“Captain America: Civil War” Review

captain-america-civil-warCaptain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, and a whole lot more. The movie is about a political argument on whether the government should regulate the Avengers, and this argument ends up splitting the superhero team in half, with Captain America (Evans) and Iron Man (Downey Jr.) at the front of the dispute.

This was one of, if not the most anticipated movie of the year for me, so to say I was excited about this film would be a bit of an understatement. There were plenty of things to be hyped about, but that also meant there were many things that could have been incredibly disappointing. I will tell you right now: every single thing that I was looking forward to going into Civil War was not just as good, but better than I had ever hoped.

Every choice that the Russo brothers made was the right one from start to finish. Let’s start with the leads, and seeing as this is a Captain America movie first, it is good to know that Chris Evans gives his best performance as Cap to date. As good as Evans is, Downey Jr. is just as good playing Tony Stark, and the dispute that differs these two heroes is one that is handled with perfection.

There is no right side to be chosen in this movie, both Captain America and Iron Man have genuine reasons for their beliefs, as do all the other heroes, and I found myself switching sides more than a few times throughout this movie.

All the supporting cast was great as well: Sebastian Stan as Bucky is now much more developed than before, Scarlett Johansson is very good, and basically all of the returning Avengers are great, but the three newbies to the group steal the show.

First off, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther is excellent, and while these next two may trump him, Boseman is still able to nail the character of T’Challa, and I cannot wait for his stand-alone film.

While he may already have his own movie, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man is absolutely hysterical in his supporting role. Rudd only gets a few moments to shine, but when he does, he totally nails them, as he quite possibly has one of the best moments of the entire movie.

Of course, there is only one character that everyone in their right mind was waiting for, and that is the new Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland. Let me be the one to tell you what you need to hear: Tom Holland is by far, without question, the best Spider-Man we have ever seen in a movie. I won’t spoil anything about why, just know, Holland is everything I could have dreamed of in the character.

While I really enjoyed the build-up and the big dispute between the groups, it was the fights that I came into this movie excited for, and it is the fights that make this movie quite possibly the greatest superhero movie I have ever seen. The opening fight immediately hooked me, but it is the airport fight and a fight that happens towards the end that separates this movie from its counterparts. Not even in The Force Awakens have I ever shed a tear from pure awe, and that is exactly what I did during the airport fight. This may be my favorite scene in any movie I have ever seen, but at the least, it is the greatest superhero moment to date. The action is so well mixed with comedy, and that is combined with perfect camerawork and choreography, and this all adds up to a scene that I will never forget, and it made all of my childhood dreams come true.

However, just when I was worried the movie played all of its cards too early, the end of this film blew me away, packing a powerful emotional punch that really hit me hard with the benefits and the issues of what these superheroes are doing to the world. This fight that goes on at the end is much different than the airport one, but it is for all the right reasons, and without spoiling, this fight solidified my view that this movie is the best of its kind to this day.

There are a few things here and there maybe that I didn’t love, but they are so few and far between, they aren’t even worth mentioning.

Overall, Captain America: Civil War is the Russo Brothers at their absolute best, with an incredible script, wonderful direction, beautiful visual effects and excellent camerawork all to add on to the terrific performances by the entire cast. Captain America: Civil War nails everything it absolutely had to, and it is not only a terrific superhero movie, but also just a terrific movie in general, and, as far as Marvel goes, this is their best work yet, and if I didn’t give it this score, I would be lying to myself.

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