Making comparisons between Captain America: Civil War (CACW) and last month’s Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (BVS) are an inevitability. I often had to hold my tongue in the presence of the rabid Batman and Superman fanboys because there was just no dissenting with them. I felt Zack Snyder’s vision left the film under lit and with a forced plot.
Captain America: Civil War (for me) is the superior superhero film of the two and the brothers Joe and Anthony Russo are clearly on to something, while I am very uncertain about DC leaving some very beloved properties in the hands of Zack Snyder whose career pinnacle must have been 2007’s 300.
The action sequences for CACW did not wait until the last hour to start. There is action throughout the film and it is shot with lots of light and amazing color grading. You completely know what’s going on and can understand the fight choreography.
With BVS, it was all done in the dark for the most part—there is a good way to use the dark, but it wasn’t done here I was unable to appreciate what was going on.
For CACW, you get to also appreciate the debate over the Sokovia accords—Iron Man is still dealing with some of guilt from the events in Age of Ultron and Cap also is affected by earnestly serving organizations and leaders he thought to be for the common good. Throw in the life of his best friend Bucky Barnes a.k.a. The Winter Soldier into the mix and you get to understand the combination of past experiences and reasoning behind the current rift between dear friends.
This is rift that cannot just be suddenly fixed with a silly and quick realization—like BVS’ “Martha.” While there is indeed a third party with an ax to grind, there still remains a combination of reasons the lines have been divided so.
To add to the “fun”—Captain American and Iron Man have found themselves with allies and teammates. On Cap’s side are of course his best friend Bucky, new sidekick Falcon joined Antman, Scarlet Witch and Hawkeye. On Stark’s side are his best friend WarMachine, Vision and colleague Black Widow. Team Iron Man also recruits the newest incarnation of Spiderman and is joined by Black Panther who has a personal grudge against Bucky.
There’s also Agent 13 a.k.a. Sharon Carter who we saw in The Winter Soldier; we also see The Hulk’s General Ross (William Hurt) get promoted to Secretary of State, Marissa Tomei as the new Aunt May and Martin Freeman (Bilbo, Watson) as Everett Ross of the State Department—who we may see in the 2018 Black Panther film (as he figures in the BP comics.)
Captain America: Civil War a.k.a. Avengers 2.5 is a delight for fans and movie goers and it certainly keeps the momentum going and the ball rolling for the upcoming Marvel films. Just around the corner are: Doctor Strange (November 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 2017), Spiderman (July 2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (November 2017).
Captain America: Civil War was released last Wednesday and is available on IMAX, 3D and regular formats.