Dash Reviews…Captain America: Civil War

Hey, guys! It’s the Dash-man. I don’t think I need to mention that I’m a huge fan of comics and movies based on comic books…you know, when they’re done right. Sometimes they’re close to the source material, and sometimes they differ so much that it’s one of the main problems for a film’s failure. But, what happens when a story takes liberties and actually benefits from the changes? Time to find out, let’s not waste any time. It’s time to leap back into action. Before I get started, I do have a question for you guys…Who’s side are you on?

Or, we can just agree to disagree and just root for Team Marvel?

   ‘Captain America: Civil War’ is the latest superhero film from Disney & Marvel Studios, as well as the third and final film of the Captain America trilogy. This time, taking inspiration from the ‘Civil War’ storyline from the comics, pitting members of the Avengers and other heroes against each other. ‘Civil War’ has since received positive reviews, is currently grossing $295 Million in the US and well over $940 Million worldwide; making ‘Civil War’ the second highest-grossing film of 2016, just behind Disney’s ‘Zootopia’.

   Hey, hey, hey! That’s not nice! Anyway, is this truly the best Marvel film ever made? Well, let’s look at the film a little deeper. In case you’re unfamiliar with the ‘Civil War’ storyline, the basic premise is that there is a new act from the government where superheroes would be forced to be registered after a handful of disasters caused inadvertently by our heroes. Of course, not all of the Marvel heroes agree with the Superhero Registration Act; causing a handful of heroes led by Captain America to become enemies with Pro-Registration heroes led by Iron Man. For the film, the story is a bit safer and streamlined than the comics. Instead of the Superhero Registration Act, the government wants our heroes to sign on to a bill that will give the U.N. complete control over the Avengers, due to the recent actions of Scarlet Witch who accidently kills a few innocent people while also trying to save them. This is what causes the Avengers to eventually split in half, as well as the returning Bucky a.k.a. Winter Soldier, who Captain America wants to help and possibly bring in alive while the government wants him dead. With the line drawn, as well as another mysterious villain pulling the strings, who will come out on top? Team Captain America or Team Iron Man?

   While I have seen the previous two ‘Captain America’ movies, I never did have the chance to review them. In case, you’re wondering, however, my personal favorite of the three would have to be ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. ‘Civil War’ still has a lot of great things going for it. The story being one of those great aspects. Unlike the very rushed and unbalanced ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice’, everything in ‘Civil War’ flows with a steady pace and still makes you feel invested enough until we get to the very awesome action scenes. Did I mention that the action scenes are very awesome? Out of all of the Marvel films so far, this probably has some of the best action scenes. Another thing that really surprised me going in was that big fight between the two hero factions. After Venom in ‘Spiderman 3’, Two-Face in ‘The Dark Knight’, Parallax in ‘Green Lantern’, ‘Freddy vs. Jason’ & ‘Batman v Superman’, I was truly expecting an overblown two-minute scuffle with a strong buildup and a weak conclusion. That crap is not to be had in this movie. Not only did we see our favorite heroes have a long a well-paced fight, but everyone gets enough screen time as they duke it out. We’ve seen superheroes fight before, but hardly ever at this scale and it was amazing. Speaking of which…

   Yeah, let’s talk about Spiderman. This time around played by Tom Holland. Is he good? Does he beat Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield? Honestly, the way I feel about this new kid is the same way I feel about Ben Affleck as Batman. Michael Keaton is still my favorite Batman and Andrew Garfield is still my favorite Spiderman as of right now. However, I will make my final decision on these two new actors once they get their first standalone film. Like Ben Affleck though, Tom Holland is already a top contender for the best Spiderman and may just have a chance at beating Andrew Garfield. From what we get so far is a pretty nerdy and awkward Peter Parker, and Holland’s Spiderman is every bit as enthusiastic, fun, cocky and playful as the Spiderman from the comics. Still not the biggest fan of Marisa Tomei’s casting as Aunt May, but I am excited for ‘Spiderman: Homecoming’. You know what else I’m excited for?

The Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman…and it’s about friggin time! Aside from Doctor Strange, I have been waiting a long time to finally see this hero to leap onto the big screen and he looks awesome. Props to the people responsible for the costume design in this movie, but I also tip my hat off to Chadwick Boseman. Much like the character itself, Boseman has that perfect balance of regal and edge. 

Not to say that the actor wasn’t good. In fact, he was pretty good. I remember him from Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Inglorious Basterds’, and he was great in that film too. Here’s the thing with the portrayal of this character…Zemo is supposed to be a terrorist who lurks in the background and orchestrates the fall of the Avengers. Not a bad premise and motive. But, we’ve seen villains like this before in comic book movies. One of the prime examples being Red Skull from ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’. I just wished they would’ve added just a little something extra to make him more of a threat. I hate to use this as an example because I hate this particular movie so much, but look at how Bane was portrayed in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’. Sure, the acting wasn’t the best and the voice was ridiculous, but the look was pretty cool and Tom Hardy at least made the best of the script and was both a physical and psychological threat to Batman. Which also brings me to the look of Zemo. I get that they wanted to use the character of Baron Zemo from the comics but also do something different. But once again, we’ve seen Marvel take characters that looked absolutely silly looking back and made them look awesome by today’s standards. Why couldn’t they do the same with Zemo? It couldn’t have been that hard to give him a leather jacket and update his mask. In fact, we’ve seen updates of Zemo’s mask in the comics and they look awesome.

Another thing, and I know I’m probably in the minority on this. But as great as this movie is, it didn’t really feel like a Captain America movie. It’s not that the film isn’t big enough, but I feel like it’s too big. You either love or hate the Civil War storyline from the comics. But if you did like it, then you’d probably agree that this kind of storyline is more than just Captain America’s story, this is the Avengers’ story. Technically, this is about a vast majority of the Marvel Universe. As far as the Cinematic Universe, however, this is Avengers’ story. Personally, I feel like they should’ve saved this movie for the end and called this movie ‘Avengers 3: Civil War’, and the fourth and fifth Avengers movie can be ‘Infinity War’ but that’s just me.

See what I mean? Other than that, and the need for a more interesting villain, this is still one of the best Marvel films to date. Do you see why DC Comics and Warner Bros. is already headed to a downward spiral with their own cinematic universe? Because they wish they can make comic book movies this engaging and energetic. A great story despite the fact that some liberties had to be taken, same great acting from both the veterans and the new actors, and awesome action. The funny thing is that five years ago, I never thought I would like a Captain America movie, let alone the character of Captain America. Now, it gives me great pleasure to say that the Captain America trilogy is a perfect trilogy.

Well, I feel as though I’ve been reviewing a lot of good movies lately. How about next time, we shoot for something a little different? Even if it will do serious harm to my brain cells…

…Christ, where’s Jamie Dornan & Dakota Johnson when you need them? Until next time, Gotta Dash!

Rating: 9/10

Written by Shane Moose

A special thanks to the three big F’s in my life(Friends, Family & Fans) for helping me get this far, for pushing me to go even further and for putting up with me when I try going even further than that. To hell with the limitations!

Videos & Photos:

All comic book images are owned by Marvel Comics

Captain America: Civil War(owned by Marvel Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Zootopia(owned by Walt Disney Pictures, Walt Disney Animation Studios & Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)

Fifty Shades Of Black(owned by IM Global, Baby Way Productions &  Open Road Films)


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