The Russo Brothers have made one of the best Marvel movies with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and they now deliver the best Marvel movie by far with the third installment of the Captain America franchise: Captain America: Civil War. It has now become of the best trilogies we’ve ever had and one of the best third installment ever made.
Civil War takes place one year after Age of Ultron, and the Avengers must take teams after the government deems them too dangerous and decide to oversee their every step which divides the team in two fractions: team Captain America and team Iron Man. (I’m team Captain America until the end although I did understand Tony Stark’s motivation and did sympathize with him).
This is the best film in the marvel cinematic universe so far. It’s grim, dark (but also has lighter moments) and it’s also action packed and you can understand the character’s motivations. (Take note Batman V Superman). You understand why Tony Stark is doing the thing he does. He’s broken and feels responsible for building Ultron and the death and destruction that he brought. Captain America also feels responsible for the lives that are lost but wants to save his friend Bucky.
The action is absolutely terrific and while the opening scene is not as good as the one in Age of Ultron, it sets the stage up to the best action scene in the entire MCU: the airport fight scene. It’s incredibly exciting, really well choreographed and there are stakes as well. It’s not all lovey dovey. They fight and bad things happen to the ones involve. Joe and Anthony Russo really did a fabulous job directing this movie and they are the right person to direct Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 and 2.
The movie also introduces two new characters to the MCU, Black Panther and Spiderman. Black Panther, portrayed by Chadwick Boseman is fantastic in the role and he makes you crave for a solo movie. You want to know more about his character since he is only in a few scenes of the film.
And now we arrive to Tom Holland as Spiderman. My initial thought on Holland was that he was too young for the role. And while he is, Tom Holland is a great Peter Parker and Spiderman. He inhabits the character and his interaction with the other Avengers is great. He is jokey but Spiderman has always been that way since his debut. Morrisa Tomei looks like she’s going to be a great Aunt May (and smoking). Tom Holland’s has also great chemistry with Robert Downey Junior and it will be great to see him in the Spiderman solo movie.
While Spiderman is only in three scenes of the movie, he steals everyone and it makes me excited for the Spiderman solo film (despite the title Homecoming and who is writing it).
The entire cast and it is a large cast that includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Junior, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bethany, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackey, Tom Holland, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Daniel Bruhl, Jeremy Renner and Marissa Tomei. That’s insane, this cast is amazing and everyone is terrific and in this film and plays well with one another it’s the first time that they go at each other for blood. They learn that their actions have dire consequences first hand and they will suffer their losses.
There are a few minor flaws that I had with the film and they mostly center on the first act of the film, which is really entertaining, but the movie really starts where Thunderbolt Ross (played by William Hurt, reprising his role from The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton which is part of the continuity) comes in the picture and divides the team. Before that it’s really entertaining, but could have been done more smoothly. Also, Daniel Bruhl is a fantastic actor, but he was a very weak villain. He didn’t need to be there and the movie would have been no different. I also wonder why Samuel L. Jackson Nick Furry wasn’t in the film. He’s the leader of the Avengers. It concerns him too and I kept scratching my head wondering why he wasn’t included in the civil war.
The trailers also showed too much and ruined some of the key emotional scenes of the film, which is something that happens often in Hollywood lately. It’s actually getting pretty frustrating.
Overall, Civil War is the best film of the year so far and the one of the best action movies in recent years. It’s better than it’s predecessors and furthers the story along like a great ongoing TV series.