Friday, May 6, 2016

Captain America: Civil War

Is it just me, or has comic book movie fatigue set in for you as well?  You must feel it too by now.  It's too damn much of a good thing.  And it doesn't help when we're all just getting over the debacle known as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  I guess we can't just have good guys fight bad guys anymore.  Now we need good guys fighting other good guys?  It doesn't make any sense on the page, and it doesn't make any more sense on screen.  These internal battles feel contrived and I don't like the trend.

And that's not the only thing I didn't like about Captain America: Civil War.  Here's a list:
  • Like most "tentpole" films, it's too long.  Most movies that are 2.5 hours shouldn't be 2.5 hours.  More isn't always more.  Often times, less would be more. 
  • There are too many unnecessary action scenes, cut together at way too fast a pace (for the ADD/AHD generation).  But for us middle-aged folks all those quick cuts combined with the 3D gives me a headache. 
  • A comic book film is generally only as good as its villain.  This film lacks a memorable villain.
  • It's not funny enough.  Humor is one of the key strengths of the Marvel franchise.  Joss Whedon understands that.  The Russo's don't seem to.  Thankfully Paul Rudd has a (relatively small) appearance (pun intended) that adds some fun to a way-too-serious entry in the MCU.  Captain America: Winter Soldier pulled off the gravitas.  This one, not as much.
  • This is a bit picky, but I don't understand why Civil War falls under the label of a Captain America film.  It's clearly an Avengers film x Hulk x Thor.
OK, so I've said my peace.  But with all that said, it's still a reasonably entertaining movie, with a few great scenes and a fun, very recognizable new character.  And, as usual, they spared no expense.  So there's still some things to like here.  Just not enough to meet my expectations based on all the hype.  I'd call it a disappointment, but not nearly as much as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Grade: B

Who is this movie for?   Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be adequately entertained but probably not blown away.  It's not nearly the worst entry in the MCU but definitely not the best.

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