Well, my suggestion of a review of Captain America 3 went over pretty well.
So, your guys’ wish is my command. *bows*
Captain America: Civil War Review
Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow and Hawkeye must pick a side.
What I thought:
Beginning point: I like this movie very much. In a somewhat painful way.
With all the windup about either being on Team Cap or Team Iron Man, you’d think the lines would be a little more firmly drawn against each other, but it actually wasn’t setting either of them as a bad guy.
Tony had his reasons and (though I’m still taking my side with Cap) I sympathized with him. Steve, as awesome as he was, might not have done everything right either.
Everyone was very realistic, which was nice.
I can go off on a lot of different rabbit trails, here. So I’ll go with a list of what I liked.
- Complex, plot-twisty story (MORE THAN I CAN SAY BECAUSE SPOILERS)
- The Captain himself. I’ve probably said this before, but he’s probably one of the best, if not the best, movie characters for morality. With every step along the way, he’s careful to avoid any unnecessary violence and protects anyone he can from being hurt. And he’s extremely selfless. The last thing that’s on his mind is his own safety. Yeah. Love Cap. ❤
- Backstory. The movie isn’t totally looking forward. It goes back and fills in a few things from the already existing story, making more connections and such.
- Bucky. Incredibly complex as a character. Also incredibly heartbreaking. But he was sweet and awesome. Also…. Bah, spoilers. Talk to me in the comments. We’ll freak out and I’ll edit the spoilers away afterwards.
- Humor. As with any good Marvel movie, the tension gets a few well-deserved breaks with funny stuff. Ant-Man and Spiderman being a pretty good source. 😉 Speaking of which…
- Ant-Man. He’s just… awesome, okay? He’s like one of the only guys who fully appreciates the fact that he’s a superhero. 😄 Plus, he had one of my favorite lines. (Watch it and guess…)
- Hawkeye. The fountain of snark springs anew.
- Spiderman. Even though it was slightly irksome having YET ANOTHER ACTOR for the role, he was adorable.
- Iron Man. I DIDN’T EXPECT HIM TO MAKE THE LIST, OKAY? But he does. He was also heartbreaking. Still snarky, but not quite the jerk that I’d never feel sorry for. Again, avoiding spoilers.
- Black Panther. Again, unexpected. But he had actually the most complete character arc of anyone.
- Lots of other stuff. (This covers anything I’ve forgotten so if you remind me of it I won’t have to go back and edit… hopefully)
Anyway. Yep. It was good.
So, I did have a few things I would like to point out that weren’t my favorite.
Violence was a bit of a problem. They got a little close to a few deaths during the course of the movie. A murder, a suicide bomb and an assassination, plus multiple fist-fights don’t make for a totally family-friendly movie.
Usually, Marvel isn’t too bad about this, but they got a little past what they usually do in this one. Daniel and I (17 and 15) were fine, but I wouldn’t recommend it for little folks.
If we’re totally honest, I was a little adrenaline rush shaky afterwards. But the whole Imax 3D might have had something to do with that…
A few short personal problems: I generally like the superheroes that are actually plausible and perhaps scientifically possible. I don’t know, the heroes they added after AOU just bug me a little.
The only really writer-wise problem was that it seemed like they had a lot to work with and sort of had to drop a few character plotlines that would have been interesting to follow.
Subtext of above statement: We needed more Scott Lang is what I’m basically saying. He was awesome with the screen-time he got, but he should have had more.
Overall: Very intense, but awesome. A definite must-watch for Marvel fans. 😛 Much important stuff happens.
Have you seen Civil War? Think you will?
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