Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Captain America: Civil War SPOILER Review

It's one of the biggest movies of the year. So let's waste no time and get right into the spoilers. That's right. SPOILERS. So if you haven't see the movie, do yourself a favor and head on over to the main review.

First thing I want to talk about is Peggy Carter's death. I thought that was wonderfully handled, and the fact that they took that "No, you move" speech from the comics was fantastic. It was definitely my favorite moment from the comic event, and it game me chills in the movie. I love how it strengthened Cap's resolve just like it strengthened Spider-Man's in the comics. And I have to say, I got a little teary eyed seeing Cap carry that casket. Especially after just completing the second season of Agent Carter, which I really loved. The end of a character that was handled extremely gracefully.

Next up... Freaking Giant Man. He may have been the best thing about this movie. I was laughing hysterically every time he showed up on screen, and I honestly wish it didn't end. Rudd was fantastic, and I think it made me like Ant-Man even more.

You know who else was awesome? Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman portrayed the character lifted straight out of my favorite Black Panther stories, and he was perfect in the role. Even if his origin seemed kinda rushed, with the death of T'Chaka happening extremely fast, his performance made up for it. He fought like a cat, which was badass. And I think it's the best his costume has ever looked.

I feel like I summed up Spidey pretty well in the main review, but I would like to say that he looked a little too CGI in a few places. All the voice work was on point, so it never took me too far out of the moment, but it's still noteworthy, I think. I loved all the quips. Nothing felt out of place or fell flat, and all of it felt like classic Spidey. I especially loved the scene with Peter and Tony, which was one of my favorite scenes in the movie.  Even if a few moments... kinda felt a little like an Andrew Garfield impression. Which isn't a bad thing, necessarily. He took the best parts from that performance. I'm just surprised no one is talking about that.

Crossbones? Yeah, no, he was just there for an action sequence. Then he's gone. He helps to set the plot in motion, but it may have been a bit of a waste.

Speaking of villains, though, there's Zemo. Like I said in the main review, I like that he's a different kind of villain for Marvel. And though I liked his motivations, he was never as interesting as the Sokovia accords, and the rift that caused within the Avengers. You also have to REALLY suspend disbelief if you're to fully buy into his plan. I mean... did he know about the accords? His plan really kind of relies on them. How did he know Bucky and Cap would both escape the airport and get there? How did he know Iron Man would follow them? And how did he know Iron Man would lose his cool the way he did? I love the idea of a villain sort of pulling the strings and tearing our heroes apart from within. But it's certainly not perfect.

Gotta talk about Scarlet Witch and Vision. One of the most notorious romances from Marvel comics. I really loved their scenes. It wasn't exactly a romance, but you sensed the connection between them because of the fact that they both get their powers from the mind stone. And because of that, it never felt forced. They're both outsiders, and they confide in each other because of that. I felt it was a perfect nod to the comics. Speaking of which, the scene where she brings Vision to his knees and sends him straight through the floor is amazing. A conformation that, yep, she's still the most powerful. Another nod to the comics. And that's without even mentioning the fact that she was locked in the Avengers base. Treating her as super powerful, and potentially uncontrollable. Sound familiar?

Another sort of surprising event was War Machine getting paralyzed. It sort of serves as an emotional punch where the film needed one most. And while it looks like he'll be back in the armor soon enough, it was still a decent added bit of emotion, where we get a sense of the stakes here.

Towards the end of the film, we find out that Bucky killed Tony's parents. And Tony was not happy about that. We get an amazing and emotional fight between Cap and Tony, ending with Cap leaving his shield behind when Tony claims he's not worthy of it. Yep, the Avengers have been disassembled. And I loved that. It wasn't a happily ever after kind of story. They're treated as real people. And sometimes people don't so easily forgive. I think for Avengers 3, we'll see the Avengers still divided. With Iron Man leading a government sanctioned Avengers while Cap leads a Secret Avengers. Really hope that's what we get, because I can't wait for it.

Finally, let's talk about the Post-credits scenes. I absolutely loved the first one with Black Panther. The "Let them try" line was awesome, and Wakanda looked absolutely amazing. I'm not sure how Bucky being on ice is going to affect the future films, but I imagine his story will pick up with Black Panther, which I cannot wait for. The Spidey scene was great too. The signal was great to see, and I liked getting some more interaction between May and Peter, but come on. The best part was seeing "Spider-Man Will Return." I just about stood up and cheered. We have the best Marvel character in the MCU now. And I can't wait to see what the future holds.

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