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Spoiler-free thoughts about the new movie Captain America: Civil War! In short: really great!

It's from the same directors who made the excellent Captain America: the Winter Soldier (the Russo brothers), and it shows: in this superhero movie, the themes, characterizations, and motivations are both complex and subtle. The villain is especially great. The Russo brothers are also slated to direct the next two Avengers movies, so I'm happy about that.

The movie effectively explores some of the implications for the current state of global military affairs, like American intervention in foreign affairs and all of the collateral damage that ensues from "saving the world." The Vision character has very interesting statistics about the causality between the rise of super-powered heroes and the rise of super-powered villains (and the ensuing world chaos) that was explored well.

Also, Martin Freeman is in this movie (briefly)! He steals scenes as no-nonsense American interrogator Everett K. Ross.

Oh, and the slashiness here is off the charts. It's enough to make anyone ship Steve with Bucky (or Sam, or Natasha, or even Tony).

Very much recommended, as with The Winter Soldier.

Date: 2016-05-08 02:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] splix.livejournal.com
I loved it. :D And totally forgot that MF was in it, so that was a nice surprise. :D

Date: 2016-05-09 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowfireflame.livejournal.com
I also forgot! I'm glad I wasn't the only one. But he was fun, although not in the movie very much!

Date: 2016-05-08 04:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] marta-bee.livejournal.com
You have me going a bit *bouncy* here. I was all set to go do it, but after shopping a minor sinus headache kicked it up a notch and I decided it was best to wait than go when I wouldn't be able to enjoy it. Next weekend, hopefully.

I am so looking forward to it.

Date: 2016-05-09 02:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowfireflame.livejournal.com
Oh no, I hope you're feeling better! I hope you're able to see it next weekend. :)

Date: 2016-05-08 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] daasgrrl.livejournal.com
I might be one of the very few people who only watched half the first one (on DVD, walked away *g*) didn't see the second at all, but turned up for this one. And it was really good, for what it was :)

Date: 2016-05-09 02:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowfireflame.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm glad you liked it even though you couldn't get through the first Captain America! The second one was much better and had deeper themes. The second and third movies I'd say were pretty equally good, though I enjoyed this third one a bit more cinematically. There are some plot holes that I'm willing to forgive because of the good characterizations and themes. :)

Date: 2016-05-08 07:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine304.livejournal.com
I loved it too (just made my spoiler post about it^^),so much, and have high hopes for the new Avengers movies!
Glad to see that the villain is praised a lot. I think Daniel Brühl is a really good actor and am happy to see him getting so many Hollywood roles in recent years (in high profile projects no less).

It's great that the Russos seems to always tackle very current topics and do a commentary on them. *g*

Date: 2016-05-09 02:40 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadowfireflame.livejournal.com
Yay, I'm glad you got to see it as well. Daniel Brühl is really making a name for himself. He was fantastic in Rush and The Fifth Estate (with Benedict!), and his subtle performance here can only be good for his continuing career.

I don't know much else that the Russos have done other than the paintball episodes in Community--have you seen anything else by them? I'm really glad they'll be directing the upcoming Avengers movies, though!

Date: 2016-05-16 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunshine304.livejournal.com
Yes, I especially loved Brühl in "Rush" because he nailed that role. And that movie is awesome overall, anyway.^^

I've looked the Russos up now, because I also only know them from the MCU. They did lots of "Community", several "Arrested Development" episodes and a few episodes on other shows. And "You, Me, and Dupree", uhm so... I guess they must've done so great with "Community" that they got CATWS, which went through the roof.

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