Review

Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Considering almost every superhero movie villain’s tendency to attack urban places in the United States, Captain America: Civil War discusses the costs (financial and otherwise) involved during the aftermath. The argument between Captain America(Steve Rogers) and Ironman(Tony Stark) arises due to the establishment of the Sokovia Accords that would result in the creation of a UN panel to monitor the Avengers after Wanda Maximoff accidentally partly demolishes a Wakandan hospital during a battle.

There are quite some surprises when it comes to the attitudes of the characters, I’m obviously talking about Steve Rogers (Captain America), who ditches his usual goody-two-shoes image and gives the government the middle finger by rescuing his childhood friend Bucky while Tony (Ironman) chooses to play by the book. The movie is saved from being a regular good-guy versus bad-guy action flick because the antagonist Helmut Zemo, like so many others did not graduate from the I-want-to-take-over-the-world school(sorry Loki and Ultron) because his agenda is not restricted to fighting the avengers. This is one of those rare movies in which the villain is not a power-hungry sociopath whose main objective is to obstruct the hero’s journey (read, Ultron) - instead Zemo is a three-dimensional persona who is motivated by powerful reasons that don’t make you completely hate him.

Moving away from the main guys, the rest of the cast provide useful moments of levity and smiles whether it be through Vision and Wanda Maximoff's (Scarlet Witch) burgeoning romance( There’s definitely something there) and Black Widows usual sarcasm playing alongside Sam Wilson’s (The Falcon) chirpy wit. Another lovable factor was Tony’s vulnerability and as much as we enjoy his smart mouth and witty one-liners, the glimpse into his past leaves you with the feels.

Also, a big thank you to Marvel for including Ant-man and Spider-man in the battle; it would have been totally incomplete without Paul Rudd’s endearing goofiness-
Ant-Man: [internally damaging the Iron Man suit] Oh, you're going to have to take this to the shop.
Iron Man: Who's speaking?
Ant-Man: It's your conscience. We don't talk a lot these days.
I don’t think I’ve ever laughed this much in a fight scene.
The Spiderman age jokes (Seriously, they just keep getting younger).
There are few things that I didn’t enjoy about the movie, but I feel like the first half dragged on a little too long and they took some time getting to the main plot, and Steve’s righteousness and at times uptight nature get old after a while, although the occasional deeply buried sarcasm does make the occasional appearance, lending some much needed levity to his personality.
Considering how high the bar was raised after Marvel released Deadpool, Captain America : Civil War definitely exceeded my expectations and has gotten me desperately anticipating the next one (Seriously 2018 can’t come soon enough). Overall, the movie is for everybody, action fans won’t be disappointed, and if not, well, just watch it for the eye candy(Honestly, how do they look that good after those sweaty chases and buttkicking?); I’m kidding, it’s a perfect dish with the proportionate amount of drama, romance, comedy and goes without saying, adventure as its ingredients. Watch the movie, the two hours won’t be a waste of your time.