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Captain America: Civil War
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10.04.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Anthony and Joe Russo

Actors:
Chris Evans
Robert Downey Jr.
Scarlett Johansson

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
As tensions mount around the globe, the Avengers find themselves at odds with each other over autonomy and accountability. When Steve Roger's beloved friend Bucky is framed for murder, Captain America goes on the run to clear his name, pitting himself against his teammates and an unseen force hellbent on tearing the superheroes apart.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is a miracle. It's the culmination of nearly a decade of storytelling, playing off our favorite moments and relationships garnered from twelve previous movies and paying them off in big ways. I can't think of any other film series that's even had the opportunity to pull this off and the result is immensely satisfying for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

The real miracle though is how CIVIL WAR manages to balance the many, many characters involved. Even formerly minor characters like Vision and Scarlett Witch get their own fascinating mini arc that still feels thematically relevant. Granted some heroes get limited screentime, but nobody feels shortchanged. That includes Black Panther and Spider-Man, both of whom steal the show and successfully set up their future spinoffs. (Five minutes of Peter Parker talking to Tony Stark understands the character better than the five previous movies ever did.) But at the end of the day this is still Steve Roger's story and I don't think Cap fans will be disappointed. Steve Rogers' evolving sense of the world and his steadfast sense of morality are the driving forces of CIVIL WAR and the film never forgets that.

WINTER SOLDIER probably has a tighter, more focused script, but CIVIL WAR easily replaces it as the biggest and best Marvel movie to date. It asks difficult questions about personal responsibility and takes the stakes seriously, but has so much fun doing it. It also has the best superhero action, better than either AVENGERS movie. There are parts in this, especially the big airport battle, that feel like comic book panels come to life in creative and faithful waysójust big moment after big moment. And the Russo Brothers completely nail how each superhero uses their unique powers and abilities together and against each other. I defy anyone to watch the airport scene and not have a smile on their face when it's over.

Unlike the other big fighting superheroes movie this year, CIVIL WAR has the privilege of jumping right in to some heavy emotional and thematic stakes given your history with the characters and it takes full advantage of it. Both sides are right; both sides are wrong. You hate seeing everyone fight, but love it at the same time. It's a tough act to pull off and it makes me happy knowing the Russo Brothers are the ones tackling INFINITY WAR.

THE EXTRAS

Commentary by directors Anthony and Joe Russo and writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely: The writers and directors share the spotlight here nicely, with an entertaining rapport and enthusiasm for the movie that makes it an easy listen. They cover a lot of topics, from the technical (visual effects, stunts and fights) to the story (balancing all the characters and themes) to some extra tidbits (having to work on CIVIL WAR during the filming of AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON). Definitely worth listening to.

United We Stand, Divided We Fall (55:45): This two-part Making Of feature clocks in at nearly an hour and is fantastic. The first part centers on Team Cap, looking at Steve Rogers and the original comic book arc that semi-inspired this movie and how it was adapted to fit the more relevant themes of the MCU. You also get looks at the rest of his loyal team (best of all is Paul Rudd and Ant Man) and the stunt work that went in to bringing it all to life. Part Two is all about Team Iron Man, with fun looks at new characters Black Panther and Spider-Man and the actors that play them, as well as an extended look at Paul Bettany finally coming to his own and expanding the Vision's role in the movie.

Deleted & Extended Scenes (7:52): Four short scenes with extra footage. The only memorable one is a longer version of Peggy Carter's funeral.

The Road to Civil War (8:40): Another, shorter two-part featurette that looks at both Iron Man and Captain America, their characters and what led them to this movie. Easily skippable if you've seen any of the previous Marvel movies.

Gag Reel (2:53): Funny, but too brief. I could watch many more goofs from this cast.

Open Your Mind: Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE (4:02): A fun sneak peek at Marvel's latest movie, with not just footage but concept art and interviews with cast and crew.

A DVD and Digital Copy are also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is easily up there with the best comic book movies of all time, taking full advantage of the rich history and our deep love for these characters to deliver a crowd-pleasing, action-packed film that doesn't pull any punches. The Blu Ray has a great commentary and a couple solid special features, making purchasing this an easy decision.

Extra Tidbit: Tom Hiddleston said the scene of Captain America stopping the helicopter is his favorite moment in the entire MCU: "I mean Chris Evans does a bicep curl...with a helicopter! If you don't love that, we can't be friends."

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