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Captain America: Civil War ***1/2

IMDB Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

 

“Captain America: Civil War” marks a new high for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It is an epic film in every way. It also shakes up the status quo by dividing the Avengers and pitting them against each other. I have to tell you that the Marvel world needed this because it was starting to get a little stale after “The Avengers: Age Of Ultron”. The film is not without it’s flaws but it is certainly an exciting entry into the series.

 

The major battles in some of the previous films as well as a tragic incident at the beginning of this movie have caused a lot of innocent people to lose their lives. The U.S. Government as well as the United Nations have decided that the Avengers can no longer operate on their own. A new law is enacted that demands that the Avengers either operate under government control or disband. Super heroes area not aloud to operate on their own anymore.

 

Captain America, having watched Shield become infiltrated by Hydra, believes the safest hands are their own. Tony Stark, having been confronted by some of the families of people who lost loved ones during these battles, decides to side with the government. Causing a further rift between the Avengers is the apparent terrorist attack by the Winter Soldier.

 

Everything leads up to a fierce battle at an airport. Team Iron Man includes War Machine, Black Widow, Vision and the newly recruited Black Panther and Spider-Man. Team Captain America consists of Falcon, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye, Winter Soldier, and Ant-Man.

 

The directing team of Anthony and Joe Russo, who helmed “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” are tasked with telling this epic story and they do a great job. They sets some real stakes and create real tension. The battles between former friends and new foes are fierce. The final revelations really set this whole series in to a new direction as well. The only draw back to the Russo’s is that they seem to be edging towards more shaky cam style of action.

 

Now as I mentioned before, Spider-Man makes his first appearance in this Marvel Universe. Tom Holland portrays Peter Parker. As much as I enjoyed seeing him in action he did turn out to be one of the flaws of the film. I felt that his character was sort of shoe-horned into the plot simply because they could. It did feel very last minute. But he is here so I should just be quiet and enjoy it.


The Avengers ***1/2

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“The Avengers” is one hell of a way to kick off the Summer. This has been hyped up through five movies that preceded it. This is honestly the best one so far that has included “Iron Man”, “Iron Man 2”, “The Incredible Hulk”, “Thor”, and “Captain America”. Now all those heroes team up in one movie to try to save the earth from an alien invasion.

The director that was tasked with bringing this group together is none other than fan favorite: Joss Whedon. Here he takes these characters that we have gotten to know in the last few years and puts them in a story of epic proportions. You can tell that Whedon loves these characters as he gives all the actors equal screen time and a complex screenplay to work with.

All the actors feel right at home as the characters they have played for a few years now. What is truly interesting is some of the chemistry they start to develop between each other. Robert Downey Jr. and Mark Ruffalo as Iron Man and Hulk in particular develop an interesting relationship because of their background as scientists.

I also found that the villain, Loki, who was the main antagonist in “Thor”, seems more deep and menacing. Tom Hiddleston seems to be having more fun now chewing up the scenery.

Now I imagine that the masses are coming to this movie to see earth shattering action and “The Avengers” does not disappoint. My favorite scenes involved these dragon like machines that descended from a portal in the sky and began to level the city.

This is where comic book movies are headed I think. Crossovers are the future. I feel like audiences are sick to death with seeing so many super heroes and their origin stories. The box office here proves that they want something different, like seeing their favorite heroes team up together on screen.