At the present moment the movie-going world seems split into two camps. Those who love this time of superhero movies and those who are sick and tired of it. I am well planted in the first camp. As a kid I could never have imagined when I got to 2016 I would have my choice of so many of my comic book heroes up there on the big screen. While I am a fan of all superhero movies and not favoring either the Marvel or DC side, my favorite hero among them all has become Captain America, which is odd since I wasn’t really into him as a kid. I think it is how Chris Evans portrays him. He is born to play that role just as much as Robert Downey Jr. is to Iron Man or Christopher Reeve was to Superman. So far all three entries in the Captain America series have ended up being my favorite films in the genre hands down. The latest installment, Captain America: Civil War is out now on Blu-ray and DVD.
Following the events in Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age of Ultron, the government has decided to step in with a new set of rules with the Hero Registration Act making heroes answerable for their actions and at the whim of the government when it comes to where and when to act. And when Bucky Barnes seems to be responsible for a deadly bombing, the Avengers find themselves split and facing each other in a battle to find the truth and upload the law. Captain America is determined to clear Bucky’s name and Tony Stark is equally determined to capture him and make him pay for his actions. And with some new faces along for the ride including Black Panther and Spider-Man, this war could come with a very heavy price.
Captain America: Civil War is pure cinematic bliss. While playing out as much more of an Avengers film with so many heroes involved, it still retains the smart storytelling and phenomenal action scenes of the Captain America films while amping up the scale. Everyone is great here with many scenes being stolen by the new faces including Chadwick Boseman as the very cool Black Panther, Paul Rudd joining the cast with the best one-liners as Ant-Man and the spectacular debut of Tom Holland as a web-slinging teenage Spider-Man. There is tons of great action, lots of humor and one-liners, and a great set up for the next phase of the Marvel Universe. Captain America: Civil War is the action flick of the year and is highly recommended.