Arguably the best of the Marvel universe movies is Captain America Winter Soldier. Guardians of the Galaxy or AntMan and I might concede. So this is the scale that Civil War has to be compared against. Well, it more than exceeds Winter Soldier.
This plot is not what you might think from the trailers – Marvel is masterful at manipulating us with the trailers. Clearly there’s a Team Cap vs. a Team Iron Man – it’s call Civil War duh. The reason that they are fighting is not as straightforward as you might think. I went in thinking I would side with Captain America but I came away thinking that both sides were right. That’s what makes a good Civil War scenario.
The plot is not overly complicated. The writing of this movie, the core of a Marvel film, is solid and crisp. There were some one-liners where the audience laughed out loud – especially Stan Lee’s cameo.
New characters are introduced – Black Panther and Spiderman. You know, the new Spiderman comes together without having to get into the whole “radioactive spider bit me,” stuff. His role is good and oddly seems true to the comic.
Black Panther is awesome. We don’t need his origin story…I didn’t care. He was just incredible. Marvel is genius at knowing that we don’t need to be buried in a lot of backstory. Just give us solid characters that develop in the film and some well-grounded writing and the fact that these are superheroes is almost unnecessary.
I have to admit, having AntMan in this film made it for me. His role in the battle at the Leipzig Airport was, well, incredible. In fact, the airport battle sequence set a new standard for superhero battles. There is a lot going on yet somehow it all seems to flow together fairly smoothly.
This movie is a visual treat. There’s a lot of special effects, but no where the level of horrific CGI we were forced to endure in Batman vs. Superman. In fact, this movie made me hate Batman vs. Superman even more. Marvel knows how to handle their intellectual properties (with the exception of the Hulk and Fantastic Four movies). Even the lighting levels and colors of this film are in stark contrast to DC’s latest offerings.
There is no part of this movie I disliked. The pacing was brisk which is good; the movie is very long.
There are two post-credit scenes – both of which are solid.
On a scale of five stars, this is six-and-a-half. Not a movie for kids, far too much violence. Though the language was cleaner than Age of Ultron (joke intended). Go see this movie…go twice!