Movie Review (Captain America: Civil War)


RELEASE DATE:May 6, 2016
STUDIO:Walt Disney Pictures, Marvel Studios
DIRECTORS:Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
MPAA RATING:PG -13 (for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem)
SCREENWRITERS:Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
STARRING:Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, Tom Holland

[divider]It’s finally here. A movie so large that even Sony let go of their Spider-Man exclusivity to get in on the gravy train. Trust me it was well worth it as Disney put their magic touch on the whole affair and were able to make the absence of Thor and Hulk a non-factor. They deliver a fantastic movie with minimal retelling of the source material while still providing an engaging and wholly enjoyable film.

I don’t know if I could rave enough about this movie. The characters have been perfected by the actors portraying them. Ironman, Cap, Black Widow, and the rest of the Avengers are good as ever. Wanda Maximoff, Vision, Ant-Man all return to the show they are no superhero slouches and can hold their own amidst the big dogs. Spider-Man was a huge get for this movie as he played an integral role in the comic saga. His role is altered a lot to fit the script but still awesome nonetheless. The new actor in the red and blue tights is Tom Holland and he gives me hope that we won’t need another reboot of the Sony Pictures franchise again for awhile. He is amazing as the starry eyed new to his powers Peter Parker. He is the smart ass teenager we’ve all been waiting on since the first Toby Maguire film from the wall-crawler. Chadwick Boseman settles in to the role of T’Challa/ The Black Panther with ease and confidence. I couldn’t get enough of him as the revenge seeking King of Wakanda. His solo movie will without doubt be a hit.

The biggest complaint about MCU films in the past is that the villains aren’t very interesting or complex. But, this time the enemies are the heroes and both sides have a valid point so choosing a side is hard. It makes for an interesting onscreen dynamic and interesting story to watch unfold. With the additions of new MCU heroes and Spider-Man there is all sorts of crossover potential dream team ups swimming through my comic nerd brain. Maybe other movie studios see the success of the Spider-Man borrowing film and let some of their own properties make appearances. It’s what the fans want and no doubt a money maker for all involved.

Sure they followed the a tried an true formula with the writing but, if ain’t broke don’t fix it. Go see this movie. With all that said, this movie is just flat-out awesome.