MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

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Just a couple of months after the release of the lackluster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes the emergence of yet another superhero movie that puts into test the essence of such genre as a character piece. We’ve seen the worst in Batman v Superman after expecting too much from DC Comics’ attempt to at least be on a par with Marvel’s phases. In the end, expectations are mostly unmet, widely panning what is supposed to be an iconic battle (and later on team-up) of two of the best-known caped heroes.

With the wounds left open by BvS, Captain America: Civil War is the genre’s redemption as it is able to demonstrate firmness, solid script and total excitement, all of which are absent in the former. Marvel Studios has mastered the needs of its audience, and to an extension what new viewers would love to see. Since 2012’s The Avengers, team-up film has been a thing for Marvel, setting up the bar for others to set on. Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War makes the most out of the wonders of its predecessors and even go beyond what we could think of whenever we define “surprise” and “excitement.”

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Twelve movies into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America: Civil War is an elaborate production that gets together the superheroes we have adored, not only for their awesome powers but for being just like any of us: dreamers and fighters and lovers, brothers and family and friends. For what Batman v Superman lacked in execution, Civil War seems to have made up and put even more to the table.

For all its worth, Captain America: Civil War is a well-grounded superhero movie with loads of action and drama. It deserves a repeat viewing anytime soon for those exciting set pieces alone. There is just enough buildup for its characters to have their respective ideals. Captain America fights for his own motives while Iron Man draws deep from his emotions.

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While there are several things going on inside their universe, they are able to exude the very secret they possesses: a heart so big there is no other way out but to deal with it. The experience is more than satisfying that it does not feel suffocating at any point. For a big-budgeted superhero movie like Captain America: Civil War, it’s pretty rare to see careful narratives of drama that stick to emotion, revealing the humanity behind costumes and props, between armors and superpowers.

Now it’s time to prepare for Avengers: Infinity War, Parts I and II in 2018 and 2019 respectively. Expecting too much from Marvel’s impressive lineup is one thing, witnessing more than what we could all expect is another.

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