Monday, May 9, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Co-Directors Anthony and Joe Russo’s Captain America: Civil War is a well-made action film that delivers on its title.  It is about a civil war.
With a full cast of superheroes, including Chris Evans as Captain America, Robert Downey, Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johnansson as Black Widow, Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie as Falcon, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Paul Bettany as Vision, Elizabeth Olsen as Scarlet Witch, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, there is amazing action and effects to please any fan of the genre.

I will also say that, as opposed to the writing in the dismal Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, here Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely make a clear case for the reasoning behind the opposing forces that emerge in this film.

However, I must say that I couldn’t help Rodney King’s words, “Why can’t we all just get along?” echoing through my brain through much of the movie. 

 And, in the last twenty minutes, when there was a chance for everyone to come together in a common cause, the Writers turned to the dark side and an accord was tossed away for more brutality.
The actions of all characters, ultimately, accorded wisdom to the human wish to put limits on the Avengers and put them under international control.  To me, Iron Man was the voice of reason and Captain America turned out to be a complete and unmitigated douchebag. 

Nevertheless, if you think civil wars are a barrel of laughs, you’ll love this film and, though I’ll give it a 4.4 out of 5 for its action and effects, I agree with the young boy, who walked out of theater at the same time I did and said, “That was a crappy ending.”

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