Captain America: Civil War is the third Captain America installment, and the thirteenth film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, and stars an ensemble cast, from Chris Evans as Captain America himself, Robert Downey Jr. returning as Iron Man, and new characters like Chadwick Boseman, as Black Panther, and Tom Holland, as Spiderman.
Civil War, unlike most Marvel films, do not central around the one villain, that our heroes have to band together to defeat, but rather, takes on a different route and addresses conflict they face between themselves, and real-world issues that are dealt with admist the explosive and huge fights that happen in the films at its climax. With the repercussion of countless lives taken, as well as many architecture and buildings destroyed, the government has decided to control and oversee the Avengers, which eventually divides the team – Tony Stark (or Iron Man) supporting the oversight, and Steve Rogers (or Captain America) being against the control, and trusting his own judgement instead.
Without explanation, Civil War was at the very least, saddening to watch. No longer do we see our superheroes, back-to-back, fighting the bad guys, and saving the world with each other, but rather, facing and going against each other. However, with this said, we are also given one of the best fights the Marvel Cinematic Universe has ever seen. The camera follows the different heroes, as they fly and swoop in from one place or another. With Sequences and sequences of action scenes it is almost like roller coaster ride for the audience, as we see our heroes triumph and fall before each other. Both teams work with so much chemistry, giving us excitement, thrill, and at some unexpected times, humor among the spectacular chaos. (Also, just to put it out there, Spiderman’s entrance is possibly one of the rare moments in cinema that would have the entire theatre cheer and clap. It is just amazing.)
The Russo brothers clearly put in a lot of heart into the making of this film. Every character had a story to tell, be it whether or not it was actually presented on screen, and most importantly, they are actually stories and characters the audience could care for. Many a times, in films with such a huge ensemble, it is frequent that there are so many things happening at once, that we tend to not care about what would eventually happen to them. However, here in Civil War, the heroes are not just these undefeatable super people that could throw cars around or fly through the air. Rather, they are presented like normal people, who have feelings and have flaws, and just like us, could get hurt as well. That is where Civil War triumphs and differentiate itself from the other Marvel films. It is not afraid to let the heroes drop on their knees, tired and in pain. It focuses on how the characters feel and react, rather than just seeing them pull out cool stunts and actions to save the world. Clearly, it had its flaws too, from several under-developed plot points, to questionable and weak character motivations and decisions. Nonetheless, with the way this film presents and portrays its characters, it is undoubtedly a breath of fresh air.
Lee Yu Han