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Captain America: Civil War  : The ‘Bucky’ Doesn’t Stop Here
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Friday, May 6, 2016
Joe Russo, Anthony Russo
Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr.,Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan

At a time when filmmakers hide their movies from the press and the public until Friday, like they’re shielding a shameful secret, it is an indication of Marvel Studio and Disney’s confidence that Captain America: Civil War has had a series of screenings in India and elsewhere several days before its release.


And the confidence is well founded. An array of super heroes takes sides when Captain America and Iron Man disagree over a credible issue which is far more substantial than the weak premise that had Batman and Superman battling each other a few weeks ago.  After assessing the inadvertent collateral damage in an otherwise successful op by the Avengers in Lagos, the UN comes up with an accord bringing together 117 countries where super heroes cannot fly off on their own without accountability.


Iron Man who meets the mother of a promising young man who got blown up in the Lagos disaster, gives a nod to the accord. On the other hand, Captain America thinks state supervision would be clipping their wings, quite literally. The Avengers who fought crime as a team thus stand divided, suiting up against each other especially when Captain America’s buddy Bucky is found guilty of creating chaos and disaster in various parts of the world. But does the buck stop with Bucky or is he the unwitting soldier under the command of a more sinister master?


What keeps the 2hr 27 minute film moving without a lull is the superlative supply of moments that writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely give directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The essential characteristic of each super hero is cleverly knitted in for sparkle and diversity. There’s a romance brewing for Captain America.  There’s Iron Man asking a female superhero, ‘Did I hear you right or did you just agree with me?’  Without those snarky one-liners, Tony Stark would seem under the weather. Iron Man’s past about his dead parents is also added in to provide an emotional push to the plot.     


The introduction of a peppy, sometimes pesky young Superman who has homework to go back to, is a brilliant and refreshing addition to the screenplay, leaving the viewer wanting more of the overenthusiastic swinger.


There are a series of breathtaking action sets with the superhero face-off at the airport making an outstanding finale. Watching Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson and the other Marvel superheroes is like picnicking with familiar quirky friends.


For a film that skillfully intersperses stunning action with wit, revenge and humanity, Captain America: Civil War fetches a bumper 4* rating.


Reviewed by
Bharathi S Pradhan
Senior Journalist & Author


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