Sunday, March 31, 2019

Captain America: Civil War (Project: Henry's Endgame)

Captain America: Civil War, 94%, A, 4.5 Stars.
Brilliantly nuanced, slow at times, but no Winter Soldier.
-Pacing 9/10
The movie moves fast at times, then slow, then fast, with it taking 90 minutes to get to the big airport fight scene that isn’t even the climax.
-Coherence 9/10
The plot makes sense, but my biggest complaint would be how convenient it was at times for Zemo, such as Tony’s conscience, which I doubt sounds like Paul Rudd, kicking off the whole “Let’s sign the accords push.” Zemo knew them too well for a man who’s never met them before.
-Relatability 10/10
In these trying political times, I think the whole divide storyline is unfortunately very relatable. For every conflict, there’s at least two sides, and this movie portrays it brilliantly by portraying both sides, even if Captain America’s proven right (Team Cap for life!)
I continue to relate to Scarlet Witch after finding her super relatable in Age of Ultron. This time, she makes a major mistake and it causes a whole crapstorm. I think we’ve all had our moments of at least feeling responsible for something bad, just not on that scale.
-Development 10/10
Cap’s character is continuously pushed to the limits by having every chance to give in to the accords, but he knows too well that the best hands are his own. Whether you agree with him or not, you gotta admire his persistence. Everyone else gets their moments too, whether it’s Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Ant-Man, etc.
-Visual Believability 9/10
The visual effects are great, with one or two obviously fake green screens bringing it down. The rest of the visual effects are brilliant, and the Russos bring back the raw shaky cam that they unfortunately ditched for Infinity War. It really adds to the fight scenes it’s used in by bringing it down to Earth, so please bring it back for Endgame.
-Purposeful Content 9/10
There’s a lot going on here, but 99% of it adds to the fractured team storyline and has minimal advertising for future movies. Any advertising for future movies is blended in organically.
-Emotional Resonance 9/10
Henry Jackman’s musical lightning doesn’t strike twice, but he still pulls out a great soundtrack.
-Appropriate Use 9/10
In his defense, it’s more appropriate for this movie because it isn’t a spy thriller like Winter Soldier, so the whole mojo from that would have been inappropriate in excess.
-Appropriate Humor 10/10
There were plenty of well-placed quips to break tension without destroying it.
-Appropriate Cursing 10/10
The language was edgier than the last two-or-three MCU films, and added to the weight of the storyline.
Lightning doesn’t strike twice here, and the Russo Brothers deliver a fantastic movie and cool screen test for Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame with a grounded enough storyline and minimal set-up for future movies in the franchise.
Numeric Breakdown
-1 = That Bad
0. Unbearable
  1. Awful
  2. Really Bad
  3. Bad
  4. Weak
  5. Mediocre
  6. Questionable
  7. Good
  8. Great
  9. Amazing
  10. Perfect
Letter Grade
100%-97% = A+
96%-93% = A
92%-90% = A-
89%-87% = B+
86%-83% = B
82%-80% = B-
79%-77% = C+
76%-73% = C
72%-70% = C-
69%-67% = D+
66%-63% = D
62%-60% = D-
59% or below = F
Star Grid
0%-19% = 0.5 Stars
20%-29% = 1 Star
30%-39% = 1.5 Stars
40%-49% = 2 Stars
50%-59% = 2.5 Stars
60%-69% = 3 Stars
70%-79% = 3.5 Stars
80%-89% = 4 Stars
90%-99% = 4.5 Stars
100% = 5 Stars

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