REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War felt like a meal at a restaurant
After Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War was definitely my next most anticipated film.
While I thoroughly enjoyed it, there was a certain feeling I just couldn't shake throughout. It felt like it was missing something, not story, not characters, just an overall feeling of me not being as overwhelmed as I thought I would be.
In terms of story, Civil War was great. After so much destruction and death resulting in when the Avengers were 'saving' somewhere, the government have come to a decision to keep them in check - forcing them to sign a register that allows all those important people control over them and what they can do.
Surprisingly, Iron Man (still played greatly by Robert Downey Jr), is all for this while Captain America is against. This is what forms the split in the Avengers, with both teams going different ways - especially when Iron Man is told to go after those who refused to sign.
The film does an excellent job of toying with you in the struggle of which side you're on. You get to see why Iron Man decides to swing towards the 'for' side, and why Cap goes 'against'. (Although in truth this is mainly because of his friend Bucky/ the Winter Soldier, who really kicks off the main plot.)
I can say myself that I really agree with Iron Man's motives, and his manner of thinking, especially after a plot twist at the end where Downey Jr makes you feel the incredible anger his character is experiencing at that point.
However, if I was a superhero I wouldn't want to be on call 24/7, to be told what I can and can't do, and therein lies the brilliance in how the writers manipulate you into really giving thought on both points of view. One thing's for certain, the results of this film have definitely changed the Marvel Universe forever.
Character wise, Civil War was the best yet, mixing in old favourites like Iron Man with new faces such as Black Panther. Chadwick Boseman is excellent as the Panther, and the character is brought to life extremely well for the first time. Tom Holland as Spider-Man is somewhat good but for me undecided as to whether he suits the role. His humour and cheek, even his voice, all suit well, but his age and costume leaves an area of doubt. I understand that Peter Parker is a high school student, and his mask is based on original source material, but I'd say that at times he can appear just too young, and his costume looks animated compared to everyone else's.
The (now fairly famous) airport fight scene was brilliant, even if it did sort of just slowly grind to quickly halt at the end. We get to see more of Any Man's capabilities, including a little surprise I won't spoil.
Black Panther went up against Winter Soldier for probably the third time in the film at that point, but these encounters never get old. The creative fighting style of the Panther and how they stopped each other's attacks making them worthwhile. Interestingly, it seemed that it was in fact Spider Man who fought the most people in this battle, taking on literally every member of Captain America's team. This in truth was I think the film makers trying to give Spidey as much screen time as possible, and show off what Holland was capable of.
This worked for the most part, but other than his introduction into the franchise, that and the battle is all you see him for. Seeing all the different powers in a whirlwind mix clashing against each other was superb, although I feel there are certain people who are underpowered, and those who have been given the power to stop all of them out of nowhere. This includes Vision, the weird alien robot thing who could destroy them all but is never really given much to do in the fight; but also Scarlett Witch, who suddenly had the ability to control Vision and stop pretty much everyone else she wanted to. This I felt was in error.
Is Captain America Civil War the best Marvel movie yet? I just can't say. I think so. After seeing so much hype for it, I can't deny it wasn't good. But it felt like a meal at a restaurant - you wait so long for it and when it gets there it's brilliant and everything you hoped it would be, but not too much more than what you expected.