Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Thoughts on "Captain America: Civil War" ~~ A "Comical Wednesday" Post


Long-time readers of this blog -- both of them -- know that my two favorite superheroes are Batman and Captain America. (I also have soft spots for Zorro and The Lone Ranger, but they're not really "super" heroes. Neither is Batman, technically, but don't get me started on that!)

Anyway, fellow babies, it's been a long time since I've written anything remotely resembling a movie review... and I'm not going to break that streak today. Oh, sure, I'll be talking about Captain America: Civil War, but this won't really be a review. Just a few little random comments.

1. CA:CW is less a Captain America movie and more of an Avengers movie without Thor and the Hulk. I mean, everyone else is in there! And by "everyone else" I mean (in no particular order) Captain America, Iron Man, the Black Widow, the Black Panther, the Winter Soldier, Hawkeye, the Vision, War Machine, the Falcon, the Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, and even -- now that Marvel's worked out a deal with Sony -- the newest version of Spider-Man!

2. As we are shown rather graphically in an early scene from the film, it seems that the biggest by-product of super-beings' battles is what's referred to as "collateral damage." When superguys and supergals fight, property -- sometimes an entire city! -- gets destroyed and people die.  Quite a sobering thought, especially to someone like myself who grew up reading comics of the 1960s and 1970s where big punch-'em-ups just happened to conveniently take place in abandoned buildings, construction sites, etc., so no one other than the puncher-uppers ever got hurt. But deaths are a big draw in comics, and there are those who would argue that people actually dying is a more realistic outcome of the super battles.


3. It was great to see the "new" Spider-Man, Tom Holland, the latest actor in a franchise that seems to reboot every six hours or so. (It's also good to see that Aunt May is an attractive enough woman that Tony Stark himself shows an interest in "Aunt Hottie.") Holland actually makes Spidey seem like an inexperienced teenager, something Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield never quite pulled off, IMHO. This one banters with his opponents (a bit too much, which is completely in character!), and seems genuinely impressed that he's meeting all these big-name superheroes.

4. Usually I can take or leave the fight scenes in films. Believe it or not, I'm not much for action films in general, but the action scenes in CA:CW knock me out! Very well choreographed, I'd say, especially Captain America and the Winter Soldier (Bucky) escaping from invaders in an apartment building.

So much for random observations. Would I recommend the movie? Heartily. But make your own decision.  As I said, this isn't a proper review.

Thanks for your time.


10 comments:

  1. I really want to see this movie.It looks like it is a lot of fun and I heard Antman steals the show

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  2. Finally got Spiderman right. None of that dark and brooding crap of the reboot, or a tad whiny like Maguire. And yeah, basically Avengers 2.5 without the 2 none of the others can realistically beat.

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    1. Exactly! Thor and/or Hulk would have tipped the scales too far for whichever side they chose. And Spidey was great.

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  3. My son saw it at the midnight showing when it came out. He agrees with you that it is very strong on the action scenes and well worth seeing. I believe his favorite character in this one is Black Panther.

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    1. Yeah, I liked the Black Panther, too. Looking forward to his solo outing soon.

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  4. Was going to comment yesterday but I hit the log out instead of publish! So my witty remarks are lost in cyberspace now.

    I have to say I would watch this once since I've watched all the others . . . well, most of the others. Ther are one or two I've missed. Now what would be an interesting movie would be green lantern and deadpool. Would Ryan Reynolds play both parts??

    Heh heh.

    I like the assemble movies, but I kinda wish that some of the character hadn't popped up in this one. I mean it's supposed to be c.a.-centric. Well spidey coming in on the scene and maybe one or two. But what do I know.

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    1. I wasn't disappointed by the multiple heroes appearing, since I knew that going in.

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    2. ah. i don't keep up on movies superhero or otherwise. i do it passively. the last 'new' movie i watched was The Martian. my library got it for the dvd collection. my town is sooo small we don't have a theater. we have a single red box. :)

      it's about an hours drive to the nearest theater. heh heh. that's life living in the desert.

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    3. An hour's drive? Wow, that is a small town.

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