I know I’m late on this compared to everyone else and you’re all dying to know my thoughts, but I’ve been dealing with college graduation and haven’t had the time to see it until yesterday. Will my review be worth the wait? Probably not, but here it goes anyway.
Civil War is the third entry in the
Avengers series Captain America series as the team of heroes we’ve grown to (mostly) love falls apart after the countries of the world institute measures that would give them oversight over the superheroes. One side, lead by Tony Stark’s Ironman, agrees with this and signs on, while the other side, lead by Captain America, disagrees and begins operating “outside the law”. Conflict ensues and we have our movie.
I tried to temper my expectations going into this one, due to the fact that none of the trailers totally blew me away and I’m also catching a little bit of superhero movie fatigue at this point. With that said, the movie met and slightly exceeded my expectations. I’m not completely buying into the “best superhero movie yet” talk that some have been saying it is. But it is a very good movie. There are a ton of great action sequences. The airport scene teased in the trailers is phenomenal. All of the chemistry between all the heroes is as good as it’s been in all the other movies, though in a different way in this one. The story is decent, but does fall apart in some places in my opinion. Another thing I really enjoyed was the humor. After the depressing Batman v. Superman, it was nice to have some levity in this movie. Also, I have to eat my words on the new Spiderman. All I said leading up to this movie was how bad I thought he was going to be. I was mistaken. He was great in the movie. The main problem I had of him being a kid fighting with the adults is actually addressed in the movie. So, that was a welcome surprise and added to my enjoyment of the movie.
Civil War is not a perfect movie by any means. To me the whole basis behind the fight doesn’t work all that much. The government’s reason for wanting oversight falls apart upon further examination (Then again, most things the government does in real life doesn’t make a lick of sense either). Yeah, a lot of people have died during the battles of these movies, but the world would have ended multiple times had our heroes not stopped the events, so sometimes you have to take the bad with the good. So, because that doesn’t work for me, the movie doesn’t 100% work as a whole. I also needed more explanation behind the Black Panther character. Don’t get me wrong, I really loved his introduction and he elevates the scenes he is in. But we are never given any insight about him as a hero. Does he have superpowers? Or does he just have a cool suit and can fight? It might be explained more in his solo movie, but it’s a flaw in this one to me. Another thing to keep in mind is if you haven’t seen previous movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you aren’t going to understand this one. My girlfriend has only seen some of those movies and she was lost watching this one. It’s very understandable because this movie definitely doesn’t stand on its own in any way. So be aware of that going in. If you have some catching up to do, get that done before seeing this.
Overall, Civil War is another worthy addition to the MCU. I don’t know that it is quite as good as The Avengers or even Winter Solider, but it is very entertaining. I really think I need to see it again to fully have an appreciation for it. My score might change after that, but for now Captain America: Civil War gets a 4/5.
What did you think of the war between the superheroes? Let me know in the comments.