Captain America: Civil War Review- Friendship, Sacrifice And Best Superhero Battle Yet!

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One of the most anticipated movies of 2016 has to be ‘Captain America: Civil War’ which opened today on May 6, 2016, in India. While everyone watched it today or will be watching it, I got a chance to attend a special screening of the highly awaited film on Friday, April 29, 2016. This film kick starts the Phase 3 of Marvel films and we have to say it- THIS IS WHAT WE EXPECT FROM THEM. This film has to be the best Marvel movie till date. There, I said it.

Using the plot from 2006 Marvel comic-book series Civil War as a basis, the film focusses on the enmity between two of the biggest superheroes in Marvel Universe- Captain America vs Iron Man. Though it focusses on the good guys fighting each other, it also establishes a point about the kind of responsibility a superhero has.

Moving forward from ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’, the film starts at the point where the superheroes are dealing the tragic loss of numerous lives in Sokovia. More innocent lives are lost in Lagos, Nigeria where the Avengers were trying to save the day.  The government’s major question to the Avengers is- who will be held accountable for the massive destruction? Which lives matter? Does killing bad guys redeem the innocent lives lost during the fight? These are questions the Avengers are asked to answer.

This calls in for a major change as the Avengers face the strong disapproval from the government. United Nations, keeping the massive destruction in mind, decide to create a law controlling the superheroes. This means only when needed, they will decide whether to get the Avengers on board or not. This also means all the superheroes will be robbed of their independence. Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the one who is supporting this law that will, maybe, reduce the collateral damage. Vision (Paul Bettany) sees the point in keeping the superheroes in check, explaining how the number of the enhanced humans on the planet is increasing and creating major havoc. Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) refuses to sign the contract. Steve has always been the one to follow the rules but wants to be able to decide for himself when to fight for the people.  This marks the beginning of the divide between Iron Man and Captain America.

As lines are drawn, and team members choose sides, Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) returns, as does a man named Zemo (Daniel Brühl), who has more than a passing interest in Barnes’ activities. Zemo’s agenda involves Captain decades-long loyalty towards Barnes that will turn into a vigilante which he is not. The government is brought in, Cap is not okay putting regulations on him, Barnes is a hunted man for something he did not do, Avengers go against each other and the Civil War is on.

I won’t give out much only because I got a chance to watch it a week before its release and I’ll be forever grateful. But, I would point out one scene- Airport one- which is filmed so beautifully and is, hands down, the best scene in the film. The film brings out tons of surprising elements, teases a lot, one gets hyperactive just watching it and in all one of the best visually impressive films.

Coming to the fantastic acting by Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. These two brilliant gems make you feel everything throughout the movie. You can understand Captain’s side but also agree with Tony. As hard it is to pick a side, the film beautifully shows both the points and how important responsibilities the superheroes have.

The person who impressed me the most was Tom Holland. Ever since Spiderman was announced to be appearing in the film and Tom was cast, I was a bit skeptical about it. In my defense, Tobey McGuire and Andrew Garfield had done fantastic work before. So, it was obvious to have little doubts. But, Marvel knows how perfect they are in their casting department. Tom was the highlight of that airport scene. Proper, comic timing, genuinely funny when needed, nothing looked forced. Tom takes the cake in that scene and has sure excited everyone for ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’.

Not to forget, Paul Rudd. One would think that Ant-Man would get lost with the big names in the film. But, no. He shines and clearly shows why he became the part of the team in the first place. There is no way one can’t notice Paul when he is onscreen.

New character Black Panther played Chadwick Boseman is just perfect. His strength, the vulnerability, and the strong presence steal the show.

Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Russo Brothers have done justice to the film and this is, by far, the best Marvel movie till date. The amount of research, giving every character the kind the importance they deserve, emotionally involving the audience- ‘Captain America: Civil War’ strikes that admirable balance: a serious-minded action that never forgets to indulge in serious fun.

Last but not the least- the film has two after credits scenes that focus on what we can expect the further movies of phase 3 of Marvel Universe. One credit scene leads up to ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ and second ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’.

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