Now Geek This! A Review of Captain America: Civil War

This week, I will be reviewing the latest addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War.  Civil War, directed by the brother team of Anthony and Joe Russo, is the third film in the Captain America franchise, and stars Chris Evans as the titular character, Captain America.  Civil War also stars an assembly (pun intended) of other actors portraying their familiar roles from other Marvel films, including Avengers, Ant-Man, and a movie that will be forthcoming.The Russo brothers were the team behind the last Captain America movie, Winter Soldier, and it is clear that these gentlemen know exactly how to create an amazing superhero movie.  Winter Soldier is widely praised by fans as one of the best, if not the best, of all the Marvel movies, and Civil War continues the trend that the Russo brothers began with the second Cap film.  Civil War is exciting, awe inspiring, and extremely entertaining in every aspect.  The story of Civil War is deep, thought provoking, and action packed without feeling bloated or overcrowded.  Civil War is visually stunning, with beautiful action scenes and amazing special effects.  This movie is a feast that any Marvel fan, or superhero fan in general, should be able to easily sink their teeth into.

Civil War focuses on two main story lines that interweave seamlessly throughout the film.  The first story, involving the other heroes of the MCU, including Ironman, Scarlet Witch, and even Ant-Man, revolves around the United Nations creation of the Sekovia Accords, a set of laws that will give the governments of the world control over the actions of the heroes.  The institution of the Accords creates a rift among the various heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, mainly creating a conflict between Ironman and Cap, who find themselves on opposite sides.  It is this conflict that leads to a “war” between the heroes in the second act of the film that is one of the greatest, and comic book like, fight scenes I have ever seen in any comic book film.  This particular fight is fully loaded with amazing action, laugh inducing quips, and wonderful surprises that will be sure to bring out the kid in anyone.

The second storyline of the film revolves around Captain America’s search for his friend Bucky, that began in the Winter Soldier film, and his attempt to save him from the brainwashing the Russians forced Bucky to endure.  This second story also leads to some great scenes that successfully balance out the extravagance of the hero’s civil war.  The Russo’s pulled the Winter Soldier’s story from some of the best Captain America comics, and have, as a result, created a film that is sure to please any Marvel Fan.

It is nearly impossible, of course, to create a perfect film, and Captain America: Civil War does suffer from a few small flaws.  The biggest flaw that I could mention is the villain of the film, Helmut Zemo, known in the comics as Baron Zemo.  Zemo’s plot to tear apart the heroes that accidentally destroyed his family during the fight with Ultron in Avengers 2 was handled well, but the actual character of Zemo was a bit generic, and could easily have been replaced with any basic soldier type character.  It feels like Baron Zemo, who is a very important character in the Marvel comic book universe,  was wasted in this movie.  In fact, Zemo was not even a baron in Civil War, but was instead a soldier in the Serkovian army.  Zemo did not even wear his signature mask in the movie, and that was very disappointing indeed.  I was hoping for more from Baron Zemo, a character with a huge comic book legacy, and I still hold out hope that he may someday make a reappearance as the character he should be.  There are one or two other small flaws, but they are more nitpicky than anything else, and barely worth a mention as they really did not affect my enjoyment of the film.

Captain America: Civil War is a fantastic movie that gives Marvel fans all the goodies and surprises they could possibly hope for, and that alone makes the film worth watching.  The fact that the Civil War is actually a really good movie underneath the candy coating of “fanboy service” just makes the movie that much better.  I cannot recommend this movie enough, and I would definitely place Captain America: Civil War in the top echelon of comic book movies.  Personally, I can easily place this movie in my top five list of the greatest comic book movies.  I might even be bold enough to place Civil War in my top three, who knows.  Civil War scratched every itch I had as a comic book fan, and it is one of the films that has come closest to matching the comic book experience in my opinion.

That’s all for this edition of Now Geek This!  Tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.

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