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Captain America: Civil War Review

Movie sequels, especially superhero movie sequels are a questionable topic. The film has to appeal to the general audience, while staying true to the narrative from the source material and the previous films.

Earlier this month, Captain America: Civil War hit theaters.

The film starts off with The Avengers trying to prevent a terrorist attack in Lagos, Nigeria, While their mission is successful, the destruction that comes with such a mission is not unnoticed.

The UN, via Secretary Of State Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt) presents our heroes with a choice. Sign a document that would allow them to continue with their work, but with supervision, or not sign and potentially be outside of the law. The line in the sand in drawn when Captain America (Captain America) and Falcon (Anthony Mackie) lead the side that is against the document while Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and The Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) are all for signing the document.

The disagreement becomes tenuous when  Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) is found to still be alive and accused of murder.  This murder hits close to home and has the potential to destroy The Avengers in a way that nothing else can.

I expect these kind of films to contain action scenes. It’s part and parcel of the genre. The problem is when the narrative is overtaken by action scenes.  For my perspective, the narrative was there, but I wish the fight scenes could have been reduced (or left to the extras section of the DVD) and more of the overall narrative could have been present on-screen.

Do I recommend it? Well, it leads to the next film, but the plot is starting to become a little thin for me.

To answer your question, it’s a maybe for me, but someone else may disagree.

Captain America: Civil War is presently in theaters. 

 

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