Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

It's May, and any Marvel fan knows that typically means the ushering in of a new summer blockbuster from the acclaimed studio. This year’s hero of focus is Captain America in the new installment to his trilogy.

Even though the film bares the Captain’s name, it truly feels more like an Avenger’s piece than anything. That’s not a bad thing in this case. While The Avengers: Age of Ultron fell a little flat, Captain America: Civil War picks the franchise up by its bootstraps and breathes new life into it. Marvel spawns off some new heroes as well that may pick up their own movies (stay for the post credit features to see what’s to come.)

Civil War picks up nicely where Winter Soldier left off. After the Avengers defeated Ultron, Thor and Hulk are nowhere to be found. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) has gone home to spend time with his family. Even Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) has apparently disengaged. Captain America (Chris Evans) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are leading a new team of Avengers, consisting of Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), War Machine (Don Cheadle) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie). But the world hasn't forgotten the numerous civilian casualties that resulted from the Avengers' previous missions.

Civil War takes a cue from the X-Men series and the political views of a world not ready for “mutants” and their abilities. In this case however the government doesn’t want to destroy mutants, they want to control them so they aren’t fighting their fights on their own terms. This decision splits The Avengers into two parties, one that is headed up by Iron Man wanting to obey the new found parameters implemented by the government and a more rogue group headed up by Captain America that thinks the government should stay out of the superheroes way so they can do what they do.

Of course with this tension we are set up for some epic fights. And when I say epic…get ready for fight scenes that will have you picking your jaw up off of the sticky theater floor. There is one in-particular fight scene that includes all of the Marvel characters from the movie along with one special cameo, but we don’t want to ruin it for you. You will need to see for yourself.

Overall Civil War will deliver to Marvel fans the most likable film of the Captain America franchise, and quite frankly, of all Marvel films from the last 3 - 4 years. Buckle in folks, it's summer blockbuster season.

Charlotte Tilbury at Nordstrom
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