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Saturday, 30 April 2016

At The Fleapit: Captain America - Civil War (2016)


In Marvel We Trust. It should come as no great surprise to readers of my waffling that I love the Marvel movies, and I'm delighted to report that not only are Marvel Studios showing no signs of slowing down, but they just keep getting better and better.

Captain America: Civil War has leapfrogged over Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians Of The Galaxy to become my new number one superhero flick.

There's so much to enjoy in this latest movie.

From the moment the title card over the New York skyline read "Queens" I started grinning because I could see where it was going. And I must have grinned continually for the next half hour or so because I'm delighted to say that Tom Holland is, hands down, the best young Peter Parker and Spider-Man to grace the silver screen.

Forget those embarrassing Andrew Garfield debacles, this is, finally, a real Spider-Man that feels like his comic book character. For a while I was worried that my rambling thoughts on Captain America: Civil War might just be me typing the words Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man over and over again, all in caps, Shining-style.

Really, although Spidey is the breakout character of Civil War, he's just the icing on the delicious cake that is this monumental, pulse-pounding thrill-ride.

When you've sat through as many structured films as I have, you can usually judge where the "slack" moments are going to be, when it's safe to slip out for a toilet break.

But Captain America: Civil War - despite having a running time of almost three hours - is so tightly scripted (kudos to Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely) and smoothly directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, that you need to stay in your seat the whole time if you don't want to miss a single frenetic, physics-defying fight sequence, high-speed chase, or key story point.

When an Avengers mission to bring in Crossbones (Frank Grillo) goes pear-shaped and civilians are killed, this is the final straw for the United Nations, after the world-shaking events of Age Of Ultron, The Winter Solider, and Avengers Assemble.

The U.N. seeks to impose control over the members of the Avengers - and, by extension, all superpowered characters.

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jnr) - aka Iron Man - supports this move, while Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) - aka Captain America - is strongly opposed, especially when his old pal Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is blamed for a bomb attack that kills the King Of Wakanda, setting the African nation's guardian, The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), on his scent.

Across a global canvas, with a vast array of costumed heroes, Captain America: Civil War was, once again, comic book excitement brought vividly to life.

Although it addresses serious issues along the way, don't expect a grim and gritty deconstruction of the genre or its tropes.

This is an action movie first and foremost, with some truly mind-boggling sequences (the almighty throwdown at the German airport - which features pretty much everyone - being a particular stand-out), the requisite witty banter, and dazzling special effects eye candy.

In all but name Captain America: Civil War is an Avengers film and, plotwise, I was impressed by the fact that, ultimately, it didn't go where I expected (or slightly feared).

Instead it established an interesting dynamic for future films involving any of the main characters that appeared here.

And, of course, being a Marvel movie, the fun doesn't stop once the credits roll. Captain America: Civil War has two additional scenes: the mid-credits' moment giving us a glimpse of Wakanda, and a taste of what's to come in 2018's Black Panther  movie.

The post-credits' scene returns the focus to Spider-Man, who gets a solo outing next year in Spider-Man: Homecoming (a title reminding us that although it's a Sony film, it's under Marvel Studios' control... and, unsurprisingly, they know how to handle the character, as clearly demonstrated here).

2 comments:

  1. I have to agree - it's one of the best Marvel movies to date. And also surprisingly amusing. Spider-man is ace.

    Loved Ant Man and the, erm, large role he played in this. And the ending was refreshing. (Spoiler) The bad guy wins!

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    1. Yes, there was so much to enjoy, that's why I can't wait to see it again (on Blu-Ray), so I can geek out in private over the incredible fan-service it delivers... along with its smart plot.

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