Captain America – Civil War : The ‘war’ that is ought to be loved!
|BELOW IS A FULL-BLOWN REVIEW OF CAPTAIN AMERICA-CIVIL WAR
Ohh how far has Marvel Cinematic Universe come! It all started with ‘Iron Man’ in 2008 with Ant-Man(2015) culminating phase-2 of MCU and what a journey it has been till now. Captain America- Civil war is the thirteenth film and initiates the phase three which will end with Infinity Wars – part 2. One thing you can’t deny is that Marvel has this knack of bringing together interesting characters and create what we usually call ‘tremendous fun’. They set the box-office on fire with The Avengers in 2012 and since then have tackled the MCU with deftness. Then came ‘Captain America- Winter Soldier’ which was stunning and a game changer to say the least. Mashing up superhero genre with old school conspiracy drama, it gave us a superior Marvel flick and a director duo to heavily admire. With Civil War, Russo brothers take a step forward and raise the bar which I was skeptical, would happen. It is all about brilliant character dynamics, fun action sequences and an emotional screenplay which binds together in a helluva way!
Civil War starts with Cap working on a mission with his team; Falcon, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow (as gorgeous and electric as ever!) and War Machine somewhere in Nigeria. Things go downward when Scarlet Witch can’t control her powers and does massive collateral damage. This, plus what happened in New York City plus what happened in Sokovia puts the Avenger’s team in a fix. They are questioned about their methods and find themselves criticized. The secretary of state Thaddeus Ross asks them to sign the Sokovia accords and this is where the team gets divided. While Tony Stark, Vision, Black Widow and War Machine support the idea of ‘keeping themselves in check’, Cap, Scarlet Witch and Falcon aren’t that sure. To make things worse, enter Bucky Barnes a.k.a Winter Soldier who is pinned for a terrorist attack that happens at the conference in Vienna. Cap being the good friend wants to save Bucky and rebels against Tony, which gets him branded as a fugitive. One of the largest ensemble we’ve seen, Russo brothers never make it cluttered, playing the characters off with each other in a fantastic way.
I bet when you will walk away from the theater after watching this, you’ll be absolutely in love with Black Panther and our very own Spidey. Black Panther’s character has been made so well, I just can’t wait for his solo movie! Chadwick Boseman plays T’challa, the new king of Wakanda (after his father dies in that attack; and that is why he is after Winter Soldier) with such passion and vigour that you fall instantly in love with him. And then there is Peter Parker, the high school kid from Queens, New York. Tom Holland is everything you expect Peter/Spiderman to be. He is actually the fitting amalgamation of Toby Maguire and Andrew Garfield. He was pure fun in that extended cameo he did and I am definitely excited now for ‘Homecoming’.
What Marcus and Mcfeely, the screenwriters, have done with the comic storyline of 2006 is A-class! Watching Tony and Cap pitted against each other was heart-wrenching and emotional. The relationship between Cap and Bucky is highly complex and on the other side Vision and Scarlet Witch are brewing something strange yet magnetic. But with all the characters and their dynamics at play, the running time never feels too long at 2 hours 30 minutes (approx). It is a psychological warfare between the heroes but it is not like there are no punches and kicks exchanged; they are, and it’s pretty awesome. Whether it is the opening action sequence in Nigeria or the Airport sequence (a glorious sequence and a glorious return for Ant-Man, plus the big surprise), action is bombastic throughout. But what turns out to be the best and one of the most powerful scenes in the movie is the battle between Cap and Iron Man. What a fight it was! Watching these two iconic heroes trading punches is mind-blowing and at the same time, mind-numbing too! Who wins is not the matter, but the grueling process is hugely satisfying.
Talking about the antagonist here, Helmut Zemo played by Daniel Bruhl was very good. I liked the way Russo’s develop his mysteriousness throughout till his big reveal in the end which results into mayhem. He’s not out of the picture so it is safe to say this is not the last we’ve seen of him. And frankly, I want him to return, in a big way!
Captain America – Civil War is engaging, humorous, emotional and action packed; basically, what a superhero movie should be. I would place it second in the list of best Marvel movies to date (first being Avengers) and Captain America’s character as the second best after Tony Stark. If we spin a different perspective here, the best thing about Captain America-Civil War is not Cap, but the stunner of an ensemble he brings to the screen. Take a bow Russo brothers, Infinity Wars is in the right hands!