"Civil War" is my second favorite Marvel comic books storyline, behind only "Marvel Zombies". That being said, knowing that there is no way that Disney would be willing to zombify their properties, I was hugely excited for this film when I heard that it was going to be based on "Civil War".
The two previous "Captain America" films have been among my favorite in the MCU, partially because they are more rooted in realism than most of the other films in the story. To me, it seems more realistic that there would be a "super soldier" created during World War II as an experiment (it is known that new warfare techniques were being experimented with in this time) than a Norse god being banished to Earth or radiation causing a massive mutation to a scientist. "The First Avenger" was set during World War II, therefore it played out more like a war film than a superhero movie. "The Winter Soldier" played out a lot like an espionage thriller. This one wasn't quite as realistic as the other two, however that is not necessarily that bad.
One of the few complaints that I had regarding "Avengers: Age of Ultron" was that it tried to cram too much in. I didn't feel that way about this movie. The introduction of new superheroes (Black Panther, Spider Man) felt much more natural to the progression of the plot. Speaking of new heroes, I thought that the new heroes in this film were great. Black Panther was awesome. He was a really well-written, relatable character. Holland's rendition of Spider-Man is quite possibly the best on-screen Spider-Man. His humor was great and Holland was able to capture the perfect tone for the character. I was a bit apprehensive about Spider-Man when I saw the trailer, as the suit looked too animated and his voice sounded too depressed, however I was extremely pleased. I look forward to seeing both of their solo films.
The biggest thing that I want to bring up about this film is the character of Zemo. Zemo is a very well-done villain by himself: menacing and justified. (He isn't angry because someone forgot his birthday, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") He is not Baron Zemo from the comic books, however. That is all I will say regarding him as to avoid spoilers.
All of the performances were as good as can be expected from the returning players. Marisa Tomei also does a very good job in her role as Aunt May, for the small amount that she is in it. Martin Freeman is great in his new role, however he is extremely underused. I would have liked to have seen them combine the characters of Freeman and William Hurt's Thunderbolt to maximize his screen time, as he is such a good actor.
Overall, "Captain America: Civil War" is certainly a must-see film for any fan of the MCU. It is well-made, funny, and action-packed. As is the case with all MCU movies, stay after all of the credits, as there are two important teasers to future films.
Captain America: Civil War
Big Tuna's Rating: A+
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: Yes.
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