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8/10: Very Good
4/10: Below Average
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Marvel's finest to date
Marvel Studios has been mostly delivering quality superhero films since their beginnings with 2008's Iron Man. To be fair, though, they haven't made anything that came close to matching The Dark Knight. Marvel's latest, however, is the closest that they would come close to matching that film. It walks a tricky tightrope between fun and seriousness, and emerges triumphant.
The film tackles with the themes of friendship, trust, betrayal, the loss of innocent lives during battles, and whether should the superheroes work under the government or independently, and does them well. The directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, masterfully show how the Avengers get divided due to the Sokovia Accords, Steve's growing distrust for the government and Tony, and Steve and Bucky's bond. The final fight between Steve, Bucky and Tony is very emotionally charged.
The action sequences are exhilarating, and are shot and directed with finesse. Nothing tops the airport scene, however. That was amazing and very creative. I especially liked how the superheroes used their biggest strengths and abilities to take each other down. It is probably the most entertaining set piece in superhero film history.
The acting is very good all across the board. Tom Holland is awesome as Spider-Man, and so is Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Baron Zemo has a very clichéd but understandable motivation, and Daniel Bruhl's performance ensures that he is one of the better baddies of the MCU. The film, however, belongs to Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr. Downey very convincingly portrays the transition of Tony Stark from being a brash, egotistical billionaire playboy who refuses to be a government drone to a weary, broken man who regrets his horrible decisions and has no problems working under the government, while Evans gives the film humanity.
Technically, the film is obviously very well made. The best film about the film is that it hits all the right buttons at the right time. It knows when to lighten up, be serious and be emotional.
In a nutshell, Captain America: Civil War is a total blast. It's my favourite Marvel Cinematic Universe film, and my second favourite CBM (behind you-know-what). Highly recommended to all MCU, superhero films and comic book fans.