Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War

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When Marvel’s Civil War came out in 2007 it easily became one of the most unforgettable story arcs involving almost all of the Marvel superheroes. On one side we have Captain America, Steve Rogers leading the anti-registration on the other we have Iron Man, Tony Stark leading the pro-registration. 9 years later Marvel, Kevin Feige and The Russo Brothers (Joe and Anthony) have adapted the story-line as a follow up to Captain America: Winter Soldier as well as Avengers: Age of Ultron. Did The Russo Brothers did a great job adapting the crossover event?

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Following the events of Winter Soldier and Age of Ultron, The Avengers faces a different dilemma as they are being asked by the United Nation to sign The Sokovia Accords, which would remove their status as a private organization but rather work under The United Nations. This of course brought conflict to the Avengers as Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) believes that the safest hands are still their own though Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) believes that they need to be controlled.


The Good

This is possibly Marvel’s best Movie yet, it has everything from drama, action and comedy. For a superhero movie it is near perfect. The characters are great and for a huge ensemble cast The Russos did a great job juggling these characters and giving them enough screen time to standout but not too much to lose focus on the movie.

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From Chadwick Boseman as The Black Panther to Tom Holland as Spider-Man both new additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe were not only introduced well but they were also given enough time to stand out from the other superheroes and both actors were incredible. Though the movie was already packed with actors and actresses the addition of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang or Ant-Man also compliments the current cast and he was used extremely well delivering very funny lines and creative action sequences.

All characters were nothing short of amazing, everyone had great moments, great dialogues and as colorful and super as they are, the directors did a great job humanizing these characters and they did it in a way that it adds a great amount of realism to their story.

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Apart from the great characters, the action sequences are also spectacular. The fight choreography is clean as it is hard hitting. The Russo brother’s did not miss a beat directing their action sequences. One scene that’s been getting quite the buzz is their so-called splash page event, which is a battle that happens in an empty airport. And this is where the movie kicks into full comic book territory as all the heroes go into full WWE battle royal mode as everyone fights everyone.

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And kudos to the Russo Brothers as they shot this as clearly as possible, despite the chaos in the screen you can still see what is going on, you can see who’s fighting who and it is enjoyable as it is exciting. The airport battle scene is possibly the best action sequence in the history of superhero or comic book movies.


The Bad

There’s very little to complain about the film, one of them is the villain. Though he’s motivation is compelling he was used mainly as a plot device in order to further the conflict and most of the time you forget that he’s in the movie.

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Another issue is the movie is not fully independent as in order to completely understand the scope of events in the film, you might have to watch the previous Captain America movie as well as Avengers: Age Of Ultron. It’s not necessary but it does help clarify the events that the movie talks about.


Rating

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As said before, this is possibly the best movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, easily one of the best movies to come out this year. The Russos did an exceptional job adapting the 2007 Marvel Comics story-line and though they didn’t follow through the source material, they did their best with what they have and they may have made a better version of said story-line.

The stakes are high and the consequences are severe, Captain America: Civil War pulls no punches as it delivers an emotionally stressful yet incredibly enjoyable film. In the end this is made by fans for the fans. As a movie on it’s own it’s still great but as a superhero movie it’s damn near perfect.

Good Bad 4.9/5
  • Black Panther & Spider Man
  • Airport Battle Scene
  • Strong Character Motivations
  • Villain’s Plans

10 Most Anticipated Films of 2016

2016 will be an exciting time for movie goers as this time we have 6-7 comic book movies coming out, also a sequel to the oscar winning animated movie, Finding Nemo, Finding Dory. A movie set in the same universe as the Harry Potter series, Fantastic Beasts and Where to find them and we have 2 high budget video game movies with, Assassin’s Creed and Warcraft. Overall 2016 will be a great year for movies but for now let’s countdown my 10 most anticipated movies of 2016.

Note: This is only my personal opinion and it is not an official list of anything.

 

10. The Girl on The Train

Starting my list is one of the most popular novels of 2015, the movie adaptation of The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins. I’ve read this book and to be honest I didn’t like it very much. You can read my review here. Though I had complaints about the book, I felt that the story would be better in live-action.

Emily Blunt will be playing the main lead, and she has been impressive, lately she was great in Sicario and I’m hoping she’ll be great in the upcoming Huntsman movie sequel. However I am looking forward to her role as Rachel in this film. This will be directed by Tate Taylor, who is not new with adapting books into film as he also helmed the movie, The Help, which garnered a few Oscar Nominations and won Viola Davis an Oscar for supporting role. Overall, The Girl on The Train should be a suspenseful experience in the cinemas and I for one am looking forward to it.

