Following a series of battles and a fatal error in a Mission that saw much collateral damage, the world finally calls for regulation on the superhero team known as the Avengers. Facing an uncertain future, the avengers are split on ideological grounds with captain America aka Steve rogers opposing regulation and iron man aka Tony stark supporting it. What begins as arguments soon morphs into rivalry, then escalates into conflict and ultimately battles. Into this conflict comes The Black Panther, a superhero from Africa who is after Captain America’s Friend the Winter Soldier for involvement in an assassination attempt. As opposing sides deal with this new development, a young man gifted with the powers of a spider is recruited into the fight.
The tone is, finally, more serious and more grounded, a much welcome departure from the increasingly comedic tones of most marvel movies. There is a true sense that the stakes are high, and the potential for loss is great. The Russo brothers crafted a serious spy thriller in Captain America Winter Soldier and now they up that ante in writing, characters and action. Though some of the fights have that “sped-up-in-post-production” look, it is grittier, more brutal and less “dance-like” than most of other marvel movies. The final battle between Tony and Steve stands out as the best marvel movie fight ever not only because of the perfectly shot scenes but in the emotional aspect as well. Conflicts are framed in a “no nonsense” approach, rather than the cartoon-like quip filled play battles of before. Not that there aren’t quips but these are from characters defined as such in their original comics, namely Tom Holland’s Spiderman.
Easily the freshest aspect of the movie, Tom Holland embodies the youthful wall crawler that comic fans love. His introduction foregoes the usual overly long origin tale and gets him right into the action. Everything is perfect, the way he moves, the way he talks, his emotional journey through the movie that runs parallel to that of the Robert Downey jr’s Tony stark and Chris Evan’s Steve Rogers. Everyone brings their best to the roles both new and familiar, with the two veterans conveying the emotional anguish and turmoil of two brothers-in-arms forced to opposing sides. Another awesome intro was Black Panther. The character is well portrayed by Chadwick Boseman and I greatly look forward to watching the Panther stand alone movie next year. Chadwick adds new depth to the film, a depth the movie used to its advantage.
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The action sequences are also a highlight of the film, especially the airport scene which I believe no one can deny was great, I feel the excessive use of the shaky-cam also makes them seem artificial, but overall, I would assert they are a step up from previous films of the MCU. The CGI could have received some polish, but it was decent even it its worst parts, and the musical score was forgettable, standing perhaps as one of the worst parts of the film. The pace of the film is also admirable, leaving almost no moment untouched by its robust storytelling.
Now the problems. The first thing is the villain. The whole movie you’re wondering what his plan is but he never feels like a real threat amongst our heroes. He’s just kind of there and does bad things. There is a point in the movie where I even forgot he was in it. His motivation was clear and in the end your questions are answered, but overall I think his plan was a little too “Dr. Evilish” if you catch my drift. Upon further thought, I realized everything of importance in the film could have easily happened if he wasn’t in the film. Sure, the catalyst for the actions would have been different but the outcome would have been pretty much the same.
Martin Freeman is a great actor and I’m glad he’s getting more meaty roles, but he doesn’t do anything special or interesting in this movie. Yes, I know his character is probably going to developed more in the next movies, but my problem here is that he really felt out of place in this movie. At times the movie itself completely forgets about him, so every time he popped back up on screen I was like “Oh, Martin Freeman is in this movie, I totally forgot about that”.
But overall, Marvel has really done a great job once again with Civil War. The best thing about this film is that almost every character has something to do and every single one of them has a certain depth to them and you can identify with their actions. Civil War is action packed and loads of fun.