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Acting as a sequel to Captain America: The Winter Solider and The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War has the best clash that involves heroes on the big screen.  The movie is an emotional rollercoaster, you will probably switch off and on between Team Cap and Team Iron Man throughout the film.

The movie starts off with a flashback with the Winter Soldier but we will skip ahead and get right to the cause of the Civil War.  Captain America (Chris Evans) and the new Avengers which include Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), The Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), finds themselves on a routine mission in Lagos to find Crossbones (Frank Grillo) and things go south.  The ensuing battle has tragically unforeseen consequences, and the U.S. Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), is fed up with the fatalities and mass destruction the Avengers have left behind them.


In order to put our heroes in check, Ross presents the team with the Sokovia Accords: a document that would force The Avengers to work for the United Nations and only be called upon as a last resort.  It would also determine where the team would go and where they can’t go for missions.  Some members supported the idea, including Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.), James Rhodes (Don Cheadle), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Black Widow.  The others weren’t so easily convinced of the idea, especially the Cap.


However; this film isn’t just about Captain America and how we perceive the war through his eyes. On the contrary, it was a look into the growing relationship between Scarlet Witch and Vision, the difference bonds between Cap, Bucky, Falcon, and Tony and it is also an opportunity to see how these heroes both relate to each other and act when they are at odds.  The main conflict is between Captain America and Iron Man, where tremendous character dynamics; bold structure; an emotional narrative come in to play.  As former best friends Tony and Steve bump heads to fight for what they believe in.  This is very much an Iron Man movie as well, as we learn somethings about a young Stark and his parents.


Newcomers include T’Challa/Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and 19 years old Tom Holland who plays a young Peter Parker/Spider-Man and acts well off of  Downey Jr. in a particular scene.  T’Challa is every bit as mighty, intelligent, bold and passionate as the hero is in the comics and Parker is just as witty and comical.  Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), not a newcomer to the Marvel Universe but a delight to see in the film even though it’s only for a brief time.

I wasn’t really feeling the villain Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who was basically a guy with a grudge and determined to set our heroes against each other as in seen in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Only difference is that Cap and Iron Man were too busy fighting to notice the truth, until Black Panther was able to figure it out and even then I don’t think they had any idea.  Also, Spider-Man has a lot of CGI (Marvel and Sony couldn’t make a suit), but it’s mainly noticeable during his entrance scene.  However; Captain America: Civil War has fun action sequences and will continue to keep the viewers engaged during its quieter moments.

Captain America: Civil War gets an 8.5/10!


Chris McCall

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