'Captain America: Civil War' - Movie Review

'Captain America: Civil War'
U/A; Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Anthony Mackie, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland
Rating: 3/5

Captain America: Civil War - Movie Review
'Captain America: Civil War' movie poster. Pic/Santa Banta

A new set of Avengers, ideological differences caused by unwitting collateral damage leading to groupism and a civil war within the team make this 'Captain America' sequel a Marvel rendition worthy of its comic tradition.

The team is forced to pick sides when world leaders intervene after a bizarre rescue mission ends with several civilian casualties in Lagos. Tony Stark a.k.a Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) pressures Steve Rogers a.k.a Captain America (Chris Evans) to accept the arrangement that puts a UN panel in control of all their future missions. But Cap is unwilling to sign. Their disagreement eventually escalates into all-out war when Cap's old friend Bucky Barnes a.k.a Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), a brainwashed assassin is blamed for the catastrophe. Former Avengers like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), and Vision (Paul Bettany) return to take warring positions against each other while new entrants Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), powerful African prince Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) and a younger incarnation of Spider-Man (Tom Holland) fill up the rear ends of the warring factions.

This latest brand extension of the Marvel Universe cross pollinates between action franchises to cause up a stir that is exciting, reverential, significantly coherent and interestingly poised. It also has its special doses of wit and vigor. The action is thrillingly furnished and the clarity and appropriate clear-cut spatial separations in CGI makes it a cool and exciting visual adventure. This film also raises questions about violence and unfettered super-heroics (vigilantism). And it uses individual bereavements to push for world-wide controls on rescue-mission action. It's of course just another way of making the pathways much more difficult and potentially minefield ridden for the superheroes. The film grows on from previous Avenger outings while adding on new entrants like Black Panther and a teen Spiderman.

Judianna Makovsky's superhero outfit creations are just marvelous and the red-blue colour divide between warring avenger factions makes it a nuanced coding. Trent Opaloch's camerawork shows great dynamism and energy in capturing spectacular setups and skirmishes. The sequence at Leipzig airport is the piece-de-resistance of the movie. The Russo duo make the action gravity defiant and exciting without spilling much blood. Even though there are one too many Avengers in the film, you don't get the feeling that it's an overload. Some do get short-shirted in the effort to stay coherent though. The attempt is clearly to go one better on the previous one and this one scores marginally over the darkly inclined 'Batman V Superman'. The lighter vein is infectious and the balance between darkness and light is uplifting. There might be no great depth in the storytelling though. Nevertheless, this is kickass stuff and will keep the fans in high spirits till the next engagement is worked out!

Watch: 'Captain America: Civil War' trailers

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