Thursday, May 12, 2016

Movie: Captain America - Civil War

Last night, I went out with some friends and my sister to see the latest Avengers movie. I'm not a huge movie-goer... not even a big movie fan LOL, but now that curling is over, I need some activities to keep me busy. Plus, I've been wanting to catch up with friends :)

Anyway, I thought Captain America - Civil War would be the perfect topic for today's post :)

For those interested, here is the synopsis:
Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.

I'm not a die-hard fan of the Avengers. I've enjoyed the movies I've seen, but I've also missed quite a few such as the two first Captain America movies, the last Iron Man and Thor, Ant Man, etc. ^_^;  So for Captain America - Civil War, I pretty much went into it blind. I don't think I even saw the trailer LOL.

In my opinion, fans of the Marvel franchise will be satisfied. Captain America - Civil War was an enjoyable movie. Supposedly, it's a Captain America movie which is why he's the prominent character, but... this was really an Avengers movie. There were so many superheroes in this one and with big roles too, not simply cameo appearances, and that worked for me. I thought the dilemma was interesting. Perhaps not the way it was handled by everyone, but it definitively added depth to the movie. It was more than simply going after a villain and saving the planet. Then again, the scriptwriters have done an awesome job at adding twists and turns, coming up with good plots and staying away from stereotypes.

I thought it was interesting the positions that Captain America and Iron Man took, choice/freedom and UN respectively. Perhaps it stems from their background... Captain America used to be part of the military and look how it turned out for him. He knows first-hands that higher-ups have agendas and people are not always the priority. As for Iron Man, he grew up wild - did what he wanted, when he wanted, etc. So for once, he's looking for supervision. Of course, neither position is absolutely right or wrong... Wished they could have come to a consensus - perhaps if they had more time? I also felt Captain America was quite rash and a bit condescending, but I don't really know the character well enough to judge.

Between, there was a ton of action in the movie! And good action to boot! I watched it in 3D and at times, I thought it was quite dizzying ^_^; It was great fun to see the superheroes fighting each other - as they know their weaknesses... One of my complaints though is that great, the superheroes want to reduce the deaths their fights cause - awesome! They're being made more aware, yay! But what about material collateral damage? Also, there was one scene where the Winter Soldier and Captain America fought against a SWAT team and cops... You might not kill them, but the injuries you're causing? Those are going to be life-changing and not in a positive way. Just saying...

My last comment will be that the movie had a more serious tone than most Avengers movie. Yes, there were moments where I smiled/laughed out loud... but not that many. It's not necessarily a bad thing, but humor is something I expect in these movies.

Okay, I lied. Here's my last comment - I appreciate that they kept the baiting at a minimum. They introduced some new characters that apparently will have movies... but they weren't pushy or heavy-handed and that was nice.

Want to know a funny thing? The whole movie, I kept expecting to see the actress Olivia Munn... I thought I saw her in the trailer, so I kept waiting and waiting... Turns out she's in X-Men. Oups ^_^; In my defense, costumed people with powers!


  1. Good to see you had a fun time! My favorite part is usually the movie popcorn. lol

    Who's Ant man? Clearly I'm not much for going to the movies either. I have seen the Captain America movie and one of the Avenger movies. All on DVD. The last movie I saw at the theater was Mockingjay part 1.

  2. I'm so excited to see this movie and lately, I haven't been a movie person either.

    Leslie - I'm not sure who Ant Man is and what his role in these movies is but I do know that Paul Rudd plays him. :)

  3. I watched it too! I thought it was good - I'm not an massive Marvel fan (don't read the comics and haven't watched all the movies), but was thoroughly entertained throughout.

    I've watched Ant Man though! It's a fun standalone(-ish). Evangeline Lilly (from Lost) is also in the film.

  4. Leslie - LOL, mine used to be the popcorn too, but I stopped buying some. First, because it's ridiculous how expensive it has become! and second, this movie theater chain has bad popcorn ^_^;

    I haven't seen Ant Man either... All I know is Paul Rudd plays Ant Man and Michael Douglas was in the movie as well. Basically, if I'm not wrong, Ant Man can become the size of an ant.

    Wow, that is a long time ago, Les! I'm not as bad, I go at least once or twice a year.

    Wena - Have an idea of when you're going?

    Li - Glad you enjoyed it, Li :) I think it's worth going to see it :)

  5. I'm iffy on the movie only because I don't want to see the avengers divided!!!!

  6. Isabel - Yeah, not fun to see the division, but it does bring depth to the story!

  7. I will come back and comment on this post when I see the movie. Hopefully tomorrow!

  8. We were going to see this last night but something came up. :( Probably will be once it is done at theatres before we get another chance sadly.

  9. Oh a movie! I haven't seen this one and probably won't until it gets to cable. Sadly, although I love to, I'm not going to the theater these days. But, I will see it! I'm loving all of the Avenger-related movies.

  10. Ames - Looking forward to your comment :)

    Kailana - Awww. But then again, movies don't stay very long in theaters nowadays, so it's easy to miss them :( The good news is that it won't be long before they're available on DVDs and you can watching from your home's comfort!

    Hilcia - Going to the theaters is so expensive nowadays though!! :( So it's not a bad thing not to go in my opinion LOL