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Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War
Thursday, 17 January 2019 08:40

This is a sharp, astounding, action-packed summer blockbuster that's the kind of superhero movie you've been waiting to see your whole life. It is a comic book film where the action is just as harrowing as it is entertaining due to the care and respect that I've come to have for these superheroes after spending a total of 11 films (not counting Guardians of the Galaxy) with them in the Marvel cinematic universe. Directors Anthony & Joe Russo have pulled together a movie that brings as much hard-hitting drama to the table as much as it does astounding action. It's the perfect model for what serial comic book movies can be.

  Our story begins with Captain America (Chris Evans) leading Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) on a mission in Nigeria, in pursuit of Crossbones (aka former S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Rumlow, played by Frank Grillo) who has been making a run on various strongholds with no regard for human life. While our Avengers emerge victorious, it comes at a cost with innocent lives being lost due to a mistake by Scarlet Witch and her advanced, enhanced powers.

This is the straw that breaks the camel's back that causes the government to intervene with the Sokovia Accords, creating a rift between our superheroes. While Steve Rogers doesn't feel comfortable being sent into a battle in which he may not have any stake in, Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) thinks they need to be kept in check after a heartfelt encounter finally instills in him the responsibility he should have for the lives he isn't able to save. What if they're lives lost because of his selfish motivations to be a superhero?

  It's questions like this that give the disagreement some real weight among our heroes. Each of them thinks they're making the right decision by signing or not signing the Sokovia Accords, and that's what makes the slowly emerging conflict so compelling. Neither Steve Rogers nor Tony Stark is clearly right or wrong in this fight, and choosing a side as a viewer isn't so black and white. Complicating things even more is the reemergence of The Winter Soldier (aka Bucky Barnes, played with profound built by Sebastian Stan), seemingly responsible for another terrorist attack that kills more innocent people, which is also the catalyst that brings the Black Panther, played regally Chadwick Boseman, into play. If it sounds like there's a lot going on, that's because there is, but the script from Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely handles it all in a very organized way. Even though the first act feels like it's all over the place, all the characters are handled in a surprisingly organized fashion.

  This is a movie you do not want to miss. It's now playing at selected cinemas.

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