Captain America: Civil War
Reviewed by Galen Strickland
I've said this with nearly every comic-based film I've reviewed. I've never been much of a comics reader, don't know all the details of character and story, so I don't have to worry about how they turn out once they are adapted for film or TV. All I care about is if the filmmakers craft a compelling, interesting, and logical story. It's not enough for there to be ever escalating special effects and stunts. Make me care for the characters, make me care what is happening to them. That only occurs in very small doses in Civil War, the rest of the time it's explosions and chases and fights. Brutal, brutal fights, but of course very little personal injury occurs, because they naturally have to be around for the next movie. I've read several comments about how the movie handled the story line much better than the comics. If that is the case, I have no interest in reading them. Almost everyone else is saying this is the best of the MCU to date, but I don't agree.
I've seen most of them so far, with the exception of Ant-Man, but the only ones I've reviewed previously have been the first Thor and the two Avengers, even though the earlier Captain America films have been my favorites. Cap has also been my favorite character, but maybe not anymore. One of these days I may go back and do a comprehensive review of all the MCU, but that will have to wait for now. Not sure why this one was packaged as a Captain America film as opposed to another Avengers, other than the fact Age of Ultron was just last year. Not only do most all of the major players appear (the exceptions are Thor and Hulk), several more have been added who may or may not have been part of the comic story. The one that doesn't make sense to me is Spider-Man, seems like he should be off in another universe altogether.
The reason Captain America has been my favorite is because of his loyalty and his devotion to justice. He's the Superman of the Marvel 'verse, fighting for truth, justice and the American way. At least he was, but now he wants to defy authority simply to be loyal to his friend Bucky Barnes. True, Bucky was manipulated by Hydra, but he remembers every evil thing he did, and he should answer for those transgressions. Cap is not only fighting for Bucky, he's fighting against the rule of law. The Sokovia Accords have been signed by 177 nations, including the United States. It's not important whether or not the accords are justified, that is what diplomacy is for. The last thing someone normally aligned with justice should do is to unilaterally decide to go their own way, regardless of the fallout.
So, at the end of this film we have the Avengers at odds with each other, some following the established law, others on the run and I guess in hiding for a while. There are five other MCU films in the pipeline before we will likely get back to this story, with the next Avengers two years from now. Will I still have any interest in it by then?
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