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Captain America: Civil War (2016)

US 147m, Colour
Director: Anthony and 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, Frank Grillo, William Hurt

civil warAs the third Captain America film in the ever-growing Marvel universe, Civil War features a huge ensemble cast,  an unwieldy screenplay, and a run-time that exceeded my attention span. Pitting superheroes against one another, the film has some amusing moments, however, they come at the expense of clunky exposition and too many action scenes that eventually blend together. Oddly, many of the energetic patrons at our screening were more interested in eating, chatting and making frequent trips in and out of the theatre, than actually watching the film (Klaus Ming May 2016).



8 comments on “Captain America: Civil War (2016)

  1. Jürgen M

    Ugh…so right on this one. I used to get excited when a new movie from the Marvel universe was released. Now I alternate between loathing and ‘could care less’. Great reviews Klaus!

    • Klaus

      Thanks Jürgen. I still like the Marvel characters, but had low expectations going into this one (despite a lot of fan hype) – which helped get me through..

  2. Chris, a librarian

    Your last comment is one of the reasons I rarely go to the multiplex anymore.

    • Klaus

      Easily this was the worst crowd i’ve ever had the misfortune of watching a movie with. I get the feeling that the guys on their phones sitting behind us had given it a 10/10 on IMDB even before they left the theatre.

  3. Anthony Lee Collins

    Well, as a Captain America movie, it’s a step down from Winter Soldier, but as an Avengers movie (which it is in all but name) I found it much more fun than Ultron.

    I wrote a few things about it (and Hateful Eight) here:

    • Klaus

      I agree, it was better than Ultron, I’ve yet to see Winter Soldier.

      • Anthony Lee Collins

        Winter Soldier is worth seeing. The superhero parts aren’t great (the directors think that “Excitement!” in action scenes is conveyed by shaking the camera around a lot), but mostly it’s a conspiracy thriller, a cross between Three Days of the Condor and the X-Files. Evans and Johansson have wonderful (and, if it needs to be said, non-romantic) chemistry, and the stakes are much more compelling than “will the alien army make it through the worm hole?” or whatever the heck was going on in the last Thor movie.

  4. Klaus

    Heh, heh, yeah, I noticed a lot of shaky cam – which is strange, especially since all of these are released in 3D – which defeats the effect.

    I will check out Winter Soldier – I see it’s on Canadian Netflix right now.

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