Wow, okay… well, I’m not even sure where to begin right now. But…. uhm, yeah, this is a tough one. Okay, let’s start it up with this…..
As much as I love the Civil War storyline in the books, I have to get one thing off my chest right away, and that is this; Captain America: Civil War is (and this is me talking personal opinion here) not the Civil War we all know and love from the comics. The events leading up to this story was massive, sure, but they were not in the slightest as intense as the ones from the books. It pulled on some heartstrings here and there, which was cool, but to blow up an entire school like they did in the comics would’ve been too harsh for the audience intended, I believe, and what we got instead was a good enough substitute. To do the comic book story justice, this would’ve had to have been cut up into 2 or 3 movies, like they’re doing with the Infinity War films, so I won’t be a fanboy and take it as is.
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s get down to why you’re here, my thoughts on the movie. And remember, I’m not a by-the-books-kind of critic, I’m only here to talk about some things I thought about when I watched the film and give it a “rating” in the end.. so bear with me.
One thing I was really looking forward to in Civil War was Brock Rumlow’s Crossbones. Frank Grillo was amazing in ..Winter Soldier so to see him back in action again would be a delight, right? Wrong. Or, partially wrong. I felt that his inclusion in this film was cut way short. Sure, the angle of the film was the fact that it would be hero vs. hero, but come on! Yeah I know that it was intended to set up the rest of the film and the little we got was great, so there’s at least that.
Daniel Brühl’s Baron Zemo was in it as well. If that’s what you wanna call Baron Zemo. Again with the weak villains, Marvel. Snap out of it, ’cause I firmly believe that Loki wasn’t a fluke. Never before have I seen such a great character as Zemo be so underutilized.It’s almost sad.
We were introduced to a few new characters in this one, most importantly T’Challa’s Black Panther and Peter Parker’s Spider-Man. This is where I’m kinda stunned as to what to say. Let’s just start with Spidey, shall we? Okay.
Tom Holland did a FANTASTIC job. Maguire who? Garfield what? Yeah, that’s right! I’m willing to go as far as to say that this iteration of Spider-Man is the greatest iteration of all time (outside the comics, of course), which includes all live-action (is it 4 or 5 of those now?) and all cartoon versions. The little we got (we all knew he wasn’t gonna be in it beginning to end) was pretty damn close to the best part of the film. His scenes alone was worth admittance.
And then we have Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther. Again, wow. It was not the Black Panther I’m used to from the comics and it was not the Black Panther I was expecting, but god damn it, if he wasn’t a balls to the wall badass, in every awesome sense of the word. I just can’t wait for their first solo outings in the MCU!
This movie dove a little deeper into Bucky’s past, which I think was just amazing. The Winter Soldier has been my favorite Marvel character for a long time and the way Sebastian Stan portrays him in these films is beyond great. I could not have asked for a better live-action version!
The main story of the film is that Steve and Tony disagree on the Sokovia accords, which divides the Avengers right down the middle and turns the two sides on each other and the clashes between the two teams that occur throughout the film was just as fantastic as you’d expect. Apart from some minor CGI-misses here and there (that’s nitpick territory), they were amazing to say the least, but the one they showed in the trailer, with Bucky and Cap ganging up on Iron Man… yeah, I would pay thrice the admittance to see that scene alone!
There are a lot of other things going around in my mind right now, especially about Paul Rudd’s Scott Lang and Martin Freeman’s Everett Ross, and some other things that happened throughout the movie, but I feel that if I continue to talk about this now, I’m gonna have to put a HUGE spoiler warning at the top and I don’t want to do that. Instead, I’m just gonna go ahead and call this one. Are you ready? Here it comes. Captain America: Civil War gets……. the Tango’s ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’. Yeah, you read that right. All of the minor negatives about this film is forgotten once those end credits roll and you leave the theater (after Both end credit scenes) with a big smile on your face. Joe and Anthony Russo did a magnificent job with Civil War and I am 100% sure that they’ll do a fantastic job with Infinity War.
And now, it’s Grimm time. I’ll check back with you tomorrow with a review on Favreu’s The Jungle Book. Don’t miss it!