A bizarre and hardly coherent movie, this one. You know how the first Harry Potter film makes no sense unless you’ve read the book? Well, this Captain America is just like that. You need to have read tonnes of Marvel and seen all the movies to make head or tale of it. Even now I struggle to summarise the plot. Difficult to say what happens. The premise is something to do with the UN deciding the Avengers should be answerable to/controlled by governments because of all the innocents killed during various superhero battles. Captain America resists such interference, putting him on the wrong side of certain others. At the same time, there’s a subplot about his pal The Winter Soldier having murdered Iron Man’s parents. But he’s framed for a terrorist act too, by some nobody avenging the death of his innocent family. Etc. It doesn’t hang together. The tempo of the film is terrible too – the first 45mins is a load of ideological navel-gazing, with the USA clearly struggling to get to grips with some of the things it’s done around the world in the so-called name of peace. It’s a very ‘Obama era’ movie in that way. Finally, although the fights are exciting (especially when Ant Man and Spidey get involved), there’s never any real jeopardy cos they’re all so superpowerful. So, the score is a disappointing 6.5 out of 10 from this fanboy.
Captain America’s Very Civilized War