Perhaps lightning does strike twice since it appears that DC Comics is yet to learn from past mistakes, with the latest report that the same director that destroyed our favorite superheroes film (Superman for me and Batman for you) is to direct the upcoming ‘The Flash’ film. Can you beat that! And if that aint bad enough, to make it worse, director Snyder has also reportedly dropped Grant Gustin for the role of the flash in the movie and is going with some guy called Ezra Miller. Can’t for the life of me come up with a good enough reason why he would do that, because for me “The Flash” was the lamest comic character till Gustin gave him life (See post Zoom vs Flash). It isn’t hard to figure out how that movie’s going to turn out. Guess we now know why Marvel movies does better than DC’s…
Anyways, it’s Movie Friday and our must watch movie is none other than Captain America: Civil War. Yah! I’ve been waiting for this movie ever since the part two ‘The Winter Soldier’ which was off the hook. The action sequences, fight scenes between Captain America (Steve Rodgers) and The Winter Soldier (Bucky Barns) was mad. Kudos to the Russo brothers. Let’s see if Civil War measures up.
Captain America: Civil War is a 2016 American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character Captain America, produced by Marvel Studios. It is the sequel to 2011’s Captain America: The First Avenger and 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, with a screenplay by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely. The ensemble cast includes Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Frank Grillo, William Hurt and Daniel Brühl.
The film borrows it’s concepts from the 2006 comic book storyline Civil War, is centered around a disagreement over international oversight of the Avengers which splits them up into opposing factions – one led by Steve Rogers and the other by Tony Stark.
Captain America: Civil War held its world premiere in Los Angeles on April 12, 2016, and was released in the United States on May 6, 2016. The film became a critical and commercial success, grossing over $1 billion worldwide, surpassing the entire box office gross of its predecessor, Captain America: The Winter Soldier ($714.4 million). It is currently the highest grossing film of 2016, as well as the fourth highest-grossing superhero film.
The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 90% approval rating, with an average rating of 7.6/10, based on 307 reviews. With the critical consensus of, “Captain America: Civil War begins the next wave of Marvel movies with an action-packed superhero blockbuster boasting a decidedly non-cartoonish plot and the courage to explore thought-provoking themes.” Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an “A” on a scale of A+ to F.
Justin Chang of Variety called it “the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times wrote, “Kudos to co-directors Anthony and Joe Russo and the team of writers for juggling more than a dozen comic-book characters and nearly that many plot lines, and only occasionally getting us (and by us I mean me) lost in the geek weeds.
In an opposing argument, Stephen Whitty of the New York Daily News said, “Although it’s called Captain America: Civil War, the latest Marvel movie is actually a supersized Avengers picture – overstuffed to bursting. And sometimes during its two and a half hour running time, it just goes bust.
Alright Whitty, maybe it does seem like another Avengers movie, but I don’t agree that “it goes burst.” Rather it was fun, humorous, exciting, fast paced enough for us to forget about the Avengers part. And juggling all those superhero characters with their different plots, couldn’t have been easy but the Russo brothers were up to par. One thing I’ve always loved about the Captain America and Avengers franchise, is that there’s always a good plot thrown in with beautifully choreographed action sequences (DC should take a cue). Add to that, Stark’s witty repertoire, an adorable and a geeky Spiderman and in my opinion Captain America: Civil War becomes another Marvel hit.
Civil War also happens to be the conclusion of the Captain America trilogy that began with The First Avenger and the final standalone Captain America film in Evans‘ contract with Marvel Studios. But Evans stated in September 2015 that he was open to extending his contract past the two-part Avengers: Infinity War, the final films on his contract at the time. And Jollyhood says “Oh, please don’t take away Evans as Captain America!” Just take a look at him. He was made for the role *wink*
Civil War is a must watch guys, so be sure to see the movie and send in your take. Thanks Neca and Henry for your comments, Jollyhood loves you too (kisses). Take care peeps. Enjoy your weekend!