Looking at the influx of trailers for Captain America: Civil War and the positive reviews it has on sites such as Gawker, Rotten Tomatoes and Forbes, we can say that this movie has been a success for Marvel.
But does this mean that this movie was a good movie or just another Avengers movie appealing to our thirst for action, plot twist, and cool superhero outfits?
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The movie has certainly lived up to its hype and has outpaced its DC counterpart, Batman v Superman. However, I would like to interject and point out the flaws of the film that denigrate its positive ratings from accredited sources.
For the newcomer, the person who rarely watches Marvel films but dabbles in the ones that are overly-hyped, this film was certainly a fun and fantastic movie to watch. It had an epic brawl between the two opposing sides, there were plenty of scenes involving one on one clashes between characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Black Panther, Ant-Man, etc and there was a moral dilemma that was intertwined in the movie concerning the necessity of government oversight for a group of extremely powerful people.
However, this movie was much too formulaic, predictable, and boring. It followed the same formula that Marvel has implemented for its previous movies involving the Avengers or characters in the Avengers such as Iron Man, Ant-Man, and Captain America. To avoid spoiling much of the movie, there was a noticeable trend of introduction, rising action, climax, falling action, rising action again, another climax, falling action, and eventually the sinusoidal curve decays into falling action, conclusion, and post-credit scene hinting at the next Marvel movies (Infinity War and Black Panther).
Though it was exciting to see Black Panther, Spiderman, and Ant-Man dishing it out in the airport brawl, what was disappointing about the entire plot involving these superheroes is that not one of them died. The airport brawl involving the opposing factions is slightly reminiscent of WWE pro-wrestling. Rather than showing a real heart to heart fight against the characters, it was more of a scenic moment your favorite character in his/her colorful outfit showing off his/her fighting abilities against other characters. In fact, they really nerfed the power-levels of several existing characters (e.g. Vision and the Scarlet Witch) who could have simply manipulated time and space to have prevented the whole predicament.
But these are my own personal opinions. Do not let these opinions discourage you from watching the movie yourself or with friends and family.