TL;DR: 9/10, completely enjoyed, would watch again.
Captain America: Civil War was surprisingly deeper and mature than I thought it would be. There’s far defter and subtler storytelling going on in this movie compared to Avengers: Age of Ultron. Some say that it’s Avengers 2.5, which I tend to agree with.
That said, here’s the non-spoilery impressions I had:
- OMG Peter Parker so adorable
- OMG they really behaved like fans or like meeting their celebs I like how normal they are in comparison to everyone else
- Ho shit people of colour are actually speaking up, have their own opinions and are treated as more than props!
- DAMNIT VISION STOP BEING ADORKABLE
- I want to hug Wanda
- JIE JIE NATALIE!
- Papa-wannabe Single Dad Tony Stark
- Kor Kor (no longer senpai, but elder brother instead) Steve
- McGuffin Bucky
- Damn those fight scenes my eyes
- Second watch much suggested
- I don’t have an overload compared to Avengers 2
- Tone is slightly darker than what I’ve come to expect (Bear says it’s more realistic)
I now have a tiny crush on the T’Challa’s bodyguard because damn SHE HAD PRESENCE. And unlike previous Marvel movies, I did not come out completely overwhelmed by the visual spectacle. It’s surprisingly refreshing, and there’s a lot more nuance in this than I thought.
That said, I do have one thing to say about Chadwick Boseman: his face doesn’t match his voice. Or the other way around. He has this really deep and serious voice that is full of maturity and seniority. He has depth I would say, in a more substantial way than Robert Downey Jr or Chris Evans, but his actions and his character feels very much like a yuppie. It’s disconcerting (but in a way that plays out! Read spoilers below).
So yes, this is where the spoilers begin. Under the cut.
Ok, we should be good to go here.
First off, one of the things that impressed me the most was the nod to the Dora Milaje (I assume that was who she was?). T’Challa had a female bodyguard with him in one scene, and as they walked to the car, I couldn’t help but be impressed by her grace and on-screen presence. There was also the fact that she more or less told Black Widow to move or be moved; it was a threat that had both the substance to back it up and the nod from one equal to another.
Ok, about the movie itself. As I mentioned earlier, this movie had a FAR defter and softer touch to its storytelling compared to Avengers 2. Not that it was bad (I loved it here!) but Cap A 3 did not hit me over the head with the details. It’s not just in the dialogue; it’s in their actions and it carries through beyond the initial scene where we see it, so it’s more realistic in that aspect.
Case in point: T’Challa. When you first meet him, he comes across as this very urbane, prep-school kid who’s being trained to take over the throne. When he loses his father he goes into a quiet fury, but it lacks the usual sizzling/brooding I’ve come to expect from most characters who go out seeking vengeance. T’Challa is willing to wait for his vengeance, and when he goes after it, it’s done with very calm, methodical passion. However, you can also tell that he’s immature because like what Rogers and Wilson realise, Bucky is being framed. Here’s a man who’s trying to hide who then shows up attacking the UN. Someone as smart as T’Challa doesn’t see it, but allows his emotions to cloud his judgement. It’s very human, and so very realistic. It also shows how far he needs to go to be the man his father is.
Vision and Wanda’s relationship is also quite tantalising. She’s the only one who calls him Vis, I think, and there’s this really friendly air about them that’s hard to put into words. They’re linked from when Wanda was experimented on using the Mind Gem, and so I think Vision feels a certain kinship and protectiveness over her. And while Wanda doesn’t hesitate to use her powers against him, there’s always hesitation when she does. I wanna see a kiss. :p
Actually, Wanda is the little sister everyone dotes on. From the opening scene when Rogers and Natasha give her a lesson in espionage, I get the sense that they genuinely care for her, and want to keep her from harm. Because of who they are, it’s not possible, and so they try to protect her in their own way. Rogers and Natasha do it by teaching her how to spy; Vision tries to be her friend, Hawkeye is literally the big brother figure, and Tony… well Tony tried to lock her up for her own safety.
Which she doesn’t take too kindly of, but I do love that scene when Tony realises they put Wanda in a cell on the Raft and he realises his mistake. That was a powerful moment, and just speaks of what Wanda is to them.
And now let’s talk about how Tony really needs to get professional help.
I’m not sure if anyone has noticed it, but Tony seems to suffer from some sort of mania. In Iron Man 3, his PTSD drove his creation of the multiple Iron Man suits and almost the destruction of the country. In Avengers 2 he creates a super-AI that almost destroys the world. In Captain America 3, his choices and desire to protect lead to him destroying the very thing he tried to protect. And while he admits he has trauma he refuses to acknowledge, he doesn’t seek help for it. He simply tries to “fix himself” instead of letting someone else do it.
Of all the characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, Tony Stark appears to be the one who is regressing the most, and that’s really sad. Everyone else is growing and improving (from Wanda’s control to Vision’s wisdom to Natasha’s growing honesty, what little we see of to Rhodes and Wilson’s characters) but Tony? He’s still stuck from Avengers 1, when the Chitauri almost destroyed New York.
But that’s enough about Tony Stark. I want to end this with a rave about how I squeeed about Ant Man behaving like a guy meeting celebrities and then there’s Peter Parker. The fight with Falcon and the Winter Soldier was the BEST. I loved how it went and how he chatted so much and how he revealed all his hopes and dreams for his “audition.” Also LOL mention of Star Wars, Hoth and the AT-Walker.
Overall, I’d give the movie a 9/10. I would watch it again, and I really enjoyed myself.
This quick review turned out to be not so quick after all.