Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet

Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet
Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet

There are at least seven reasons to remake The Magnificent Seven, John Sturges’ larkish 1960 western, itself a retooling of Akira Kurosawa’s rousingly elegant 1954 epic Seven Samurai: at any given time, there are always at least seven young-to-middle-aged male actors ready to strap on holsters and peer out from beneath rakishly tilted cowboy hats. Because really, what could be cooler? Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet

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But Antoine Fuqua’s new Magnificent Seven–in which Denzel Washington’s bounty hunter Sam Chisolm leads a septet of mercenaries after a greedy mining magnate bent on destroying a town–is cool only in the most strained, trying-too-hard way. Which means it isn’t cool at all. And if the best westerns have always been, in some way, studies of contemporary manhood, it’s worrisome to think about what this Magnificent Seven says about men today.

Whatever’s wrong with the picture isn’t necessarily the fault of the cast, which includes Ethan Hawke as a haunted former Confederate soldier, Chris Pratt as a waggish gunslinger and, best of all, Vincent D’Onofrio as a grizzled iconoclast who’s a cross between Santa and Chimes at Midnight–era Orson Welles. Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo and Martin Sensmeier round out the group as, respectively, an Asian guy who throws a mean knife, a Mexican bandit on the run and a Comanche who doesn’t need a gun (or hat) to prove himself as a fighter. Even if none of them emerge distinctly, Fuqua is at least reaching toward the idea that the very people America has typically shut out often embody its finest values. (And it’s never mentioned that the seven’s leader is a man of color. Because why should it be?)

As Chisolm, Washington grinds away at the movie’s spirit with his dull nobility. He’s often a marvelous actor, in performances ranging from teasingly sly to stonily grave, but here, he’s so unreproachfully earnest that the movie sags around him. It doesn’t help that the story line gives Chisolm clear motivation for wanting to go after the villain, played by a lizard-like Peter Sarsgaard. Washington’s character is a world apart from Yul Brynner’s in the original, who takes the gig for no reason other than the challenge, only to dig into it wholeheartedly on principle, a kind of heroism whose very casualness gives it meaning. Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet

The heroism of this Magnificent Seven is actually more conservative than that of most 1950s or early ’60s westerns: even when dead bodies start piling up, we don’t really see how much the blind bravery of these men costs them–it’s simply what’s expected of them. The picture is action-packed but mindlessly so, and it’s neither light enough to work as a coltish entertainment nor smart enough to cut beyond anything but the most rote notions of masculinity. The final showdown is elaborate and raggedly violent, without being rousing. We know something’s at stake because we’ve been told so repeatedly–only it’s all too easy to forget what that something is. Retooling the western for the modern age, Fuqua has drained away everything that made classic westerns classic in the first place. His magnificent seven are merely so-so, a bunch of dudes we settle for with a sigh, as if it were our fault for expecting more. Once Cool Magnificent Seven Now a Middling Septet

Director Antoine Fuqua brings his usual fascination with violence to this remake of the iconic 1960 Western, itself a remake of the masterful 1954 Japanese original Seven Samurai. Reteaming with his Training Day stars Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke, Fuqua injects some very manly grit into the tale of a ragtag gang of mercenaries who find themselves trying to save a town in peril. It’s a great story, and Fuqua delivers plenty of punch in the action set-pieces. But the characters and situations never quite rise beyond the usual Wild West cliches, and toning everything down for the required PG-13 rating creates an oddly celebratory tone, as if the brutality isn’t that bad, really.

Screenwriters Nic Pizzolatto and Richard Wenk have reduced the plot to the bare basics: scrappy good guys versus a slick, well-organised villain. There’s never a compelling reason why Bogue wants the farmland (is there gold under the cornfields?), but he’s clearly willing to kill everyone and level the entire town to get it. In this sense, Sarsgaard has the least subtle role in the film, but he has a great time snarling and shouting and generally being the devil incarnate. But then all of the roles are fairly simplified, with each of the seven teammates having a basic trait to combine with their general heroism: cool, cheeky, weary, quirky, flashy, rambunctious and lethal, respectively.

