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May 11, 2016

The summer movie season has unofficially begun and here is my review of Captain America Civil War.   There are spoilers! Please be aware.

 Having read the the graphic novel some years ago, when this was announced as being made into a film, I was all in.   The release date of May 6, 2016 has arrived and the latest and greatest Marvel movie has opened.  I very much enjoyed this movie and I'm considering going to see it a second time.  I do not regularly pay to see something twice, but I might with this film.   These Marvel movies, I feel, ARE the new action movies of this generation.  Me, being a child of the 80's, consider these movies to be the new Stallone and Schwarzeneggar action films of the 80s.

What I liked:

  • The scope of the movie is large.  Taking place all over the world.   Bucharest, Germany, Vienna are a few of the locations.  A movie this size with this many characters should be taking place the world over.
  • The action was quick, fluid and bigger than the Winter Soldier sequel.
  • All of the introductions of the new and returning characters was bad ass!
  • Falcon's bulletproof wings, Black Panther's vibranium claws and bulletproof suit, Vision's appearance(especially up close) really impressed me.
  • Falcon and War Machine were much more kick ass characters in this movie.  I really felt that Sam Wilson and Rhodes were very formidable against anyone they went up against, a feeling I did not have with these characters in previous films.
  • All the comic book, TV show, and movie references and callbacks were solid, making this world feel like a universe.  I especially liked Ant Man becoming Giant Man, Tony Stark making Spider Man's suit, Agent Carter being tied in to this film, the beginning of Vision and Wanda's relationship, to name a few.
  • The same cinematographer who did Winter Soldier, did this movie.   Trent Opalach is his name, and he really stepped up his game for this one, and it shows.
  • Joe Russo and Stan Lee both show up in the movie, that made me smile.
  • Comedy beats and chemistry between characters was great.
  • Baron Zemo lived!  Marvel please stop killing off all your villains.   Its great for them to return in future films.
  • Marissa Tomei as Aunt May.   The best looking Aunt May I've ever seen.
  • The acting was fantastic.  No one phoned it in, I believe all these actors to be these characters.

What I didn't like:

  • Crossbones had a great introduction but was killed off early.
  • The beginning of every action/chase sequence begins with a bomb going off.   Lots of bombs go off in this movie.
  • I found Baron Zemo to be lacking.   His motivation for his actions in the movie were vengeance.  Maybe keeping it simple is good, but I'd like to see some other reason for doing what he did.
  • The bonus scenes after the initial set of credits and after all the credits were just preludes to the Black Panther and Spider Man movies.  I'd like to see something pushing the upcoming Thor, Dr. Strange, or Infinity War movies.

To me what the Russo brothers do best in this film is introduce characters and explain there motivations with little screen time.   I was very satisfied with the introductions of Black Panther and Spider Man.  A setting, a few lines of context and I already bought in and thought the characters belonged.

If you simply like action movies, go see this movie.   I don't feel you would have needed to see all the other Marvel movies to enjoy this.  But if you feel so inclined to do so check out these movies in this order.

  1. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  2. Avengers: Age Of Ultron
  3. Ant-Man

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