter. I also think there was more than enough action to keep the story flowing so that I didn’t mind or really realize that it was two and a half hours long.
I really enjoyed all the characters. With a pool of characters as deep as those in the MCU, you like to see the filmmakers play with “all the toys”, or at least all the toys that they’re allowed to use. It’s really nice to see Spider-Man back where he belongs, alongside the biggest Marvel characters. There’s no subtlety lost in naming the upcoming film Spider-Man Homecoming. Getting a small taste of Spider-Man in the big airport fight scene was a treat that many Marvel fans didn’t think they’d ever get, what with the complicated stories behind which studios have the rights to which characters. That whole airport scene was a lot of fun, even if it did condense a whole “superhero civil war” down to about fifteen minutes.
There were of course comparisons between Civil War and the other big super hero film of the year, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. I haven’t seen BvS yet, so I can’t judge it. I know critics didn’t like it, and I know there is a HUGE divide among the fans both on that film in particular and on the differences between the Marvel and DC film universes. Apparently it’s become a rule that Marvel fans can’t like DC films or vice versa. I read quite a few user reviews on IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes where it seemed like DC fans were just bashing Marvel films (and fans) while the Marvel fans seemed pretty even tempered, though to be fair, I was just checking a Marvel film, so they would tend to be kinder on those pages. It’s entirely possible on pages for DC films that Marvel fans are bashing those too. I guess I can’t help but wonder why the two fandoms can’t just get along? It seems like there are a lot of negative reviews out there just for the sake of negatively reviewing something! I like reviews to be constructive and helpful. If you liked previous Marvel films, I think you’ll most likely enjoy Captain America 3: Civil War. Is it better than DC, and everything Batman v Superman wasn’t? I don’t know, that’s not something I can say without having seen both films, that would be up to you to decide if you have watched them both.
Bottom Line: This was one of the few MCU films I missed seeing in theatres. I think the only other one was Iron Man 3….
Posted on 17-01-09, in 4.5 Star, Comic Book Movies, Movie Reviews and tagged Ant-Man, Anthony Mackie, Aunt May, Black Panther, Black Widow, Brock Rumlow, Bucky Barnes, Captain America, Chadwick Boseman, Chris Evans, Clint Barton, comic book movie, Crossbones, Daniel Brühl, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp, Falcon, Frank Grillo, Hawkeye, Iron man, James Rhodes, Jeremy Renner, Marisa Tomei, Martin Freeman, Marvel, Natasha Romanoff, Paul Bettany, Paul Rudd, Peter Parker, Robert Downey Jr, Sam Wilson, Scarlet Witch, Scarlett Johansson, Scott Lang, Sebastian Stan, Sharon Carter, Spider-Man, Stan Lee, Stan Lee cameo, Steve Rogers, T'Challa, Tom Holland, Tony Stark, Vision, Wanda Maximoff, War Machine, William Hurt, Winter Soldier, Zemo. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.