Film review by Steve Duffy –
Civil War is a sequel to both Captain America: The Winter Solider and The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Steve Rogers / Captain America (Chris Evans) leads the newly formed team of Avengers in their continued efforts to safeguard humanity. But after another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps: one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s (Robert Downey Jr.) surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.
Directors Anthony and Joe Russo do a great job of juggling the many superheroes and moving along their individual and group storylines.
Downey explores a darker side to Stark which we have not seen before, reminding us what a great actor he is.
Emily VanCamp (Agent Sharon Carter) is underused while Daniel Brühl (Baron Zemo) does not get a lot of screen time, but when we see him, he is great.
The film also introduces two new characters to the Marvel Universe: Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland). Spider-man is the definitely the best thing in the film. Both are awesome and I can’t wait to see their individual movies.
In case, you are hoping to see the Hulk and Thor, you won’t find them in this go around.
The comic relief and bromance is still a winning formula between all the characters. The jaw-dropping climatic airport battle scene is worth the price of admission.
Pay attention because there is a lot going on in this movie. It is a superhero extravaganza that is going to have you forget all about “Batman v Superman.”
Rating: PG-13 for extended sequences of violence, action and mayhem
Runtime: 2 hr. 26 min.