CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR cost 250 million to make, but it earned nearly three times that amount world wide during its opening weekend. I’m not a big fan of the movie, but I can see why people like it.
Secretary of State: “Captain America. While a great many people see you as a hero, there are some who prefer the word, vigilante.”
This CAPTAIN AMERICA is a rousing, well made, well acted action film overstuffed with fist fights and explosions, not to mention a very large number of Marvel comics superheroes who have to face the fact that while saving the world from villains, they often cause the deaths of many innocent people.
Secretary of State (showing footage of destruction): New York, Washington D.C., Sykovia.
Captain America: OK, that’s enough.
Secretary: Captain, people are afraid.
The United Nations wants the Avenging heroes to get official approval before they set out on missions. Half of the group agrees to this; the other half refuses.
Iron Man: We need to be put in check. Whatever form that takes, I’m game.
Capt. America: I’m sorry, Tony. If I see a situation pointed south, I can’t ignore it. Sometimes I wish I could.
Iron Man: Sometimes I wanna punch you in your perfect teeth.
Chris Evans as Captain America and and the superb Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man (Tony Stark) are the big stars of this spectacle. Their opposing positions on the proposed new rules create the civil war of the title.
Captain America: This doesn’t have to end in a fight Tony.
(Tony punches him.)
Tony: You just started a war.
The conflict between the two groups of superheroes make for some nifty fight scenes full of masterful special effects. The problem is there are just too many battles, too many characters, and too many other plots. And the film’s running time of two hours and 27 minutes is at least forty five minutes too long.
Nonetheless, there are scenes to savor, like the introduction of a very young Spiderman played by Tom Holland.
Iron Man: All right. I’ve run out of patience.
(He signals to Spiderman who spins webs around Captain America’s hands and steals his shield.)
Spiderman: Hey Everyone!
The heroes using their special powers—the government calls them “enhanced individuals”—are fun to watch. The action is very well shot. But I must warn those who haven’t seen the previous Avengers and Captain America movies: you will get the gist of what’s going on, but you’ll also miss a lot and sometimes you may be downright confused.
Terry Hunter, Hawaii News Now. firstname.lastname@example.org