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The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), causing a catastrophic rift that turns the two friends into bitter enemies. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout. Pick a side in this spectacular adventure, packed with mind-blowing action and suspense.
"Are you Tony Stank?"
By H. Bala TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 7, 2016
Format: HD Digital Copy
Thing is, in real life, we'd all be on Iron Man's side on this. In real life, we wouldn't want vigilantes with crazy powers - some of whom can wipe out a city in a day - running around without some sort of oversight. Robert Downey, Jr. acts the sh-- out of this movie, plays up Stark as the embodiment of guilt, despair, and raging ego. But I feel folks are still sleeping on Chris Evans. CIVIL WAR relies on our buying into Cap's contention that the Avengers should have agency to operate on their own, never mind that 117 nations vehemently beg to differ and that Stark offers a potent argument for being put in check. Cap's conviction is deeply rooted in his disenchantment with S.H.I.E.L.D. and in his innate philosophy on freedom and the right to make your own choices. He's not budging. If Evans had fumbled even for a moment, the movie would've promptly collapsed. Because Stark has logic on his side. Except, in the course of what? thirteen movies now?, Cap has become the heart of the MCU, the moral compass of it. And that's a nod to Evans' knack to compel you and sway you and convince you. Chris Evans also acts the sh-- out of this movie.
If you're walking into this movie thinking "Oh, no, these heroes ain't going hard at each other; they probably just gonna trade yo mama jokes" - belay that thinking. CIVIL WAR enters that rarified air what's breathed in only by the likes of THE DARK KNIGHT, THE AVENGERS, and WINTER SOLDIER. The Russo bros are the truth, man. And I don't want to sell writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely short. They and the Russos, more than anyone else right now, are the integral threads that bind the MCU tapestry. What they've wrought here is a striking landscape of contrasting stances on themes such as personal accountability, collateral damage, and that oh-so-fine line that straddles autonomy and security. It's a remarkable morality play that takes time to present the characters' viewpoints in articulate ways. I love that there is real debate that goes on, and only when that falls thru - and the shadowy big bad starts finessing things - do the fists fly furiously. I appreciate that each character's motivation is laid out clearly, even the minor characters. When they pick a side, you get why. Someone I know complained that, by the movie's end, there's no resolution to the argument. Thing is, there's no right or wrong to it. Each side is right AND wrong. That's the beauty of it.
The creative team had a chore list of things to get done. They had to manage twelve superheroes, a villain, and an assortment of non-super supporting characters. They had to introduce Black Panther and Spider-Man to the MCU, and do that in style. They had to make sure Iron Man isn't the jerk he was in the comics. They had to do honor to the source material. They had to comb William Hurt's mustache. And they had to tell a stand-alone Captain America movie. Man, did they check all those boxes.
CIVIL WAR delivers payoff after payoff. It is wildly entertaining. It has crippling emotional weight. It explores in good depth the nature of real consequences. We see how various Avengers react when faced with the conscience-crushing burden of having perpetrated, however inadvertently, innumerable civilian casualties. Scarlet Witch is one who's particularly riddled with guilt. Gratifyingly, Wanda Maximoff is fleshed out even more, and we get an inkling of just how powerful she is. (Still, I wish her power set is better defined - I want to see her reality-warping hex powers explored more; as it is, she's just a really powerful telekinetic.) And will someone give Black Widow her solo movie already? Anyway, just about everyone gets a moment to shine. The only one I feel was sort of short-changed was War Machine. But maybe the Russos owe Terrence Howard some money.
The humor comes across organically. Spidey and Ant-Man steal so many scenes, which is to be expected. But who knew Falcon and Winter Soldier could be so droll together? And the action? Omigosh, the airport sequence - the hype is real! That airport sequence presents a giddy 17-minute frame that celebrates the awesomeness of superhero pictures. Things happen in that extended sequence - joyous things that I never thought I'd ever get to see beyond a 2D comic book panel.
But, wait - Let me address one common nitpick. Certain folks have bellyached that, once again, an MCU movie has rolled out a tepid villain, that Zemo is a mere plot device that moves the narrative along. And, okay, certain folks aren't wrong. But have patience with Zemo. Daniel Brühl is a hell of an actor and he makes something out of this big bad. By the end, you may see Zemo as a tragic figure. You may even sympathize with him.
Okay, back to the gush. Chadwick Boseman crushes it as T'Challa. He captures Black Panther's regal stature and his grace and distinct fighting style. Black Panther didn't give a what about anyone else's motivations. He had his own agenda and there were many times when his vendetta drove him thru other characters' story arcs. He's such a force. There's this sense that the mantle of unstoppable badassery was passed down from the Winter Soldier to him.
And Tom Holland crushes it as Peter Parker and as Spidey. This is the webslinger I'd been waiting for. I won't say much more, except this last bit - it's the bit that probably gave me the most joy about this latest iteration of Spidey. Peter Parker lives in Queens, New York. And, for the first time ever, Peter's speaking with a Queens accent. That soupçon of detail, more than anything else, got me promptly on board with Holland.
There's a lot of sideshow moments that still seamlessly fall in with the core narrative. The story always comes back around to Cap. CIVIL WAR slaps the static out of the MCU. It shakes up the status quo. I am so curious to see where and how the next Avengers story picks up. For now, I'll probably see CIVIL WAR a ton more times, probably cry more nerd tears. There are light, sparkly moments in the film, moments of breeziness desperately required to offset the more dominant moodiness and that undercurrent of seething fury. The third act, Cap and Stark's personal conflict comes to a head, and it's no joking matter. There's a sense of friendship irrevocably shattered, of bridges burned. It shows off Robert Downey, Jr. at his acting peak and delivering such a raw performance. And neither is Chris Evans chopped liver. I love the crap out of this movie.
By the way, I don't understand why people still elect to take off once the credits roll. But you know better. You'll stick around for two post-credit stingers.
I guess I have one major nag and here's a **SPOILER** alert. I have an issue with Zemo's end game crucially hinging on Cap, Iron Man, and Bucky all ending up in that Soviet bunker so that Zemo could show Stark the video clip of his parents' deaths. But, for Zemo, it seemed more a moment of serendipity than precise orchestration that all three showed up there at the same time. It bugs me.