Director: Anthony and Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Sebastian Stan, Tom Holland, Anthony Mackie, Jeremy Renner, Elizabeth Olsen, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany and Don Cheadle
For me, there are two stages to watching and reacting to a Marvel movie for the first time. The first occurs as soon as the film ends. It’s a stage where I’m so excited and so happy I love the film. I’m completly satisfied and debating whether to give it a nine or ten out of ten and multiple viewings. Then comes the second stage, which comes an hour or two later, where I already start to forget about it.
I left Civil War with a greater sense of wonder than I had left any other Marvel movie. I LOVED it. Sadly, it didn’t stay that way, but it is definitely the best Marvel’s done. Rather than a big end of the world plot, this is a bit more personal, and a lot more serious. I wont give the plot away, because, honestly theres not much to enlighten you about. And indeed the film works its way through, revealing the narrative as the film progresses much as you’d expect.
Thematically, the film is very similar to Batman vs Superman, but it presents it in a much more clean, neat and accessible way than the DC film. That doesn’t make it superior however, while BVS is a far more flawed project, it also has a lot more ambition (some would praise this, others would would condemn), and I think it put’s the points it wanted to put across via this ambitious approach. Civil War puts its point across it the typical, safe, Marvel way – just stating something or making something happen without exploring the cause and effect in much depth. That’s not to say there’s a right or wrong way to do it, it’s just a different approach that the studios have taken.
Sure you could make the argument that its just a superhero movie and it doesnt want to or doesn’t require much in terms of depth. But that is why the film hasn’t stuck with me. Its been a month since I saw BvS and still I think about its questions on morality and regulation, whereas CA: Civil War’s statement has already faded from me. This isn’t to say Civil War is a bad movie, as it is very fun. The action is really well done be Joe and Anthony Russo. The big airport scene where you see Team Cap vs Team Iron Man was fantastic. I squealed multiple times during that scene. And oh boy, Spider-Man was fantastic! They really nailed both Peter and Spidey. Peter’s a genius nerd with heart, but he’s young and easily influenced/ slightly misguided. And Spidey is great too. He quips, gets a little distracted, like a teen. They really got it right. I can’t wait for Spidey’s solo movie. I really hope it turns out to be as good as his scenes in this.
Time for a bold statement: I think Marvel might have peaked. This film is going to make millions, in fact it may even break a billion. People are gonna love this and people are going to be flocking to he cinema. It’s one of the biggest cinematic events we’ve ever seen and it feels that way. The filmmakers knew it too, so they made an inoffensive, safe, but huge film in an attempt to please everyone, and as much as I hate to say it (I hate pandering films like this) it works. It works really, really well.