Captain America: Civil War
While 'Captain America: Civil War' is a great Marvel movie, it is by no means the best. While it is a captivating, impressive film - at times it can feel rushed, and struggles to allow every character or relationship the development it rightly deserves.
As the UN decides to govern the Avengers due to the deaths and the destruction caused on their missions, they are split down the middle. Team Captain America and Team Iron Man must fight for what, and who they believe in - while also fighting each other. When friends become enemies, enemies become friends, new faces and cracks appear in the hero supergroup, it begs the question - 'Who, and what will survive?'
There were definitely some stand-out performances in the film. Both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan reprise their roles as Captain America/Steve Rogers, and The Winter Soldier/Bucky Barnes respectively, and both carry many of the particularly emotive parts of the film as they attempt to rekindle their characters friendship. Both actors were superb - whether in a scene together or individually, both actors work mean that the film has some incredibly emotional moments like those found in the 'The Winter Soldier'. Bucky Barnes will also quickly become a favourite character if he isn't already, as Stan plays and develops him with impressive depth.
The only disappointment is the fact that Cap himself seems to get less screentime than I first anticipated, given that his name is in the actual title of the film itself. It would have been nice to see more of Evans and Stan bouncing off of each other as they do so incredibly well, and if you are looking for a continuation of 'The Winter Soldier', in terms of developing and establishing Barnes and Rogers friendship, at times it can sadly take a back seat in the film.
However, the lack of screentime for Team Cap does allow some members of Team Iron Man to shine, with Robert Downey Jr giving a fantastic performance as Tony Stark/Iron Man that allows an audience to see the character's rare emotional side. He too, works extremely well with Evans (and later, Stan) as they all make the last 25 minutes of the film particularly emotional and harrowing, allowing the film to finish on an extreme high.
Scarlett Johansson also continues to flesh out Black Widow with grace and style, and the two newcomers to the Marvel universe and screen - Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther and Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spiderman are outstanding in their roles, leaving you on the edge of your seat and desperate to see both character's standalone films.
However, with so many characters and plots to balance, the film can feel rushed - with certain strands of a plot that have been built up throughout the film discarded in a swift movement. In terms of plot, a kiss in the film also feels particularly forced, making you wonder whether the scene itself was a last minute addition, given its genuinely baffling appearance, particularly given the complete lack of a romantic relationship developed between the characters involved.
Some of the fight scenes can also feel clumsy - either due to editing that feels too quick, or just due to the choreography. However, most of the fight scenes in the films were outstanding - leaving you both breathless and depending on who wins the fight - devastated.
The editing, however, is generally excellent. With one scene in particular, of Bucky Barnes (Stan) grabbing and jumping on a motorbike with one hand - leaving the entire cinema agape due to the finesse of both acting and editing.
'Captain America: Civil War' is by no means the best Marvel film, but it is one of thee greats. It's a fast-paced thrill of a superhero film that will leave you shocked, make you cry, and will definitely make you desperate to see another showing.
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