So I actually watched Captain America: Civil War two weeks ago today and haven’t gotten around to writing up my review until today. It came highly recommended to me by someone who is a superhero in his own right and he was nice enough to come over with food and watch the movie with me and this is probably a movie I should have gone to see in the theater because I enjoyed it so much.
“Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.”
I have so far enjoyed all three of the Captain America movies. I think Marvel has done a really great job with them and the storylines have been accurate to the characters. The reason I didn’t go see this in the theater is because I was still sore about what they did to all the characters in the Avengers: Age of Ultron because honestly, this was an Avengers movie.
One of the absolute best parts about the content of this movie is that it touches on a lot of things that are really important that are often overlooked or misdirected. Friendship is a crucial part of this storyline and it’s interesting to see how the main motivation for the catalyst for all the events in this movie are related to friendship. Steve never wants believes Bucky actually did what he’s being accused of and he is absolutely the only person who wants to take Bucky in alive. I think it says a lot about the people in charge in the movie who don’t want to bring in a suspect alive and give them a chance to question them, but would rather assume the suspect’s guilt and kill them instead of offering them a chance and a fair trial. I think what hit me the hardest about this particular aspect of this movie is that all entertainment is in some form a reflection of the society in which the entertainment is created. I look at the news these days and see many instances of people who are suspected of committing a crime or doing something potentially harmful to others and they are simply killed and not given any of their rights to explain their actions or provide proof of their lack of involvement. Of course, the opposite is also true, where people these days refuse to accept responsibility for their actions. As soon as Steve confronts Bucky, Bucky tells him he didn’t do it and Steve believes him. Steve also knows that those who are after Bucky are just going to kill him and not give him a fair chance, so he protects his friend because it’s the right thing to do.
Another aspect of this movie that really appealed to me was the lack of any sort of romantic subplot. There is a small and mild amount of romance, but it seriously takes up about thirty seconds of screen time and doesn’t change anything about the movie itself. The romantic subplot didn’t involve team members, which makes me even more okay with the way those thirty seconds were done, and it didn’t involve Black Widow, which made me accept the whole thing as an interesting portion of character development for Steve but not anything character changing.
This movie also had a lot of really funny parts that made me laugh. Ant Man was hilarious and his interactions with the rest of the team were absolutely fantastic. Spider-Man was also a nice addition and someone who was remarkably true to character. Spider-Man was young, inexperienced, and extremely chatty, which is everything the original Spider-Man from the comic books of my childhood portrayed, and one of the reasons I was always a Marvel comics fan growing up because of how Marvel took plain, ordinary people and forced them to deal with their lives when given abilities beyond normal humans.
Overall, this movie definitely redeemed the mistakes made in some of the previous Marvel movies and absolutely restores my faith in their story-telling capabilities and character development. I’m happy I watched it and as soon as I can find the DVD/Blu-Ray combo pack, I will happily add it to my own collection. I’d easily score this movie as a low four on my rating scale, as it is a movie I could definitely watch multiple times.