Movie Review – Captain America : Civil War

This is a SPOILER-FREE review!

The Phase -III of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has started with the third film in the Captain America franchise.

 

The film starts with a flashback (quite a few of them here) showing the words Winter Soldier’s (Sebastian Stan) handlers used to speak to brainwash him into doing their bidding. Cut to present day, a small Avengers team is in Lagos, Nigeria to capture Rumlow aka Crossbones (Frank Grillo) whom we last saw in 2014’s Captain America : The Winter Soldier as a Hydra man in SHIELD. Things go awry and coupled with the Sokovia affairs in last year’s Age of Ultron (AoU), invite international backlash and a government legislation called Sokovia Accords, which are introduced to the Avengers by Secretary of State Ross (William Hurt), whom we last met in 2008’s The Incredible Hulk as General Ross. The Accords divide the Avengers down the middle as opinions on responsibility, accountability and politicians’ changing agendas mean the heroes are torn between staying together and doing what each perceives to be the right thing. Before that though, we also have a touching moment of make-up and CGI genius when Tony sees an incident from his past and we are shown Robert Downey Jr. as a 20-something. Cute!

 

Those who have read the comic book arc from which the film has been adapted would know that that series had a female senator pushing the Superhero Registration Act. Her son was killed along with 60 others when  the New Avengers’ reality show went wrong. That incident forced Tony Stark to look inwards at how the Avengers were literally running riot and support the Act. Here we see another woman providing the spark to Tony. She tells him that her son, Charlie  Spencer, was killed in Sokovia when a building fell on him.

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Most of the Avengers have, as we have usually seen from movie-to-movie in the MCU, their technology updated here which provides for some cool action set-pieces. Speaking of set-pieces, at times the film almost feels like a James Bond feature, travelling the globe from continent to continent. The standout sequences in my opinion were the underpass chase and the airport fight. Both were crafted very skillfully. While the former is a serious affair, the second has a lot of comic relief thanks to Ant-Man and Spider Man.

 

Aah, Spider Man! Tom Holland as the Friendly Neighborhood Spider Man/Peter Parker is a pretty good choice. He embodies the naïveté/bubble/confusion of his character. Another well-done casting decision by the Marvel bosses. So was Marisa Tomei as Aunt May. While she does look younger (and way hotter) than previous iterations of Aunt May, she looks the part in whatever little screen time she gets. Next year’s Spider Man : Homecoming should give her a chance to display her full range of skills.

 

After Natasha Romanoff and Bruce Banner/Hulk’s romance in AoU, we have Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) with some romantic chemistry here. Their romance also has its share of difficulties as both choose to go with different camps once the lines are drawn. I also liked Chadwick Boseman as Wakandan prince T’Challa/Black Panther. He has some good fight sequences, including the previously mentioned underpass chase also featured in the trailers. His acting was also measured, not being either too flashy or too glum which, among this galaxy of actors, quietly made its mark.

 

The one thing that struck me most was the fact that despite this being such a huge film, and a serious one at that, Marvel didn’t botch it like WB/DC did with BvS : DoJ. If I sound biased, I’m not. I wanted BvS to succeed as much as I wanted this movie to be great, but in between revealing almost the entire third act in the trailers and trying to have a grittier take on the whole superhero genre, WB/DC missed a bagful of tricks. Thankfully, Marvel haven’t gone down the same road. There are a lot of secrets in the film that they have kept stashed away from the trailers and a healthy dose of humour to offset the seriousness of the issue at hand, which is kind of great. The film also ties in with Tony Stark’s past and changes the origin story of Helmut Zemo (Daniel Brühl), the main villain (oh, you didn’t know that? Sorry. That’s not a spoiler. His role was revealed to be in the movie a long time ago. Blame the internet!), to suit the story’s needs.

 

All in all, Captain America : Civil War is a worthy addition to the MCU and a brilliant start to its phase – III. Whether you’re a comic book movie fan or not, this is not a film to be missed. Full marks to directors Anthony and Joe Russo and their team.

 

Few observations :

 

1) Despite being the longest Marvel film to-date, it didn’t feel boring or dragged.

 

2) I watched the Hindi version of the film. The translation and dialogues were spot-on most of the times with the witty banter great. The only irritating factor was Varun Dhawan’s dubbing of Captain America. While he’s a good actor, he certainly wasn’t the best fit as the voice of Cap.

 

Captain America : Civil War is Rated U/A and is 147 minutes long. It is now playing in cinemas.

 

Rating : 4/5.

 

Share your thoughts on the film and the review in the comments. Thanks for reading.

