Verdict: Pretty Amazing
Great acting and visuals with a pretty well developed narrative.
With the increasing number of casualties suffered wherever the Avengers goes, some nations of the world have gotten together to propose that the heroes be kept in check. While Tony (Robert Downey Jr.), Natasha (Scarlett Johansson), Rhodes (Don Cheadle) and Vision (Paul Bettany) agree that they need to be under some supervision, Steve (Chris Evans), Sam (Anthony Mackie), Clint (Jeremy Renner) and Wanda (Elizabeth Olsen) disagree. What really brings them apart is when Bucky (Sebastian Stan) is accused of setting off a bomb, and Captain America goes against the team to save his friend. Both sides recruit additional heroes for assistance, with Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) helping Iron Man’s side, and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) helping Captain America. Directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
The movie dives right into action which sets the drive of the entire film. It is action packed and there is never a dull moment. As well, the movie is a cohesive whole and is very well made. Usually with these many characters and A-list actors, there is unequal screen time between each, and the narrative of each character is separate from each other. An example would be to compare this to Batman v Superman. Even with just two characters the narratives could not interweave, and were very distinct from the other.
In Captain America: Civil War, even though the overall narrative mainly focuses on the dispute between Iron Man and Captain America, the rest of the cast isn’t left out. Everyone gets screen time and though some inevitably get more than others, it isn’t noticed much in the context of the film. So much like how the narrative is about team segregation, the film itself did very well in creating a cohesive, well-rounded portrayal of all characters.
This is also probably because most of the actors and actresses are reprising their roles and know their characters inside out. Thus, the acting and chemistry between them aided in creating this cohesive unit of the film. Everyone played their parts well and I was completely absorbed into the world of the movie.
The action scenes and visual effects are great once again. Marvel films have established that they know how to create visually stunning action effects. The action too shows some impressive fighting scenes. Both Black Widow and Sharon Carter (Emily VanCamp) display kick-ass moves.
Overall, this film is greatly entertaining and the narrative well established. The appearance of Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) is a bit sudden and random, but in the overall context is a good addition and necessary to the plot.
PROS: Acting, cohesive narrative, visual effects
I give this a 9/10.
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