Review: Captain America – Civil War

Captain America - Civil War

Captain America – Civil War

Genre: Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Duration: 147 minutes
Language: English
India Release Date: 06-MAY-2016
Pick-D-Flick Rating: 4.5 on 5
** Review may contain SPOILER **

Plot:
After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Overall Review:
The director-duo Anthony Russo and Joe Russo is back with a bang. Captain America: Civil War picks up where Avengers: Age of Ultron left off, as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) leads the new team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. The third film in the series is produced to the highest professional standard. It is sleek and stylish, well-constructed and cleanly edited. The script and screenplay are brilliant in the movie and makes it more intriguing. The ending fight between Iron Man and Captain America was very good – it was packed full of emotion, tension and you really didn’t know what the outcome was going to be. However, that fight was definitely beaten by the big one that occurs towards the middle of the film – My favorite & best shot: The much anticipated airport scene, in complete IMAX and has a run time of around 20 minutes. Just let that sink in! The Russo brothers know how to create great action and film it great as well. At its heart, Captain America: Civil War successfully bridges the gaps between the ever expanding universe with a strong story driven plot, interesting conflict and incredible action set pieces.

Performance & Technical Review:
Once again, the performances are very strong across the board. Each character is well balanced and given their time but once they have had their moment, they are skilfully retired from the screen without them creating too much of a gap. Chris Evans is brilliant, Robert Downey Jr (Iron-man) is also very good – he actually comes across as likeable in the film. Tom Holland as Spider-Man is tremendous fun, more than a little tongue-in-cheek, and perfectly captures the youthful charm and pep of the character. Now for the new characters, Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther makes an entry into this franchisee for his solo film – his performance is very good and Black Panther is definitely up there with top Avengers characters. Spider-man and Black Panther are played well – introducing them gently and leaving just enough space to get excited about their upcoming adventures. The true strength of the film also lies with the central screenplay. Choosing to focus on the story rather than the spectacle, the writers are able to give the Russo’s a solid foundation to build off of. The running time is long but the time flies as the superheroes push boundaries to make the world a better place. For the genre, it’s a knockout.

PDF Verdict:
The director-duo Anthony Russo and Joe Russo has delivered more intense and impressive movie than its predecessor. They have done a good job of blurring the line between good and bad, right and wrong. Captain America – Civil War is a successful continuation of the franchise the world has come to know and love. With an interesting plot twist and impressive visuals, this is definitely something that will leave you buzzing for more. Great kick-start to phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

 SPOILER: 2 End Credits not too be missed: (1) Rise of Black Panther (2) Spider-Man: Homecoming

Ratings: 4.5 on 5
Performance: 4 on 5
Script: 4.5 on 5
Action / CGI: 4 on 5
Music / Background Score: 4.5 on 5

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