Super-Hero movies are not my favorite genre, but I have liked my share – including the original Spider Man, Iron Man I, Guardians of the Galaxy, Deadpool, and the original Captain America, among others. This movie received rave reviews, with one enthusiastic reviewer even declaring it “the greatest super-hero movie of all time!” Quite frankly, I enjoyed Ant-Man more. Call me crazy, but I like my super-hero movies with just one or two super-heroes. In these types of movies, I think less is more.
Here’s the essence of the plot. The Avengers have been doing their thing autonomously, but, unfortunately, there have been many civilian casualties associated with their missions. The Secretary of State, Thaddeus Ross (William Hurt), informs them that the United Nations now insists on overseeing their activities, and he gives them a contract to sign. Iron Man (Robert Downey, Jr.) and some of the Avengers agree to sign it, while Captain America (Chris Evans) and the remainder of the Avengers think it’s a bad idea and refuse to sign it, setting up a schism within the group. The conflict soon turns into a civil war when Captain America is ordered by Ross (with the support of Iron Man) to arrest his dear friend, Bucky Barnes – a.k.a. The Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
The film dragged and I may have even broken my super-hero-movie “looking at my watch” record! The plot was mediocre at best, and, with so many characters, it just went nowhere. There isn’t a worthy villain either. At least one-third of the movie is fights between various Avenger member combinations, but they had no suspense. Why, you may ask? Is Disney really going to kill off Marvel super-heroes when they could make at least five films with each character?
Gwyneth Paltrow passed on this film and I think she made the right call. I wouldn’t bother to see it unless you are a big Avengers fan. It must be seen on the BS, but I wouldn’t waste my money on 3-D or IMAX.