Captain America: Civil War not what I was expecting

I don’t know what it was about Captain America: Civil War. It had all the makings of a perfect movie for me, but it just didn’t deliver for me.

High expectations; check.

Great previews; check.

Comic book history that resonates with me; double check!

So why am I left with a longing after spending over two hours watching this movie on Netflix?

It was a good movie, don’t get me wrong. The battles were amazing and new additions like Spiderman and Black Panther were fantastic, but there were some things about it that didn’t do it for me and just didn’t match up with what it could have been.

THE VILLAIN

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Is it just me, or did anyone else find it hard to keep track of the villain in this movie and his motivation?  Baron Zemo didn’t seem like much of a villain throughout the whole feature and it seemed like a very complicated effort was taken for a revenge plot. His end goal was to get the Avengers to kill each other and all he did was master a coded book to control the Winter Soldier, travel to various locations around the world, manipulate countless government agencies AND the Avengers and kill five Winter Soldier like operatives.

It almost would have been easier to invent time travel and kill the Avengers when they were kids. And where the hell did this guy get the money to finance this scheme? Were his dead parents Thomas and Martha Wayne?

THE MOTIVATION OF OUR HEROES

What made Civil War stand out so much as a comic was the deep seated motivation of our heroes on either side of the battle. Having this entire fight be motivated by Baron Zemo’s manipulations really takes away the oomph of that.

Also, late in the movie, we have a truce between Iron Man and Captain America, but the second Tony learns how his parents died, we’re back in a full-on battle again. To me, the kill switch seems pretty forced. It would have been better if the battle was motivated by the injuries War Machine received earlier in the movie. Instead, the heroes are played like a fiddle again, thanks to the manipulations of a C-ranked villain.

THE MISSING LINE

Did I miss one of the best lines from the trailer or was it not even in the movie?

“You just started a war!” – Tony Stark

Where was that line in the movie? I did not see it anywhere and was waiting for it the entire time. Not having it just left a little disappointment for me.

Granted, this is a minor qualm and nowhere near as bad as Rogue One trailer editing. So much was left on the cutting room floor with that one. But it’s such a pivotal line and a partial title drop. It seems odd to remove it.

FINAL THOUGHTS

To me, this movie needed more of a build-up. Civil War is a comic event that is tough to translate to a single movie and I feel required more of an emphasis on competing viewpoints, as opposed to manipulations of a villain who was really lacking. A true hero vs hero contest.

I wouldn’t go as far as to say this was a terrible movie though. It had really cool action sequences and great character moments, but it didn’t resonate nearly as strong as Captain America Winter Soldier or Guardians of the Galaxy. A lot more could have been done with some great material and great potential.

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