Movie: Captain America: Civil War
Direction: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
Cast: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie
Music: Henry Jackman
Cinematographer: Trent Opaloch
Editor: Jeffrey Ford, Matthew Schmidt
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller, Sci-Fi
What is it about: This film is set one year post the “Avengers: Age Of Ultron”. Where international allies disagreement, leads to fracture the “Avengers” resulting in opposing factions one led by Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and another by Steve Rogers (Chris Evans). This sequel is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.
Why it’s disappointing: This definitely takes a chill pill for this movie.
What to watch out for: Since the collaboration of Disney and Marvel, they are growing to be one of the greatest duo together in bringing out films from comic world to life with extensive approach. The films are getting better with every movie and the franchise is shaping up great. Marvel’s universe is getting bigger on silver screen, which in fact is making the fans more joyous. This definitely has put DC comics in a tiff which has to be matched to compete.
This installment was perfectly etched with great characters which go in sync with the previous movies and build a great premise for the upcoming ones. It’s an art to manage so many characters in the film and yet give them respective screen space with the importance required. And the makers have done that with great diligence.
Every character in this film has done a great job. I can say and vouch that no one else could have been more interesting for “Ironman” like Robert Downey Jr., and he does that with élan. Chris Evans as Captain America has the poised nature which sits perfectly with the attire. Then comes Don Cheadle as Rhodey which is closely followed by Anthony Mackie as Falcon. Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier stands a good chance and makes a strong impression. Scarlet Witch by Elizabeth Olsen is quite an impressive one. Paul Bettany as Vision has the innocence with exotic powers. These characters are well balanced by Jeremy Renner as Hawk Eye and the stupendous Black Widow by Scarlett Johansson, who never fails to kick ass among the herd of boys.
Among the new additions in this film Daniel Bruhl as Zemo was a surprise package and he was remarkable. Then comes Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther, who refreshingly new and cut throat. The humour is added with despicable Ant-Man by Paul Rudd and of course the boy wonder and the most awaited addition to the herd “Spiderman” by Tom Holland. His work was spectacular and is going to be great journey ahead for Spidey.
The scenes involving Spiderman has been beautifully shot with great humour.
The action was spectacular, the tunnel chase, the hangar stand off and the fist fights all of them were great. The film has an extensive VFX, which one can only wonder, how do they manage to make this happen. The same goes to SFX which was perfectly designed with great depth. The IMAX experience was splendid, even though there was just one sequence shot with IMAX cameras that whole sequence was worth the watch. Apart from that the large format actually puts you right in the frame with an in-depth experience. Cinematography by Trent Opaloch was great which had a crisp editing matched by Jeffrey Ford and Mathew Schmidt.
Verdict: Anthony and Joe Russo, did a fantastic job in shaping up this film. This has all the ingredients required for a super-hero movie and is well equipped with technical brilliance. Captain America films have been a strong suit for the cinematic universe of MARVEL and this being the third one has made a great trilogy, in fact a strong foundation. Definitely worth a watch, especially in IMAX to experience the true power of the superheroes.
P.S. There are 2 post credit scenes, one after the main credits and then at the end after the entire roll of credits.