Captain America: Civil War – Review (Spoiler Free!)
Before we get too far into a review of how good or bad I thought Captain America: Civil War was or was not, there are two things that I need to address. The first is that since this movie literally just came out, and not everyone has had a chance to see it (as I was lucky enough to) I will do my absolute best to avoid any kind of spoilers. Second, I must admit that I am an absolute Captain America fanboy. I absolutely love the character, his story, and his progression over the years. I will do my best to try and keep that fanboy under wraps for the sake of this review, but I will say that it is going to be difficult. Needless to say, this means that I am definitely (and staunchly) on the side of Team Cap! Now, on to the review.
I have to say that I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. From start to end it was a pleasant romp through one of the darkest sagas in the Marvel Comic Universe. While that may seem a little contradictory, it is nonetheless true. The dialogue was scripted wonderfully, and the action sequences for this movie was simply fantastic and breathtaking. Civil War continues in much the same vein as the previous Captain America movies. Unlike many of the other movies in the MCU, Captain comes across as more of a Jason Bourne spy thriller…though with MUCH more action.
The central issue that is at debate in this movie is how much oversite the Avengers team needs to have, and just who they should answer to for any perceived wrong doing on their part. Keep in mind that this movie takes place with a year’s time frame of the Avengers: Age of Ultron and the world (and the team) is still dealing with the fallout from that incident. In fact, this is even reflected in the “laws” that are proposed and accepted by roughly half of the Avengers team (i.e., Team Iron Man). However, as with the previous Captain America movies there is much more going on that appears at first glance.
Now, while there was definitely a bunch of times where the movies seemed to be dwelling on the doom and gloom of friends/family fighting each other (this is a civil war after all) there were plenty of light hearted, and even touching moments. One of my personal favorites was when (Without going into detail) three of the heroes almost seemed like a bunch of college boys on a road trip with the banter and exchanges that were going on. One of the more touching scenes was when Peggy Carter (from Captain America: First Avenger and Agent Carter fame) was actually mentioned and addressed in this movie. I will not go into details (don’t want to ruin anything) but it was to me, probably one of the most pivotal scenes for Steve Rogers as he struggles to come to grips with what is about to happen.
I could easily continue going on about Captain America: Civil War, but frankly I would be too tempted to say something to specific and give away too much. In a nutshell, I would say that the latest addition to the MCU not only knocks it out of the park, but definitely sets the bar very high for anything that follows. But then, what else can you really expect from Captain America? I would rate this movie as a 9.5 out of 10. Oh, by the way, be sure that you stay until the very last credit rolls…you REALLY don’t want to miss any of the credit scenes.