The summer movie season has begun! And with a huge BANG, I might add. Yep, Captain America: Civil War sets the bar really high already and everybody else is going to have to do some serious catch up because this is one big, fun movie.
Some people see the Avengers as heroes, others see them as nearly as dangerous as the threats they combat. Collateral damage has been significant, as one woman impresses upon Tony Stark. But the governments of the world are also feeling that the Avengers are a bit unchecked. So they get together and create the Anti-Hero Registration Act, and expect all the superheroes to sign it so they can be kept in check. Tony Stark is on board, Steve Rogers, Captain America, is not. Heroes take sides, things happen, and there you have Civil War.
Aside from the issues of government control, Big Brother, and human civil rights restrictions, Civil War is smart, and an enormous amount of fun. We dig a little deeper into who these characters are, how they view their roles in the context of what they do, and we get a a couple new faces as well.
The film manages to give everyone as much screen time as you can with a large cast like this. It’s basically an Avengers film without Hulk and Thor, and with Captain America as it’s focal point. But everyone gets good moments on screen. Captain America: Civil War is the superhero movie you envisioned as a kid and more.
The action is great, the effects really solid, and even though the storyline is serious, they always manage to work in some humor. Fun is still the primary focus here and that’s the smart thing to do. Even though it’s got a long running time of 2 and a half hours, I had no problem with it. I never tire of the Captain America films because they are, so far, the strongest of the Marvel films – maybe, next to the Guardians of the Galaxy movie.
I could give this a rock-solid and enthusiastic five kittenhands. I’m not sure there is anything I would have changed about it. I suppose I could say that the TWO stingers in this film are slightly underwhelming because it’s less common to make the next films in the Marvel Universe a surprise, but they were still cool.
I’ll keep this review brief. Sure there’s a lot to talk about, but I don’t want to give anything away, and Hell, if you’re a fan of these films anyway, you don’t need that much more incentive. Easily recommending this film, especially on the big screen. TONS of fun. Go see it!
~ Neil T Weakley, your average movie-goer, Totally going to see this again.