The worst-served character here is, unsurprisingly, the lone woman. Bennett invests plenty of feisty spark into the role, but every time Emma gets ready to do something interesting, the script backs down. Thankfully, the movie feels big and boisterous, with a sense of momentum that carries the audience through even the most stereotypical of situations. There may not be any surprises, and only a whiff of thematic interest in the corporate greed element, but the film is still rip-roaringly entertaining.

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Antoine Fuqua, 132 mins, starring: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee

It takes a small eternity to build up momentum but once it is at full gallop, Antoine Fuqua’s new version of The Magnificent Seven is a rousing, full-blooded affair. In particular, its prolonged final reel shootout is brilliantly orchestrated, bravura filmmaking that atones for the longueurs that precede it. Magnificent Seven, review

This is a traditional western without anachronisms or Tarantino-style in-jokes. The characters, dialogue and situations aren’t just familiar from the original John Sturges 1960 Magnificent Seven but from countless other westerns ranging from Shane to The Wild Bunch, from Sergio Leone’s Fistful Of Dollars to High Noon and Heaven’s Gate. Magnificent Seven, review

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If it is derivative, so were most of its predecessors. You don’t come to westerns expecting originality. It is worth remembering that the Sturges movie was inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s The Seven Samurai and that Kurosawa himself was influenced in his work, especially Yojimbo, by Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest. (As if to acknowledge the levels of borrowing and bastardisation, one of the protagonists here is actually called ‘Red Harvest.’) Disappointingly, one element that isn’t used until the end credits is Elmer Bernstein’s music for the first film.
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The main character here is bounty hunter Sam Chisolm, played by Denzel Washington. Just like Yul Brynner, he dresses in black and is laconic and understated in the extreme. Washington has clearly practiced his six shooter drill, twirling his gun around his finger with cool dexterity. Magnificent Seven, review

The film opens with the main villain, Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), marching into the church and intimidating the settlers in the small prairie community of Rose Creek. He wants them off the land and will pay a non-negotiable 20 dollars for “each parcel of dust” that they own. If anyone demurs, he’ll have them killed. Bogue is a robber baron who stands for capitalism, democracy and “progress.” Magnificent Seven, review

We’re in a world in which there is dirt and dust everywhere. Even when they are playing cards in the saloon, the gunslingers are covered in sweat and grime. A beautiful young widow (Haley Bennett) implores Chisolm to help the Rose Creek folk fight back against Bogue. “You don’t need a bounty hunter, you need an army,” he tells her but agrees to help anyway. He has his own reasons for doing so which only very slowly become apparent. Magnificent Seven, review

Chisolm’s recruitment drive is the most pedestrian part of the movie. Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt) is a wisecracking, gun-toting card sharp. Presumably on the grounds that Pratt is the film’s biggest box office draw, the Farraday character is given plenty of screen time early on. This is the equivalent to the Steve McQueen role. Magnificent Seven, review

Pratt plays it in his usual genial fashion but there’s no sense of tension between him and Washington as there was between McQueen and Brynner in the original movie. (McQueen shamelessly tried to steal every scene in which he appeared. Pratt doesn’t try to undermine his co-star in quite the same way.) Magnificent Seven, review

After Farraday is signed up, the rest of Chisolm’s gang is assembled. This is the part of the film which sags. Each new recruit gets a few moments to show off their special skill set. Ethan Hawke’s Goodnight Robicheaux is a dapper but traumatised Civil War veteran who’s an expert marksman with a rifle. His sidekick Billy Rocks (Lee Byung-hun) is so fast and adept with knives that he doesn’t even need guns.

