Saturday, October 1, 2016

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Movie: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Directors: Anthony Russo & Joe Russo

Writer: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay), & Mark Millar (comic book)

Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily VanCamp, Martin Freeman, William Hurt, Tom Holland, Daniel Bruhl, Frank Grillo, Marisa Tomei, Hope Davis, & John Slattery.

One-Line Plot Synopsis: Government interference trying to relegate the Avengers activities causes a divide between the factions loyal to Captain America and Iron Man.

So now I guess these Avenger movies are just throwing every single character they have into these movies and having them battle it out on a massive scale and destroy everything...not that there's anything wrong with that, but it does get a little repetitive after a while don't you think?  Now, my one question this whole time got answered in a little video short...where was Thor during all of this?

I don't know about everyone else but I am very pro Chris Hemsworth.  It's pretty hard not to be.  Also, no Hulk?

The Captain America series is my favorite one of all of the Marvel character side franchises going on right now but Captain America: Civil War definitely has more of the feel of an Avengers movie than it does a Captain America specific movie.  In fact, the movie is basically split evenly between Captain America and Iron Man.  I can understand the divide between the two factions that makes them steadfast in their beliefs, enough to full-on fight each other, but I definitely see the Iron Man point-of-view of that maybe, just maybe, Bucky should have to pay some sort of consequences for killing hundreds of people...just maybe.  And yes, I get the fact that he was brainwashed, but he did straight up murder a ton of people, including Tony's own parents.

If you've seen the previous Avengers movies, then you have pretty much already seen Captain America: Civil War.  The one thing that I did really enjoy from the movie was Paul Rudd as Ant-Man.  I thought his solo movie was good and he brings an entirely different comedic approach than Robert Downey Jr's sarcastic sensibility.  

The one person who I wasn't expecting to like so much was the new Spider-Man played by Tom Holland.  I'm already sick of all of the different iterations of Peter Parker that you now have to do something to set you apart.  Tobey Maguire was the gold standard in the 1st and 2nd Spider-Man movies but left himself open to be one-upped in the 3rd shitty one.  Andrew Garfield is pretty much just blah in his two Amaaaazing Spider-Man movies.  I'm curious to see what Tom Holland can do with his own movie.  His pre-pubescent and cracking voice worked really well when played off of adult tough guy superheroes, but it would be tough to pull off that schtick in his own movie.  It would get old and annoying really quickly.

Rating: 6.75/10