The 12th Installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), directed by the Russo brothers who return following their previous film within the franchise Captain America: The Winter Soldier. It adapts the story from the 2006 comic book “Civil War” and features and ensemble cast including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Scarlett Johansson. But is it any good?
Captain America: Civil War marked the beginning of Marvel Phase Three, as political intermeddling calls for a system of accountability following collateral damage left by the Avengers. This draws a line between allies Iron Man (Downey Jr.) and Captain America (Evans).
In one statement, this movie is brilliant. It takes what made Winter Soldier one of the best movies in the MCU and makes it better. I went into this film with high expectations, and I was not disappointed.
The action is fantastic and for the most part well choreographed. There is one major scene that occurs in an airport that is, without a doubt, one of the best fight scenes in a comic book movie, ever. Even though it featured a number of characters in a grand coming together, everyone gets a chance in the spotlight. They all had a purpose in that scene.
The film also does a good job of introducing new characters. It does not shift away from the story to introduce them (a la *cough*, *cough*, Batman v Superman), rather allows them to blend into the narrative.
The story between the two main characters, Iron Man and Captain America is also well written. The film's entire marketing campaign was wedged audiences picking a side; “Team Cap or Team Iron Man”. However the script is written well enough to give a clear perspective of both characters, and what drives them to make certain decisions. By the end of the film you leave a neutral. At least I did.
Of course, every film has its flaws. This one does come close to falling under its own weight by its length. At 2 hours 27 minutes, there are some deadweight scenes that could have simply been cut out. The CGI at times is also very bouncy but that’s just my own nitpicking.
All in all I left the theater elated. I couldn’t wait to see the film again. Marvel continues to make the right moves both within the film and TV industries, and Civil War is a testament to that. I highly recommend you see this in cinemas.