Captain America: Civil War

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Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War L to R: Falcon/Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie), Ant-Man/Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye/Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner), Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), Scarlet Witch/Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), and Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016

Elizabeth Olsen is soooooo pretty

‘Captain America: Civil War’ is the complete fucking package. I am as cynical as they come to the MCU movies and I’m over the fucking moon. What attributes to Civil War’s success is that it’s filled with real stakes. Definitely the most emotionally investing Marvel film to date; it contains characters, story and dynamics we truly care about. Everyone gets their moment. These elements were for far too long absent from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of these moments, Ant-Man (Rudd is so damn good in this role, one of the best castings from Marvel) probably gets the top spot. This abrupt revelation-mid fight received the most galvanic reaction amongst the entire movie, in an action scene that will definitely stand the test of time. If you were trying to guess, there is already an infamous airport scene, and it lives up to the deserved hype. Apparently it went on for 17 minutes, but it feels like a breeze; definitely one of the craziest, fun, well-directed, most ambitious action set-pieces Marvel has ever undertaken. I am also trying to process how wrong this could have gone. On paper, this movie should be overstuffed and convoluted, but in reality it is not even close. There’s still a lot going on, but it’s so well adhered together and well-balanced. A major flaw in Winter Soldier was that I found it to be too serious and somber, but that was not the case. Russos’ played an excellent part injecting comic relief at the appropriate time, never killing the momentum. Mitigating some of the heat of the fight with glorious randomness. Owing to well-balanced humor, and random zingers injected throughout CIVIL WAR; I lost track.

Spidey nailed his audition with flying colors, but one cannot help but feel that the character was shoehorned in there. Black Panther on the other hand, is one of the best introduced characters in a Marvel film to date. I am so excited to see what’s to come from this character. Boseman plays him with equal parts gravitas and sheer-badassery.

Civil War is also not without its faults. The story on its own maybe could have been a little stronger. There are pacing issues, mainly in the first-act, much suffering from disjointed plot-set up and wonky exposition. Predictably the weakest aspect of the movie is the villain. It is the one crucial dynamic that they never seem to get right.

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