First things first, a round of applause because wow. Just wow. Second, I realize I’m probably the last person on Earth to review this movie, but I wanted to see it twice to fully catch and understand everything that went down. By the way, it was even better seeing it a second time, I kid you not. Keep in mind, this will be a SPOILER FREE Review. Just my thoughts and opinions on Cap 3 without revealing any major details about the movie so let’s get down to business.

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Captain America: Civil War is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and is the third installment of the Captain America movie series. This film features an ensemble cast of Chris EvansRobert Downey Jr.Scarlett JohnassonAnthony Mackie, and a bunch of other people! This movie is jam-packed with star power to say the least. But even with this stacked cast of actors and actresses, this movie never feels crowded. Yes, all of The Avengers of the MCU are in this movie (minus Thor and Hulk) but at its core, it’s still a Captain America story.

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This movie tells the story of how the Avengers eventually turn on each other because of the catastrophic events in past Marvel films, most noticeably in The Avengers (2012), The Winter Solider (2014), and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) as well as in this film. Despite our heroes doing their very best to save the day from terror, citizens of Earth are still dying. Casualties and fatalities tend to happen every time the Avengers have assemble which leads to an upset Government wanting to put these heroes in check. Because of a certain law that the world leaders are trying to pass, it ends up turning the Avengers against one another and splitting them up into opposing two teams; one team lead by Steve Rogers (Captain America) and the other lead by Tony Stark (Iron Man). Stark is all for signing this law, while Rogers is very much against it.

As I stated before, this film is still very much a Captain America story. Steve Rogers played by Chris Evans, is essentially the key player in this film. Arguably the heart and soul of the Avengers, Rogers is the one who is put to the test and is the guy who has to make the tough choices when it comes down to it. Respective outlooks on life clash between Rogers and Stark, the tensions between these two has been building for years and ultimately comes to a head in this film. All of this while Rogers is on the hunt to save his once-best friend from being captured, “The Winter Solider”, Bucky Barnes played by Sebastian Stan. What I really dug about this movie was that, as a viewer, you understand where each person on a team is coming from and why they’ve chosen that path to go on moving forward. Everyone has a clear motivation for being present in this dispute. Personally, I went in into this movie on Team Cap but as the story progresses, I found myself leaning towards Team Iron Man. This movie gives the audience enough reasoning to get behind either one of these hero’s team to the point where you’re the one that feels conflicted and that is awesome writing.

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Let’s talk about some of the new characters that were introduced in this film, starting with Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa A.K.A the Black Panther. Damn, this dude is such a badass. The only other film I’ve seen Boseman in was 42 (2013) as Jackie Robinson so I knew he was good, but his performance in Civil War was extremely entertaining, the guy nailed it on all levels. The writers took time in this movie to let the audience know exactly who this guy is and a reason for why we should get behind him, to understand where he’s coming from.  Because before I saw this movie, I had no idea who Black Panther was as a character as I’m sure a good majority of people didn’t know either. Never read about him, never heard anything about him. However, after seeing this movie, I’m fully on board with this character and I wanna see more! Boseman kicked ass as Black Panther and I can’t wait to see his solo film in 2018.

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Alright, I can’t wait any longer. UNDEROOS! Let’s talk about Spider-Man. As some of you may have been able to tell, I was very excited to see Spider-Man in this film as addressed in my Top 5 Discussion Article last week. This was a big deal for me as I’m sure it was for most hardcore Spidy fans. I’ve been eagerly awaiting to see this new incarnation of the Webhead and I can happily say that, in my opinion, this is the best incarnation of Spider-Man I have ever seen on the big screen. Tom Holland as Spider-Man fired on all cylinders, his performance was incredibly delightful. From his dialogue to his action scenes, his character was so on point from the moment he’s introduced, Holland’s delivery of his lines are priceless and his Spidey spots are awesome. I got a good amount of this new Spider-Man to the point where I’m thrilled to see Holland is getting his own standalone movie next year in July!

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Now, I would be remiss if I didn’t bring up or talk about “the airport fight scene” we’ve already seen a million times in the trailers of this film. So… Does it hold up? The answer is: yes, yes it does. Not only does it hold up amazingly well, it knocks it out of the park. At some points, it doesn’t swing for the fences, it swings right through them. You get my point; the scene is spectacular. Beautiful well-shot scene work and choreography leads me to believe that this is the greatest comic book action scene in film history. Of course, just my opinion here, but for me; it hit all the right marks in the best way possible. Everyone in this scene gets a chance to shine and everyone has a reason to be there. This scene is also very well built up to from the start of this movie, they took the time to make you understand and care for each character in this brawl and that’s why it really holds up well. If I had to describe this scene in two words: “Holy” and “Shit” would be appropriate.

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All in all, this movie blew my mind. All the hype that has surrounded this film is certainly real. And after everything I’ve pointed out here, you might think there are way too many storylines going on in this movie and there’s no way this movie works. Well, you’d be right to think that. For all intensive purposes, this movie shouldn’t work. But believe me when I say, it does! It works on all levels, from the writing to the pacing of this film; everything works so well. Captain America: Civil War is a perfectly balanced and tightly constructed movie, filled with the standard Marvel humor combine with jaw-dropping action sequences. That really is a testament to the directors of this film so I tip my hat the Russo Brothers, they killed it on this one. That doesn’t mean this movie is perfect because it’s not, it does have a some nitpicks, but to me, the good outweighed the bad in this situation and I still had an awesome time watching this film.

And with that said, I’m going to give Civil War an “A+” on my movie grade scale. Definitely check this one out ASAP guys, it’s incredible. I’m most likely gonna watch it again for a third time… Maybe a fourth… Possibly a fifth, we’ll see what happens! You won’t be disappointed, I truly can’t imagine someone walking out of a theater and not enjoying what they just witnessed, even if you’re not a comic book fan. If you happen to still have a bad taste in your mouth from Batman v Superman, this movie is your antidote. Also, it’s worth noting that after the movie is over, there are TWO post credit scenes so don’t leave the theater right away! I know it’s typical of Marvel at this point, but I’d figure I give you a heads up.

As always, thanks so much for reading and until next time, keep it 100.

– Frank

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