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Review Captain America: Civil War

Making a great ensemble film is one of the most difficult accomplishment in the film business. Giving everyone enough screen time means achieving a delicate balance. Joss Whedon was completely exhausted after filming “Avengers: Age of Ultron” because of all the moving parts. The Russo Brothers knew they had a colossal challenge facing them certainly after the critically acclaimed “Captain America : The Winter Soldier”.

After another incident involving the Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability, headed by a governing body to oversee and direct the team. The new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps, one led by Steve Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark’s surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

Anthony and Joe Russo decided to change course with their new Captain America film. In the previous installment they focused heavily on the story elements and the action on smaller scale (if we forget the last part of the film). This led to an incredible film which resembled more a political thriller then a superhero film. This installment of Captain America was a different entity all together. The whole Marvel cinematographic Universe led to this point: accountability. The film was on another scale, with famous characters popping up from everywhere. Which led to a very slow lead up; the building up is the least interesting part of the film. But who cares because when you see all those characters fighting each other in one of the most epic showdown in superhero history, the kid insight you just goes: “yeeeey”!! The last fight scene is the most impressive one,  Surprisingly grounded and well shot.

We have to say, it is an impressive accomplishment to make this film work. The whole team deserves credit for this: the Russo Brothers for their impeccable directions, eye for impressive direction on that kind of a scale and of course the writing team Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus for adapting the iconic comic book to the screen. They achieve to give all the characters the screen time they deserve, writing impeccable fight scenes and keeping the scenes light with great humor.

The acting is remarkable; Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Scarlett Johansson, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Tom Holland, Chadwick Boseman and Paul Bettany all give a great performance. Daniel Brühl is an impressive villain, a very subtitle enemy for Cap and his friends.

Stanley Berenboom

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