Captain America: Civil War (♦♦♦♦)

From the Russo brothers, who directed the edgy spy thriller Captain America: The Winter Soldier, comes this new Captain America production in the same vein as its most immediate predecessor. There is more territory to cover in Civil War. Two of the original Avengers are missing (i.e., Thor and The Hulk). Hawkeye has more or less retired to his country estate. Tony Stark seems concentrated on funding research, while the two remaining (Natasha Romanoff and Steve Rogers) have, since the events related in Avengers: Age of Ultron, focused their efforts on training the latest crop of Avengers (Vision, a.k.a. Jarvis with a body, Wanda Maximoff, the surviving twin with mental manipulation skills, and Sam Wilson, a.k.a. Falcon).

Thanks to their latest escapade, after which a lot of destruction has been left to clean up by the Wakandans in Nigeria, the Avengers are divided. Tony Stark, Rhodey, Natasha, and Vision are in favor of signing an agreement to regulate the comings and goings of the Avengers by the U.N. Steve Rogers disagrees; in his camp are Wanda and Sam Wilson.

Just when a hundred plus countries meet in Berlin to sign the accord, a bomb goes off killing many of the participants, including the king of the Wakandans. His son, newly minted king, swears vengeance against the author of the massacre who appears to be Bucky Barnes, a.k.a., The Winter Soldier.

Steve Rogers tries, with Sam's help, to reel in Bucky, but he learns that Bucky wasn't the perpetrator. After a complicated chase, Bucky, Rogers, and Sam are detained along with the new king of the Wakandans, who as a Black Panther, had been in Bucky's hot pursuit. Next thing we know, the Avengers will be pitted against each other as planned by a man who has lost everyone because of them.

This is by far my favorite Captain America installment. The humor is understated as the drama that pits them against each other takes center stage. This is an Avengers movie of sorts, since the most recent troop of Avengers plus two more Marvel characters that we have independently come to know (Ant-Man and Spiderman), participate in the showdown. In the spirit that joins them, Natasha asks Hawkeye amidst the fight: “we are still friends, right?”—to which he replies “depends on how hard you hit me.”

Besides the wry humor that is signature to these characters, there are the kick butt fighting scenes, the added dramatic elements that bring new depth to the characters and the plot, and the uncertainty of not knowing if these former allies will be ever reunited. All in all, a solid installment in the Captain America franchise as well as the Avengers'.

Comments

  1. This reminds me of the old quote (can't remember who said it just now), "For people who like that kind of thing, this is the kind of thing they like." It sounds like a real hoot for Avengers fans and it sounds like you count yourself in their number. It's great that you enjoyed it.

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    1. I certainly count myself in their number. I love the quote; it is fitting.

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  2. I second Dorothy's comment. I have yet to enter this universe. Maybe someday. Excellent review as always.

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  3. I admit I don't watch the Marvel / Superheroes stuff but maybe when they come out with Aquaman (which I think they are) -- I'll see it. Don't ask me why -- just something about an underwater kingdom interests me.

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    1. I'll be interested in seeing yet another superhero. Is Aquaman from the Marvel Universe, do you know? I have the feeling that he is from DC (like Batman, Superman, and most recently Wonder Woman). Whatever its provenance, I'll probably watch it.

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    2. Maybe Aquaman is not Marvel ... I looked it up on Imdb.com and it says it's slated for 2018 and is DC Comics/ Warner bros. hmm.

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    3. I thought so. I'll watching it anyways, though I don't know anything about Aquaman.

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  4. I really enjoyed this too, although I think the film before, The Winter Solder, just edges it as my favourite.

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    1. It took me a while to warm up to The Winter Soldier, but after a few viewings I ended up liking it a great deal.

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  5. It's great that you enjoyed it, Carmen. Honestly, I don’t watch this type of stuff. Have a great week ahead :-)

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    1. I know it's not for everybody. You too have a great week.

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  6. I was surprised at how much I liked this one. I've sort of grown tired of the Avengers franchise so I almost considered just skipping this one, but it was actually really good. Though this is one incarnation of Spider-Man too many if you ask me. :)

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    1. It was done well, just as it's predecessor. I agree with you about Avengers overload and Spiderman; I liked Toby Maguire as Spidey, the franchise reboot not so much.

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