Stars:
Emily Blunt (Sicario)
Rebecca Ferguson (Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation)
Luke Evans (The Hobbit)
Edgar Ramirez (Point Break (2015))

Directed By: Tate Taylor
Release Date: 7 Oct 2016 (UK/US)

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9. Suicide Squad

Number 9 is a comic book movie, it’s Suicide Squad. Frankly speaking I don’t know much about Suicide Squad, I’ve seen adaptations of the said group in the CW Tv show Arrow, but beyond that I don’t know much about them. What peaked my interest however, is the ensemble cast. Will Smith will be playing the main protagonist as Deadshot alongside Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn, Jared Leto as The Joker and also an appearance by Batman played by Ben Affleck as well as many others.

This will be directed by David Ayer, who also did Fury and seeing as this is his first comic-book movie, I’m curious to see what his take on the property. If you’re familiar with his films, they are mostly gritty and violent and it makes me wonder if he’s going to be doing the same with Suicide Squad.

Stars:
Will Smith (Focus)
Margot Robbie (Focus)
Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club)
Viola Davis (Ender’s Game)

Directed by: David Ayer
Release Date: 5 August 2016 (Worldwide)

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8. The Jungle Book

Number 8 is the live action adaptation of The Jungle Book. I was really impressed when I saw this film’s trailer. It looked exciting, the CG looked impressive and it simply looked like it’ll be an amazing movie to see in the big screen. I liked the animated Jungle Book movies by Disney and I have high hopes for this film.

This will be directed by Jon Favreau who did, Iron Man and Chef, who I’m sure will do an amazing job bringing these characters to life. I personally can’t wait to see this film and I guarantee this will be a great cinematic experience.

Stars:
Bill Murray (A Very Murray Christmas)
Ben Kingsley (The Walk)
Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation)
Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave)

Directed by: Jon Favreau
Release Date: 15 April 2016 (Worldwide)

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7. Magnificent Seven

First off, no it’s not number 7 because of the title, that’s purely coincidence. Secondly what a cast this movie will have. I am sold with just Antoine Fuqua, Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke. But you add in names like Vincent D’Onofrio and Chris Pratt. Then I’m pumped.

A remake of the 1960s Western Classic of the same title, which is a remake of the 1954 Japanese Film Seven Samurai. The Magnificent Seven is about Seven Gunslingers who protect a small town from invading bandits. I’m not a fan of western but I am really excited to see this film, and just looking at the cast. I can tell this is going to be great. I just hope it won’t follow the previous films beat by beat but have some original content but either way, it’s still one of my most anticipated films of the year.

Stars:
Denzel Washington (The Equalizer)
Ethan Hawke (Boyhood)
Vincent D’Onofrio (Netflix’s Daredevil)
Chris Pratt (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release Date: 23 September 2016 (UK/US)

6. Inferno

Say what you will about Dan Brown books turned movies, but the truth is I enjoy watching Tom Hanks play the charismatic Codebuster, which is Robert Langdon. It’s been 7 years since he portrayed the character on the big screen and with Ron Howard directing once more I’m sure fans of the books and films, if they even exists, won’t be disappointed.

I have read the book and I’m excited to watch this on screen. I’m hoping it to be as suspenseful if not even more suspenseful than the book and maybe even bring in some unexpected twists and turns.

Stars:
Tom Hanks (Bridge of Spies)
Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything)
Omar Sy (Jurassic World)
Irrfan Khan (Jurassic World)

Directed by: Ron Howard
Release Date: 14 October 2016 (Worldwide)

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5. Warcraft

Possibly the most baffling entry on this list, especially at number 5. But please hear me out, I have played the first Warcraft game on PC, also played the sequel repeatedly and I enjoyed the heck out of the story in Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos as well as the expansion game, The Frozen Throne. So I hope you can understand why this is number 5.

As a gamer myself I’m a rooting that this will be the first video game movie which is widely successful. I’m a big fan of fantasy and to see a Warcraft movie done well on the big screen, will give a great satisfaction. Fingers crossed this doesn’t bomb.

Stars:
Travis Fimmel (Vikings)
Paula Patton (Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol)
Robert Kazinsky (Pacific Rim)
Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes)

Directed By: Duncan Jones
Release Date: 10 June 2016 (USA)

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4. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Well this was bound to pop up somehow right?, entering at number 4 is Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. I personally haven’t seen live action Batman and a live action Superman in a movie together but thank God I’m about to witness one.

Though the whole film looks like a set up for The Justice League, just the on screen presence of the two comic book icons should be strong enough to drive this movie. Zack Snyder who directed, Man of Steel, is also directing Batman V Superman so this should be a fun cinematic experience with a lot of jaw dropping special effects.

Stars:
Henry Cavill (Man from U.N.C.L.E)
Ben Affleck (Gone Girl)
Gal Gadot (Fast and Furious movies)
Jessie Eisenberg (American Ultra)

Directed By: Zack Snyder
Release Date: 25 March 2016 (Worldwide)

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3. Doctor Strange

Coming in at number 3 is the Sorcerer Supreme himself, Doctor Strange. The second movie in Marvel’s Phase 3. I for one can’t wait for this movie, I have been wishing for a live-action adaptation of Doctor Strange and to see photos of Benedict Cumberbatch in costume. I think he looks amazing.

