I had to broach this subject with some objectivity. Sure, BvS was all I never wanted it to be, but it was still (and I’ll defend it forever) the best depiction of a broken Batman and contained a series of the best action events I’ve ever seen. Those of you who wish to suck the fun out of everything probably found it repugnant, but it was a spectacle for good or bad.
Civil War is definitely the better movie if you find yourself scanning Netflix two years from now, and its because there has already been so much love dumped into RDJ and Chris Evans. These two ARE the focus of the movie, regardless of the other characters they force ham-handedly into the plot. Yes, we see cameos by Black Panther, Antman, Warmachine and Spiderman, and each story is told to some success, but it feels like filler once it’s all thrown away after their first fight.
Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is concerned about the worldview of the Avengers and would like to scale things back, allowing the United Nations to set a precedent and allow the superheroes to do their work when needed. Cap (Chris Evans) represents every asshole in America who thinks we are fit to fix the world and should step in even when help isn’t asked for. Sorry, I forgot I was reviewing a movie and not writing a politically biased rant for a moment.
While Batman v Superman may have been more spectacular, Civil War is definitely more watchable. Most of the heroes involved have sincere motivation to include themselves (save for Antman and Spiderman, who are really just there for comic relief). They also have concern for one another, which isn’t properly illustrated in the trailers. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) plays a particularly polarizing character, as he seems redeemable, all while killing innocent people in his brainwashed mode.
As a narrative, Civil War makes a lot of sense in the Marvel Universe. How they’ve managed to adapt that reality into present time is a real feat. All the while, they still find time to develop several sympathetic characters that fit within the storyline, which is hard to do in a typical movie runtime. Thankfully, the studio trusted their property to the Russo brothers, who made a 147 minute movie that never gets stale or overstays its welcome.
I wanted to see more of the side players in this film, but they are obviously all on deck to star in their own origin story films. I just hate Captain America and his ridiculous naivety. RDJ is spectacular and Chris Evans is predictably beautiful, but I’d rather see this film from the perspective of the Red Witch or The Vision. These two are powerhouses and don’t get their due in this film.
Conclusion: See it. I hate mainstream stuff more than most, but it’s impossible to not enjoy this film. Robert Downey does some of his best work to date (not joking) and Elizabeth Olsen may have become one of the greatest actresses of her generation. Paul Rudd and Tom Holland do well in their comedic foils, as well. It’s balanced, it’s fun, it’s worth seeing.