Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo Writers: Christopher Markus (screenplay), Stephen McFeely (screenplay) Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson
“Political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability when the actions of the Avengers lead to collateral damage. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America (Chris Evans) believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) sharply disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) must pick a side.”
The latest installment from the Marvel movie factory is a clever, fun film with some great performances and some fantastic action sequences. As we have all grown to expect from Marvel, each film acts as a trailer for the next slab of franchise, but Civil War actually provides some great entertainment on the way.
Part Bourne-esque thriller, part political commentary, part (b)romance, Civil War introduces us to two new iterations of familiar characters. Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) is the flipside to Iron Man- both are super rich, and from positions of privilege, but Black Panther is sombre, sincere and takes his responsibilities very seriously. Meanwhile Spiderman (Tom Holland) provides some fantastic comedy relief, and comes close to stealing the entire show with his pitch perfect Peter Parker. However, he’s up against some serious competition, with several other ‘special guests’ dropping in to help bulk out the titular Civil War.
Of course the main plot, a tale of revenge, gets somewhat lost along the two and a half hour film, and this extended run time is the only thing that detracts from the fun (as was evidenced by some very loud snoring in the screening I was in).
From the brilliantly directed opening action sequence in Lagos, to the now inevitable post-credit sequences, Civil War will leave audiences with a big smile on their faces, and looking forward to the next slice of Marvel pie.
8 out of 10