By Gustavo Buenrostro
“Captain America: Civil War,” or simply“Civil War,” continues the story of Steve Rogers looking for his friend Bucky Barnes, as well as addressing the actions of the Avengers in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.”
“Civil War” deals with the impact the Avengers are having in the world since they formed the team. The Russo Brothers, directors of the film, wanted to show that even the Avengers cannot save everyone, so the question in the film that is brought up is whether the Avengers operate under too much freedom.
Rogers, played by Chris Evans, believes that they need to be able to go into action anytime to save lives, while Tony Stark, who is played by Robert Downey Jr., believes that the heroes must be put in check and be accountable for their actions.
Stark wants the Avengers to sign the Sokovia Accords, which will have the Avengers check in with the world governments before they do anything.
Although the Avengers are in the film, it is still about Captain America and what he thinks is right.
The Russo Brothers do an excellent job at maintaining focus on the main story. The Avengers fight each other and the Russos give each of the 12 characters a reason to fight.
Each hero is given enough screen time to give the characters motivation, which is very difficult to do with such a large-scale film.
The film adds another layer to Stark’s character, dealing with emotions that the audience is just finding out about.
Downey Jr. gave another fantastic performance as Stark’s Ironman and proves why he is the perfect actor to play the billionaire playboy.
Evans gave a great performance as well as Steve Rogers.
The interesting thing about Rogers is that his ideals and morals never change in all three Captain America films. In the film, the world changes its ideals, which clash with Rogers. Evans plays this part of his character so well that you believe that the world can be what Rogers sees.
While both Evans and Downey Jr. were amazing reprising their roles, two new stars stole the whole movie. Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland as Black Panther and Spider-Man, respectively.
Boseman plays T’Challa, a prince from the fictional country of Wakanda. The film spends much time with T’Challa, giving him a reason to join in and fight. He has no real allegiance to either Stark or Rogers. Boseman plays the part very well, showing rage and mercy. Holland plays Peter Parker and “Civil War” did a spectacular job bringing him into the film. It feels as though the character is also trying to impress the movie-going audience since this is the third Spider-Man appearance within a decade.
As with all comic book films, there is action and “Civil War” does not disappoint. One of the best action scenes is the airport scene, which is a good fifteen to twenty minutes long. It showcases all the talents of each hero. The mixture of fun action and light humor make this scene stand out throughout the film.
One of Marvel’s biggest problems in each film is that it does not have a compelling villain, but “Civil War” changes that. The villain is not someone you expect and the motivation behind the villain is one of the best, since Loki in the “Thor” films.
If audiences want to see an amazing film with great action, solid plot and fantastic performances, “Civil War” is definitely one to watch.