“Balance, pacing, and proper use of escalation”
Captain America: Civil War is an excellent completion of the Captain America Trilogy. This film has everything anyone could ask for in a trip to the theaters. The action sequences in this film are stellar. The new characters introduced blend in well with the old cast. But above all, the writing is flawless.
This film can be summed up in a few simple words: Balance, pacing, and proper use of escalation. Few films are able to pull off all three at once. Captain America: Winter Soldier managed all three effectively. Another movie that premiered that same year, Xmen: Days of Future Past was also able to balance multiple plot points and characters while properly pacing the story and escalating tension for a great payoff.
Civil War, dare I say, exceeds both of these films in these categories. Civil War manages to take an extremely large cast and spotlight each character fairly evenly. Everyone has their moment to shine. But the impressive thing is that the film manages to do this organically without it feeling forced. No character is out of place or pops up for no reason.
The Russo Brothers carefully escalated the tension as the stakes were raised. Again, each time the stakes were raised, it felt organic and part of the natural development of the plot. This is a credit to the writing team of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. With so much going on and so many characters to juggle, the film easily could have gotten lost in itself. Yet, there wasn’t a single point where this didn’t feel like a Captain America film. In a way, that’s really the only fault of this film. It didn’t take full advantage of the central message of the conflict from the comic event Civil War of which it is an adaptation. Even so, Civil War is still able to capture the heart of the struggle and incorporate it into its central theme.
The introductions of both Black Panther and Spider-Man were excellent. Both were shown the respect fans would desire and incorporated into the story arc in a meaningful way. In a way, this was both of their origin tales. So we don’t have to worry about the rebooted Spider-Man getting bit by a spider and Uncle Ben dying and all of that again. The hint of Spider-Man that was teased was enough to get me excited about what Marvel’s influence will lead Sony to do with him next. It’s far too soon to say, but this could be the best interpretation of the character yet.
We also have seen enough of Black Panther to where an origin story really isn’t necessary either. Chadwick Boseman was a great Black Panther. I am extremely confident in the Black Panther stand alone after this introduction. Hopefully the history and culture of Wakanda is explored further in the Black Panther solo film.
There are so many things that I could say about this movie. I cannot stop singing its praises. There is so much this movie got right from just a writing perspective that I haven’t even started on the visuals and amazing fight sequences in the film. This film is a must watch movie. Even if you don’t like superhero movies, this film should be viewed in theaters. I personally think it could be Marvel’s best to date. It’s definitely top three. So if you haven’t seen this movie, do yourself a favor and check it out. This film has something for everyone.
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