Captain America: Civil War

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Photo by D. Tempesta

I completely messed up the October schedule, but I had good cause for doing so. First, there was not much in theaters worth watching. Second, November and December have a few big releases that I wanted to plan around. With the November releases being superhero movies, we will be doing a superhero theme this month! This week, we have Captain America: Civil War. I am a bit ashamed to admit that this is the first time I have seen this movie. It took constant urging from multiple people to finally get me to watch it. But boy am I glad that I did!

As with practically all Marvel movies in the last five or so years, particularly those involving the Avengers in some way, Civil War adheres to the franchise’s exceptional standards of quality. The actors portray their respective characters perfectly, drawing you into their stories. Also, the overall story was strong enough to not rely on the actors or characters the movie had, which was quite pleasing to me. Marvel has spent multiple films developing these characters; it would have been easy to create a mediocre story and have it be carried by the cast and characters. However, Marvel has set a precedent of doing things right, and they followed through with Civil War. Perhaps most impressively, the movie played both sides of the argument extremely well. Civil War expertly dwells in the ambiguous. It is truly hard to say whether Cap or Iron Man was right or wrong. The merits and faults of both sides were displayed so well. Not to be too ambivalent, but that is exactly what I am going to be; I think they were both right and both wrong. To be more direct, I think this is a necessary dichotomy for the healthy existence of enhanced individuals. And Norse gods. I’ve heard it both ways.

I recently spoke with a colleague about superhero movies being formulaic. While Marvel has certainly found a successful formula, we both hope that the future of Marvel does not rely on that formula. If Civil War and Spider-Man are any indication, it will not. I very much enjoy the Avengers movies, but they all follow a similar pattern. Remove Loki, Iron Man, and Cap, and the movies are forgettable. Civil War diverges greatly from this path, which was my favorite part. The character development in this film is unrivaled by any other Marvel film I have seen. It was even more impressive because there was no true common enemy. The movie took us on an emotional and mental journey with these characters. We were trying to figure out how we felt about the movie and its character’s decisions just as they were trying to figure out their own feelings and decisions. Before, we just observed. Now, we journey with them. With one exception, Bruce Banner. Mark Ruffalo’s portrayal of Banner and the Hulk is nothing short of amazing. We can feel his angst and turmoil, the state of constant struggle in which he lives. Outside of this singular performance, the experience we share with the characters in Civil War is the best I have seen in a Marvel film.

Also. Helicopter scene.

My name is Chuck, and these are my thoughts. Now I would like to know what you think. Where do you rate Civil War among the other Marvel films? Did you like the way both sides of the war were given equal showing? Who is excited to go see Thor? Leave a comment down below, and we’ll talk. Enjoy the day!

 


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