“Captain America: Civil War” tells a lot of story with a lot of character. Marvel is on a roll with the continuing juggernaut of its “X-Men” franchise and recent megahits like “Ant-Man” and “Deadpool.” This new adventure film is the third in the “Captain America” series but it more closely resembles “The Avengers” as it brings together a large collection of famous superheroes for a truly epic battle. But despite such big ambitions, the film never loses sight of its characters.
With over a dozen costumed crusaders to account for, the script never loses sense of who they are and why they’re in the fight. Their humanity informs every plot point, line of dialogue and punch thrown. Filmed and performed with wit and warmth, this is everything that “Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice” was not. This movie is truly a marvel balancing serious themes, rollicking adventure, clever repartee, and state-of-the-art CGI in one of the better superhero movies to ever take flight.
Listen to Jeff York’s hosted review with guest Derek Asaff