I Had Some Popcorn: Captain America: Civil War

I walked out of this movie only able to utter the word “Awesome!” and make sound effects. So if that’s not a ringing endorsement I don’t know what is.divided we fall

 

There are so many places the story could have gone wrong/ cheesy/ stupid – as seen by Batman vs. Superman. There are actual stakes to this brawl (much higher than just saving the world) and both the protagonists are legitimately sympathetic. They both have pretty good points and you don’t want to see either of them hurt, although this is Cap’s film so no surprise you spend most of your time rooting for him.

Unfortunately I can’t talk about the things I really love about this movie because spoilers. Suffice it to say, one of my favorite things to do after a movie is talk about the things I might have changed. There is nothing I would have changed about this movie (as opposed to Ant-Man, which was good, but I have many opinions about it). The characters were consistent, obviously building on the relationships and personal issues established in previous films. Spiderman was the best and most Spidermannish Spiderman that we’ve seen on film to date (matching established superheroes blow for blow is one thing, matching Ant-Man and Iron Man quip for quip takes some skills).

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This is not a happy-go-lucky Tony Stark, granted.

T’Challa/ Black Panther is fantastic. This is the character that had the most chance to go stupid and cheesy. But he was a fantastic presence who easily stood out from and matched with the more established characters in the MCU. And the costume is so cool in motion, the stills really don’t do it justice. Chadwick Boseman is every inch a regal presence as T’Challa. I cannot wait to see him titling his own feature film.

Overall, this movie is the capstone that Age of Ultron wasn’t. Avengers was a capstone to Phase One; it felt like it was the culmination of all the movies that preceded it. Age of Ultron lacked that feeling of epicness. Strange to say, given that all humanity was at risk, the stakes for Age of Ultron seemed very low. “Ho-hum the heroes have to save humanity again.” In contrast, Captain America: Civil War has very high stakes. The relationships that we’ve invested so much in over the past dozen movies are in serious danger. It’s impossible not to care.

Chris Evans
Cap trying desperately to hold things together

Now, if you aren’t a uber-fan of the MCU like Colin and I are, this movie probably won’t be as amazing. They really do count on you caring about the characters as people. Also, I wouldn’t splash out for 3D on this one. I don’t think it added much and some of the fight scenes got blurry.

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Now, I have to address the one flaw in my movie going experience. It had zero to do Captain America: Civil War so feel free to skip this. But it is a near-constant gripe I have with nerd pop-culture. I recognize that I’m not the target demographic for a lot of comic-based movies or video games. And as I mentioned in my Deadpool review, I’m not asking marketing to pander to me, just avoid actively offending me.

That brings me to this WTFery: There was a large poster in the lobby of the theater for X-Men: Apocalypse that featured this image from another angle.

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Seriously, the banner was this image from a profile with the premiere date. That’s it.

There are two problems I have with this and they’re kind of intertwined. One, is a heavily armored guy choking out a naked woman really the image you want to go with to get people to see your movie? Two, you could get away with this if it were a powerhouse of a character who’s physical weakness in comparison to Apocalypse would be remarkable – someone like Rogue or Colossus. Mystique is an ass-kicker sure, but physical strength isn’t her forte. It’s not remarkable in any way for Apocalypse to be physically overpowering her. It is a large, physically intimidating man choking a weaker, smaller, and naked woman – and it leaves a really bad taste in my mouth.

This is the kind of crap I’m talking about when I say “don’t actively offend me.”

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Okay, rant over.

So, what do you guys think? Have opinions on Civil War? Think I’m off base with my analysis of movie marketing? Want to just make superheroes-fighting-sound-effects with me (PEW PEW PEW rrrrrrRRAHH!)? Comment below!

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