As Marvel expanded, Captain America is the one who got the most interesting storylines. Other mini-franchises look good, have a character with an "act", and get by on the charisma of being just goofy enough. But the last two CA movies have the distinction of feeling like they're going somewhere—even if that somewhere isn't entirely satisfying. Bonus points for knowing we don't need Spiderman's origin story again.
Arguably this generation of blockbuster film makers owes as much to 'The Simpsons' as it does to comic books or Spielberg films - there's no fear of injecting a smart subtext or clever dialogue or difficult themes, so long as overall the audiences don't choke on their popcorn. The Russos juggle the egos better than 'Age of Ultron' did, but this doesn't have quite the punch of 'The Winter Soldier'.
In the sobering light of a movie theater parking lot, it's all too easy to pinpoint "Civil War's" weaknesses - its bloated runtime, the lack of a compelling villain. But in the midst of the film itself, I found my inner child enraptured and nourished as moment after iconic moment was lifted from the comic book page and brought to dazzling life by Marvel's skilled technicians. A much needed dose of escapism for 2016.
Damn good television, but there's not a cinematic bone in its body. It would do wonders for Marvel Studios if they could attract a distinct visualist, i.e. a Raimi or a Burton, and let them make it their own. I enjoyed the company of the characters and laughed at much of the dialogue, but all of the enjoyment was undermined by a muted palette and what Hitchcock would call "photographs of people talking."
The worst thing Christopher Nolan did to mainstream filmmaking (besides the INCEPTION horn, BRRRAAAAAWWWWRMRMMRMRMMMMM!!!)…is inspiring copycats. Everyone in Hollywood wants to ground their superheroes in "reality". Though CIVIL WAR is not the hot mess called BvS, the drabness is obvious. Frankly, I liked it better when Sam Jackson got his SUV blown to smithereens in WINTER SOLDIER. Why spoil the fun, Russo brothers?
While still the best sub-series in the Marvel universe the latest Captain adventure pales in comparison to the first two entries and (for obvious reasons) feels more like an Avengers film then a stand alone. The actual throw down is stolen by the supporting characters and the appetite is whetted for the upcoming Black Panther and Spider-Man films. Best in show though is the levity between Falcon and the Soldier.
Marvel's most assured and mature installment yet. Sacrifices relentless, hour-long battles and groggy exposition for a lot of dramatic and emotional investment, as well as introducing some compelling new characters (stoked for Tom Holland's Spider-Man, who seems to be a return to form for the character ala the Tobey Maguire days) as well as furthering others (Ant-Man in particular). More excited for Infinity War now.
I hate to admit it, but this was actually pretty good. The action insn't overlong or overwhelming; the comedic timing is impeccable; and the use of CGI is timely and appropriate. Civil War is by far the most mature and well-crafted Marvel movie of the cannon. And it never hurts to bring on board the directors of many eps of Arrested Development and Community.