Friday, May 13, 2016

Captain America: Civil War (PG-13) - Review by Daniel Kilgallon

Run Time: 146 min

Captain America: Civil War is a new superhero film and the thirteenth installment in the wildly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. This marks the beginning of “Phase 3” for the franchise as well as the completion of the Captain America trilogy. Anthony and Joe Russo return as directors once more, following their debut with 2014s The Winter Soldier. Anyways, this highly anticipated blockbuster features all of the heroes that we have grown to love over the course of the series with the exceptions of Thor, Hulk and the Guardians of the Galaxy, who are yet to officially meet with the rest of the characters. There are also a few new additions including Tom Holland as Spider-Man and Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther. 

Taking place roughly a year after the events of 2015s Age of Ultron, the world is now torn on the powers of all of these different superheroes, largely due to the destruction that they have caused over the years. The government now looks to put forth the Anti-Hero Registration Act, which would basically allow the authorities to decide when the services of the Avengers are needed. We soon find out that Team Iron Man (Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, Black Panther and Spiderman) are all for this, while Team Captain America (Captain America, Falcon, Scarlet Witch, The Winter Soldier, Hawkeye and Ant-Man) hold the opposing viewpoint, leading to a “civil war” between all of these superheroes. 

This is the second time that we have seen two big names go head to head this year, and I truly think that Civil War is the superior of the two. No offense to DC Comics and the great things they did with Batman v Superman, but Marvel simply topped them on this one. Yes, Marvel had the advantage of twelve movies in the franchise already, but they brought everything to a whole new level with this movie. The emotional build up to the battle was perfectly executed and we were also introduced to a few awesome new characters with Black Panther and Spider-Man along the way. To no surprise, the visuals were simply outstanding and this is absolutely some of the best action I’ve ever seen in a film. With everything that Civil War accomplished, this stands just behind The Dark Knight on my list of the greatest comic book films ever made.

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