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Captain America: Civil War

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Captain America: Civil War was released in theaters on May 6, 2016. Much like its predecessors it was highly anticipated and managed to live up to the hype.

The past missteps of the Avengers are deemed unacceptable by the world’s leaders and a decision is made that the group should no longer function autonomously. This means heavy sanctioning and never-ending political interference. An explosive rivalry unfolds between Captain America (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and sides are chosen. To make matters worse, a new villain emerges who threatens to tear the Avengers a part for good.

This movie is a lot of fun to watch on the big screen. The fight sequences are brilliant and well-choreographed, the characters’ motives and positions are fully developed, and the costuming is impeccable. While it may be difficult to watch our favorite heroes be at odds with one another, it is clear in the movie why each individual chooses the side that they do.

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Though a Captain America film, Civil War really feels more like Avengers 3 as the whole gang is back together again (with the exception of Thor and Hulk). Everyone operates at their best and it is refreshing to see how far each has evolved.

The relationship between Cap and Stark is central to the overall film. Cap doesn’t want the Avengers to relinquish their power for fear of not being able to control who they help. Conversely, Stark feels that a few regulations will help the Avengers and prevent further unnecessary deaths. The scenes between Evans and RDJ are well-scripted gold and the result of two talented actors who have found their groove working with another.

Civil War also does a good job this time around of exploring the actions and decisions made by the Avengers in previous films. They have fought countless battles and saved many lives, but the idea is presented here that maybe they haven’t really done more good than bad. Unlike many other superhero movies, the actions of the Avengers have real world consequences and we see each of them struggle with this in their own way.

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Like many others, I was very excited about seeing Chadwick Boseman onscreen as Black Panther for the very first time. Boseman’s polished Wakandan accent was a pleasant surprise as was his sleek costume. I appreciated that Black Panther’s motives and intentions were well laid out. Movie-goers get to see some of what drives him, namely justice, his father’s legacy, and protecting his people. Black Panther’s stand-alone film is expected to arrive in theaters February 2018 and I literally cannot wait!!!!

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention how cool Spider-Man was in this film. I was surprised to find him so youthful and likeable. Tom Holland’s take on Peter Parker is a special one and I personally think that he is the Spider-Man we’ve always wanted and deserved. Spider-Man: Homecoming will hit theaters in 2017 and it is very likely that Holland’s interpretation could be even more entertaining than the previous takes on the young web-slinger.

There are obviously many serious themes present in Civil War, but don’t be discouraged because there is humor too! Characters like Spider-man, Stark and Ant-Man (yes he makes an appearance) help keep the energy going and bring about a few laughs.

Be forewarned that this film clocks in at 2 hrs. 27 minutes and it will definitely feel that long. Because of the handful of the characters it can be a little dizzying to keep everyone straight. If you aren’t already well associated with the Marvel universe- you may want to brush up before seeing Civil War or you could be in danger of missing key plot lines.

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Overall, I say Captain American: Civil War is one to watch! It has the action and thrills that you want in a film of this kind.

Civil War is directed by the Russo brothers (Anthony and Joe) and the screenplay was crafted by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

This film also stars: Scarlett Johannson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, William Hurt and Daniel Bruhl.

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