Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo

Starring Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan


This is really Avengers 3, but the title of the movie kept expectations lower and helped make it a pleasant surprise. It’s a big, ambitious effort with real plot lines and great action, and it’s nice to see everyone together again.

The regular all-star cast gives us more of the same. Sebastian Stan is intense in a larger role, and Holland is great as Spiderman. Boseman, Brühl, Freeman are fantastic additions, especially with their masterful accents. But it’s starting to get hard to keep all of the characters and their backstories straight. There’s a lot going on here.

Action is well shot and brutal. It’s a bit heavy-handed with the CGI at points, but it’s kinetic and exciting nonetheless. The shot of Evans holding the helicopter is amazing. The young Downey effects are unnervingly good.

If anything, I would have liked a touch more comedy. Downey’s had some great quips in previous movies, but they’re at a minimum here. And Paul Rudd, of all people, has a few lines that fall flat.

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