SUMMER is here and we have seven words for you…..
Why can’t we all just just get along?
As anyone who has seen the other Avengers movies knows the superhero team have caused havoc all over the world, blowing things up dropping buildings on people, all in the name of law and order. It’s been a wild ride but after a debacle in Lagos leaves eleven innocent people dead, the United Nations decides it’s time to rein them in. “While a great many people see you was heroes,” says Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt). “There are those who would use the word vigilante.”
Captain America (Chris Evans), Tony ‘Iron Man’ Stark (Robert Downey Jr), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany) are asked to sign a document that would limit their autonomy, requiring a UN signoff before they can spring into action. The restrictions divide the group. Stark wants more oversight. “With no limits we’re no better than the bad guys,” he says. Captain America refuses to compromise. “If we sign this,” he says, “we lose our right to choose where and when we fight.”
Complicating matters is Cap’s old pal Bucky Barnes aka The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan). When he’s not under the influence of HYDRA’s mind-control he’s a good guy, but when he is exposed to a series of code words he turns into a Manchurian Candidate style high tech killing machine.When the Winter Soldier is accused of a terrible crime, Captain’s loyalty to his friend drives a wedge between him and Iron Man. As The Avengers self-destruct a mysterious figure (Daniel Brühl) watches from the sidelines.
“Civil War” is almost two-and-a-half-hours long and is a Superhero-Palooza with Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Antman (Paul Rudd) Spider-Man (Tom Holland) joining all the usual suspects—but there is an easy elegance to a line like, “
Extended cameos from Spider-Man and Ant-man are woven into the fabric of the story, bringing some fun with them while Black Panther is set up to be an interesting recurring character.
Of the regulars Robert Downey Jr holds sway, although his Tony Stark is more subdued than usual. The wisecracks are still there, but there’s fewer than usual. Perhaps it has something to do with spending much of the movie fighting with Captain America. The film’s humor comes from the other characters. There’s something sublimely ridiculous about superheroes complaining about everyday things. “Can you move your seat up?”
“Captain America: Civil War” delivers. It provides all the high-flying action you expect from a summer superhero blockbuster but also delivers a thought provoking look at the nature of power, loyalty and yes, even, the practicality of wedging three superheroes into a Volkswagen.
While everyone gushes about Tom Holland as Spider-Man (deservedly so), it’s Chadwick Boseman’s portrayal of Black Panther that leaves the audience wanting more. To fans of the epic Civil War comic series, keep in mind this story is loosely based but that doesn’t detract from its rightful place in the Marvel movie universe.
Having seen Civil War three times, we are turning up the song Why Can’t We Be Friends as we gear up for Doctor Strange coming out later this year.