'Captain America: Civil War' (2016) Review:
Civil War proves that the Russos are masters at screenwriting/storytelling. This emotional, powerful story splits our heroes without letting us take any sides, since we are shown how right both are.
This character based story is so well-written and set-up that you can't help but root for every character. The specific conflict between Steve, Tony, Bucky, and T'Challa is one of the most complex stories I've seen. The fact that we are already well-established with these characters, seeing them unintentionally go toe to toe with every character having his or her own personal reasons is heartbreakingly impactful. You as a viewer know that these characters are forced to fight their way out of every situation in this movie because of a third party that stands against them. The beauty of this movie is that you also can't stand against the antagonist, Zemo. Everyone in this film, including Zemo, is a victim, and is driven by revenge. Zemo also masterfully sketches his plan and manages to successfully point every character against another, and that's what makes him one of my favorite MCU villains.
The action in Civil War is yet again top notch. The airport battle sequence is brilliant not just due to the fact that the action is thrilling, but because it isn't just an action scene of endless punching because of no reason. There is a purpose in the fight. But honestly my favorite fight in Civil War has to be the final one where Tony faces off against Bucky and Steve. That battle has amazing choreography, emotional impact, and a brilliant score playing in the background, with the cinematography also striking.
Just as in the Winter Soldier, the presence of political drama is perfectly fit in this movie, and it is the perfect starting point for the centfal conflict.
Overall, 'Captain America: Civil War' helms one of the best-written stories in the entire MCU. The complilexity of the plot, driven by the characters manages to engage with the audience in such an astounding way that leaves a mark on you. A great story, cast, music, and overwhelming action sequences place Civil War at the highest points in the MCU.