Every year I get excited for the new MCU films and this year has started with one of the best comic book films ever!!
Captain America: Civil War stars Chris Evans (The Avengers, Snowpiercer), Robert Downey Jr. (The Avengers, Iron Man), Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation, Lucy), Sebastian Stan (The Martian, Black Swan) and pretty much ever other Marvel character. It’s directed by the incredible Russo Brothers (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, You Me and Dupree).
After a tragic accident, the political views of Captain America and Iron Man collide and it creates a rift between The Avengers. They’re all forced to choose a side and a Civil War ensues.
WOW, this film is amazing! The previous Cap film is my favorite Marvel film and this new one give it a run for it money. From the word go, this film is intense, emotional and had me hooked for the whole 2 hours and 30 minutes. The Russo Brothers have done it again and created one of the most enjoyable films in the MCU. Here in the UK, Civil War was released today but I know it’s not out yet everywhere else in the world, so this will be a spoiler free review and then next week I’ll do a full spoiler review, once everyone has had the chance to see the film.
If I was to ever do a top 5 Marvel fight scenes, it would probably vary from a lot of different films but now after seeing this film, all five would come from Civil War. The action in this film is mind blowing. The film starts with an action scene (similar to the boat scene in Cap 2) and I was so surprised by how fast paced and aggressive this first action scene was. The choreography is brilliant, it felt like I was watching a Bourne film or even The Raid. There’s a chase scene, that had my heart pounding and I was literally on the edge of my seat. There is another big action scene everyone is talking about but I’ll get to that later. The Russo Brothers are probably the best action directors working today and that still confuses me, when you look at their previous work.
Speaking of the brilliance of the Russo’s, something that stood out to me after watching this film is how they handled the tone. If you’ve been following my Marvelous Monday reviews, I recently reviewed Age of Ultron and I was complaining about the overwhelming amount of humor and how it prevented the film from having any serious moments. Well, Civil War is hilarious throughout the whole film but The Russo’s were still able to capture many emotional moments and have a thought provoking, interesting story. The tone is perfect and always had a balance of seriousness and silliness. Something else they managed to balance was the huge amount of characters.
The first characters I have to start with is Cap and Iron Man. They’re the two leaders in this Civil War and the two biggest names in the MCU. I have switched sides back and forth since the announcement of this film. Until the trailers, I was on Cap’s team but then seeing the emotion from Tony in all the trailers, I turned to his side but then after the film I’m now on Cap’s team again. Everyone I talk to is on a different side and that is something I have loved about the experience this film has given us fans. You can understand both sides and neither of them are painted as villains. The film is neutral and let’s you decide who is right or wrong. This made for a thrilling ride, watching this film and debating in your head, who’s side you’re on.
Civil War sees the introduction of Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman. This is one of the coolest characters in Marvel. Boseman is great in this role and he’s about to breakout, as one of the top actors in Hollywood. Vision and Scarlet Witch have a very interesting dynamic and I’m looking forward to seeing how that developed in later films. Anthony Mackie as Falcon, oozes with charisma and one of his scenes got the biggest laugh in my packed cinema.
As I’m sure everyone knows, Spider-Man is in this film and officially apart of the MCU. I had seen a lot of early reviews saying Spider-Man doesn’t have a big role in this film, so going in I wasn’t expecting to see much of him. I was pleasantly surprised by how much time he is given. He’s not one of the biggest characters in the film but has a fair amount of screen time. Every second of time he does get is amazing. Tom Holland is by far the best and truest to the comics, adaptation of the character we’ve ever seen. We finally get to see a teenage Spider-Man (not played by a 30 year old man), thrown in with the rest of The Avengers and his interaction with them is priceless. I love the costume, Holland is great and this is the definitive cinematic version of Spider-Man.
The character that stole the whole film for me was Ant-Man. He probably has the same amount of screen time as Spiderman, so he’s not in the film throughout but every word that came out of his mouth was hysterical. Again like Spider-Man, this is the first time we’ve seen Ant-Man with all The Avengers and it was incredible to watch. I’m a huge fan of Paul Rudd and I’m so happy he’s in these films because he’s becoming one of my favorite characters in the MCU. There is a scene with Ant-Man (which I won’t spoil) that blew my mind and made my jaw drop.
Civil War probably isn’t my favorite Marvel film ever (it’s in the top 3 though) but it does have my favorite scene, maybe in comic book film history. The airport fight scene is unbelievable. You only see about 2% of it in the trailers and what you do see is far from the best stuff. I don’t want to say to much about the scene because you should just see it and experience it for yourself but what I will say is, I actually got emotional from the pure joy of seeing this incredible action. I’ll go in depth about everything that happens in my spoiler review, next week.
So there is one negative I have with this film… the villain. I didn’t even know there was a villain and I don’t think there should have been one. In almost all my Marvelous Monday reviews, my biggest gripe is the bad guys and I went into this film thinking that wouldn’t be a problem. Well I was wrong and we actually get another boring, underdeveloped, waste of space. When the film reveals the motivation behind this guys plan, it’s really weak and almost ruins the whole film. Again, I’ll discuss this more next week when I delve into all the spoilers.
Civil War is everything you want it to be and I don’t think is going to disappoint anyone. It has some of the best action I’ve ever seen, an emotional story that you care about and it’s one of the most enjoyable experience you’ll ever have in a cinema. 13 films into this universe and I’m still not even close, to being fed up with these films.
Have you seen Civil War and who was your favorite character?
You can read my spoiler filled review here!