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October 16, 2017

Captain America: Civil War (2016) --- "Guy's Friend Is Framed For Murder And Starts A Civil War. Find Out Whoes Side Your On."

Plot Summary
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. 

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Hello, Movie Buffs! 
     The First Avenger (2011) was a fun origin movie that gives us an inside view as to why Captain America has such high ethics and moral values. The Winter Soldier (2014) was even better as it took on a much bigger, bolder, and darker approach to our patriotic character. Captain America: Civil War (2016) is the third installment and while it is better than the first film, in comparison to Winter Soldier the two films are on equal level. This time around the Marvel Universe does get a whole lot tenser in Civil War so be prepared for one of Marvel’s biggest showdowns between colleagues/friends. The film starts off where Avengers: Age of Ultron ended, when politics begin entering their midst the Avenger are now asked to sign an agreement, which would put them under control of the U.N. In other words, they have two choices, sign the agreement or be considered a rogue organization/terrorist group. This results in the team fracturing into two sides, one led by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) – who wants to sign the agreement – and another led by Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) – who does not. However with a new threat is on the horizon, the team now has to face the repercussions of their brawls.

     Now before I mentioned that Civil War and Winter Soldier are on equal in terms of which is better and the reason I say this is because what one lack in the other makes up for. In Winter Soldier there was a tease of a couple Avengers characters but the cameo was early on and quickly ended. This is not the case for Civil War, which was filled with many Marvel superheroes and yet it did not feel overcrowded. Not only do we get to see Captain America and Iron Man but we also see Back Widow, Winter Soldier, Falcon, War Machine, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Scarlet Witch, Vision, Ant-Man, and Spider-Man makes an appearance. However, one thing that Winter Soldier makes up for in lack of characters is an amazing plot story behind it. The plot story in Civil War is great but is kept on the more minimalistic side. One aspect that both movies have in common is great action sequences that are well developed and well planned.
     The action sequences in Civil War are strong, the film takes off running from the beginning with tragic consequences that are genuinely affecting and ends after the climaxing moment of intense conflict and emotion. The direction of the entire film is perceptive and balances all the elements and tones, while the script is very well written with light-hearted and witty humor as well as thought-provoking and serious moments. The story itself is never dull, easily makes sense, and is continuously exciting until the end. While some characters are more interesting than others, as a whole the characters are very intriguing and well written with unique personalities that bring each character to life. Granted, Civil War was not perfect but that is not surprising considering audiences have a way of finding a flaw, no matter how small, in any movie. But the few flaws that are in the film do not detract from how amazing Civil War is. I believe that one main area of concern is that because there are a lot of characters in Civil War thisdoese result in a lot of subplots. Though most of these subplots are done very well there were a few that were introduced a bit abruptly and then rushed through rather quickly so as to move on to the next.

     Overall, Captain America: Civil War is a very entertaining film that starts with a bang and ends on bang. While it may not be quite the spectacular extravaganza but it is very solid, fun, and entertaining addition to the Marvel Universe despite its few faults. Besides remaining loyal to the comic book storyline (from what I have heard), Civil War is a worthy addition and building film to the Marvel Universe. I think it is safe to say that this is one of the reasons why Marvel films have so much more successful than recent DCEU films. Filled with an excellent cast, thought-provoking themes, and a well-developed plot with Marvel’s signature witty and sarcastic dialogue, Civil War is must see event.

***Marvel Cinematic Universe (In order of how you should watch them)***
Iron Man (2008)
The Incredible Hulk (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Thor (2011)
Captain America: The First Avenger (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Ant-Man (2015)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
Black Panther (2018)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain Marvel (2019)
Untitled Avengers film (2019)
Untitled Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel (2019)

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (TBA)

“This job... we try to save as many people as we can. Sometimes that doesn't mean everybody. But if we can't find a way to live with that, next time... maybe nobody gets saved.”
- Steve Rogers

Final Vote
Worth Seeing:  4.5 of 5 star
Worth Buying:  4.5 of 5 stars

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Movies Similar 
Avengers (2012)
Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015)
Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
Ant-Man (2015)
Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
Captain America: the First Avenger (2011)
Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014)
Captain America: Civil War (2016)
Doctor Strange (2016)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Iron Man (2008)
Iron Man 2 (2010)
Iron Man 3 (2013)
Incredible Hulk (2008)
Thor (2011)
Thor: The Dark World (2013)
Thor: Ragnork (2017) 

Cast & Crew
Directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.
Produced by 
     Victoria Alonso               ---     executive producer
     Mitchell Bell                   ---     co-producer (as Mitch Bell)
     Ari Costa                         ---     associate producer
     Louis D'Esposito            ---     executive producer
     Kevin Feige                    ---     producer (p.g.a.)
     Christoph Fisser            ---     co-producer
     Stan Lee                         ---     executive producer
     Henning Molfenter        ---     co-producer
     Nate Moore                    ---     executive producer
     Trinh Tran                      ---     associate producer
     Julio Uchõa                    ---     producer: Brazil
     Patricia Whitcher           ---     executive producer
     Lars P. Winther             ---     associate producer
     Charlie Woebcken         ---     co-producer
Music by Henry Jackman
Cinematography by Trent Opaloch
Film Editing by Jeffrey Ford and Matthew Schmidt.
Casting By Sarah Finn
Production Design by Owen Paterson
Set Decoration by Lauri Gaffin and Ronald R. Reiss
Costume Design by Judianna Makovsky
Chris Evans                          ---      Steve Rogers / Captain America
Robert Downey Jr.            ---      Tony Stark / Iron Man
Scarlett Johansson            ---      Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
Sebastian Stan                     ---      Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
Anthony Mackie                  ---      Sam Wilson / Falcon
Don Cheadle                        ---      Lieutenant James Rhodes / War Machine
Jeremy Renner                   ---      Clint Barton / Hawkeye
Chadwick Boseman           ---      T'Challa / Black Panther
Paul Bettany                         ---      Vision
Elizabeth Olsen                   ---      Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
Paul Rudd                             ---      Scott Lang / Ant-Man
Emily VanCamp                   ---      Sharon Carter
Tom Holland                        ---      Peter Parker / Spider-Man
Daniel Brühl                         ---      Zemo
Frank Grillo                         ---      Brock Rumlow / Crossbones
William Hurt                        ---      Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross
Martin Freeman                  ---      Everett K. Ross
Marisa Tomei                       ---      May Parker
John Kani                              ---      King T'Chaka
John Slattery                       ---      Howard Stark
Hope Davis                           ---      Maria Stark
Alfre Woodard                    ---      Miriam
Laughton Parchment        ---      Vicar
Jackson Spidell                   ---      Josef
Ann Russo                             ---      Voice of Zemo's Wife (voice)
Gene Farber                         ---      Karpov 

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