Vincent D’Onofrio’s Jack Horn is a Falstaff-like trapper who can survive being battered on the head with a rock without any noticeable side effects. Manuel Garcia-Rulfo plays a sleek and deadly Mexican outlaw and Martin Sensmeier is the Comanche who also joins Chisolm, seemingly on the grounds that they both enjoy eating the raw, steaming innards of slaughtered deer. Magnificent Seven, review

The bonding between the desperados doesn’t make especially compelling viewing. As in the recent blockbuster Suicide Squad, there are just too many principal characters and the film can’t do justice to them all. It doesn’t help, either, that we know exactly how the plot is going to unfold. They’re heading to Rose Creek where, inevitably, they will eventually have to take on the full might of Bogue’s forces.

They’ll need the help of the locals to stand any chance. These are farming folk, more accustomed to handling pitchforks than guns. The seven give them a crash course in how to fight. Magnificent Seven, review

For much of the early part of the film, it seems as if Fuqua is simply going through the motions. You’re not quite sure why he is remaking the film. It seems more an act of homage than a meaningful re-invention of the original material. The battle, though, is tremendous. What’s especially refreshing is that this is a big budget action movie that doesn’t seem to rely entirely on CGI. Magnificent Seven, review

There are exhilarating horseback stunts that rekindle memories of Yakima Canutt in old John Ford movies, moody, widescreen close-ups in the spirit of Sergio Leone, explosions, knife fights and the inevitable appearance of a Gatling Gun. Amid all the mayhem, Fuqua manages to keep sight of the individual characters and to advance the plot. There’s gallows humour and pathos amid the violence. Magnificent Seven, review

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No number is more enshrined in film history than seven. It’s the number of dwarves Snow White grooms, the number of sins that haunt Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman, and it’s James Bond’s calling card. The number of Gods of Luck and Good Fortune in Japan, seven was set in cinematic stone by Akira Kurosawa and his band of samurai. A remake of a trans-Pacific remake later and that number flashes up again, greeted by the scowl of a double-Oscar-winner and his multicultural clan of rag-tag misfits. The Magnificent Seven Teaser Trailer Hd

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Built to purpose, the stars in The Magnificent Seven shine brighter than Rihanna’s favourite diamond. The impeccable Denzel Washington, the charm radiator Chris Pratt and the aggressively hipster Ethan Hawke may have their names emblazoned highest on the posters, but this is not just about star power. Under the publicity veil is a cast as diverse as a Western has ever seen. As Fuqua put it himself, this is the tale of “black, white, Asian, Mexican, Native American, a white woman, all coming together to fight injustice.” The UN would be proud.

In collecting this mix of talent to fill his dusty vistas, Fuqua knows the political won’t be ignored. He also knows that the political will be quickly forgotten when the action starts pumping. This is no Moonlight. With a cast as tightly-packed as Chris Pratt’s chaps, and a budget capable of sending the central clash stratospheric, entertainment is the name of the game.

The Magnificent Seven provides this entertainment in abundance. After a greedy, gold-obsessed tycoon shatters the idyll of this year’s most astonishingly beautiful couple, we are set to follow a moral lawmaker round up a forum of individuals to do the ‘impossible’: serve lead-fuelled justice. As we meet each new vagabond, from the sharp-tongued to the tongue-tied, unique quirks are quickly doled out. Each Magnificent is distinct, but their introductions quickly fall into verse and chorus, becoming almost as repetitive as an Olly Murs chart-middler. Byung-hun Lee spikes interest, D’Onofrio occasionally sounds likes he’s doing a Bad Lip Reading of his own performance, whilst most of the premier spots are afforded to the Parks And Rec breakout. Pratt has the gift of the gab and the aura of a hustler, but provides little originality. The Magnificent Seven Teaser Trailer Hd

When assembled, the campfire cowboys rapidly become freedom fighters, focusing on the climatic conflict with the quietly threatening Bogue (Sarsgaard). The inner turmoil of Hawke’s remorseful Grim Reaper breaks up the training montage monotony, but itchy feet fester in the battle build up. Any jitters soon disappear as the fight begins, and Fuqua starts having fun. Conducting a hundred-odd horses in a hundred-odd Fahrenheit is no mean feat, making the speed and lightness Fuqua brings to the single-fire destruction doubly impressive. This lightness comes at the expense of grit, the near-genocidal levels of death never feel remotely harrowing, but this is symptomatic of its certificate. This is not your dad’s Western, but one for the casual Red Dead Redemption-er. Enemies fire with the accuracy of a near-sighted stormtrooper and the outcome is long signposted. The Magnificent Seven Teaser Trailer Hd

