Captain America: Civil War
Set a year after the Age of Ultron, Civl War leads to the usually side stepped question : What about the damage caused during the Super Hero v/s Villain clashes. Buildings being smashed down, monuments being squashed to pulp and the loss of human lives?
After the Sokovian disaster, the UN wants to tie down the Avengers, wherein they cannot function with the approval of a UN committee. Whilst this lays the base of a principle dispute between Tony Stark & Steve Rogers, an attack on the UN in Vienna during the signing of the Accord, leads to a hunt for the suspect, Bucky, The Winter Soldier. Steve wants to bring him in to hear his side of the story during a ‘shoot at sight’ order.
What follows is a battle of wits, brawn, ideologies and superpowers, as never seen before. So whilst Captain America has Bucky, Falcon, Hawk Eye, Scarlett Witch & Ant Man on his team, Iron Man has Black Widow, War Machine, Vision, Black Panther and Spiderman on his side.
This face off is much better than the recent 50 year waiting disaster witnessed by all in the Hollywood version of Mohra. The battle scene at the airport, is exactly why people go to see superhero flicks. There is style, wit and a camaraderie which is difficult to ignore. So whilst Black Widow, while fighting with Hawk Eye, questions: “we are still friends” “depends on how hard you punch me” comes the reply, or Falcon’s advice to the latest recruit, Spidey “ I don’t know if you’ve been in a fight before, but there usually aint not much talking.”
Director Duo Anthony and Joe Russo, have to be commended for doing a brilliant job from a comic story around a decade ago, which wasn’t so great to believe in. Unlike Ultron or Batman v/s Superman, this film is less preachy, less CGI dependant and has their super heroes more humane. This is what was missing in Ultron. This could have been easily the trilogy for Avengers and it would be a fitting one too.
Whilst Chris Evans is his usual one track self as the righteous Capt. America, the movie belongs to Downey Jr., who seems to have really acted in a superhero flick, which is not usually expected. Also, this would be one of those rare occasions wherein you have 3 African Americans as lead heroes, in the form of Falcon, War Machine and Black Panther. Tom Holland as the new Spidey is an exciting promise to the new spinoff. Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner in their extended cameos do lend good presence on screen. Scarlett Johansson is good as Tony’s sounding board and the voice of conscious in the group.
Cameos galore by John Slattery, Marissa Tomei, William Hurt and Hope Davis add nice colour to the already colourful screen. Martin Freeman promises to be a part of the larger picture in the forthcoming movies, I guess.
Overall, after Ant Man, this is one of the better super hero movies to have come out from both Marvel and DC. If this is the approach being taken, then there is definitely a better way forward for the MCU and the final showdown.
Does it have The Y Factor : YES
RATING : 4/5