‘Captain America: Civil War’

Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, and Marisa Tomei

★★★

With “Capitan America: The Winter Solider” Anthony and Joe Russo did something that is all too rare, they made a sequel that is superior to its predecessor. Now, with “Capitan American: Civil War” the Russo’s pull off the impossible, they make a third installment in a series that continues the upward momentum of the franchise. “Capitan America: Civil War” is the climax of everything that the Capitan America/Iron Man narrative thread in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been building to since the start of phase two. What a climax it is. “Capitan America: Civil War” continues the espionage spy thriller tone that was set in “Capitan America: The Winter Soldier,” while managing to explore the complex sociopolitical responsibility of the superhero. It does this in a far superior way than another superhero versus superhero movie, mostly because the Marvel Cinematic Universe is already built.

“Capitan America: Civil War” has the unfortunate task of juggling a huge cast, it is unfortunate because having such a large cast can be an intimidating prospect. Fortunately for “Capitan America: Civil War” the movie can use the large cast without the feeling of a gratuitous cameo. The introduction of some of the characters do feel like a gratuitous cameo, but after the introductions, they blend seamlessly with the main cast of the movie. Despite the fact that many consider this movie to be “Avengers 2.5,” this is not the case. “Capitan America: Civil War” is Capitan America’s movie. The movie has Caps heavily features Caps supporting characters established in “Capitan America: The Winter Soldier,” and throws Iron Man into the mix. Considering the size of the cast in this movie, you would assume that one of the characters was underserved, all of the characters were used exactly as much as they needed to be used.

“Capitan American: Civil War” among its large cast introduced two characters that are intended for further use in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Black Panther and Spiderman. Yes, Spiderman is officially a part of the Marvel Universe. As is Aunt May, and yes, Robert Downey Jr. joked about how Marisa Tomei is too hot to play Aunt May. Well, today’s youth culture would call her Aunt Bae. Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland were fantastic as Black Panther and Spiderman respectively, and frankly, were highlights of the movie.

The most amazing aspect of “Capitan America: Civil War” was how well the movie was able to balance its two parallel story lines. “Capitan America: Civil War” is two movies, “Capitan America” and “Civil War.” The “Capitan America” story is the one that continues the spy thriller tone from “Capitan America: The Winter Soldier.” In this part of the movie you learn the backstory of The Winter Soldier and get some of that mystery revealed. In the “Civil War” narrative is where this movies bread is buttered. It is adapted from a popular Marvel Comics arc, and the conflict between Capitan America and Iron Man is the big selling point of this movie. The “Civil War” portion of the story is where the movie explores the complex relationship between the heroes and social responsibility. These two narratives run together so well. The movie is not divided into the main plot and subplot, the stories play out and alternates when and where it is relevant.

I was impressed with the action sequences in “Capitan America: Civil War.” Many of these sequences, especially the ones before the airport scene, where clearly influenced by Hong Kong martial arts movies. These scenes were fast paced, close, and intense. The scene in the airport, while impressive, is a standard superhero fight scene.

The question this movie leaves me with is whether or not this is better than “Capitan America: The Winter Soldier.” All I know for certain is that I hope Black Widow sticks with this hair style. In “Iron Man 2,” “The Avengers,” “Capitan America: The Winter Soldier,” “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” and in this movie she is sporting a different hair style in a slightly different shade of red. Her hairstyle in this film is by far the most attractive. For the love of god Scarlett, pick a hairstyle and stick with it! Is it that hard? Am I the only person bothered by this?

“Capitan America: Civil War” is a must-see and everything that a summer blockbuster should be.

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