This latest installment in the Marvel comics’ Avengers franchise involves an epic battle between Captain America and Iron Man. They could have just called it “Captain America v. Iron Man”, but that probably would’ve sounded too much like the other recent big release “Batman v. Superman”.
This new release was directed by two co-directors, Anthony and Joe Russo. I’ve never been really impressed by anything that involved co-directors because it seems to lead to some inconsistencies in the characters and scene set-ups. This particular film didn’t seem to have too many of those, so all-in-all the Russo boys must’ve agreed on everything for the most part and did a pretty good job, It was not too artsy-fartsy and, on the other hand, the scenes didn’t seem rushed or uninspired either. In addition, the characters seemed to come off as fairly well-rounded, which is both a difficult accomplishment in an action pic, as well as one with co-directors. So, kudos to you, Anthony and Joe!
Now, although the majority of the cast of “Captain America Civil War” was mainly set in stone by previous films, I would have to say that all in all all the characters were standouts in their own right. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. both did excellent jobs, as usual, as Captain America and Iron Man respectively. And, they each have their own teams behind them in the movie, of course, to make the battle more exciting.
Captain America’s team consisted of Hawkeye, Sharon Carter, Falcon, Bucky Barnes and Ant-Man. Iron Man’s team is made up of War Machine, Black Widow, The Vision and Black Panther. The supporting cast is excellent, too, and includes Paul Rudd, William Hurt, Emily VanCamp, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Frank Grillo, and Daniel Brühl.
“Captain America Civil War” unfolds with Steve Rogers heading up a recently-formed Avengers team as they continue working on safeguarding the world as we know it. However, following another incident where the Avengers wreak havoc and cause some collateral damage, there is mounting political pressure in regards to installing a new accountability system, which will be run by a group chosen specifically for the purpose of overseeing and directing the Avengers team. This succeeds in fracturing the Avengers, which then results in the formation of two separate camps. One side is under the leadership of Steve Rogers/Captain America. His goal is to keep the Avengers free, so that they are capable of defending humanity without having the government interfere. The other team is led by Tony Stark/Iron Man, who surprisingly decides to opt for supporting government accountability and all that establishment garbage. That’s a plot twist that’s pretty hard to swallow, but we’ll just have to chalk it up to dramatic license.
Anyway, it’s pretty easy to foresee that the fight is on. After drawing a virtual line in the sand, based upon their differing politics, the boys and girls get set for battle. On one side there’s Iron Man who wants to protect the earth from power-mad people who have proven over and over again in the past that they can be way more destructive than they can be of any help. Then, on the other side is Captain America, the champion for everybody’s civil liberties. It’s basically the ancient battle where the heroes are risking their lives in the pursuit of freedom.
The screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely from the comic book by Mark Millar is really not too bad for a superhero movie. Frankly, what it might lack in character development, this movie definitely makes up in action scenes, special effects, sound effects and CGI. It’s a wild ride and one that will leave you satisfied right to the last scene. My favorite scenes have to be all the phenomenal action sequences. This type of movie is just meant to be good fun and this one delivers it with a capital “F”, and not just for Fun, but also for Fast-paced and Fantastic!
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