As a young girl, I looked for ways to earn money because I had an agenda. Stuck in a small town (and I mean small…there were four in my 8th grade class), I lived for the new comic books that came into the equally tiny general store. My first job as the church janitor at twelve funded my subscription to The Uncanny X-Men. So it’s not a far cry to say I love comics made into films…especially ones by Stan Lee.
This weekend, I headed to Captain America: Civil War. I know the special effects were going to be good—they had to live up to the other Avenger movies and stand-alone movies. Truth be told, I didn’t follow the Avengers growing up. I just want a good story…a good, alternate universe filled with alien and technology goodness.
Here’s my own rendition of the plot: Super hero friends get grumpy and fight with cool powers because they each believe they are right and the others are wrong.
Sounds like a rumble during a kindergarten recess, right? Minus the whole, “I have laser cannons on my hands!” “Well, I have ninja assassin skills!”
Ya’ll need a juice box and nap mats.
However juvenile the plot basis, there are some serious, underlying adult themes: What happens to friendships when friends can’t see eye to eye? Adult or teenager, we all have our rules and beliefs—our lines in the sand. When someone you admire pushes your back into a wall, how will you react? (without telepathy and vibranium-steel alloy shield thingy).
While I liked the movie overall, it wasn’t my favorite Marvel flick. There are a few plots holes, but I’m picky about my Stan Lee-ness. But countering the missteps are the inevitable jokes and onion-layered plot—the fine balance between a friend’s opinion and a misconception.
This isn’t a movie for anyone looking for Pride and Prejudice. Lots o’ fighting. A bit of swearing (baby Spidey shouldn’t have cussed, but that’s my humble opinion). More fighting and shooting and crashing thing-a-ma-gigs. Crude comments. Aaaand, more fighting.
Huzzah to the addition of Ant Man to the group! His lines were some of my favorites. Wasn’t too jazzed on Spider Man barging in, or his ability to seemingly age backwards. Black Panther was the favorite of both Thing 1 and 2. Yep, took my spawn to the movie since they’ve seen every other Avenger and X-men based picture. What can I say? I raise them to be nerdly.
And it wouldn’t be a real Marvel film unless there are TWO clips in the credits. It’s so disappointing when people get up before the very end. Seriously people, you need to chill and wait it out.