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It’s no secret we are Marvel fans, so we were thrilled to be invited this week to a screening in Seattle for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. I’ve been anticipating this one for many reasons but also a bit leery of the premise, to be totally honest. Watching my favorite superheroes fight each other is not something I typically like to see. I haven’t even seen Batman vs. Superman. I just don’t want to go there.
But I cannot miss a Marvel flick, and am happy to say that after seeing it in IMAX 3D at the Pacific Science Center, I do want to see it again. Here are my top 5 reasons why you should see it too.
1. CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is an Avengers Film.
While the movie certainly is Cap at it’s core, CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR is ultimately an Avengers film. Have you missed the other Captain America films? I think that’s OK. I actually was recently talking to a friend who was a big Avengers fan but had not seen Captain America (oh the horror! ha) but when I described the basic story line (this was before I saw the film) she realized this is essentially an Avengers sequel. Marvel continues to integrate these characters into one exciting world, so if you loved Age of Ultron, you do not want to miss this continuation.
The story begins in 1991 as we see the Winter Soldier a.k.a. Bucky (Cap’s bestie from the 1940s) being revived for another terrible mission. If you haven’t seen the previous Cap films, Bucky was turned into a killing machine by Hydra and over the past several years has been killing under the influence of his Hydra brainwashing. And therein lies Captain America’s motivation, to save his friend.
The other overarching story of this film centers around a post-Age of Ultron-Sokovia where the population begins to fear the Avengers interference. Disaster and death seems to follow in their wake and after another altercation at the start of Civil War, where more innocent civilians die, the world’s leaders develop the Sokovia Accords that essentially require United Nations oversight of the Avengers. This is where the “Civil War” begins with our favorite Avengers superheroes and some incredible new ones pit against each other.
Cap is not surprisingly on the side against these accords with his buddy Falcon and Scarlet witch. They’re also joined by Hawkeye, Bucky and Ant-Man.
Somewhat more surprisingly Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man is on the side of the UN resolution and is joined by War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, and later Spider-Man and Black Panther.
This isn’t anything you can’t see from the film posters or trailer, but what was surprising to me were the reasons why each of them chose their side. You’ll have to see the film to find out.
2. Spider-Man meets Tony Stark.
Like most Marvel films, the humor is superb and one sequence that really stands out to me is the meeting of Tony Stark and Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider Man. The most unusual of choices for Parker’s Aunt May is played by Marisa Tomei, but I absolutely love her in this role. Tom Holland, who plays “Spidey” actually looks and acts like the teenager he is, and the exchange between him and Stark is one of the highlights of this film for me.
3. Black Panther.
Oh my, Black Panther. What a fantastic character. He’s cool, sly, strong, gorgeous and enhanced by the very same adamantium-vibranium alloy used to create Cap’s shield. I’m so looking forward to his own next film coming out in 2018. This was a great introduction of a new superhero in the Marvel universe.
4. Ant-Man meets Team Cap.
Ooh I really dislike the name Ant-Man but I LOVE Paul Rudd and his character. If you missed his stand alone film, go get it today. It’s available on digital download and is far and away the most family-friendly and one of the most fantastically funny of the most recent Marvel films. How could it not be with the adorable Mr. Rudd?! His humorous exchanges with his fellow Team Cap cohorts certainly stand out to me. Love love love Ant-Man.
5. The Fight Scenes.
Gorgeously choreographed, Marvel truly has hit their stride with the fight scenes. These battles are epic in scope of course with so many of our favorites pitted against each other on several occasions throughout the film. Watching in IMAX 3D was incredible. It was slightly hard to adjust my eyes in time for the first action scenes in Wakanda, but I actually found the visual quite cool. It almost appeared like comic book art coming to life. Several smaller skirmishes between our beloved heroes culminate into a battle royale, where we get an even bigger surprise.
I must confess that while I loved the fight scenes for their drama and choreography, it was also difficult for me to watch my favorites fighting each other. Thankfully, the script is infused with a lot of humor even during the biggest of the battle scenes. And I love the kick ass women in this film.
In the end, the story returns to Cap for a more intimate finale. I will not share the details but I must say it’s hard for me to be Team Cap after this final altercation.
Did we take the kids? We did not take the kids to this one. Ronin (who is 8) has enjoyed the Avengers films at home, and particularly loves Ant-Man. Unless he really asks to see it in the theater, we’ll probably wait to show him and his 6-year-old sister at home. If we do decide to take him, Ellie probably won’t go and I think IMAX 3D is out of the question. That could be too scary for him.
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