Being directed by Scott Derrickson, who’s filmography mostly consist of horror movies. It should be interesting to see how he adapts his style of film making on Doctor Strange.

Stars:
Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game)
Tilda Swinton (Trainwreck)
Chiwetel Ejiofor (The Martian)
Mads Mikkelsen(Hannibal)

Directed By: Scott Derrickson
Release Date: 4 November 2016 (USA)

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2. Deadpool

The comic-book movie hype train continues as Deadpool enters at number 2. Finally and I mean finally we’re going to have a Rated-R  comic book movie which is a part of Marvel comics and even better this is probably the best way to portray this character on screen. I’ve read several Deadpool books and man they’re always fun to read. To finally see him in the big screen is definitely a dream come true to some people.

Ryan Reynolds is perfect as Deadpool, he has shown that he’s got the charisma and the mouth to make capture this character. Seriously hoping Fox doesn’t screw this up like they did with Fantastic Four but looking at the trailer you can tell, they already did a great job with the movie.

Stars:
Ryan Reynolds (Self/less)
Ed Skrein (Transporter Refueled)
Morena Baccarin (Gotham)
TJ Miller (Silicon Valley)

Directed by: Tim Miller
Release Date: 12 February 2016 (USA)

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1. Captain America: Civil War

If you didn’t predict this from a mile away, then you obviously haven’t been paying attention. Of course this was going to be my number 1 most anticipated movie of 2016. I am a huge fan of the event of the comics. 2 superheroes, neither are bad but different ideologies cause them to clash to each other causing all sorts of chaos on their wake.

I for one can’t believe they’re making this film, I honestly couldn’t. Even after the second Avengers I had doubts but seeing the trailer, my excitement for the movie cannot be contained. Not only did Marvel have the guts to makethis movie but they also made agreements with Sony to bring Spider Man into this film. Which shows that despite the lack of superheroes compared to the comics, they want to make this right. They want to start Phase 3 with a bang and Captain America Civil War is the perfect movie to start phase 3.

This movie feels like an Avenger movie with most recurring characters appearing on the film. They even went all the way back to The Incredible Hulk movie to bring William Hurt to reprise his role as General Ross. And to put the icing on the cake, The Russo brothers are directing this, who did Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Which is one of the best Marvel Movie out there. I seriously can’t wait for this film, I’m sure it’ll be all sorts of amazing.

Stars:
Chris Evans (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Robert Downey Jr. (Avengers: Age of Ultron)
Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up)
Anthony Mackie (The Night Before)
Sebastian Stan (The Martian)

Directed By: Joe and Anthony Russo
Release Date: 6 May 2016 (USA)

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So there you go my top 10 most anticipated movies of 2016. Again this is just movies that I’m looking forward to. There are a lot of movies to look forward to in 2016, Finding Dory, X-Men Apocalypse, Zootopia, Hail, Ceasar!, Star Wars: Roue One, Moana, Gambit, Now You See Me 2, Bourne Film etc. But these 10 are the one I’m looking forward to the most. Feel free to comment what are yours on the comment section below. Have a Nice Day.

Graphic Novel Review: Marvel 1602 By Neil Gaiman

Marvel 1602 puts some of the big names (Nick Fury, Peter Parker, The X-Men, Fantastic Four etc.) in the Marvel Universe in 17th Century England. The Queen is ill, the witchbreeds (mutants) are being captured and burned, an unknown force is threatening the world and Dr. Doom is also plotting a scheme that may lead him to world domination.

With the award winning Gaiman telling the story, one can expect one hell of a story with twists and turns and an unpredictability that keeps the readers guessing. However, Marvel 1602 falls short in that section and does not quite deliver story wise. That said, it does not mean that it’s a bad one but it is a fun read and seeing some of the superheroes out in their 17th Century clothing is quite a refreshing view. There are a lot of characters in here and most are creatively utilized, some however could’ve had better writing like Peter Parker/Parquagh who’s role is mostly Nick Fury’s errand boy. The 17th century dialogue is also there but most of the time it comes off quite cheesy and could be somewhat uninteresting.

The artwork, as most Marvel works is amazing and even with the 17th Century style of the characters you would not fail to recognize who they are in relation to the current ones. The subtle change in the names of the characters is also a nice touch. From Nick Fury to Nicholas Fury, Charles Xavier to Carlos Javier. Once again this adds a refreshing feel to the whole series.

One major complaint in the series is the lack of super villains. With Victor Von Doom labelled as the major villain. The threat that he brings is not very convincing. With the amount of superheroes present, the presence of Dr Doom is underwhelming.

To conclude Marvel 1602 could have been a classic, great concept and a roster of characters that are used in very creative ways. It’s all there, however what the series lacks is direction. There are so many things happening here at some points it gets convoluted. Nevertheless, it’s still enjoyable as most Marvel works are and with the large roster of characters used here it always gives a reader an exciting vibe for anyone in the Marvel Universe can show up at any moment in the book. Therefore it still possess an unpredictable yet delightful read overall.