Flash Movie Review: Captain America: Civil War

Everyone around was becoming uncomfortable by two of their friends’ heated disagreement. The argument had been brewing between the two for a while and neither was willing to give in to the other. Only recently had their words started taking on a snarky tone and the people around knew better to calm either of them down else they would become victims to the venom. The friends hated distancing themselves from the two antagonists but it was becoming the reality of the situation; people were becoming unavailable for the get-togethers. Sadly I am quite familiar with these types of situations because I was usually one of the verbal fighters. For whatever reason the environment I lived in had made me believe a person who disagreed with me no longer liked or loved me. Most of my verbal attacks usually started out saying, “You” instead of “I”; there was rarely any discussion about the what and why I was feeling the way I did. I can still remember the times I would attend a gathering and if there was someone there I had a beef with I would make sure they and everyone around knew it. Whether I used snide remarks or was passive aggressive in attacking them, I can only say it was an ugly situation. With a lot of help and hard work I began to understand an argument was simply an argument; it had nothing to due with what a person thought of you. And the biggest lesson I learned was to express my feelings, starting out a sentence with “I feel…” Need I tell you the disagreement in this action adventure would quickly grow into something of epic proportions.    WHEN politicians began to feel there needed to be some checks and balances in the Avengers’ operations, sides would be drawn that could well split the good intentions of the organization. This science fiction film did something that I rarely see in these type of movies; it placed an emphasis on some real life, current issues our world is experiencing at present. The script did a beautiful job of touching on these issues for a bit before switching it up between the wicked humor and personal drama amongst the superheroes. Starring Chris Evans (Snowpiercer, Before We Go) as Captain America, Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge, The Soloist) as Iron Man and Scarlett Johansson (Don Jon, The Avengers franchise) as Black Widow; there were too many characters to list here. I will say the script played to each actor’s strengths and I loved the way it introduced 2 new characters that it was obvious will have their own solo films in the near future. Now with all I have just said I did think this picture was long, but appreciated the way the action scenes were spaced out between the more personal ones. And one other thing I have to mention; I am concerned these Marvel movies are becoming predictable with their spectacular special effects, the two extra scenes during the credits and the Stan Lee appearances; they may raise the viewers’ expectations to a level that makes the films become ordinary. This may cause some discussion among us and that is fine since I know it is not personal. An extra scene during the ending credits and another at the end.


3 1/3 stars



About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on May 9, 2016, in Fantasy/Sci-Fi and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 14 Comments.

  1. I took my three older kids to see this at the weekend. My middle two sons are comic book nuts so they love all the MCU movies and have to see them when they come out. While I found there were some disappointing elements to this film, overall I thought it was a strong entry in the series, benefitting probably from RDJ and Evans now knowing their characterization inside out. The civil war idea was an interesting spark for conflict and drama and the action scenes were deftly choreographed and directed. I thought it was certainly better than Age of Ultron.

  2. Captain America first appeared in 1940-41as a character to “embolden” the American troops during the Second World War. In 1964 Stan Lee reintroduced the character in Avengers Nr. 4. I love Captain America comics/stories, and the movies are interesting. I watched Civil War yesterday evening, and I must say I enjoyed it. Yes, it is a good movie!

  3. Explore Arte

    I wanna see this movie so bad, I never was a big fan but I feel something special about this movie!

    Nice post.

  4. I could have done with LESS long action scenes and more development in other areas. Action, action and more action is just that–action. The issues raised are indeed very relevant and serious but they seem to have been presented to proved a reason for the action. I wonder how many talk about the ideas. Really.
    Nice to find you’re still reviewing. 🙂

    • Thank you for the comments. I totally see where you are coming from;for me, it starts to become average and if they don’t raise the bar viewers will be disappointed.

      • Agreed!!!
        Any thoughts on why there’s been such a turn to this material for films? Is is lack of better scripts? Marketing? Or fear of taking a risk on other concepts?

      • I firmly believe marketing has corrupted many of the decisions. For the increase in these type of films I feel it provides a great escape for people and at the bottom of it they come down to good vs evil. Thanks for the comments.

  5. Theatre of Pain

    Another great review Joltz. Some critics have given this movie a perfect score but there was room for improvement. There were one or two scenes that I felt dragged a bit but they did provide me with the opportunity to let go of that 132 oz. Sprite that I had been holding onto. Still, I would gladly watch it again and will most likely buy the Bluray. Also looking forward to the newly confirmed Black Widow solo project in the works.

    • Thanks for the comments, I appreciate you coming by to express your thoughts. Good to know after all this time we are still in synch with our movie tastes.

  6. I watched this back to back with Batman vs Superman again with the quarrel between friends whats up with that?
    Another long movie, who ever said the longer the better needs head examined.
    having recently watched Deadpool is the Spiderman character sorta like Deadpool snarky comments and all
    I liked how they introduced the new characters and waiting impatiently for the next movies…

    • Again I have to agree with you regarding the length of some movie these days. If it keeps up then I feel they should bring back the intermission, where the screen goes black for a short time. Thanks again for the comments.

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