Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely

based on the Captain America comic books by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby

directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo

Rating: 2 / 5 – Okay

I have talked before about my love/hate relationship with superhero movies and TV shows, and the delicate balance they must achieve for me to suspend disbelief and get vested in the story. And regretfully, Marvel’s second sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger is a letdown, specially in comparison to that film and to its superior and exciting sequel, Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014).

4a1428b21de371fe_CivilWar571fee863dfd0.xxxlarge_2x

Why is it a letdown? I’m not exactly sure. All the pieces are certainly there, as Marvel continues to develop their cinematic universe with a story that has the Avengers fighting each other over whether or not the team should be overseen by the United Nations in light of all the destruction and collateral damage that inevitably follows them whenever they face a threat. On one side is Captain America (Chris Evans), not quite on board with the government after the events of Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And on the other is Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.)still feeling guilty after unwittingly unleashing Ultron in The Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). Their sparring is the meat of the movie, as other Avengers (Black Widow, Falcon, War Machine, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Winter Soldier, and Vision) pick who they wish to back while new recruits are brought into the fold (Ant-Man, Black Panther, Spider-Man) and a new foe (Helmut Zemo, played by Daniel Brühl) plots to destroy them all. That’s too many characters and a lot of ground to cover, even with my girlfriend Scarlett Johansson kicking ass again as Black Widow. I think it’s time she gets her own Netflix series, don’t you?

Who knows, maybe I am just a little fatigued by superhero ubiquitousness – halfway through I was already checking my watch, hoping for the type of banter Joss Whedon had brought to The Avengers (2012) and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Or at least some of the intrigue and eye-popping sequences Anthony and Joe Russo gave Captain America: The Winter Soldier. So my apologies, Marvel fans: Captain America: Civil War just didn’t grab me.

did like Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and the new Spidey (Tom Holland), so I’ll probably check out their upcoming stand-alone films. Maybe.

Carlos I. Cuevas

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s