★★★★★ – “Nailed it.”
Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downy Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Daniel Brül and last but definitely not least, Tom Holland.
After another incident involving destruction, chaos and death, the Avengers are required to sign a contract with a governing body to ensure they are only called upon when absolutely vital. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers become enemies due to a disagreement and the other Avengers are caught in the crossfire.
Firstly I’d like to state that I’m not overly keen on how 70% of movies these days are centred around superheroes or their respective universes. I’ve always enjoyed the instalments Marvel have been releasing in the MCU canon and this is no different… But yet it is.
Anthony and Joe Russo so skilfully directed The Winter Soldier that I had no doubts for Civil War and I had a deep feeling it would be perfect. I was right. This is how you direct a superhero movie. Take note Zach Snyder and DC Comics, this is entertainment.
The action sequences are so brilliantly directed and shot that it’s impossible to keep your eyes off the screen. It’s fast-paced, rapid, clean and smart. If you’ve seen their work before then you know how beautiful their direction is. And not just in the action sequences; the real conflict and deceit between these heroes is written extremely well and shows you both sides to the story. It’s really hard to decide who you side with as a viewer, and that’s what is truly wonderful and unique about this movie. It has you rooting for both sides of the argument, regardless of who your favourite characters are.
Along with the usual team of Avengers we have some newcomers; Black Panther and Spider-Man. Chadwick Boseman did a terrific job as Panther and settles conveniently into the story. I look forward to seeing more of this character in future instalments. Tom Holland as Spidey. Perfect. He has an incredible balance between the web-slinger and teenager Peter Parker. He was introduced into the MCU nicely and was actually involved a lot more than I had expected, which was a great surprise. He handles the comedy with absolute ease and had the entire theatre laughing in all of his scenes. I am stunned and cannot wait to see more of him!
Music by Henry Jackman is just as tense and gritty as it was in The Winter Soldier and as the screenplay evolves, the new Civil War theme gravitates to the foreground. Instead of a mash of motifs, Jackman decided that it would be easier to have one overall theme. I appreciate this decision.
My verdict; Captain America: Civil War had major potential to be a disappointment. But luckily the Russo brothers came through just as they did before with a complete masterpiece. This is now my favourite MCU instalment by far. See this movie.
Captain America: Civil War – ★★★★★ (10/10)