Captain America Civil War: Review and Midnight launch
I was privileged enough to attend a media screening of this amazing movie at Event Cinemas Chermside, which has an amazing venue. With Gold Class, Vmax and even with the regular cinema experience, it’s all very comfortable. The staff were great and they even took it a step further for the people who were lucky enough to get an early screening at 6:30pm by having 2 motorbikes for people to pose in front of with a few Civil War characters.
So a big shout-out to the management and staff for putting on an amazing event, and to Michelle and Liz from Walt Disney Studios Qld for allowing Beyond Cosplay to come to their event.
The 27th day of April 2016 marked the day of the beginning of the Civil War. No not the new American civil war… Just a war between a heap of amazing superheroes with ego problems.
The latest instalment of the Marvel universe Captain America: Civil War, sees Captain America (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr) -without giving away spoilers- essentially disagree over whats called the “Sokovia Accord” taken from the incident during Age of Ultron, to make the avengers accountable for their actions in the future controlled by the united nations.
This not only split the avengers, but has split fans right across the world. As a Captain America cosplayer myself I default to Team Cap. I’m sure there are others out there that follow Team Ironman (but we all know they are wrong)
So back to the movie. With the team split in half we had the introduction of a few characters we already know. Jumping on Team Cap was his long-time friend Bucky (Sebastian Stan) Antman (Paul Rudd) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner).
The one superhero we know little about in this movie, Spiderman (Tom Holland) who joins Team Iron man. However I was pleasantly surprised with how they bought him into the story. All I will say is even though he doesn’t get a lot of screen time, between him and Antman, they take quite a dark movie and lighten it up with their “no one knows my movies” jokes.
I won’t go through all the characters as we all know who else is there, so ill just sum it all up. Each character brings its own energy to the story with its own background and reasons for joining the team they ended up on. (yes this is hard to do without telling you spoilers which ruins the twists)
Somehow the story with so much going on still seemed to flow easily. The very beginning of the movie is pure action. With Cap and his new Avengers team chasing bad guys through the streets of Rwanda. But from there it’s like we never left the characters. There’s no real need for introduction flashbacks or any of that sort.
The dialogue comes across great. We can really see the talent from Christopher Markus and Stephen Mcfeely. They were able to take something essentially everyone was scared to see and make it a movie everyone was dying to see. We got enough from trailers to know it would be great and they delivered by the boatload.
The slight side dynamic was the “villain” of the movie. And I use the term villain loosely. Helmut Zemo (Daniel Bruhl) gives us someone to hate when we don’t want to hate anyone actually fighting. Once again avoiding spoilers, he is thrust into the story to act as the catalyst to start the fight between Captain America and Tony Stark.
He’s not a super villain, nor a real villain or a terrorist as such… he’s just a guy who wants revenge. Pure and simple. Although he’s the catalyst he really doesn’t have a major role in the film. Which is fine. Because we came to see super heroes. Not watch Liam Neeson kill a regular guy for the thousandth time.
So where can the marvel universe go from here? Well we all know the Avengers have had a team change time and time again and without the hulk and Thor, it’s not really the Avengers anymore. But with the addition of black panther and his own movie coming soon, I guess it’s just time to move on and continue with the amazing stories the other Marvel super heroes have.
There will be fans like myself who would love to see what Steve Rogers does next but with ending contracts and people wanting to move on. It’s unlikely we will see more any time soon.
Captain America: Civil War is an amazing film that will have you hanging on the edge of your seat for the whole 2 hours 45 minutes.
I give it 9/10 patriotic lightsabers. Best film I’ve seen this year.