Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, and Daniel Brühl
Directed by: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Film length: 2hr, 28min
Theatrical Release: April 28th, 2016
Blu-ray release: 2016
Full disclosure: Some of the images are not from the Blu-ray. My copy has a scratch and it is not playing nice with the capture software, so some of these are taken from a file found on the dark web. Like this one:
The film (3/5)
A lot going on in this one! Although it carries the “Captain America” moniker, Captain America: Civil War is a bridge movie for all the continuing plot lines in all of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). With already a dozen or so side stories going on, two new to the MCU major characters, Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) are introduced for the first time, and with them come more side plots. Yowza! With every character bringing their back story to the table, this really should have been called MCU: Guess Who’s Coming to the Pot Luck Dinner?
The main plot centers around the United Nations intention to control The Avengers. While they are considered to be heroes by most, their methods create a lot of collateral damage which put many innocent lives at risk. It is an interesting part of the growth process for this team who has never fully been on the same page of who they are and what they stand for. They touch on the subject in the previous films, but it is a subject that has remained on the back burner while the more pressing matter of saving the world is focused on.
It seems more likely that the free spirited Tony Stark, A.K.A. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) would be the one to balk at the idea, but it is instead the boy scout Steve Rogers, A.K.A Captain America (Chris Evans) who does. While Tony is weighted by the responsibility for his part in the creation of Ultron, Steve is not feeling the government’s decision to give the kill order on his friend “Bucky” AKA The Winter Soilder (Sebastian Stan), who is believed to be responsible for a terrorist bombing.
Having directed the previous film the Russo brothers are behind the camera again, and do a solid job. This movie is loaded with action and most of it takes place between heroes who for the most part are not really at each other’s throats, but are instead looking to put you down for a bit while they make a run for it. They are able to pull of this feel by finding the right balance between action and slapstick.
While Tony, Steve, The Black Panther, and others have some serious beefs, the banter between the other characters (Especially Spidey) kept it light and fun. Think more of a Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade romp than The Dark Knight‘s doom and gloom.
Memorable Moments / What Stood Out to Me
Like Michael Douglas in Ant-Man, Robert Downey Jr. is given a fresh coat of CG so we can see him interacting with his parents in 1991. My wife Sarah commented how he looked just like he did in some old movie and I wrote it down. But then she made fun of me for writing it down so the reference is now lost forever.
The VW ‘Beetle’!
Oh yeah. Love me some cars with character in films and this 1965 Volkswagen Sedan is loaded with it! Love the rust on the bottom of the door! Steve Rogers picks this while he is in hiding because it is “low profile”. It is anything but! He’d stick out like a sore thumb! Speaking of a low profile….
So many ball caps!
Civil War continues the tradition of characters wearing ball caps when in “low profile mode”. This one is loaded with them! Look at it!:
Who are they supposed to be fooling?!?!
Bonus: Stan Lee cameo review! (5/5)
Stan-the-man plays a FedEx worker looking for “Tony Stank”. lol, good times!
Bonus: Bluth Stair Car cameo review! (5/5)
You can’t clearly read the name on its side, but the paint job is a dead give away! The Bluth family’s main mode of transportation in the television series Arrested Development is only seen for a brief moment during the showdown at the airport, but still… major points just having it (or at the very least a good facsimile) there.
The Bluth stair car from the TV Series Arrested Development.
Special Features (3/5)
The special features are not bad. There is over an hours worth of featurettes including:
- United We Stand, Divided We Fall A two-part feature with cast and crew examining all aspects of making the film including story, characters, stunt work shooting locations, props, etc, etc, etc.
- Captain America: The Road to Civil War Focuses on Cap and Chris Evans’ performance.
- Iron Man: The Road to Civil War This one is the same but about Tony Stark.
- Open Your Mind: Marvel’s Doctor Strange A sneak peek at the then upcoming Doctor Strange.
Deleted & Extended Scenes reveal nothing mind blowing and were cut for a reason. Gag Reel was alright. Audio Commentary is with directors Anthony & Joe Russo, and a couple of the writers. It’s a pretty good track with some slow spots, but overall the crew is enlightening and informative while talking.
While Civil War might not come to a satisfying conclusion, or stand on it own without the context of the other MCU films, this is a fun movie with a lot of solid action. Having become invested in the characters, I really do want to see where they will go next. Seeing the budding relationships between Tony and Peter Parker, Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and even Bucky and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) are fun to see grow. And if anything we do finally get a better understanding of where these character stand, and what they are willing to do for their beliefs. This character building will only make the next film that much more fun to watch and help take your mind off of how they are designed to keep you invested until they decide to stop making them.
How I would rank The MCU movies from best to worse so far:
Thor: The Dark World
Guardians of the Galaxy
Captain America: The First Avenger
Captain America: Civil War
The Avengers: Age of Ultron
Iron Man 2
Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The Incredible Hulk
Iron Man 3