“United We Stand, Divided We Fall” says the marketing campaign for Captain America Civil War which just recently hit the theaters last Friday. Thousands of Marvel fans and I lined up in anticipation for the movie and swarmed in filling the theaters on opening night.
In my opinion Captain America Civil War is the best superhero movie released so far this year. The movie makes itself different by tackling very dark themes like the issue of freedom vs security. Also, the ensemble cast delivers great performances and the inclusion of Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe only sweetens the deal.
The first thing that the movie does right is in its character interactions and development. Each time the characters interact with each other, the arguments and fights justifies both sides their arguments over what is right and wrong. It just shows two differing opinions on having a government power monitor and control the actions of superheroes.
Also, the movie shows how far each character has come since their initial introduction and allows newer characters to have their chance to develop. A prime example of this is King T’Challa a.k.a The Black Panther portrayed by Chadwick Boseman. T’Challa has a full character arc in the movie that shows one of the major themes of the story: setting up his progression into becoming a superhero.
The second thing the movie does right is the story line as the writers made a smart choice by taking elements of the original comic book and creating a conflict that fits the already established universe. The story is very easy to follow with twists and turns that keep the audience engaged and entertained. Also, it is paced greatly and balances out action scenes and talking scenes.
On the topic of action scenes, all the fights in the movie are well choreographed and keep audiences on the edge of their seats. The trailer fight scene at the airport is so good, that at the end of it, I had to catch my breath to process all that just happened. Also, the fight between Captain America, Iron Man, and Winter Soldier is both heartbreaking and breathtaking at the same time because of the setup and the motivations of why these characters are fighting each other.
All in all, Captain America Civil War is a solid movie and is definitely one of the best movies released this year. I give the movie a perfect 5 out of 5 stars; it is a must watch for all movie goers and Marvel fans.
- Credit for the poster goes to Marvel Studios