Movie review: “Captain America: Civil War”

Captain America and Iron Man face off against each other on this Captain America: Civil War movie poster

Courtesy | Marvel Studios

BY MADI TORTORA
Staff Writer

 

RATING: A

GENRE: Action

RUNTIME: 2 hours, 27 minutes

RATING: PG-13

 

After damage caused by the Avengers proves to be too much for the world and their governments, the United Nations presents the Sokovia Accords, which states that the Avengers are controlled only by the U.N. Not all of the heroes are too excited to follow this, as it could have an agenda that would end up hurting them, and this leads to the giant superhero conflict in “Captain America: Civil War.”

Directors Anthony and Joe Russo are known for their previous Captain America movie, “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” They provide an extremely action-packed film that is laced with comedy and tragedy.

The Sokovia Accords drew a line between the Avengers, causing them to disagree on whether or not to sign. Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., stands with this Act, claiming that without it their actions would destroy more cities.

However, Captain America, played by Chris Evans, believes that saving the world is daring and they cannot rely on the government to protect the world from evil. This creates an all-out war between Team Iron Man, which consists of Iron Man, Black Panther, Vision, Black Widow, War Machine, and Spider Man, against Team Captain America, which consists of Captain America, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man.

This movie had a budget of about $250 million, and in the opening weekend raked in about $180 million.

Although I am not usually a fan of superhero movies, this movie blew me and many others, completely out of the water. When walking into the theater around 10 p.m. on a Sunday night, I expected to probably be one of the only ones there. It turned out that we had to sit absolutely front row because of the fully-packed theater.

This movie can really only be described as an experience. As you are watching, you are brought into the plot almost immediately with drama of the splitting of an iconic superhero group. There are low moments, with the death of Black Panther’s father and the death of a young kid in Sovokia, and there are high moments, like the saving of War Machine from death and teaching him how to walk again. You begin to feel for every single character, and I found it absolutely impossible to pick a side. Also, the inclusion of all of the familiar superheroes was really exciting, because the introduction of a Spider-Man that I have never seen before made the whole movie — at least for me.

Many of the shots in this movie are absolutely incredible, and the way that they transitioned into different scenes that were located in different countries was very clean and understandable. This was a movie that could get easily confusing, but it was extremely simple and interesting to follow.

“Captain America: Civil War” was one of the most impressive movies I’ve seen in a long time, and I’m excited to see it again.

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