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There is no doubt that Civil War is a great Marvel movie, and more than that it had a dedicated cast that could commit to a fight. However, I’m not afraid to admit that after two viewings of this film, it’s less than stellar than what I had expected. I came in without having read the Civil War comics, which I don’t think would have affected my viewing, but I really wish that they could’ve focused more on writing the plot. Don’t get me wrong, the character development was top notch and how they utilized Crossbones as a red herring for the readers was a brilliant move. The changes to how Zemo was characterized was actually very appropriate. The consequences of the damage that the Avengers dole out was bound to catch up to them, and is summed up best by Vision pointing out that their presence since Stark announced himself as Iron Man invited more and more powerful challengers to their power. This is not to mention that the whole mess of this was brought on Loki, who we shouldn’t forget is actually a Norse god. It’s a predictable reaction that world governments begin to fear the power these individuals wield.
What I can’t understand was bringing Bucky in. The trouble in Lagos was barely related to the Winter Soldier. The consequences of being Avengers are rooted in the fear of what people have of their power, and is also a strong argument for the woman who showed Stark her son’s photograph. It is these people who invite chaos. Bucky, on the other hand, was pretty much okay on his own. He’s actually dragged into the fray by Zemo to start the disassembly of the Avengers, which I feel is really forced. The registration act in itself has torn the Avengers apart. Tony became Iron Man in part because of guilt, and it’s not a huge jump that pressuring him by guilt would bring on some conflict with Steve. Steve, who stands a pillar of good morals, would feel guilt, but what he fights for is more important. He will fight for what he believes in more, and he isn’t lending that power to a group of politicians that might have Hydra running around their ranks. But you got to give the writers credit for streamlining a potential disjointed plot, because they did an excellent job.
What stands out to me the most in the movie the choreography of the fight scenes. I’m not actually a fighter or sporty myself, but you could tell that the actors actually did a lot of stunts on their own; and those stunts they couldn’t do, well, their stunt doubles have mad skills. From the fight in Lagos; the car chase against to capturing Captain America, Falcon, and Bucky; the fight with Bucky; the airport scene; and Siberia, everything was planned out carefully. The choreography meticulous and I appreciate these scenes so much because a lot of action scenes fall into a trap of just making things look like a fight when the choreography is jack shit bad because the actor can’t actually fight. I’m just really happy about it, okay?
I have to say though, there were parts that did leave bored. My second viewing of Civil War had me fall asleep mid-way because the chase for Bucky wasn’t as exciting as it should’ve been. It’s giant, well-choreographed fight but there’s no substance in it for me. I also realized that the double red herring felt like a cop out. I mean, why lure Cap, Iron Man, and Bucky all the way to Siberia for the video when it’s obvious Zemo had the files because he knew the contents? It’s a drawn out fight with some emotional pay off in the character development department, so I guess that’ll have to suffice.
Now, let’s talk about Spider-Man. Spidey. Peter Parker. Tom Holland. THIS KID IS PERFECT. He’s got the dialogue down, with much kudos to the writers finally pegging down the cheerful kid who just wants to help. He’s got so many lines it fills up the scene on its own and it doesn’t bother because that’s how Spidey is and should be. This kid is so naïve still that he actually notice that he could fight hand to hand with the Winter Soldier when so many of the Avengers have so much trouble fighting him. He catches Bucky’s punch mid-air and doesn’t flinch. And what I love how this Spider-Man is done is that he’s so fun to watch. He’s cheerful and bright, this scrawny awkward nerd, and whatever emo Sony decided to write into The Amazing Spider-Man with Garfield is totally gone. We have our Spider-Man, ladies and gentlemen, and they finally got him right.
This film is shiny, fun, with good character growth thrown in especially for Scarlet Witch and Vision. And you know what, at least the fight didn’t have involve anyone’s mother to make it work last minute. 7.5/10
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Coming from the crap-fest that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, I was a wee bit worried about Captain America: Civil War. Even though Captain America: Winter Soldier was my favorite Marvel movie and the Russo Brothers were coming back to direct it, the fact that Civil War was dealing with the same topics as the previous superhero face-off and had a bigger cast made me worry. Marvel had a great track record, sure, but Age of Ultron was lackluster. I didn’t think a movie overstuffed with Avengers and introducing two new superheroes was going to successfully show the ramifications of the cost of vigilantism. I am so glad to be proven wrong.
Not only did Civil War take the time to set up the disaster that would drive much of the conflict, it does so in a way that smartly sets up not just Captain America and Iron Man, but Black Panther as well.