Thankfully, a once-in-a-generation talent elevates material that could have fallen into distinct, if enjoyable, mediocrity. Washington, a star of classic proportions, brings class, distinction and a hearty handful of gravitas to a feather-light role. One should not expect any less from a man who has been doing exactly that for so long, but seeming him perform is still a bewitching experience. What sets him apart is that he rally cares.

As, equally, does Fuqua. His impassioned ambition to honour Kurosawa’s legacy is obvious almost every time he opens his mouth, but it may have held his Magnificent Seven back. Whilst his adaptation is infused with jovial humour and is orchestrated by a spot-on score from the late James Horner, the DNA of its cinematic legacy predictably prevented it from stamping it’s own hoofprint on history.

Chris Pratt has described the film as “two hours of kick-ass entertainment”, and if that is the aim, few will be overly disappointed. I have faith that Fuqua will make a truly brilliant follow-up to Training Day one day, but for now, I’ll keep waiting.

The Magnificent Seven is in UK cinemas from Friday.

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When Myrtle (Tilly) was little, she lived a happy life, along with her mother in the small town of Dungatar. When the local school bully is found dead with Myrtle standing over the body, she is immediately accused of the murder and at the behest of the boy’s father (who’s also a town councillor) Tilly’s packed off to boarding school to live a life away from the town and her mother.

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Forced to grow up quickly, Tilly runs away to Europe where she finds herself being taken in by a skilled seamstress – sewing was one of the skills that her mother taught her before being forced to leave. Tilly eventually finds herself being recommended to a famous designer who teaches Tilly how to make wonderful clothes.

As years pass, Tilly’s mother Molly Dunnage is still constantly talked about and at the centre of any rumours and little by little becomes less able to look after herself. Now living in her dilapidated home, there are few people who speak to her and even less willing to help the old lady to help look after her. Watch THE DRESSMAKER Live Stream

Her memory of that fateful day are fuzzy but Tilly knows that she didn’t kill the boy. With the death of Stuart Pettigrew still hanging over her head, Tilly returns to her childhood town so that she can look after her mother and finally find some answers to the questions she’s so desperately sought.

Dressed in her finest Parisian garments, Tilly soon sets the town alight with more small-town gossip – mainly by enviable woman who could only wish to own a wardrobe as fine as Tilly apparently unending supply of lavish clothes. Watch THE DRESSMAKER Live Stream

Dealing with her mother’s dementia and all the other problems that come along with moving back to your home town isn’t going to be easy for Tilly but piece by piece, she might just be able to figure out the truth of what happened on that day so many years ago. Watch THE DRESSMAKER Live Stream

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Captain America: Civil War is dominating the global box office in advance to its domestic debut this weekend. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

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Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016The Marvel/Disney superhero sequel has generated $261.6 million overseas since it began rolling out in foreign territories last week. On Wednesday, the film racked up another $20.1 million. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

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“Captain America: Civil War” launches in Russia and Argentina on Thursday. It kicks off in the U.S. and China this Friday. The film has earned strong reviews and is expected to debut to as much as $200 million this weekend, one of the five biggest openings in history. Advance ticket sales have been robust. On Fandango, the film set a new record for a superhero movie and currently comprises 90% of the online ticketer’s weekend sales. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016 Overseas, the film has done particularly well in South Korea ($35.2 million), the United Kingdom ($31.8 million), Mexico ($25.6 million), Brazil ($17.1 million), Australia ($13.2 million) and Japan ($12.4 million).
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In addition to the critical embrace, “Captain America: Civil War” has some other factors working in its favor. The film offers a clash of A-list heroes, as Captain America (Chris Evans) squares off against Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), dividing the Avengers over a government plan to register the super powered. It also introduces Tom Holland’s take on Spider-Man and marks the first appearance of Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther, two characters that are fanboy and fangirl favorites. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

CLEVELAND, Ohio – “Captain America: Civil War” features more than a dozen Avengers, including those who have already had their own blockbuster films. But it’s a newbie to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that steals the show.

