Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
I honestly don’t know why Avengers: Age of Ultron wasn’t as good as this movie. Some how, Civil War managed to be a better Avengers movie than Ultron, which is bizarre, yet comforting to know that a comic book movie can have a large scope in way of character development as well as a clear, well thought out story.
Civil War takes place in the wake of Age of Ultron and the events in the fictional country of Sokovia. It picks up a year later. Captain America, Chris Evans, is running missions with Falcon, Anthony Mackie, Scarlet Witch, Elizabeth Olsen, Black Widow, Scarlett Johansson, and Vision, Paul Bettany. Also, War Machine, Don Cheadle, helps out sometimes. Anyway, a bunch of countries get together and want all the super heroes to sign this registration that makes them government agents. Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. is all about everyone signing up, Captain America isn’t because his buddy Bucky, Sebastian Stan, is wanted for, well, all of Captain America: Winter Soldier and some other uncouth things that happen in Civil War. You’re kinda fucked if you haven’t seen all of the Marvel movies leading up to this one, but that’s actually what works about it.
These movies play off each that, up until this movie, seemed clunky at times, forced in others. In this movie,however, the interplay is near flawless. When Captain America and Iron form their own teams, they each get a bug guy. Cap gets Ant-Man, Tony gets Spider-Man. Spider-Man’s introduction was one of the clunkier parts and even that was pretty well done. Black Panther, Chad Boseman, at first glance seems kinda forced, just there to set up his own film, but by the end of the movie, he acts as a middle ground foil for both Cap and Iron Man.
Obviously, one of the big draws to this movie is watching super heroes fight each other, which, believe me, this movie has plenty of. The scenes are well choreographed, well filmed, generally well done. They actually manage to work in character develop over the course of the fight scenes which is nice. Best fight involves the whole cast going at it, Hawkeye, Jeremy Renner, included. Again, clunky concept pulled off with great fluidity.
If you’re caught up in the Marvel Universe, this is a great film. If you aren’t, this will probably be total garbage to you. Watch the first Avengers movie, then suffer through the second one, then enjoy the hell out of Civil War. That’s what we call homework.