Finally I saw it. After waiting so much, Captain America: Civil War arrived. I really really loved it. Overall because Captain America/Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) kicks Iron Man’s ass, but not only. Rush ahead to read more; of course, there are spoilers.
After all the mess, the destructions and the deaths caused by the Avengers (together or alone) in the various movies, the world’s governments decide to control the superheroes’ task force in order to avoid similar situations. While Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), James Rhodes/Iron-Man-cheaper-version (Don Cheadle) and, quite unexpectedly, Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) choose to join this controlled team, Captain America, Sam Wilson/Falcon (Anthony Mackie) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye struggle to defend their freedom. Also Vision (Paul Bettany) and Wanda/Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), after a sweet domestic sketch, will take different positions, respectively with Team Iron Man and with Team Cap.
The puppeteer behind all is Zemo (Daniel Brühl), a Sokovian man who decided to avenge his family died during the destruction of Sokovia in The Avengers: Age of Ultron. He proves to be a clever man: as no human can win the Avengers, only they can be their own ruin. For this reason, he attacks the meeting that should have started the new Avengers’ age, disguised as Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
The legalized superheroes and all the police of the world start a man hunting but the upright and honest Cap can’t allow his friend to be caught and killed. Also Black Panther, a.k.a. T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) the king of Wakanda, wants to kill him to avenge his father, died in the attack. Cap is able to save Bucky’s life, but they are blocked in a super-safe-building. In a completely original way The Winter Soldier is put in a glass cage. And of course, he escapes.
Let’s try to get faster – read without breathing: Captain and Falcon try to save The Winter Soldier again and overall to defeat Zeno, who wants to take back to life other Winter Soldiers. In one random German airport the two teams faces each other: Spiderman (Tom Holland) and Black Panther join team Iron Man, Ant Man (Paul Rudd) and Hakweye the super-cool team Cap. Rhodes is badly injured by Vision, who hit him wrongly trying to stop Falcon. Thanks to the betrayal of Black Widow, Captain America and the Winter Soldier are able to fly to Siberia, where Zeno is waiting for them, while the other elements of team Cap sacrifice themselves and get arrested to let those two to stop the menace.
Iron Man wakes up and understands that maybe Captain America is right (he discovers about Zeno’s disguise) and flies to Siberia, betraying actually his own team. Also Black Panther tracks down Captain America and the Winter Soldier. In a frozen abandoned Soviet lab Zeno tells them about his plan for their own self-destruction and reveals a stunning secret: it was the Winter Soldier who killed Tony Stark’s parents (whose mother’s name wasn’t Martha – every references to Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is wanted); Captain America knew it and decided not to tell Tony, hoping to protect both of his friends.
This plot twist leads to one of the most epic superheroes’ battle ever: Iron Man v. Captain America and the Winter Soldier. They beat Tony Stark a lot and Cap doesn’t kill him as he could have done. Leaving him on the ground, Cap and Winter Soldier go away; Black Panther, who hasn’t taken part in the fight as he was just looking for his revenge stops Zeno from committing suicide.
In a moving ending, while Tony Stark reads a letter from Steve, who admits his mistakes (this boy is also humble) and declares him that he will always help him, we see Cap freeing his friends from the super-safe jail (another one, not the one of the beginning, just to prove that putting superheroes or evil characters in a glass prison cell is pointless).
Even though it is really hard to make the plot simple and short, the Russo Brother are able to direct a cool and involving movie, mixing quite slow moments with thrilling and adrenaline ones. All the actors are great. The script, written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely (Captain America: The First Avenger; Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Thor: The Dark World– they improved a lot!), is well constructed. I appreciated their ability of using more funny and relaxing moment avoiding the stupid jokes that were in the Avengers: Age of Ultron. The Winter Soldier and Falcon watching Captain America kissing Sharon Carter (she is the niece of Peggy!) sitting in the old car was quite hilarious.
I also liked how Spiderman was introduced to us: in a very simple and straight way we discover all the main features of the character (his relationship with his aunt, his nerd bent, his power, his sense of duty). The writers made a really good job and Tom Holland gives us a great performance. Not even the character of Black Panther, that we can see for much more time on the screen, is presented to us in such a clear and trenchant way (and still, he is quite interesting).
I waited for such a long time and my expectations weren’t disappointed. Of course the “civil war” could have had much more space, but the movie would never have a end. Anyway, I really liked it, despite its difference from the comics’ version – that I have discovered only this summer. I will keep wondering about Sharon and Steve love affair (this poor guy will never have peace) until the next movies – I just don’t accept the “comic” Civil War ending!
Team Cap for the rest of life – c’mon, everyone in the end preferred him!