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A Movie Review: Captain America: Civil Ware


Joshua White

The much anticipated third installment of the Captain America film franchise arrived in theatres on May 6. I thought it was incredibly well done, and I highly recommend it. But before I go any further, I must add that this article contains minor spoilers. If you haven’t seen the movie and are worried this might ruin it for you, stop reading immediately. There’s the warning, so keep reading at your own risk.

Captain America: Civil War begins in Nigeria, while trying to stop Crossbones who was a villain in the previous Captain America movie. While subduing him, several innocent lives are lost. This, along with the past Avengers actions, prompts world governments to produce the Sokovia Accords, which would place the Avengers under the direct command of the United Nations (UN). This is the basis of the story. Iron Man believes they need government oversight, while Captain America believes they need to be free to operate as they see fit. A mysterious man named Zemo then frames Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. The Winter Solider and Captain America’s childhood friend, for a bombing of the UN, killing the King of Wakanda in the process.

This sets up a series of events which include those who want government oversight and those who do not trying to hunt down Bucky. One group wants to make him answer for his crimes, the other to prove his innocence. This leads to a battle between the opposing forces. Iron Man, War Machine, Vision, Black Widow, Spider Man (now played by Tom Holland) and the Black Panther, the new king of Wakanda and (played by Chadwick Boseman) are on one side, and Captain America, Falcon, The Winter Solider, Ant-Man, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye are on the other. The result is a wonderfully done battle scene that is both tense and light-hearted. It has many quips and hilarious comments, while at the same time keeping the moment intense and emotionally powerful.

The movie as a whole is incredible. Every actor portrayed their character perfectly. It was an action-packed comedy that was at the same time heart wrenching as the team fights over how to deal with the death of innocent people. The introduction of the Black Panther was absolutely flawless, and while Spider Man seemed a little forced it was still well done. It is one of the best Marvel films to date, and I highly recommend it to everyone. I think my favorite part was the villain Zemo. He was not a super villain, or really anyone special at all. He was simply a man. A man who had lost his family in Sokovia. 

He was a man with nothing to lose, who was able to single-handedly tear the Avengers apart with only his own ingenuity and determination. I thought it sent a powerful message that not all villains need to be super powered or highly trained. A single determined individual can have a drastic effect. All in all, I give this movie a 9/10. I truly loved this movie and cannot wait for the subsequent films which will follow.