JEANNE'S REVIEW

 

The Avengers fighting each other is a twist in this latest sequel featuring Chris Evans as the hunky Steve Rogers/Captain America. "Captain America: Civil War" boasts all kinds of exciting action, if you like this sort of

thing, in a fast-paced IMAX 3D adventure.

 

Directed again for the third time by the Russo brothers, Anthony and Joe, with the screenplay by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, "Captain America: Civil War" begins a couple of years after "The Winter Soldier" left off. A political firestorm is raging amongst members of the Avengers and the United Nations, which wants to establish a governing body to control the team.

 

Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) signs the agreement, but Rogers is against it. With the Avengers divided on the issue, Rogers and Bucky Barnes, a.k.a. Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan), work together with Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen), Clint Barton (Jeremy Renner) and Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) to clear Barnes in the murder of King T'Chaka of Wakanda.

 

Kudos to David for staying awake. He usually finds these megawatt superhero movies sleep-inducing. But "Captain America: Civil War" provides multiple non-stop action sequences, though, as usual, some of the fight scenes last too long.

 

My biggest complaint --- and one I'm weary of repeating --- is the habit of such films to include massive carnage by bombings, guns, car chases, etc. "Captain America: Civil War" would have been every bit as entertaining without this excessive violence. Please --- studios, filmmakers, writers --- stop utilizing such suggestive material.

 

Opinion:  Mild See It Now!

 

DAVID'S REVIEW

 

This third installment of Marvel's "Captain America" series will mostly appeal to moviegoers who are completely immersed into the relationships that were shaped in the first two films. For example, Steve Rogers/Captain America (Chris Evans) and his closest friend Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) have a particularly involved dilemma in "Captain America: Civil War".

 

For everyone else, the film is a visual feast of 3D special effects amid waves of humor, much of it provided, as usual, by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. The "new" superheroes that are integrated into the Avenger team --- which is growing exponentially --- are Spider-Man (Tom Holland) and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), both of whom invoke their own personalities and unique brand of wit.

 

The fact that the superheroes fight each other over a "hot potato" political issue is a new wrinkle devised by directing brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, and co-writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. Their intent was to inject some new blood into the franchise storyline, and they have succeeded.

 

"Captain America: Civil War" has some surprises, but the battle scenes --- here we go again --- are far too long. The characters actually suffer various bruises, cuts, scrapes and scratches to superficially, at least, demonstrate their vulnerabilities.

 

Opinion:  Mild See It Now!