• Todd Puhl

Movie Review: Civil War

Updated: May 29, 2019


I will start off by saying that I enjoyed both of the previous two Captain America films I think they were both pretty solid films overall. They didn’t completely blow my mind but they were some of the better movies that Marvel Studios has produced. I know going in that the storyline of this particular film was going to be different from the comic books and the cast was going to be solidly different from the books to the screen as well.


‘With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero's actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Team Iron Man and Team Captain America while a new villain emerges.‘

IMDb rating 8.3/10     Metacritic 75/100       Rotten Tomatoes 90%

Frankly, it would be impossible to tell the story if they kept the whole cast from the books there wouldn’t be any time.  So off the bat I didn’t have a huge amount of expectations going into the movie.


Now most people I know that have seen the movie were pretty impressed with it.  I actually was soured pretty early on in the movie and it never won me back.  I am thinking I am glad I saw the traditional version and not the 3D version otherwise I think it would have made it worse.  I found the action scenes right off the bat were too goddamn jumpy.  Half second and cut half second and cut another half second and cut away.  They appeared very sloppily done and blurry and obviously CGI’d and that just really annoys me as most of you probably already know and throughout the movie it didn’t get any better.  With such a budget we’re talking $250 million you would think that they could have cleaned up some of the CGI a little better.


Now there was one scene that really bothered me a bit.  Now I haven’t really been a diehard Captain America fan at any point so I really don’t know the limits of his abilities.  But there is the scene when he is chasing down Bucky in a tunnel and they are running past cars.  Now I didn’t think that either could outrun a car but after a bit of reading it is not impossible.  Which I will accept and that is fine but if that is the case then regardless can someone please explain to me why does Bucky need a goddamn old jalopy of a motorcycle?   My friend Bill gave a great explanation of it ‘Because then they could do the motorcycle flip shot’ and I couldn't argue it because it's true and the only reasonable explanation.


Now the movie gave us an introduction to Tom Holland as our friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man.  I think they may finally going in the right direction with Spider-Man and the comedic Peter Parker that most of us have come to know and chuckled during his brief appearances.  Paul Rudd also stole some scenes away from the major cast members for the brief moments on screen and between the two I think is one of the few things keeping this film on the passing grade.  


Everyone keeps saying oh this movie is amazing.  One they probably have no background knowledge of Civil War in the first place and two they are probably distracted very easily.  (Oh hey look SHINY!)   All they are seeing is Spider-Man and big action scenes and don’t pay attention to the remainder of the movie.  Is it an entertaining movie?  Yes I was entertained by it.  Was it a great movie?  Far from it and to do it justice you would need multiple parts to do it not just two and half hours.  It will make a good chunk of money just because it has the Captain America tag on it.  

If you have seen the previous movies.  You will more than likely enjoy it.  If you are a true comic fan and have followed Civil War you more than likely won’t.  If you can separate yourself from it maybe you come out enjoying it.  Are you critical of everything in a movie like I am then you won’t enjoy it.  But either way no different than how horrid a movie is like oh I don’t know Batman vs Superman it can still make a good chunk of money and will be successful which will mean they continue to do and use similar formulas.  


Now Marvel has planned out all of these movies in Phases and such and us as geeks that follow them are happy as hell.  The major problem is that the movies aren’t made to make us happy and tell the stories we love.  I can only hope one of these days they will complete one storyline properly without Hollywooding it up.  People including myself rip on reboots and remakes and for the most part comic book movies don’t get the same flack but may as well be treated as such because very few have followed the original story/lore/canon that has been laid out for so many years.  


I will sit here and wait for the next couple of movies in the current Marvel Phase and I will be critical because if they are going the lengths to make the movies they are for the fans then we should get what we expect not some ‘new’ vision or ‘idea’ of what it should be.  Give us what we want and expect and until I see it I will continue to be critical and shit on the movies where it deserves to be shit upon.


3.0 out of 5 Beards


#captainamerica #ironman #civilwar #spiderman

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