P.S. : There was some error with the page leading to the data getting erased. As it’s obvious, it has now been corrected. 🙂

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38 Comments

              1. Aah don’t say that. Mine wasn’t some Pulitzer-prize winning journo’s work. Just another random guy’s rant.

                You should, and I can’t stress this enough, you should write reviews and different posts other than poems. Unless you try doing them, you’d never know what magic your mind and your fingers are capable of working on the keyboard.

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              2. I don’t think I write well. I make too many grammatical mistakes.
                I have a question for u.
                U have read almost all my posts…at least the recent ones I suppose, and I wanted to ask about how bad grammatical mistakes I make?
                I hope u don’t praise me bcoz u want a blogger friend of yours to feel good… I hope u praise me genuinely.

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              3. After you asked, I had to go to your blog and read two of your posts to get an idea.
                You do have a few issues with the usage of the language, primarily. Sometimes you also mix up the past and present tenses over the course of a long line or stanza. At times, when writing a paragraph, it is important to keep in mind that the whole of it should be in one tense, present/past/future. We get confused in that, all of us. You could work on that. Didn’t notice much more.

                The good thing? Your vocabulary is awesome, specially given your age. You are only going to get better with time. Just keep writing. As I told in the earlier comment, you need to diversify. Write as many categories as you can and read as much as you can.
                Hope I wasn’t offensive. 😀
                All the best. 🙂

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  1. I am definitely going to watch it.. even if it was bull****(sorry for the foul language) i would still have gone just to see Chris Evans in that Captain America look..ooops.. guilty.. hehehehe
    p.s. thank you for the review Ajit 🙂

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      1. That’s interesting because I used to live in a non-English speaking country and the majority of the films would only be subtitled. Only animated movies would be dubbed because some of kids who might watch them don’t even know how to read yet:D now I moved to UK and if I watch a non-English language film, it is also only subtitled:)

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        1. Here the trend has always been to dub the film. India is a country where many people aren’t comfortable with English, or else have that as a second or third language. So the films are dubbed in the local languages, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu etc and sometimes, when the movie is shown in English, we have subtitles.

          Where did you live earlier?

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  2. Wow!! Brilliant review! I watched the film and I agree to everything you said. I cannot agree more with this- ‘We also have a touching moment of make-up and CGI genius when Tony sees an incident from his past and we are shown Robert Downey Jr. as a 20-something. Cute!’ 😀
    Also, I loved the comic track of Spider-man and Ant-man, it was a nice one without deviating much from the story line. I really liked your writing style with the review, it’s peppy and honest. Great job!! 🙂

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    1. First up, thanks for taking time to read the post and sharing your opinion. That Tony Stark moment was cute, wasn’t it? No wrinkles and all on Downey Jr’s face. 🙂
      Both Ant-Man and Spidey have a lot of funny one-liners in their comic books too. The Russos were very honest in their adaptation of that, and other aspects of the film too. I don’t know whether you are a comic book reader or not, but I’d suggest reading the Civil War arc from 2006-07 on which the film is based. Their story and themes are amazingly mature for what we adults generally perceive to be kids’ books. Oh and yes, Marvel are doing a Civil War – II with their comics this summer too. Maybe you’d want to read that.
      Thanks again for all the appreciation. Means a lot (and brings a smile whenever someone does that 😀 ).

      You had vanished after taking the A to Z challenge. What has it been, 2 weeks? Great to know you’re still with us in the blogosphere.
      Have a great day/night. God bless. 🙂

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      1. I haven’t read their comics, nor an ardent follower of Marvel series. But I did watch few of their movies and I liked them! Seems like you are true marvel fan 😊 I heard many good things about the comics too. Would definitely try to read them soon. So, civil war-II huh! Nice!! But I really liked the way you reviewed this. Very nice! 🙂
        Hehe and yes, I vanished,lol. Took a break after the stressful challenge. I wish to write regularly, hope I will from now on. Thank you again for everything! 😊

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        1. I have read a few of the comics and yes, I’m a comic book fan, although not in either of the DC/Marvel camps. I love them both too much to be partial to either. Try checking them out if you can. It should be a big deal in the Big Apple. That’s where you reside currently, don’t you?

          I can understand your vanishing act. Couldn’t have been easy doing as a chore something you started as a hobby. See you around. 🙂

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          1. Sure! I will check them out when I can. Yes it’s a big deal, though I don’t live in New York 🙂 I cannot deny that I felt this challenge a bit stressful, than it was supposed to, lol. But I’m glad I did it. I vanished to get back to the hobby mode 🙂 🙂

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