In a crowded field that includes Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, the introduction of Black Panther and the presence of the Vision, it’s Tom Holland who steals the show as the new Spider-Man.

Holland is in the movie more than you might expect. What started out as a rumored cameo becomes an integral part of “Civil War.” Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

In truth, Spider-Man’s arrival is bit contrived. Apparently, Tony Stark has known about him all along and, as Stark looks to build Team Iron Man, he enlists the help of a high-school kid in Queens who fancies himself an amateur superhero. Enter Peter Parker, hesitant to join the Avengers, but agrees (as long as no one tells his Aunt May). Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Holland isn’t the first actor to play a teenage version of Spider-Man. But he is the first actual teenager to portray Peter Parker on film.

Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield were in their late 20s when they took on the role. Maguire played a dorky, everyman version of Parker that resonated well. Garfield played a hipster, skateboarding version that was super charismatic. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Both succeeded in their roles, even if some of the films weren’t perfect. But Holland’s age and theatre background bring something different to the table. There’s a looseness and fun-loving spirit to his portrayal of Spider-Man and it’s quite refreshing.

“Civil War” doesn’t need anymore intensity. That’s very present in the performances of Chris Evans, Downey Jr. and fellow newbie Chadwick Boseman as Black Panther. Much like Paul Rudd as Ant-Man, Holland adds fun to a film that’s a high-wire act of action and emotional stakes.

You can’t take your eyes of Holland’s Spider-Man. That’s saying something, considering Evans gives his best performance yet as Captain America and Downey Jr. may be the most charismatic actor in all of Hollywood.

Holland’s youthful vibe is the stuff all superhero movies should be made of. In many ways it harks back to the best moments of Garfield’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and Maguire’s “Spider-Man 2,” the latter being one of the greatest comic book movies of all-time.

During “Civil War’s” biggest action sequence, pitting Team Iron Man against Team Captain America, every character gets a chance to shine (Just wait until you see Ant-Man’s new tricks). But it’s Spider-Man that takes center stage. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Some of that is owed to the filmmakers. “Civil War’s” version of the web-slinger visually radiates off the screen. He’s powerful, yet. Physically, he’s the most imposing version of Spider-Man we’ve seen on film (He dominates two other Avengers like it’s nothing).

The other part of all of this is while Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk and others have taken center stage in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, let us not forget who Marvel’s most popular comic book character actually is. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Spider-Man is, by far, Marvel’s version of Superman or Batman. He’s the company’s most bankable commodity with the only hero even remotely close being Wolverine.

Now that Spidey is finally home in the MCU we get to see that clearly. We only need him in “Civil War” for 30 minutes, because had he been there any longer, we might have followed him right off the screen. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

Many critics have labeled Holland the best film version of Spider-Man yet, and it’s easy to see why. But I’m not ready to go there yet. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

For as much as Holland steals the show, “Civil War” is still a movie anchored by the performances of Evans and Downey Jr. Holland is free to be the cherry on top, because this movie would be great with or without him.

