This is our non-spoilers review of Captain America: Civil War; we will be posting a spoilers review on Friday.
Captain America: Civil War had a lot of very high expectations as a superhero movie this year. Whether directly or indirectly, it was going to be compared to others, especially Batman V Superman. But that was not it. This year it was going to also compete against Deadpool, X-Men Apocalypse, Suicide Squad and even Marvel’s own Doctor Strange. Fear not Marvel fans, as Kevin Feige and the Russo Brothers have proven once again that the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes are in good hands.
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I am sure that you have heard about the airport scene from the trailers; that is the best action sequence ever on the screen for a superhero movie and I am having a hard time thinking of an action scene in an action movie that surpasses it. That is not the only great action sequence however. The movie has great action right from the start, giving you a few breaks in between so that you can catch your breath.
It is also not all about the action. The dilemma that the heroes go through on both sides is very much at the center of the movie. It is about friendship, loyalty, reason and a lot of emotion. When the final battle comes, you are fascinated by what you are seeing, and at the same time you are suffering for all characters involved.
Spider-Man is the best Spider-Man that we have ever had which shows how smart the people at SONY were to work with Marvel. Tom Holland has revived a property that was on the decline and now that same property will probably be the hottest in the genre. He is funny as Spider-Man and great as Peter Parker. The Russo brothers also did a phenomenal job introducing the Black Panther and they handled Ant-Man perfectly.
Every character in the movie had the spotlight on them at different times throughout the movie and they all performed as well as anyone ever could. The relationship between Vision and Scarlet Witch gave us a lot of glimpses into the future and it showed us the awesome powers of Wanda. Hawkeye did not get as much screen time, but when he did he was perfect. The same can be said of War Machine. Scarlett Johansen as Black Widow and Anthony Mackey as Falcon were perfect anchors to their respective sides and not enough can be said of Sebastian Stan.
Some have said that Zemo was a bad villain in the movie and while we did not learn much about him, he was there when he needed to be and it gave us a glimpse into the future. Zemo is a character that can easily come back as a villain for any of the Marvel characters or perhaps in a Thunderbolts movie if Marvel decides to go that way.
In the end, Marvel gave us a near perfect movie and a great combination of humor, drama and action. We are giving Captain America Civil War 4.9 out of 5 stars. The expectations were surpassed.