This weekend Captain America: Civil War hit U.S. theaters and it did not disappoint. From start to to finish (and even the end of credits scenes, yes there’s two, so stick around) it’s nothing short of awesome. This will be a spoiler free review so feel free to continue on with no worries.
Let me start this off by saying that even while reading the comics, nowadays, it’s hard to not imagine Chris Evans as Steve Rogers and Robert Downey Jr. as Ironman alongside the rest of the cast in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). Everyone is so well cast and and their on-screen personas never falter. That being said, that still holds water with the characters that are introduced in Civil War. Chadwick Boseman is PERFECT as T’Challa aka Black Panther. Everything about his character is flawless. The suit, his fighting style, and his entire archetype, both in and out of the suit. Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the better part of a year, you should already know that Sony Pictures did us a solid by working with Disney/Marvel and allowing us to get Spider-man tucked into the MCU. Let me just take the liberty of saying that Tom Holland is THE Spidey we’ve been waiting for. I know there were some concerns when we got our first reveal of the web slinger, but I assure you, if you’re a fan of Spider-man you will not be disappointed.
Let’s move on to the plot. As many of you should know, this movie is not a direct representation of the Marvel comic event, Civil War. This is, however, a perfect entry into to the long running story arc happening within the MCU. Tony Stark is heavy with guilt as he realizes that while ultimately saving the world from evil, both worldly and extraterrestrial, innocent lives have been taken. The United Nations have decided that the Avengers should no longer be a private sector and only go on assignments dished out by the UN. Captain Rogers feels that this is not a wise choice as governments have proven over time that they will use any means necessary to fulfill their own agendas, decent and otherwise. This comes at a time where Cap and the UN are hunting for Steve’s long time friend turned assassin Bucky Barnes, aka The Winter Soldier. While Captain America and those choosing his side of the government matter help to get answers on Bucky, Ironman and his cohorts are tasked with bringing in Cap and his team. This leads us to the battle of the ages, not just on a physical level, but resting deep inside the morals of all involved.
We’ve all seen the snippet in the trailers showcasing the airport fight between the two opposing sides. I won’t go into detail, but I will say that this is the most epic fight! It is truly a no holds barred slobber-knocker. Every character gets to show off some of their greatest moves and abilities. There is so much fan service in this scene that I am positive this scene will be talked about for decades to come. Don’t worry though, this is not the highlight of the movie. The action in this movie is consistent while maintaining a pretty solid plot.
To give something a fair review we do have to talk about some of the negatives. I will say that toward the beginning of the movie, following the first act, there are some obviously imperfect visual effects. They are easily overlooked once the ball gets rolling, but they are there nonetheless. I also feel like they missed out on showcasing Baron Zemo who has had such a strong presence in Captain America comics. Though played well and important to the progression of the plot, I feel like he could’ve been presented a little more.
Overall, I think this is absolutely one of the best Marvel movies to date. The setup for future Marvel movies is laid out perfectly. The cast is on point and I never felt like the movie was dragging at any time during the film. The story flows very well and the action is some of the absolute best that I’ve seen in any movie. If I had to put a number rating on it, I’d easily give Captain America: Civil War a solid 9. I highly recommend seeing this in theaters to get the full experience. I have a feeling that this will be the movie to beat this summer with a $178 million opening weekend, making it the fifth best domestic opening.
So, geeks, did you see Captain America: Civil War this weekend? What did you think? Let us know in the comments.