Captain America: Civil War (2016)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi


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Political involvement in the Avengers' affairs causes a rift between Captain America and Iron Man.


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27 April 2016 | thependragonscribe
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| "Captain America: Civil War" Pits Two of MCU's Biggest Heroes in One Epic Confrontation
The Marvel universe gets tenser with the most-awaited "Civil War". For what fans clamor to be a storyline that the MCU is building towards, here comes a showdown of Marvel's biggest properties.

"Captain America 3" starts off where "Avengers: Age of Ultron" ended, when the New Avengers, led by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans), are cornered by international concern in response to continuous collateral damage. As a result, a governing act is proposed to the Avengers, fracturing the team to two sides, one led by Rogers and another led by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.). But when a new threat is on the horizon, the team has to face the repercussions of their brawls.

It is a huge help that the Russo Brothers returned to hold the weights of Marvel's Phase Three, after their spontaneous effort in "The Winter Soldier". Though "Civil War" may not be as solid as its predecessor, it is still a worthy addition to the Avengers storyline and Captain America's saga. Yet, it excels for taking a mature route that brings a compelling character study, a token from the first Avengers movie. Out of such character study is the major theme of vengeance. I am not going to give any more details about it. It is best to be seen and be enamored by how such themes are delivered with an affecting yet entertaining vibe.

Kudos to the cast ensemble that all brought their A-game, even though some characters are not that fleshed out, or feeling shoehorned. Evans is at his most moving as the fading patriot who wishes the best for his team and loved ones. Downey Jr. is still what we expected from RDJ. Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow has a neutral but affectionate presence, despite her rather little involvement. The rest of the cast is great to see, with notable breakout performances from Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man/Giant-Man, Chadwick Boseman as T'Challa/Black Panther and Tom Holland as Spider-Man/Peter Parker. And Daniel Bruhl as Helmut Zemo is a better addition to Marvel's lacking lineup of antagonists. But despite the cast's collective efforts, there is an obvious battle for screen time with all characters. Thankfully, it was all salvaged as the two parties brawl in a cleared airport, in an exhilarating action sequence that will surely make every audience member cheer.

For all the makings of a summer blockbuster, "Captain America: Civil War" gets it all started right. Besides being a loyal companion to the comic book storyline, it is a worthy setup to Marvel's other properties and one that truly can hold on its own, courtesy of its consistent superhero action scenes, the Russo brothers' tense direction, the excellent cast, its thought-provoking themes and its exciting story with its signature Marvel snappy dialogue. Let us hope for the best for MCU's future, including Tom Holland's "Spider-Man".

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Trivia

(at around 13 mins) During the virtual reality scene at M.I.T., Maria Stark (Hope Davis) plays the piano and sings the song "Try To Remember", from the 1960 musical The Fantasticks. This song's lyrics link nostalgia for the month of September, with the singer's lost youth: "Try to remember the kind of September / When life was slow and oh, so mellow / Try to remember the kind of September / When grass was green and grain was yellow / Try to remember the kind of September / When you were a young and callow fellow..." After Maria finishes singing, and the virtual reality presentation is done, Tony (Robert Downey Jr.) announces to the M.I.T. students, that he has given them grants for all of their research projects under the auspices of his new foundation, the "September Foundation".


Quotes

Karpov: Longing. Rusted. Seventeen. Daybreak. Furnace. Nine. Benign. Homecoming. One. Freight Car.
Karpov: Good morning, Soldier.


Goofs

(at around 10 mins) During the fight scene in the marketplace at the beginning of the movie, the edge of a stunt mat is visible after Black Widow rolls over a soldier to grab a handgun.


Crazy Credits

Tom Holland's credit casts the shadow of a spiderweb, with one strand linking it to Marisa Tomei's credit.


Soundtracks

Left Hand Free
Written by
Joe Newman, Thom Green (as Thomas Green) and Gus Unger-Hamilton (as Augustus Unger-Hamilton)
Performed by Alt-J
Courtesy of Atlantic Recording Corp./Canvasback Music
Courtesy of Infectious Music Ltd.
By arrangement with Warner Music Group Film & TV Licensing
By arrangement with BMG Rights Management (US) LLC

Storyline

Plot Summary


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Genres

Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi

Details

Release Date:

6 May 2016

Language

English, German, Xhosa, Russian, Romanian, Hindi


Country of Origin

USA

Filming Locations

Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Box Office

Budget:

$250,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$179,139,142 8 May 2016

Gross USA:

$408,084,349

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,153,332,120

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