After watching Captain America: Civil War, I would like to apologize to both Tom Holland and Marvel Entertainment. I was very bullish on Holland after I saw the initial Spider-Man reveal trailer. I didn’t like the look of the suit or the sound of Holland’s voice. I’m pleased to say that I was wrong on both accounts. Though Holland’s screen time was limited, every second was squadoosh. To me, Marvel has cast a perfect Spider-Man.
Now that I got that out of the way, let me talk about Captain America: Civil War can begin. Civil War is the second film that the Russo brothers have directed for Marvel and they knocked it out of the park. It looks to be another hit for Marvel in their never ending comic book movie universe.
Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus did an amazing job handling the number of characters in the movie. I didn’t expect them to balance a good story with excellent characters and dialogue. Usually, with overstuffed superhero films the writers have trouble with this issue, but McFeely and Markus handled that well.
The action scenes in Civil War were stunning to say the least. Civil War was packed to the brim with cool set pieces. The airport scene was one of the most climactic events that the Marvel cinematic universe has given to the audience. The airport parts were a small piece of an excellent film. The Russo brothers gave us plenty of other great action scenes as well. The choreography in each fight was top notch. You could tell that they put a lot of time and effort into making each fight perfect.
Marvel brought Spider-Man into their cinematic universe, but he wasn’t the only new addition to it. Black Panther also appeared in Civil War and he DID NOT disappoint. Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) was another example of a great casting choice by Marvel. Boseman stole every scene that he was a part of. I am extremely excited to see what Marvel has to offer with the standalone Black Panther film coming out next year (directed by the great Ryan Coogler).
Every single one of the performances in Captain America: Civil War were top-notch. However, I thought that Robert Downey Jr. was the best of bunch. While I thought I was 100% on team cap’s side, Downey Jr. (Tony Stark) was able really make his side personal. Chris Evans did an admirable job as Captain America, but I don’t think he ever reaches Downey Jr’s level.
I only had a few minor annoyances with Civil War. This may seem picky but I really hated the font size that the Russo brothers used to display the location changes. The font was so large that it broke immersion. Also I know Black Panther’s backstory and they definitely changed it around to fit the script in the film. I didn’t really like that even though it gave Black Panther a reason to fight. A lot of the character motivations just seemed a little too convenient for me.
This film is a testament to the Russo brothers’ talent, I truly wish DC had a director with half their ability. Captain America: Civil War seemed like a culmination of all of the Marvel movies in the cinematic universe so far. Their film showed me that Marvel is just getting started.I give Captain America: Civil War a 3.5 out of 4.