Spoiler Free Review of Captain America: Civil War
Yesterday was the "Captain America Marathon" at the legendary El Capitan theater in Hollywood. We had actually won tickets to the event the day before but unfortunately couldn't make the entire event, arriving just around 3:30pm as Avengers: Age of Ultron was beginning.
Written by Gregg Condon
Below we've got our review of Civil War (No Spoilers, but go see it ... like right now, leave work and go). We've also got a look at the actual El Capitan and some of the great display they had there. If you've never seen a movie at this historic theater you really need to. It's quite the experience for the Movie/Disney fan.
So a few months ago we did a review of Batman vs Superman because we saw it early, and we were kind of nice to that movie, maybe even in hindsight a little too nice. Because in hindsight it was actually worse than we made it out to be in our review.
And while yes, Civil War is in a totally different cinematic universe than Batman vs Superman given the "warring faction" nature of both movies it's kind of hard to not compare the two.
And Civil War is pretty much everything Batman vs Superman isn't. Entertaining, fun, exciting, bright, well paced, just long enough and completely, completely satisfying.
But let's go back a bit and stop the comparisons now, because there simply isn't one.
This is now the 3rd or 4th event Marvel has held at the El Capitan and this event was actually around 15 hours long in total. The event started at 7am with Captain America: The First Avenger, then went into the original Avengers, then The Winter Soldier and finally Avengers: Age of Ultron before going into Civil War.
And it's really those last 2 movies you may want to revisit before making your way out to see Civil War.
I know that Age of Ultron in particular wasn't one of the best or most beloved Marvel movies, I enjoyed it enough on the first viewing, but it seemed like a rehash of The Avengers.
But on subsequent viewings and especially after watching Civil War, it may receive a higher ranking on the list of MCU movies for me, I'll have to revisit that once I have a cup of coffee and rank them below.
Without giving away too many spoilers Civil War does an amazing job of giving characters we know and love enough screen time instead of just being glorified cameo's, but also introducing the new characters in such an amazing way (REALLY trying hard not to compare it to that other movie).
One of the biggest questions people had about this movie was "isn't this just Avengers 3" ... and with so many Avengers in the movie it could have gone wrong in so many ways and felt like that. But this is VERY MUCH a Captain America movie. He's at the heart of the movie and considering the other 2 Captain America movies are among the best of the stand-alone MCU movies it shouldn't be any surprise how good this one is.
And let's just say it now ... after 5 movies and 15 years they FINALLY got Spider-Man right. I've been very vocal about my dislike of the existing Spider-Man movies and of them yet again rebooting that franchise, and even about the name "Spider-Man Homecoming".
But I have to say, right now, I'm seriously excited for the new Spider-Man movie. As long as they don't do another origin story and begin the next one right where Civil War ended, it's going to be amazing.
The other character introduction of The Black Panther was insanely good, and yet another character that they got perfect. Just enough screen time to get everybody excited for that movie, and you should be excited about it.
This movie also did confirm that The Incredible Hulk movie with Edward Norton is indeed Canon to the MCU, not sure why there was any debate on that one.
The action sequences are amazing. Our showing was in Dolby Vision 3D which looks amazing, but this movie doesn't really need it. It easily took me about 30 minutes to get used to the 3D. I'm simply not a fan of 3D for feature length movies and will always see a movie in 2D whenever it's an option.
There are also many crowd cheering and laugh moments in the movie, which means that in a theater full of hard core Marvel fans we missed some of the dialogue, shucks, will have to see it again. And you should go see it, and then you're going to want to see it again.
I've already been asked to compare this to Star Wars or Deadpool. Those are two TOTALLY different movies that are amazing on their own so I'm going to avoid doing that, it's simply too hard to do and it would be nit-picking.
But if you want to just go and have an amazingly fun 2+ hours at the movie then you will not be disappointed in Captain America: Civil War.
So as of right now, this is how I would rank the MCU films, and the movies at the top don't mean I'm just some Captain America fanboy, as I'm Team Iron Man (still) that should be clear. But the Captain America movies have simply been the best stand-alone Marvel movies so far.
1) Captain America: Civil War - 2) Captain America: The First Avenger - 3) The Avengers - 4) Guardians of the Galaxy - 5) Captain America: The Winter Soldier - 6) Iron Man - 7) Avengers: Age of Ultron (moved up a couple of spots) - 8) Ant Man - 9) Thor - 10) The Incredible Hulk - 11) Iron Man 3 - 12) Iron Man 2 - 13) Thor: The Dark World
In addition to the movie, the El Capitan also has a great display of costumes and other things from Captain America that you should surely check out.
Click any of the pictures below to see a larger version
Thanks again to The Nerdist and to the El Capitan Theater for putting on an amazing event. We're already looking forward to the next marathon, whatever it may be.