Captain America is not necessarily a good versus bad movie but a rather consent versus dissent kind of movie. Captain America: Civil War is doing tremendous box office business across the world and deservedly so. Because, this might not be the perfect superhero (or heroes) movie but it could easily be right up there.
The instant reaction after you watch Marvel’s latest offering “Captain America: Civil War” is, if Marvel Superheroes pit against DC Superheroes, there is no way DC could win the contest. If not for their ability, but for the sheer number of heroes.
Captain America: Civil War brings in almost every superhero in Marvel’s portfolio excluding “Thor” and “Hulk”. This also marks the multi-hero debut for “Spider Man” and “The Black Panther”. When there are so many powerful people sitting across the discussion table, it would more likely end up being chaos and further catastrophe, no matter how ideal the topic or intentions could have been. But, the Russo siblings might have just got the equations perfectly right. They not only managed to avoid catastrophe but even managed to make an ‘almost’ perfect superhero movie.
“Civil War” is not necessarily a good versus bad movie but a rather consent versus dissent kind of movie. Superheroes are meant to protect the public across the world. But, what happens if the protector causes more destruction than the actual destroyer. This is the basic premise above which the plot of Civil War had been written.
Whenever Captain America is in picture, it is absolutely impossible to put politics out of equation. So, the movie sets itself up with the meeting between 117 countries to draft accords to move Avengers from being a private entity to a sovereign governed body. This could be both good and bad depending on what side of the table you are on.
You would expect Captain America who characteristically operates under the command of United States to take a stand pro-accords and Tony Stark, the multi-billionaire lavish lifestyle ego centric (as established in many Marvel movies so far) to the counter stance. But, in “Civil War”, the sides taken were quite opposite and the reasoning behind it was the only background that you should be aware of. And guess what, that is exactly what you would know- nothing more.
There are as many as 12 superheroes (with at least ten individual movies among them) in the movie taking either side of the table to begin with. Since, the conflict is not revenge driven but ideology driven, the loyalties are not forever and so you see them switching sides to help their friends. At the end, you are not fighting against your enemy but your friend. So, focus on the mission and not the man – is the message that is sent out loud and clear.
Before you ask, here is how the teams split:
Team Iron Man: Iron Man, Black Widow, Black Panther, Vision, Spider-Man, War Machine
Team Captain America: Captain America, Falcon, Ant-Man, Winter Soldier, Hawk Eye, Scarlet Witch
One of the key success drivers for “Captain America: Civil War” is the way these super heroes enter into conflict. Some of them are in for revenge, some to support friends, some to be loyal and some eager to join the big league. What happens when so many friends meet on a war field, they might fight but they shake hands. So, does everyone in this. Shake Hand and Punch.
The biggest surprise however is Tom Holland. He is a total outsider among the big league of super heroes (or super stars). This would probably be one of the best written and performed stints for “Spider-Man” (no offense to Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield). Tom Holland takes the major portion of the pink pie and cherry along with it.
Overall, “Captain America: Civil War” goes all-in with the super heroes and emerges even shinier.
Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Run Time: 147 mins
Release Date: 06 May 2016 (US)
Rating: PG -13
Writer: Mark Milliar (Comics); Stephen McFeely, Christopher Markus (Screen)
Cinematographer: Trent Opaloch
Editor: Jeffrey Ford
Composer: Henry Jackman
Production: Marvel Studios
IMDB: 8.5 | Rotten Tomatoes: 90% (09 May 2016)