The real test will come next year, when “Spider-Man: Homecoming” arrives in theaters. You could have made the case Garfield was better than Maguire as Spider-Man, but his films never measured up to the quality of the first two Maguire “Spider-Man” films. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

If “Homecoming” can enter the brilliant territory of “Spider-Man 2,” a movie that set the standard for the modern Marvel-based superhero movie, Holland will be able to bask in as much glory as he wants. Assuming he isn’t already. Watch Captain America: Civil War 2016

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“Captain America: Civil War” is a much better version of “Batman v Superman.” Captain America Civil War

Not only does the film juggle a dozen major superheroes pretty seamlessly, but it somehow manages to tell a cohesive story while not making the film feel too stuffed or overcomplicated. Captain America Civil War WATCH NOW MOVIE

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After a NYC screening of “Civil War” ended Monday evening, the man on my right declared that this was the movie “BvS” director Zack Snyder thought he made. Captain America Civil War

I had that very same thought while watching the film. Captain America Civil War

Now, that’s not easy for me to say. I love Batman. And while I did not detest Warner Bros.’ big budget “Batman v Superman” movie as much as most critics, I couldn’t shake the feeling that “Civil War” was the movie Warner Bros. wanted to make. Captain America Civil War

That’s mostly because, on paper, these two movies are essentially identical. If I was to tell you a quick, rough summary of either movie, it would read the same:

The superheroes deal with the fallout of their previous big action flick (“Man of Steel”/”Avengers: Age of Ultron”). After one more mishap, the government gets involved to enforce superhero regulation. As a result, the superheroes are pit against each other for the entire movie only to learn in the third act that a madman mastermind orchestrated everything with the intention of the heroes tearing each other apart.

captain america civil war batman v supermanMarvel/Warner Bros.Just imagine Captain America as Superman and Iron Man as Batman.

“Batman v Superman” was about playing catch up to Marvel’s big Cinematic Universe. In doing so, a lot was thrown into the film. Some things worked, like Ben Affleck’s Batman. Many others — Doomsday, the insertion of extraneous superheroes for future films, and that random bathtub scene with a nude Lois Lane — didn’t.

“Civil War” did everything “BvS” tried to do in a big superhero film pretty effortlessly, and while catering to a larger rotating cast of characters. When you put a group of beloved superheroes on a large stage together, you shouldn’t just have them fighting each other for the sake of fighting. As a viewer, you want to see characters who don’t know each other meet for the first time. What would it be like if Spider-Man met Iron Man? How would Ant-Man get along with Hawkeye? “Civil War” answers those questions and more.

paul rudd civil warDisney/Marvel”Civil War” manages to give a fair amount of time to its dozen superhero characters, which, in itself, is no easy feat.

Where “BvS” failed to deliver fun, witty dialogue between its trinity of heroes in costume, “Civil War” succeeds ten-fold. Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man fanboys over meeting Captain America (Chris Evans), Ant-Man messes with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) comments on the logic of Captain’s shield.

Falcon and Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) also have a fun love-hate relationship. At one point, the two are seated in a hilariously tiny Beatle. They look hilarious in it. When Bucky asks Falcon if he can move his seat up, without looking at him, Falcon adamantly says no. That received the biggest laugh at my screening.

That’s something Marvel is so good at doing — injecting a sense of humanity into its films through a mixture of humor and empathy.

“Civil War” is about more than just superheroes going to battle and it’s not all fun and games. It becomes a question of whether superheroes should be granted unlimited freedom to act without government supervision. When Captain America’s former best friend Bucky is wanted for a crime he didn’t commit, he sides with him against a majority of the Avengers. The question for him becomes how far do you go for a friend? What are you willing to risk for something that you believe in — your freedom? Your reputation?

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The Avengers really don’t want to go to battle because the people on each of the two sides see each other as an extended family of sorts. They care about each other, whether they’ll admit it or not. That’s evident when Steve Rogers asks Tony Stark about his uncertain relationship with Pepper Potts and when Black Widow and Hawkeye are facing off. The two friends don’t try to kill one another. They don’t even give it their all, and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) calls Hawkeye out on that.

Where the film really pays off is with its big action sequences. Though we’ve seen a majority of them teased in trailers and television spots, they are some of the best of any Marvel movie. Pretty much every review talks about the big airport scene teased in the film’s trailers. That was hands-down the most satisfying scene of any Marvel movie I’ve ever watched. Others have said this, but I would watch that scene on loop several times over and it would still not be enough. I’m not even going to say anything more about it because it should just be experienced in theaters. Captain America Civil War

And that’s not the only large fight sequence to get excited about. There are multiple superhero team ups and takedowns throughout the film for fans to enjoy, including a showdown between Iron Man, Captain America, and The Winter Soldier.

