The Hall of information is web slinging it’s way back to you for yet another super hero movie review. Well make rain while the hay shines or something like that as we are in an age of cinema where super heroes are literally falling out of every orifice! Geez just don’t let hulk fall out of me, that could be painful and messy, nevertheless the extended marvel universe is back with its latest offering which you could even call the Avengers 2.5.
Okay lets straighten things up before we start. I am kind of indifferent/snobbish towards super hero movies as of recent (mainly the marvel ones, there’s just too many okay). They tend to dominate cinema and over shadow things. Marvel are indeed a juggernaut express train rammed full of different heroes but deep down I am preferential to DC (but X-men have my heart).
With that out the way lets get to the movie. I’m not particularly inclined to give away major plot points and spoilers. Let’s just say I prefer to tell you what I liked and what worked, then what didn’t.
We get introduced to some back story about the winter soldier, its all very captain americy to begin with. Soon enough many of the faces new and old from the Avengers film show up and some action happens. Bad guys are fought, CGI is used and then the main theme is presented to us. The morality of the Avengers, are they right to blow up stuff for justice. What would you do if they took out your favourite Maccy D’s?
So a few innocent people’s legs get blown off and the UN aren’t happy.
The film seemed to go up and down in terms of action and talking. Eventually this whole morality thing divides the camp and you get your ‘civil war’. The somewhat absent Captain America, yes he’s absent in his own film, well he goes one way and Iron Man goes the other.
Tony Stark who is perfect by Downey Junior seems to spend the later marvel films in a somewhat conflicted with himself state. So much so, he rubs off on the other Avengers about what is really right or wrong. For quite some time this did just feel like anything but Captain America, maybe Iron Man 4 or Introducing the bug named avengers such as Ant Man. Having missed Ant Man, regretfully because Paul Rudd although his part was cameo esque it definitely left me intrigued about his style.
The angle of Spiderman being introduced was finally revealed, as in Tony Stark tracks him down and takes Peter Parker under his wing. Again, Spidey did play a rather small part in a battle, and he did seem very talkative, but his screen time very much made an impact. He played a relatively comedic role, much like Tony Stark.
I’ve always found the Marvel ‘humour’ to be a little awkward and misplaced, again this seemed the case but saying that there were moments where I did chuckle out loud.
What was good for Lee?
The introduction of extended heroes such as Spiderman, Ant Man, Black Panther. All of them impressed.
Vison and Scarlett Witch having some explorative screen time and their morality being explored.
The action, most of which cannot be faulted.
I liked the sides taken by the heroes, such as Falcon siding with Cap’n and Spidey being introduced by Iron Man.
The token Stan Lee cameo (of course right?)
If you are a marvel buff you will enjoy Civil War. All I can really say in terms of problems they will have is fitting everyone relevant into their films. This wasn’t a Captain America film. This was just an extension of the Avengers and a chance to introduce more heroes as well as show Iron Man contemplating his morality with others. In some ways, the story turned a corner just a bit to tell some of Tony Stark’s history. That’s good and bad.
Bad because the running time will increase and the detail will drop. Too many story arcs will just swamp the whole concept of hero movies and could eventually be its downfall. We shall see. I think after the next two part Avengers films that may be their last outing. I’ve been wrong before though. Guess we will see.
My score is 3.5 out 5. With a not bad rating.
What did you think?
With the Hall of information being quiet for too damn long, I plan to blog all the way up to the release of my book this September. So keep your eyes this way inclined. Thanks for reading.