Captain America: Civil War

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My faith is restored in hero movies and all is right with the world.

I’m going to get right down to it and get this huge cast covered right now. Staring in this epic film, we have Chris Evans (Before We Go, Cellular, Not Another Teen Movie); Steve Rogers/Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. (Due Date, The Singing Detective, Too Much Sun); Tony Starks/Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson (Chef, The Perfect Score, The Black Dahlia) ;Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Sebastian Stan (The Martian, Gone, Hot Tub Time Machine); Bucky Barnes/ Winter Soldier, Anthony Mickey (Triple 9, Real Steel, We Are Marshall) ; Sam Wilson/Falcon, Don Cheadle (Oceans Thirteen, Hotel for Dogs, Boogie Nights) Lieutenant James Rhodes/War Machine, Jeremy Renner (The Town, American Hustle, S.W.A.T.); Clint Barton/Hawkeye, Chadwick Boseman (42, Get On Up, The Kill Hole) ;T’Challa/Black Panther, Paul Bettany (The Tourist, A Beautiful Mind, Wimbledon) ;Vision, and Elizabeth Olsen (Silent House, Godzilla, Very Good Girls) ; Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch. Whew! The full starring cast…for the most part.

Now Civil War did what most superhero movies these days are doing. It touched on the after-effects of when our hero’s saved the day. The destruction and the millions of casualties most of which are innocent people just caught in the crossfire. The government has decided to step in to try and better control the Avengers and they give the team an ultimatum where they sign on to be a weapon of the government (basically they stay out-of-the-way and only come to help when called upon) or retire from saving the world. The two leaders of the Avengers, Tony Stark and Steve Rogers have different views on this. Tony believes the government is right and they could use a little reigning in and Steve thinks that it’ their duty to step in when they chose. This brings on some friction among the team, Natasha, Vision and James Rhodes all side with Tony’s decision and Wanda, Falcon and Clint all side with Steve. Clint and Steve lean towards retirement, but all that changes when, during the signing of this contract, there is a sudden attack on the government building which kills a few world leaders. The attack is pinned on Steve’s old war buddy Bucky Barnes and to help his friend Captain America steps up against the law to help protect and prove Winter Soldier’s innocence. Hawkeye (coming out of retirement) Wanda and Falcon step up to aid Captain America, but this puts them on the wrong side of the law so, then Iron Man, Black Widow, and War Machine step in to go against them in an all out war that divides and shatters the Avengers.

And of course we get a few surprise (or not so surprising if you’ve seen some of the trailers) visits from Ant-man/Scott Lang played by Paul Rudd (The Little Prince, This Is the End, This Is 40) and (my favorite scene) Peter Parker/Spider-man played by Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea, The Impossible, Locke). Now you want to see a superhero movie showdown fight good vs. good? This is the way to go. Not like how Batman vs. Superman went down with a long, complicated story leading up to a good but short fight and taking forever to end. Civil War gave us exactly what we wanted, a good story-line with some satisfactory super-hero action. The fight scene between the good guys was fantastic and even a little heart-wrenching especially towards the end because you really don’t want anyone to win because that would mean someone has to lose and you really, really don’t want that either. All the characters were great we get a new hero by the name of Black Panther who happens to be team Stark and who also will be getting his own movie in 2018. Chadwick has just been in the zone for the past few years! It’s like he can’t do no wrong! He’s awesome. And there’s also Vision with whom I must ask: why doesn’t he have his own movie? That’s something I really want to see!

My one concern is Tony Stark’s story on how his parents died. I could’ve sworn that in Iron Man they died by airplane, but in this movie they die a completely different way and the way they died just didn’t make sense to me. His parent’s were carrying important items to a hidden facility they were unescorted alone on a deserted road in the middle of the woods and while on their way they are stopped and killed off. As rich as the Starks family should be they should have people for that…and why alone and why on the backwoods of the forest? But I enjoyed seeing John Slattery from Mad Men playing Tony’s father! That made me smile. I miss Roger.

Rated Pg-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem.

Rotten Tomatoes has this action packed Marvel adventure at a 90% fresh. Fantastic!

A great movie from start to finish. I am loving this new guy playing Peter Parker, Tom Holland, it’s a shame those recent Spider Man movies didn’t have him staring in them instead…although it might not have been the actor that was wrong with the last movies. It may have been the script…still he was funny as Spider Man and so was Ant Man and you know I’ve still yet to see that movie. I may have made a mistake there. Now go see this Civil War and be sure and stay after the credits for the…well I’m sure I don’t need to tell you. Just do it.