Friends fight sometimes.
Mar Roxas and Rodrigo Duterte, dating BFFs ngayon nagtatawagan ng duwag at naghahamon ng sampalan. Michael Jordan at Charles Barkley, dating best friends at naglalaro ng pusoy gabi-gabi pero ngayon di na nag-uusap. Kim Chiu at Maja Salvador dating magkaibigan pero pinag-awayan ako. (Joke lang. Si Gerald Anderson pala) Napaka-importante na ma-preserve ang friendship. Sabi nga ni Winnie the Pooh kay Piglet, “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” Imagine mo kung sinasabi ni Duterte kay Roxas yan ngayon, nakakakilabot di ba? Buti pa si Winnie the Pooh at Piglet di nag-aaway e. (By the way, kung ikaw ang tatanungin sino sa tingin mo kina Pooh at Piglet si Mar at Digong? Please explain your answer and show your solutions)
However, when superheroes fight we all win. Ikaw na nasa desktop ngayon na nagbabasa nito. Ikaw na nagbabasa sa cellphone mo sa banyo kaya kanina ka pa kinakatok ng susunod na gagamit. Akala niyo ba hindi masakit para kay Captain America yung bawat suntok niya kay Iron Man? Masakit yun pero ginagawa niya lang yun para sayo! Kaya ikaw ang panalo. Our childhood heroes bashing each other in the head? What’s not to like about that, right? Kaya tayo nanunuod ng WWE nung bata tayo e. But then again as Batman v. Superman already showed us, Hollywood can still get a sure thing wrong.
Captain America: Civil War just might be the best movie to come out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There. I said it. Tama yung balanse niya ng fun and seriousness e. I guess you can say that about the previous Captain America movies as well. Pag solo movie ni Iron Man at Thor pati na rin yung mga Avengers movies masyadong kengkoy minsan e. Mostly I think it’s because of Tony Stark. Robert Downey Jr. is the biggest star in the franchise so naturally ang writing medyo nag-cecenter around him. Too much Tony can be too much sometimes. He’s more serious in this movie and doesn’t hog the screen so much but still gets to deliver a few witty remarks here and there. One of the things I actually liked about the movie was that it was able to juggle the screen time of everyone. Make no mistake, although the title says Captain America this is an Avengers movie. (Actually, hindi ko gets ang sense ng solo movie for superheroes pag nagsama sama na sila sa isang movie. Ibig mong sabihin nagsama na kayo sa Avengers tapos sa susunod na may kalaban kang malaki hindi mo maiisipang i-Viber si Hulk para tulungan ka? Ang taas naman ng pride mo) For an ensemble cast like this, it’s hard for everyone to have a significant contribution to the story. Of course, the story is still mostly about Captain America and Iron Man since sila ang may conflict dito. And the movie was able to express their conflict beautifully. Alam mong they are very different people with different ideologies pero magkaibigan sila. You see that in the way they interact. Alam mong may inis sila sa isa’t isa pero they respect each other.
Siguro ang hindi ko lang masyadong gusto dito ay yung motivation ni Captain America. Gets ko naman na pinoprotektahan niya yung kaibigan niyang si Bucky but he goes through so much trouble for the guy who’s guilty of so many terrible things. I’m sure while watching or when you watch it mamimili ka ng side e. Pero malamang you’ll lean towards Iron Man’s reasoning. Which is good kasi he’s actually supposed to be the “villain” here but he’s really not. He tends to come off as an asshole in previous films pero this time he’s just trying to do the right thing. Of course expected naman na natin na maganda yung fight scenes nito. Pero yung major fight scene sa gitna ng abandoned airport would rank as probably one of the best scenes to come from a superhero movie. The Civil War comics which this movie was based on had dozens of heroes fighting against each other. Dito siguro meron lang silang 6 sa each side so akala ko magiging underwhelming. Boy was I wrong. Pero mas maganda sana kung mas feel mo na may importance yung fight scenes nila. Sa Batman v. Superman gusto talagang patayin ni Batman si Superman e. As in magkaaway talaga sila. Dito you get the impression na naghaharutan lang sila e. Siguro nga dahil wala naman silang real beef sa isa’t isa. But in the comics, what they were fighting for meant something kasi may casualties e. It really matters which side you choose because the lives of your friends are at stake.
One thing great about Marvel is that they know how to cast their heroes. Paul Rudd as Ant-Man makes an appearance and he’s as funny as you expect him to be. The introduction of Black Panther also feels very organic. This is his first time to appear in a Marvel movie but it doesn’t take long for you to understand and sympathize with him. And then of course we have Spider-Man. Early reviews have been saying that he’s the best thing about Civil War. Well, the rumors are true because he really is. Tom Holland is amazing as Spider-Man because he captures the Peter Parker persona perfectly. (Ulit-ulitin mo nga yang last four words na yan ng mabilis sige nga!) Buti na lang pinahiram ng Sony si Spider-Man sa Marvel because Civil War made us excited about Spider-Man again. Kung ano si Wonder Woman dun sa BvS, si Spider-Man ang ganun sa Civil War.
Nowadays it seems like everyone’s fighting everyone in the movie business. Batman vs. Superman. Daredevil vs. The Punisher. Magkakaron nga daw ng Godzilla vs. King Kong na panibago e hindi ko alam kung sinong humingi nun. But I think if you’re gonna do a “versus” movie, Civil War should be the blueprint. Marvel’s approach couldn’t be more different from DC’s. Marvel has been doing this since 2008 with the first Iron Man movie kaya kabisado na nila to e. This is actually the 13th installment to Marvel’s ever growing cinematic universe. So unlike BvS na kailangan madaliin yung kuwento para magkaron na ng Justice League, Marvel already had 5 movies under their belt before they went ahead and made The Avengers. So by then kilala mo na more or less lahat ng mga kailangan kilalanin e. In terms of world-building, lamang na ang Marvel kasi it really feels like the characters are inhabiting a universe of their own. And that universe is recognizable to the audience even if it’s a superhero movie because we’ve been there many times before. And it also helps that the universe Marvel built is something the audience want to be in despite the constant threat of aliens invading. Nobody wants to live in the “Man of Steel” universe. Masyadong malungkot e. Masyadong galit at emo yung mga heroes doon kaya ang hirap nilang magustuhan. Compare mo yung fight scene ni Superman tsaka Batman sa dilim habang umuulan at yung fight scene sa airport sa Civil War na maliwanag at kita mo lahat ng nangyayari. Anong mas exciting panuorin? People go to see movies like this because they want to be entertained. They want an escape from everyday life because life itself can get too complicated. Kung gusto kong makinig sa mga taong nagbabarahan habang pinaguusapan ang mga problema ng mundo edi sana nanuod na lang ako ng Presidential Debates di ba?
Verdict: 8/10. Panuorin na agad para hindi huli sa kwentuhan!