Written By: Traves Bezenar
The title of this review may seem a little odd to those reading who’ve yet to take in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, but I assure you, after watching the film you’ll understand where it comes from. I don’t want to spoil any of the great moments in the film, so I’ll just leave it at that. Now, for those that might be unaware, ‘Civil War’ is the third movie in the ‘Captain America’ franchise and the thirteenth canonical release in the Disney/Marvel universe. The film has been a huge success both critically and financially with a 93% on rotten tomatoes and $678.4 million gross worldwide box office (so far). At this rate it's pretty much a given that it will be the highest grossing ‘Captain America’ movie of all time and one of the highest grossing in the MCU. In my honest opinion the movie deserve the hype it’s been getting from fans and critics, to put it simply I’ll quote friend of the podcast, Andre Myette ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is “Perfect”.
One of the first things that stood out to me about ‘Civil War’ was the size of the main cast. If you’ve seen the trailers for the movie you’ll know that the most of the characters from ‘The Avengers’ return for this movie (minus Thor and The Hulk) while several more are added. Black Panther, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, and Baron Zemo, all make an appearances throughout the movie. Let me preface this next criticism by saying that I love Marvel’s approach to adding a handful of characters in each new film but at this point there are so many character that some are bound to be lost in the shuffle. Luckily that hasn’t happened yet, and to my surprise we had almost the exact opposite in ‘Civil War’. With a run-time of a little under 150 minutes, each character had ample screen time and a chance to tell their part of the story. However, moving forward toward ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ I would be wary of having too many characters in one film.
The casting for ‘Civil War’ was great, on par with what we’ve come to expect from the MCU. Daniel Bruhl played the role of Baron Zemo masterfully, adding a sympathetic edge to the character that I don't think anyone was expecting going in. Likewise, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther was something to behold and a nice way to rinse the poor taste of Will Smith in ‘Concussion’ out of your mouth. Boseman manages to play the king of the technologically advanced African country Wakanda without It seeming offensive or stereotypical. However, the stand out performance the film hands down goes to Tom Holland as Spider-Man. I honestly can’t say enough good things about his performance and I don’t want to ruin it for those that haven’t watched. I will say however, he’s the most perfect Spider-Man ever put to film.
I’m a little torn on how I feel about the plot of ‘Captain America: Civil War’. The comic book story of Civil War differs widely from the film adaptation. The basic premise is the same, Capt and Iron-man have falling out over some kind of superhero registration legislation and start fighting each other, but that’s where the similarities end. In some ways I think that’s a good choice on Marvel’s part because it gives comic fans something they can watch without knowing everything that’s going to happen on the other hand I think the story of the comics was more poignant than the one we got on the silver screen.
The FX department and stunt choreography we’re also on point for this one. Maybe not as good as the action in the previous film ‘Captain America: Winter Soldier’ but a close second nonetheless. There we’re a few scenes that suffered from ‘too many cuts’ syndrome (the opening scene for instance) where the action is chopped up in a way that makes it hard to follow and nauseating to watch. For the most part though, the action was above board for a CGI heavy film like this one.
Whether you’re a diehard DC fan, a Marvel fan, or just someone that likes a good movie, I would highly recommend going to see ‘Captain America: Civil War’. It does a great job of tying together loose ends from previous films and cashing in on the tension between Capt and Iron-man that’s been building since the first Avenger’s movie all those years ago. I know I’m a little biased when it comes to the franchise and Marvel overall but even with that in mind I can safely tell you this is the best ensemble superhero movie of the year and possibly all time. In closing from myself, the staff here at MNDT, and all fans of the MCU to Marvel Studios, thank you for thinking of us and keep up the good work.
Written By: Traves Bezenar