Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’

Joanna White, Staff Writer

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Captain America: Civil War is the newest installment of the Captain America Movie franchise. With the recent movie failure of Batman v Superman, many people were feared the Captain America: Civil War would also follow suit.

But, by the end of opening weekend Captain Civil: Civil War grossed $1.069 billion, bypassing their budget of $250 million by $819 million. This 2 hour and 27 minute long Science Fiction movie was received fairly well by movie-goers; earning a 8.3/10 on IMDb, a 90% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 75% on Metacritic.

This movie basically follows the Winter Soldier Arc which began in the first movie Captain America: The First Avenger, when Captain America’s best friend, Bucky Barnes, plummets from a moving train into a canyon. Then in the second film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Bucky has been taken under the control of Hydra, an evil secret organization bent on world destruction. By the end of that movie, Hydra has fallen but Bucky is still left with the trauma and the guilt of becoming a living weapon. That is where Bucky is at the beginning of this movie.

But, that is only a fraction of the whole movie. The Avengers are now faced with the Sokovia Accords, the U.N.’s attempt to put all of the “special” people into line after multiple instances in which the Avengers and other special’s quarrels have gotten many people hurt.

This is where the civil war aspect of the movie comes in. Captain America is against the accords, believing that if they put this legislation into place, more people will get hurt.

Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr., was for the accords. He believes that if the Avengers and other nonhumans aren’t put under legislation, then more innocent civilians will get wounded or worse.

And from there things spiral, and more innocent people get hurt. Bonds are broken and the Avengers are divided. It ends on a bittersweet note, with the Cap on the run and with Iron Man having to deal with government.

What made this movie so fantastic was the awareness that it had to all of the events that occurred previously in earlier films. And by working with that awareness, they were not only consistent but also different. They are different in the sense that most superhero films tend to ignore the events of the previous films. And even then the movies that do focus on past events are unable to balance it well. But, by some miracle Marvel was able to create an amazing movie that did just that.

However, many Action/ Science Fiction movies fail to provide anything other than fancy CGI and large action sequences. This film definitely includes CGI and large action sequences, but they balance it well with the twisting plot and the drama that it brought with it.

But, sticking with the CGI, it was definitely breath-taking and gritty in comparison to the regular fanfare that comes with normal Marvel movies.

The airport scene was, one of my favorite scenes in the whole movie. The fighting choreography was nice, but what I loved about it was the inclusion of Spider-Man and Ant-Man. They lightened mood, reminding us all that it was a Marvel movie full of the normal jokes even when they are literally fighting against one another.

Another scene in the movie that I absolutely loved was the final fight scene between Captain America and Iron Man. I liked it because the movie took the time to finally boil down to what the movie was about: two friends with different views and different motivations. The scene was raw and just so enjoyably heart-wrenching that every single time I see the scene again I get chills.

Ultimately this film, with all of its epic battles and out of this world elements, is still focused solely on friendship. It’s about two friends divided on an issue that basically tears then apart. And because they are able to show this rift so well while juggling all of the other things is why this a movie worth watching.

So, if you have yet to watch this movie yet, then by all means go and see this movie. It’s not worth missing.

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