Redux Reviews Captain America: Civil War | The Writers’ Room Podcast | Episode 308
Cap is back in a new feature adventure in the service of friendship and freedom opposing fear. His loyalty to Bucky/belief in remaining autonomous from the US government pits him against former friends Iron Man, War Machine, and even Black Widow at points. The movie reveals a lot of new faces fighting alongside and against Captain America, but we most enjoyed seeing the different relationship dynamics play out on the big screen.
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When political pressure calls for accountability for collateral damage caused by Avengers, the team is divided. Captain America (dreamy Chris Evans) holds that they should remain autonomous to avoid another Hydra-inflitrated SHIELD scenario because power in the wrong hands is just as bad. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is in a dark place and from that perspective, supports the oversight.
Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) choose sides and it’s a new recruit reveal every so often throughout the rest of the story – Iron Man grabs a young Spidey and ogles Marisa Tomei’s Aunt May, Cap’s team calls on an extra witty AntMan (later GIANTMAN), and bonus Black Panther. There will hopefully be a Black Panther feature length vehicle coming soon from Marvel.
The story was most enjoyable for our group when it focused on relationships over epic VFX fights. The fun comes from the characters interacting with new flavors, such as when the perennial Baldwin, Paul Rudd, joins the chorus. The wealth of humor from AntMan was one of the things that we most enjoyed in the movie because we didn’t see it in the trailers and similarly GiantMan was (ahem) a huge surprise. The frenemies Bucky and Sam were also a highlight – their banter was a natural, constant source of warmth and fun, reminiscent of Spock and McCoy from OG Star Trek days. The Vision and Scarlet Witch had a nice dynamic as well which enacted change on both characters through the course of events.
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Captain America: Civil War was released on May 6, 2016 (USA), directed by: Joe and Anthony Russo, has made an estimated $942.9 million at the box office, and was made for an estimated budget of $250 million.
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