By Ameesh Shah
All of Captain America movies are espionage based. As well as never judge a book by its cover, and as well as what you think you saw might not be what happened at all. So nothing is ever straight forward in Captain America movies. Out of three films in this series, this is the best as long as you like big fight scenes and high tension. There are no dull moments in this movie, and we get to see The Avengers tear themselves apart. Each with their agenda and pride being the big reason why they fought each other.
From now on, there will be spoilers!
Let's start with the opening scene. With a complicated take-down of some Hydra soldiers, The Avengers catch the bad guy. With Captain America's life on the line from a bomb that is about to go off Red Scarlet is forced to make a split-second decision that results in the death of innocents in Nigeria. Which ended with devastated consequences, the destruction was enough to make governments talk and make an Sokovia Accords to restrict the freedom of The Avengers.
In the Sokovia Accords, one could say that they are weapons for governments. On the other hand, they can now be controlled. Either way, The Avengers are going to be trapped by politics, and this started the divide between The Avengers. During a summit hearing about the accord for the Avengers the Wakandian President has a speech, then an explosion happens, and Bucky Barnes is now the prime suspect from surveillance footage. The world and Wakanda's own Black Panther is after Bucky Barnes. The Wakanda's Prince is angry and seeks vengeance and is obliged to avenge his father's killer. Captain America on the other hand, is the only one truly believing that Bucky Barnes was innocent. Captain America defends Bucky Barnes as much as he can. Disobeying orders to help Bucky.
Iron Man (Tony Stark) is on the other side of the spectrum; he believes that The Avengers need to be kept in check. Stark's arrogance forces him to disagree with Captain America, thus starting the Civil War. A civil war with twelve people. Both Captain America and Iron Man recruit Avengers to their side.
Captain America recruits Hawkeye, Red Scarlet, Antman, and the Falcon. Like Captain America, they believe that The Avengers do not need to be kept in check. Tony Stark goes after those who believe in his ideals, but are too innocent to know any better. Stark recruits Vision, Spider-man (aka Peter Parker), Black Widow, and War Machine (Rhodes).
With the introduction of Spider-man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, all The Avengers fight. This fight leads to the severe injury of Rhodes who become paralyzed from the waist down. The fight allows for a distraction for our real villain Colonel Zemo to head out and try to find the other winter soldiers. At the end of that fight, there aren't any winners. Only Captain America escaped with Bucky to find Colonel Zemo and stop him from summoning the other winter soldiers.
Tony finds out that Bucky wasn't the culprit for the bombing and that he was set up. In his pride he realized his error and chose to aid Bucky and Captain America. Right behind Tony was T'challa Wakanda's Prince with a vengeance in his placid eyes. This reunion didn't seem as peaceful as before. Finally, when a truce between Tony Stark and Captain America, we find out that Colonel Zemo wanted The Avengers to crumble from the inside out. To crumble The Avengers, he showed Tony Stark a video of a brainwashed Bucky Barnes killing Stark's parents. An epic fight between Captain America, Bucky Barnes, and Iron Man broke out. Which almost results in the death of Iron Man as his Arc Reactor gets broken.
From a distance, Black Panther saw a reflection of Zemo in himself and realized he was letting vengeance cloud his mind; to think he was about to kill Bucky, who was an innocent man (in this case). Then just when he was about to kill Colonel Zemo he found that he orchestrated the whole thing out of vengeance for his families death in Sokovia ( the city in Avengers 2: Age of Ultron) at the hands of the Avengers.
So the moral of the story is that being filled with vengeance, you will be deceived, and you will deceive yourselves. Also, if you believe in something stand up for your beliefs but don't let it be guided by vengeance.
I enjoyed this movie, I felt riveted to my seat and couldn't decide who truly was right. At the same time, I loved the fighting scenes. Spider-man kicked butt, and I can't wait till the Black Panther movie is released.
I rate this movie at a 4.9 out of 5
This has been an Ameesh Shah of Ronin News. Peace be with you.