CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

PG-13

“Captain America: Civil War” is another installment in the Marvel comic book series which is chock full of mega stars playing mega super heroes and heroines. This must have been a great set to be on. They all looked like they were having a really good time.

In trying to defeat the bad guys, the Avengers have destroyed tons of property and killed innocent bystanders. The United Nations want the Avengers to quit and that’s where the problems begin. Captain America (Chris Evans) and Ironman (Academy Award Nominee, Robert Downey, Jr.), disagree and the super heroes are forced to take sides.

The very gorgeous Chris Evans stars as Captain America. Robert Downey Jr. reprises his Iron Man persona. Scarlett Johansson is the Black Widow. Don Cheadle is the War Machine. Sebastian Stan plays the Winter Soldier. Anthony Mackie is the Falcon. Jeremy Renner portrays Hawkeye. Chadwick Boseman is the Black Panther. Paul Bettany is the Vision. Elizabeth Olsen plays Scarlett Witch. Paul Rudd surprised the audience as Ant Man. Tom Holland is a very young Spider-Man. Frank Grillo is Crossbones. Daniel Bruhl plays Zemo. And finally William Hurt is the Secretary of State. William Hurt has lost a lot of weight and looks great for an older man.

The screenplay for “Captain America: Civil War” was written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely based on the comic book by Mark Millar and characters by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.

The film was directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo. The directors were so enamored with the fight scenes that could have been and should have been cut to sharpen the scenes and reduce the length of the film. It was almost 2 and one half hours.

I enjoyed the film. At first I was a little confused and lost periodically but the film eventually made good sense and cleared up all my questions. The audience seemed to love it and applauded at the end. Unfortunately, many got up and left as the credits began to roll. They missed another minute or two of additional story. Actually, they missed the set up for the next film.

The special effects were great and kudos go out to the stunt men and women who had to perform the myriad of falls and fights.

“Captain America: Civil War” opens Friday at AMC Showplace Edwardsville 12 and AMC Eastgate Showplace 6.

The Telegraph’s contributing movie critic Mary Cox lives in Wood River and is a member of the St. Louis Film Critics Association, who also occasionally writes about film-related topics, studied film at the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked in L.A. with various directors and industry professionals. She can be reached at mlcwriter@charter.net.