Stay past the end credits…for the next showing.
Marvel’s done it again! Another Captain America movie, and yes, it kicks some serious ass. The plot is loosely based on the comic book of the same name, but it’s got a few surprises that are welcomed in this never ending world of comic book movies. The U.N. wants to put the Avengers on a metaphorical leash and Captain America and a few others don’t like that plan. Bucky is also a wanted man, and Captain goes against the law in order to try and save him.
The thing about Captain America movies is that they try and stay grounded in realism (for the most part), and tackle interesting themes and ideas. There’s no Hulk or Thor, and what you are left with are vulnerable people, trying to do what they think is right. Even if they don’t all agree on what that is. Everyone’s motivation is very clear, and the differing perspectives really help this to be one of the most emotionally charged Marvel movies ever. The villain this time around is just as good as Loki, and somehow you are still able to sympathize with him. Having gotten to know all these characters before in previous movies really helps set this one up. Everyone has their moment to shine, and you’ll be smiling every time an old face shows up.
The action is probably the best it has ever been for a superhero film ever. Each character has a unique way of fighting, and the movie utilizes them in insanely creative and awesome ways. There’s no boring horde of enemies this time around to mow down, just superheros vs. superheros and it does not disappoint. You’ll be hooked all the way through because you legitimately don’t know what’s going to happen next, and that’s a testament to both the writing and directing. Oh yeah, and everyone acts their asses off too.
Were you worried about Spiderman? Well he might be the best and most lovable one yet. Excited for Black Panther? Then you’re in luck because he whoops ass like it’s his job (it kind of is). Do you still love Paul Rudd? Well he’s a scene-stealer in this one. Wondering if Wolverine is in it? He’s not, that’s the wrong movie.
The only complaint I can think of is that the plot is a little convoluted and contrived if you start thinking about it too much. Everything else is top-notch and the payoff is so good that it becomes only a small blemish in the great scheme of things.
It’s a kickass non-stop adrenaline ride with equal amounts of heart. I don’t know if you’ve ever teared up in a Marvel movie, but this might be the one that does it. Walking out of Captain America: Civil War felt like walking out of The Dark Knight for the first time. I said the same thing when both were over too:
Overall Score: 5 Stars
Best Marvel movie to date and up there with best superhero movie ever.