Welcome to another edition of Movie Review Monday!
This week's film is the kickoff for the 2016 summer movie season; Captain America: Civil War.
** This will be a spoiler-free review for those who didn't get a chance to see this movie right away. **
Civil War is an embarrassment of riches, as this third outing for Captain America features a bunch of other superheroes, as well as the introduction of Spider-Man and Black Panther to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Even with a lot going on, Civil War felt like a less burdened film than Age of Ultron. Civil War was fun, had good pacing, and great action. Ultron felt too quick at times and didn't do a lot of character work for different folks. Civil War succeeds with its thought provoking theme and strong character drama. Character work was built in since the premise necessitated it, which is brilliant. Everyone gets a chance to shine in Civil War, and it was just an engaging overall package. Batman V Superman struggled with a lot going on during the film, and just wasn't as engaging, fun as it could have been. Deadpool was a lot of fun, but didn't do anything when it came to character drama or challenging themes (it was awesome though for its unique overall feel and humor). Civil War was much more my ideal movie.
We're treated to another fun entry in the MCU, which continues the strong trend we've enjoyed for the past several years ever since the original Iron Man film. We have plenty more awesome movies down the pipeline, with Doctor Strange later this year, as well as Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, and Thor: Ragnarok all next year. I'm excited to see Black Panther's solo adventure as well.
I highly recommend you check out Captain America: Civil War. It's definitely up there as one of the best superhero movies ever. I know I'll probably see it again in theaters.