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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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best Marvel film to date

Civil War is so freaking good, I actually consider it the best Marvel film to date (yes, even above Avengers and Winter Soldier). It works because it so deftly juggles an enormous cast of characters, yet gives them all great character moments and stays true to who they are. The relationships between these characters are what makes Civil War so effective.

The film is absolutely hilarious, with Whedon-style quipping that had my entire theatre in stitches. And the action is amazing – the airport battle between all the characters, clocking in over fifteen minutes, is probably the best action sequence I have EVER seen. It's worth the price of admission alone. The entire cast is on point, the effects are spectacular, and the story is refreshingly contained (instead of advertising Infinity War yet again).

Sure, the villain is kinda lame, even if he is the most effective MCU villain to date in terms of achieving his mad plots. But the villain is almost beside the point here – I’m th...(more)

Civil War is so freaking good, I actually consider it the best Marvel film to date (yes, even above Avengers and Winter Soldier). It works because it so deftly juggles an enormous cast of characters, yet gives them all great character moments and stays true to who they are. The relationships between these characters are what makes Civil War so effective.

The film is absolutely hilarious, with Whedon-style quipping that had my entire theatre in stitches. And the action is amazing – the airport battle between all the characters, clocking in over fifteen minutes, is probably the best action sequence I have EVER seen. It's worth the price of admission alone. The entire cast is on point, the effects are spectacular, and the story is refreshingly contained (instead of advertising Infinity War yet again).

Sure, the villain is kinda lame, even if he is the most effective MCU villain to date in terms of achieving his mad plots. But the villain is almost beside the point here – I’m there for all the heroes!

If I had to offer a critique, I’d lament that a very interesting fight over ideological differences teased in the first act becomes merely a framework for fighting over whether to believe your friends or not. I think it would’ve actually been interesting to explore the different views on the Sokovia Accords, but oh well. I am still ecstatic with the film we got.

It’s no mean feat to match expectations that were this sky-high, and to juggle this many balls, so bravo to the Russo brothers for crafting this pinnacle of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (less)

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Wow. I feel like this movie was sprayed into my brain with a fire hose. Every part of this movie is put together extremely well, but it all comes very hard and very fast. So many characters, as well as the introductions of Spider-Man and Black Panther in the MCU, add so much that they kind of take away from the main conflict between Cap & Iron Man. And Cap & Zemo. And Black Panther & Bucky. Everyone's got well-written motivations, but I think I wish that Civil War was a 13 episode Netflix series that let us stop and enjoy the moments and let it build more slowly.

Captain America still gets a good completion to the arc that began in First Avenger (Steve as a naive kid from Brooklyn who gets super soldier powers), and was strengthened in Winter Soldier (Cap is less naive and more competent). In this movie, we see him become fully confident in who he is and stand strong in the path he has chosen. In the comics, he is the consummate leader, the legend, the rock of the Avengers. In Civi...(more)

Wow. I feel like this movie was sprayed into my brain with a fire hose. Every part of this movie is put together extremely well, but it all comes very hard and very fast. So many characters, as well as the introductions of Spider-Man and Black Panther in the MCU, add so much that they kind of take away from the main conflict between Cap & Iron Man. And Cap & Zemo. And Black Panther & Bucky. Everyone's got well-written motivations, but I think I wish that Civil War was a 13 episode Netflix series that let us stop and enjoy the moments and let it build more slowly.

Captain America still gets a good completion to the arc that began in First Avenger (Steve as a naive kid from Brooklyn who gets super soldier powers), and was strengthened in Winter Soldier (Cap is less naive and more competent). In this movie, we see him become fully confident in who he is and stand strong in the path he has chosen. In the comics, he is the consummate leader, the legend, the rock of the Avengers. In Civil War, we see him finally earn his status, and the completion of this process.

But Spider-Man is still the best thing about this movie, so what does that say? I don't know, but I am seeing this one again. (less)

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Better than Ultron but not the first Avengers.

His name may be in the title, but Captain America: Civil War is more of an Avengers tale than a Captain America story. This broader narrative about an ideological feud between superheroes is why many have lauded Civil War as the best Avengers movie to date. That level of praise is problematic though, because while the film is certainly better than Age of Ultron (and even wraps up a few of its loose ends), it doesn't quite stack up against the first Avengers film. Civil War lacks that initial excitement of seeing the Avengers learning to work together and it's not nearly as well shot. Its tightly framed camerawork make its action jarring and hard to follow, especially when blown up in IMAX 3D. Plus in place of plot that digs deeper into this feud or crafts a compelling villain, there are just more fight scenes. These fight scenes themselves are a total blast to watch, especially the main showdown between all the heroes at an airport, which has terrific...(more)

His name may be in the title, but Captain America: Civil War is more of an Avengers tale than a Captain America story. This broader narrative about an ideological feud between superheroes is why many have lauded Civil War as the best Avengers movie to date. That level of praise is problematic though, because while the film is certainly better than Age of Ultron (and even wraps up a few of its loose ends), it doesn't quite stack up against the first Avengers film. Civil War lacks that initial excitement of seeing the Avengers learning to work together and it's not nearly as well shot. Its tightly framed camerawork make its action jarring and hard to follow, especially when blown up in IMAX 3D. Plus in place of plot that digs deeper into this feud or crafts a compelling villain, there are just more fight scenes. These fight scenes themselves are a total blast to watch, especially the main showdown between all the heroes at an airport, which has terrific banter and use of the various characters' abilities. The climactic showdown between Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Chris Evans) is also emotionally compelling since it turns deadly serious. However the motivations for these two characters to beat on each other feel forced by the screenplay out of necessity rather than generated by natural animosity. Like other recent Marvel installments, Civil War is still way more fun to watch than any of the late DC films, but it spends a little too much time worrying about how it can set up future stories in the franchise like the next Spider-Man (which requires an extensive detour). Unfortunately, in the process of setting those next chapters up, it forgets how to deliver a compelling adventure that's unique and in the moment. (less)

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Cast:

Small Steve Rogers / Captain America
No_movie_poster Tony Stark / Iron Man
Small Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
Small Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Small Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
No_movie_poster T'Challa / Black Panther
Small Baron Zemo
Small Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Small Everett Ross
Small Sharon Carter / Agent 13
Small Vision
No_movie_poster Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Small James Rhodes / War Machine
Small Scott Lang / Ant-Man
No_movie_poster Thaddeus "Thunderbolt" Ross
No_movie_poster Peter Parker / Spider-Man

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No_movie_poster Joe Russo Director
No_movie_poster Anthony Russo Director
No_movie_poster Christopher Markus Writer
No_movie_poster Stephen McFeely Writer

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