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Tuesday, May 17

Haiku Revieu | Captain America: Civil War

Tuesday, May 17
Captain America: Civil War

My heart can't take this
Please don't make me choose a side
I'm Team Everyone

Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.

Although I saw this movie more than a week ago, only now have I had the time to sort through my feelings. Had I written this review right after seeing the movie, it basically would have looked something like "AKNFJKABDUJBRUB#QOW. IT WAS SO GOOD." You're welcome for me waiting a bit to get my thoughts together.

When I first heard that they were making a Civil War movie, I was honestly afraid (thanks to knowing what happens in the comics of the same name). And I went into the movie with a literal box of Kleenex in preparation. I was tense the entire time. Thankfully, the movie didn't break my heart—at least not in the ways I feared.

It should come as no surprise that I get emotionally attached to fictional characters. And I'm extremely attached to the characters of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so watching a movie in which they're at odds was hard. There was also a lot of "Team Cap" or "Team Iron Man" publicity leading up to the movie's release, but I couldn't bring myself to actually choose a side. And, to be quite honest, while watching the film I could see pros and cons on both sides of the argument, and got equally frustrated by some actions of members of both teams.

That said, even with the tension and my inability to decide on a side, Captain America: Civil War was amazing; it immediately moved into a spot in my top 5 films of the MCU. It had everything I want from a superhero film: action, humor and heart. I was delighted to see the inclusion of Scott Lang (Ant-Man); his introductory scene with Steve was so perfect, and he added needed comic relief to the battle between the teams. And, speaking of comic relief—Tom Holland is an absolutely adorable Peter Parker (Spider-Man). I'm totally sold that he'll be the best Spider-Man yet.

I was also really impressed by Chadwick Boseman's T'Challa (Black Panther). I'm very excited to see more of this character—and the super intriguing Wakanda—in the solo film and future group efforts.

And the entirety of the scene in the car with Steve, Bucky and Sam? Perfect.

I really want to go see this again soon, so I can enjoy it without the tension of the first viewing. And I highly recommend it to everyone.

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