Vic's Flick Picks
Captain America: Civil War
( Four and 1/2 popcorn boxes)
I hate it when the kids fight. Although, the fights are spectacular! After being a part of more than a half dozen Marvel movies, you feel like part of the family. The characters are familiar and beloved. Not only familiar from the movies, but also from the comics. (I would consider myself a Marvel nerd, so what?) So when these heroes squabble in earnest….it breaks your heart. That’s how much we care.
I feel comfortable in stating that this is the second best Marvel comic-based film thus far. Behind The Avengers, of course. Because – hello – I don’t think any film will ever top Joss Whedon’s The Avengers.
Civil War starts with Captain America (Chris Evans, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olson) fighting bad guys. This doesn’t end well, but it doesn’t end the fighting.
World government wants to put restraints on The Avengers. After the events of Ultron, Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Vision (Paul Bettany) agree. Cap can’t sign off on that….which leads to more fighting. The fighting ramps up with the return of the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) a.k.a. Bucky Barnes, childhood friend of Cap.
As is quite usual for Marvel comics, many characters show up in Civil War. Sometimes it’s difficult to decide which hero you want to look at, and when Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) show up hilarity ensues.
The writers have come up with a great kernel of a story to keep us interested in what happens, but directors Anthony and Joe Russo struggle with keeping that story moving at an interesting pace. At a whopping 147 minutes, I was starting to get a little restless. That’s not good. However, in the end I will say I had great fun and how can you not enjoy watching Captain America walking across an airport tarmac with his shield?
Each of these characters is well known to us by now, and when they react to each other, we understand the reasons why and the personality traits that bring them to that decision. That heartfelt knowledge can lead to the saddest moments.
There are many scenes throughout Civil War which stand out in my mind as iconic moments… two rows of super heroes (brothers and sisters in all the ways that matter) facing each other in battle… Captain America and Iron Man as they wage war against each other and you can’t really say either one of them is wrong….Hawkeye rescuing the Scarlett Witch because he has a debt to her….the list goes on. I recommend you see it for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.
I give Captain America: Civil War four and a half boxes. I backed off of five boxes only because of the times I felt the film skipped from location to location two or three times too many and because I really missed Thor and Hulk. Petty, but there it is. This film is rated PG-13 for violence, action and mayhem. While there is not a lot of blood and gore, there is a lot of face beating and implied death. Side note: Now I’m looking forward to the next Spider-Man.
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Both Jeremy Renner and Anthony Mackie appeared in this 2008 Oscar winning war film.
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