Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Daniel Brühl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei, John Kani, John Slattery, Hope Davis, Alfre Woodard
Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies.
A Word from the Guise: I feel compelled to remind everyone, whenever I write a review on comic book films, that I am as unfamiliar with the source material as I am on quantum mechanics, so as not to be lambasted by the comic book community. That being said, here we go.
I loved this installment into the MCU. There were a couple of things that I took issue with, which I will address now:
- I don’t entirely get what type of relationship they were trying to establish with Wanda and Vision. It seemed at first that they were trying to make Vision an mentor for her, which I would have been down with. But after the showdown between the Avengers it seemed as though the writers were trying to instigate some kind of romantic relationship between the two, which I am definitely not down with.
- I am staunchly opposed to the Russo brothers’ style of filming. They like a lot of shaky-cam during action sequences, but – in my humble opinion – it only makes the shots stilted. I want to be able see everything that’s happening and you simply can’t when the camera is jumping all over the place. It makes me apprehensive for the two-part Infinity Wars, now that they’ve taken over the helm in Joss Whedon’s place. That being said, I’m sure I’m still going to love both of them.
- It takes me out of it whenever they try to explain away Pepper Potts’s absence. They did it in the last Age of Ultron and they’ve done it again in Civil War. I’m sure it’s simply that they just couldn’t see any compelling reason for her to be in either film, especially since this is not an Iron Man-centered film. Nevertheless, it takes me out of the realm of make-believe every time.
And now onto the things that I loved about it:
- First and foremost: Tom Holland is by far my favourite Spider-Man. He was absolutely adorable, and I just loved how he and Ant-Man were fangirling over all of the Avengers while they were fighting them.
- I was apprehensive about how they would introduce Spider-Man and Black Panther (and have them choose sides), since we hadn’t yet met them with the MCU. However, I feel that the introduction was flawlessly executed.
- I loved that the villain wasn’t some omnipotent force. He was simply a man, with no superhuman abilities. He knew the only way he could defeat the Avengers was by turning them against each other. He succeeds where no other villain in the MCU has been able to: he left them broken. His job complete, his vengeance slaked, he nearly gets away with it by eating a bullet. But Black Panther intervenes, because – to quote the Panther – “The living is not done with you yet.”
- I went into the film, fully expecting to support Captain America. 1) It is his movie after all. 2) Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Paul Rudd, and Jeremy Renner are HOT. But I found myself going back and forth the whole time. And then I found that, by the end, I was rooting for nobody. When our heroes fight the villain, we always want them to win. But when friend turns to foe, when brothers and sisters become enemies, there’s no point in choosing a side, because everyone’s lost.
- But the drama was not without comedy. Paul Rudd was hilarious. There were some wonderfully cheesy comic-booky lines. And of course the bro-nod from Falcon and Bucky after Cap kisses Agent 13.
- The visual effects were, of course, excellent.