CivilWar DisneyDisneyThis airport fight sequence is the best of the film.

Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther is a commanding presence any time he’s on screen as the prince of the fictional African nation of Wakanda. He’ll be getting his own standalone movie in 2018. And once again, Vision (Paul Bettany) is a wonderful comedic relief. For whatever reason, his AI wears a few sweaters in the film. Whoever thought to put clothes on the AI, bravo. It’s so distractingly delightful. Captain America Civil War

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The overall scene stealer is Tom Holland’s Spider-Man. The film wastes no time trying to tell the webslinger’s backstory, he’s just inserted into the fray, and it works. After five Spider-Man films since 2002, if you don’t know his origin story by now (bitten by a radioactive spider, gets spider-like abilities) then you’ve probably been living under a rock. But unlike the previous men in the role (Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield), Peter Parker — who’s a teen when he gets his powers in the comics — is finally being played by, you guessed it, a teen. Captain America Civil War

And he refreshingly acts like a young kid with superpowers would. Unlike the other heroes, he’s overly chatty in fight sequences. His rapport with Downey Jr.’s Tony Stark on screen is the kicker: Stark refers to him as Spider-ling and Spider-Boy while inquiring about his hot Aunt May (Marisa Tomei). I would watch an entire movie with those two together. (Good news. We’ll get to see them together again in a new Spider-Man.) Captain America Civil War

A close second is Robert Downey Jr. If this wasn’t a Captain America movie, it could easily be an Iron Man movie with Stark’s snarky quips and one liners. However, beneath the billionaire’s haughty ego, “Civil War” reveals a vulnerable layer of emotional depth to Stark’s character you probably weren’t expecting to receive in a big ensemble picture. Captain America Civil War

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“Civil War” isn’t the best superhero movie ever or Marvel’s best movie yet, as many critics have said. It’s up there, but I think Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” are better. The film starts off a bit slow, wading us through the UN’s plan to get all of the “enhanced” humans to sign some paperwork approved by 117 countries to relinquish their rights as free Avengers. Up until the hour mark you’re watching Tony Stark chase down Steve Rogers, trying to convince him to sign said papers. Thrilling stuff. If you’ve watched the trailers, you’re just waiting around to see the heroes join sides with Captain America or Iron Man. Once you get past the one hour mark, it’s all action-packed smooth sailing. Captain America Civil War

One of the other complaints I have about the film is the main villain. While the character himself is a longstanding Avengers comic villain, in the film, he doesn’t appear to be much more than a mere mortal. If you’re a casual viewer, you may leave the film going, “That guy was able to pull one over on the Avengers?” Captain America Civil War

If a superpowerless man is able to turn the Avengers against themselves, I fear what an alien like Thanos (who has been hinted since 2012’s “The Avengers”) can do to the team. It’s not looking so good. Captain America Civil War

thanos the avengers 2012Disney/MarvelThis is Thanos who will be coming after our heroes in the next big Avengers film, “Infinity War.” They’re screwed. Captain America Civil War

The film itself has too much location jumping as well. There are over half a dozen location changes across the film which seems a bit unnecessary. It’s not a subtle transition either thanks to the giant lettering that crowds the screen any time the film swaps venues. It was rather distracting and took you out of the film for a few seconds every time. Captain America Civil War

“Civil War” may not be a perfect film, but it’s a grand illustration of what makes Marvel’s superhero movies so successful — they’re fun, relatable, and easily accessible for general audiences who have never picked up a comic book. As the other studios try to play catch-up with Marvel’s cinematic universe on the big screen, they should take note. Captain America Civil War

As always, don’t forget to stick around after the credits, but you’re probably used to that by now. Captain America Civil War