- Aug 31, 2012
Rotten Tomato has lifted the ban on the reviews. I hadn't read much in order not to spoil myself, but it seems that they are overwhelmingly positive and I am really interested in seeing it.
Sprawling as the narrative might be the Russo brothers keep things centred by keeping it anchored in the friendship between Steve and Bucky. This ensures that for all the theatrics the films retains a very human and relatable emotional core. Indeed this film made me realise just how much the whole trilogy has been a great platonic love story between the two. Even back in the first film it was Steve’s choice to rescue Bucky from Hydra that lead him to become Captain America. Civil War cleverly brings this full circle as he now puts his friendships, life and career on the line to save Bucky again.
Coming out of the film this afternoon this was something my housemate and I were discussing a lot. You know, so much of me really wishes they would dare to go there with Steve and Bucky, although I understand why they never will - put Bucky's backstory in a female character's body and there would be a 1000% chance that would be Full Romo, and I'd even go so far to say you'd get a romance unparalleled in the MCU* (sorry Tony and Pepper, I can't care enough for your will-they-won't-they). Steve risks EVERYTHING for Bucky, time and time again, to an outlandish degree: there were times in this movie where even I sat there in the theatre like 'Steve man, get a grip, you need to let the guy go!' Not to mention that here it really becomes clear to Steve that Bucky is really the only link left he has to his old life, that he means more to him that his new Avengers family even when he's a brainwashed psycho-assassin... Despite all this, though, you can't deny that the tension between them from Captain America: Winter Soldier definitively dissipated into a firmly Dude Bro Thing, which makes me wonder if that wasn't a conscious choice on the writer's part. Ah well. I don't watch mainstream media for its canonical m/m content; I know better than that.
*(Doesn't help of course that Agent Carter 2.0 is so vapid and not a patch on Peggy. Yay for shoehorned romances...)
Anyway, slash rants aside, I really enjoyed the film - standouts were Spiderman's spunky debut and anytime Sam and Bucky were in a scene together. Genuinely cracked up a few times, and although the beginning was a bit slow I think it was well worth the pre-release plaudits. On to Infinity War!
Color schemes apart, James Gunn seems to approve of the new Spidey... James Gunn Calls Tom Holland "The Best" Spider-Man, Praises "Civil War"
I'm looking forward to a new interpretation of Spider-Man; I don't think either of the past two series got it right. I'd like to see him played more like the mouthy teen from the Spectacular Spider-Man TV show.
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