"Captain America: Civil War" is a movie with a conscience. Sure, they battle all manner of enhanced beings and beasts, and we know they can't save everybody. And they haven't. And the world is pushing back.
No good deed goes unpunished as The Avengers find themselves at the mercy of the United Nations. After spreading a tad too much collateral damage while trying to thwart the release of a biological weapon, a Council is formed that will determine when and where The Avengers will strike. Meanwhile, the Cap's best bud, Bucky, is implicated in a UN bombing that kills several dignitaries while Stark is confronted by a grieving mother who accuses him of murdering her son. These emotional rifts set The Cap and Stark on opposite ends of the issue. Stark agrees to the UN Council's management of The Avengers team and Cap adamantly opposes intergovernmental interference.
Action Fans - You will finally see things you have never seen before! And they are visually delicious! Admittedly, the first half of the film is rather dull as it sets the background for the heroes' bruised egos. You may start to lose hope. Then, suddenly, Stark recruits a newly-bitten Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and the full rage of CGI glory springs from the screen!
And there, Action Fans, you will find perfect, comic hero bliss as an amazing Marvel reunion unfolds: The Winter Solider (Sebastian Stan), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Captain American (Chris Evans) and Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.).
Family Audiences - There is strong language and lots of carnage; all things kids will ignore over the amazing action!
The film is a co-sequel to "Captain America: The Winter Solider" and "The Avengers: Age of Ultron". The acting is superb as Downey Jr.'s megalomaniacal Stark deftly wades through a complex range of emotions and decisions. This is possibly the most human and realistically vulnerable we've seen Iron Man. Stan, Mackie, Johansson, and Bettany deliver grounded, passionate performances; they wear their roles with a natural swagger. Fans will also welcome Chadwick Boseman, as Black Panther, who brings with him a welcoming backdrop of diversity. Sadly, the only character who seemed trapped in one-dimensionality was The Cap.
The first half of "Civil War" trudged and was not as completely satisfying as "Winter Soldier", but it is a worthy and realistically thoughtful addition to the Marvel collection.
Action Fans: 4/4 Miners!
Family Audiences: 4/4 Miners!