‘Captain America Civil War’ turns ‘in fighting’ into drama, action and a great summer film
Should the government monitor the superheroes or not? Can Bucky be trusted or not? How many of these superheroes are even out there and how many mean to do the world harm? Captain America: Civil War pits Chris Evans’ Cap against Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man over these questions and the results is an action-packed thrill ride to kick off the summer movie season.
In the aftermath of Captain America: Winter Soldier, Cap leads the “New Avengers” on missions around the globe, but this time facing Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and the civilians end up in the middle. General Ross (William Hurt, reprising his role from Incredible Hulk) leads the government movement to govern the superheroes and minimize casualties. Government oversight is just one area of disagreement as Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier is still in the open and Cap believes his friend Bucky can be still be good. The chaos overshadows a real threat from a new villain named Zemo played by Daniel Bruhl.
Winter Soldier directors Joe and Anthony Russo return to coordinate the action with a ton of chess pieces to play with. There is only minor character development for many of the other Avengers: Paul Bettany’s Vision may be discovering how to be more “human,” while Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner and Scarlett Johansson all return with minor speeches and roles in fight scenes.
New to Civil War is Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Both are fantastic and Marvel Studios is banking on their impact as solo films and new phase of films is certain to include both. Paul Rudd is also back as Ant-Man and has been working on some new tech which is a great addition to the action.
While the title says Captain America, there is little new for Steve Rogers other than a brief hint at a love interest (see Hayley Atwell and Emily VanCamp) as Steve just proves again to be the world’s biggest boy scout with the world’s biggest heart. Downey Jr. is still awesome and his rollercoaster ride of emotions is fantastic and will have fans wanting more.
There’s plenty to love for the audience and the buzz will be so positive, don’t be surprised by a $180-200 million box office weekend and a quick rise to $700-$1 billion globally. Civil War has all of the great elements of the perfect popcorn movie with great fight scenes and explosions, tons of jokes and laughs, while still keeping the overall franchise moving forward and leaving the fans wanting more.
Civil War receives 4 stars out of 5 stars