I was already excited for this movie. But when it started, and as it kept going, I got more and more excited for everything I was witnessing. Nothing against ‘Age of Ultron’, I enjoyed that movie a ton. But this is exactly what that movie probably should have been as far as adrenaline excitement.
The feelings that I had watching this was a combination of how I felt the first time watching ‘The Avengers’ and ‘The Winter Soldier’. The story was executed almost perfectly. It was serious, but was still able to take a step back and have fun. There were so many characters, but none of them felt thrown in. Everyone had at least a moment or two that truly wowed me, both new and old characters.
There are so many things going on, but unlike ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’, everything actually flows well. I thought that every character had a motivation and choice of “side” that made sense. Iron Man especially. This is a character that has changed SO MUCH since we first met him in 2008. It’s a Captain America movie, and so of course I was rooting for him at times, as I was also given reason to. But each time it came down to a conflict with both Tony and Steve on screen together, I honestly could not decide who was right and wrong, and whose side I would have been on. This confrontation was perfectly done.
One character who wasn’t really taking sides though was Black Panther.
Wow. I really was not expecting to love this character. I don’t even want to say much without getting into spoilers. But I will say that he’s truly awesome, plays a great counteracting role outside of everyone else, and that I am so excited to see the Black Panther movie. To be honest, I wasn’t that excited about one, but now I’m extremely eager.
But what’s my opinion on the other “new” character that’s introduced in this movie?
This is where he belongs. This is the age he should be. His PG-rated Deadpool humor was FINALLY there. Not in spurts like previous movies, I mean the whole time he was on-screen. Lastly, I need more as soon as possible.
Tom Holland was so lovable as Peter Parker/Spider-man. My heart is filled with both relief and joy that we finally have this character in the MCU, mingling with other heroes, and being an actual teenager and not a 30 year old trying to be one.
Enough about the characters. They’re all great. The story is awesome, and weaves the characters together so well. And at the end of the day, somehow- this still remains a CAPTAIN AMERICA movie. That’s so impressive to me.
But the action. Woah. Okay.
It’s so amazing. I can’t even say much more. The airport scene might be on par with the battle of New York in the first Avengers film. Ya know what… It’s probably even better to some degree. Maybe not as epic, but it’s way more fun, and far more clever. You might be thinking “Well how can you top the first Avengers battle when Hulk stole the show, and Hulk isn’t in Civil War”?
The answer: An ant and a spider.
I’m wrapping this up. You just have to see this movie as soon as you can. It might not be my new first favorite movie in the Marvel Universe, but it comes pretty damn close. I’d say my Top 3 are currently:
The Winter Soldier
I’d say all three of these movies are interchangeable for me as far as overall quality, epic feel, and fun entertainment.
Now you might be wondering where I’ve been with reviews, as I haven’t posted that many in the last several months. For one, I’ve just been a lot busier, however I’m also growing fatigued of just writing plain reviews.
In the future, I will be writing less reviews, and more things in the style of an actual editorial. That’s what I originally intended when starting this, as you can tell by the name, and I’d like to get that back on track. This will mean that I will probably be posting less, but that my posts will be a little more unique.
I’ll still be doing reviews from time to time. But only for movies that I truly feel like I’m able to give dialogue on. I have seen a lot of movies in the months I’ve been posting that I could have written reviews for, and just haven’t. I’m not lazy, it’s just that sometimes I find that you simply either like a movie or you don’t, and there’s not much else to be said.
A few movies I’ve seen recently that I would still highly recommend are The Jungle Book, Kung Fu Panda 3, Bridge of Spies, Kingsman: The Secret Service, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Lots of movies, new and old, but not much time to write about them. Maybe once a month, I’ll make a list of my random viewings, go through them with a short review and just simply say whether or not I recommend them.
One of the next things I want to write about for my next post will actually have a lot to do with ‘Civil War’, and the movies surrounding it. One thing I can say about this movie in particular is that this was one of the first MCU films where I actually felt like the viewer needed to have seen some of the previous movies to understand what’s going on. We’ve finally hit that point, 13 movies in. My next post will go into detail on how these movies have been shaping what other studios are beginning to do, and why we need to start looking at certain film franchises as big budget television shows, where it’s necessary to keep up, and not just jump in wherever. Those days are withering away.
Thanks so much for reading! Now go out and see ‘Captain America: Civil War’!