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KuroSawWhat

Cival War: Captain America and Friends is a 2.5 hour trailer for upcoming movies and toy lines, which you can spend your money on soon, Thor willing. The fact that everyone clearly remembers the actions of Spider-Man and Ant-Man--2 characters which have zero reason to appear in this film--but are hazy on all else, speaks to how truly lightweight this piece of Hollywood fluff turns out to be.

Other bits of Marvel lore being crammed into this production include angry Black Panther guy who.. made a custom supersuit in a couple days, or had it before, or.. does he have powers, or is it just the suit? I have no idea, but apparently you're just supposed to know these things. Scarlet Witch, whose powers and backstory are still a mystery to me after three film appearances. The god-like Vision who.. wasn't enough, so they needed Spider-Man to help because.. sequels? And the rest.

Oh, and Captain America is in there, too! In this Captain America film! I'm glad that they could find space for him somewhere.

As a huge fan of The Winter Soldier--my favorite Marvel film, by far--I was eagerly anticipating seeing the continuation of the story and characters which were set up there. While that continuation is in this film, for about 10 minutes, it is quickly shoved aside for gripping political drama!! Will Captain America sign the piece of paper that Robert Downey Jr wants him to sign or not?! That's clearly enough drama to sustain this Hulk (MIA) of a film! This paper was the authorization for Robert Downey Jr's paycheck, I think. Ultimately the baddie behind it all is.. well I'm not sure who they were.. a Marvel executive producer, I think? I had to ask my comic-savvy friend, but they weren't sure who they were, either.

And, of course, there's the scene where everybody punches everybody else in the face and they all fall down. I was so bored during this scene, because the stakes were so low and ill-defined, that I nearly left to freshen my drink, but thought that something substantive must happen, right? It didn't. But at least a lot of CGI animators have something to put on their resumes, now. It was good for the economy!

In short, this film may interlock with the entire sprawling MCU (Major Cash Utility), but it is not very enjoyable as a standalone production, unless your definition of enjoyment is watching CGI people get punched in the face and argue about political referendums. It's big and noisy for a while, a lot of people are there, and it just sort of ends without anything being accomplished. Maybe I should have watched Congress on C-SPAN, instead?

Oh, and "Spider-Man Will Return." I am literally shocked with surprise. I didn't see that coming.
6 years 8 months ago
Pauljt1980's avatar

Pauljt1980

Was good, certainly better than Age Of Ultron. Was expecting it to suffer from crowding in too many superheros, but it didnt and they got it spot on.
6 years 8 months ago
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TheStonyField

The special effects, acting, choreography, and dialogue were top-notch, and this film ranks as enjoyable as just about any Marvel film. The political subtext, however, was a little more thinly veiled and aggravating than usual – it seems that we are meant to identify with aggressive, unilateral militarism that results in civilian casualties (which is presented as "freedom") and reject measures for accountability (which are presented as evilly socialist via menacing phrases like "the collective good"). Though there is lip service paid to making both sides of the conflict relatable, the fact that "Civil War" is a subtitle to "Captain America" makes the position of the film clear.
6 years 8 months ago
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Maxahlia

I really enjoyed the potrayal of T'challa. The character work was actually pretty solid overall.

Also, Zemo is easily one of the best Marvel movie baddies so far.
6 years 9 months ago
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acoltismypassport

8.3, what a fucking joke. Another of the numerous films in the comic book-churning Hollywood movie machine. Unless you're a thoroughly indoctrinated fan blind to even the basics of good film-making, take a rain check.
6 years 8 months ago
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catherinefrances

I don't see the appeal for this film. Is it really that good? Please enlighten me.
6 years 8 months ago
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Cynicus Rex

I'm surprised this movie is high rated. Senseless fights. Monotone dialogue. Incredibly boring.
6 years 4 months ago
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Earring72

Ok follow up but AGAIN, weak villian, TOO many characters and holes in the story. Entertaining it is but Winter Soldier was much better!
5 years 11 months ago
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palefire

The film begins rehashing identical ground to Batman v Superman. The risk of collateral damage with vigilante justice. Yet, I would not be surprised if this film was heavily influenced by US government foreign policy. Collateral damage is okay says old Cap. Captain America would have you believe that war is freedom.
The standout moments in the film were Antman and Spiderman. Everyone else was generic superhero fodder. The film is unique in rehashing generic comic book tropes, while also functioning as an unsubtle work of American propaganda for their foreign policy. 0/5
6 years 8 months ago
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Paravail

A pretty solid movie overall. The "civil war" aspect is a tad contrived, and the main villain, such as there is, is utterly forgettable, but the movie does have a pretty intriguing twist in the third act, and the actions scenes are very entertaining. Does the whole "superheroes fight each other" thing much better than "Batman v. Superman."
6 years 9 months ago
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invisiblecities

unbelievably tedious
3 years 9 months ago
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Siskoid

Captain America Civil War is the Avengers movie Age of Ultron sadly wasn't. Or it's BvS done right (or frankly, the movie the WB tried to make to cut the grass right under Marvel's feet). Or it's the comic book event rewritten by people who actually understand the characters. Bottom line, while Captain America still drives the film - as is proper - it's an incredibly well-balanced team-up story where some 18 characters each get not one, but at least two cool/important moments without pulling focus away from the main storyline and themes. The introduction of the new Spider-Man comes close, but he's integral, naively following Iron Man while espousing, and bouncing back at Tony, Cap's opinion. Most impressive to me was Black Panther, who I thought was going to get a perfunctory introduction to tease his upcoming film (as with Spidey), but no. He's as important as Cap, Tony and Bucky, a balancing element who works through the theme of revenge and comes out on the other side at peace with himself - something neither Zemo nor Iron Man are able to do. As with most "mastermind" plots, I'm not sure it all stands up to scrutiny - there are always contrivances and outright luck in this kind of story - but cool action, a somber tone well balanced with levity, and a host of characters we're already invested in keeps things bouncing along so that you certainly don't think about any of that while watching it (certainly not on first viewing). We might have a new entry in the MCU Top 5 here.
5 years ago
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kimstir

Stepping back and looking at, it really is a feat what they pull off and how they’re able to juggle all the different characters and their story lines, while still managing to introduce a new threat/villain. Everything they pull off I’m sure was hard as heck to do. And I did like the movie. It was funny and the action sequences were good. It’s all there, and yet… I just didn’t care that much at the end of the day. I’m not sure if it’s because I’m personally getting a little burnt out on superhero movies, or I’m not buying into the stakes of the movie. It was funny and fun to look at, but never thrilling or intense to me.

Paul Rudd was pretty amazing though. RDJ always fantastic. Elizabeth Olson is too pretty I’m jealous. And the new Spider-Man is good. Though, the idea of watching another Spider-Man movie makes me want to take a nap.

Overall: It’s all there. It’s really well done. I just didn’t quite care all that much, but I think that's because I’m getting numb to superhero movies and their stakes.
6 years 7 months ago
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frankqb

140 minutes of self-aggrandizing navel gazing. Utterly worthless if you haven't previously committed to 5 or 6 other movies in this universe.
6 years 8 months ago
mrpinbert's avatar

mrpinbert

The fight between Iron Man and Captain could have been solved through some throwaway dialogue.

Captain could just have explained that spoiler
It makes the final battle kinda lame, same problem with the fight between Batman and Superman.

Otherwise an entertaining but forgettable movie.

I would give it a 7/10.
6 years 8 months ago

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