“Civil War” in Baku
Judging by its popularity, all city residents aged 10-70 will go to the cinema to watch this film, unless they have already seen it. On the day of its first screening in Baku on May 5, there were no other movies in the city cinemas. The Russian version is titled “Captain America: The Confrontation, but the moviegoers use its original title – “Civil War.
The world of cinematography is going through confusing times–from approximately mid-2000s, viewers have been mostly attracted by films (and in recent times, also by soap operas) about super heroes, with the Marvel studio products way out in front. And no wonder, since there are “polished shots with excellent special effects, eminent actors starring in lead roles and even in supporting ones, a consistent and accurately told story, not allowing one to miss even a single film from their franchises.
However, nothing is that ideal, and “The Avengers 2, which was supposed to build on success of the first one, has been received lukewarm by both critics and viewers. It’s inability to compete with other movies in the serious, as well as signs that the producers have run out of ideas, have really had their impact. This sequel needed to shake things up. The Russo brothers, the film directors of the “Captain America: The Winter Soldier, ensured just that. It was after this movie that everybody forgot about the dull “The First Avengers and started to perceive Steve Rogers as an interesting and protean character. And also, the Winter Soldier – James “Bucky Barnes, once a friend and co-worker of Captain America, had appeared in the Russos’ previous movie. He was later abducted by the Soviet Union and was turned into a brainwashed ordinary soldier.
However, Rogers believes that his friend, Bucky, is still alive and the efforts of the first to rescue the latter is one of the storylines of the movie. The second story line revolves around “The Avengers organization. Can people believe in these superheroes, who are left to their own devices and know no bounds? Or do they need a leader so that they could be sent where it is seen fit by the major powers of the world? Deliberation of these questions tarnishes the superheroes’ once strong friendship, and two groups, led by the Iron Man and Captain America, are set up.
The superheroes who sided with Iron Man were: Vision, who, as the movie progresses, starts showing his feelings towards the Scarlet Witch; the Black Widow, who has been finally deemed useful in battle and Spider-Man, tritely bribed by a fancy new suit. The Scarlet Witch, who has harbored a hatred for Stark since “The Avengers 2, the Falcon and the Ant-Man, whom Marvel utilized in one of the most beautiful parts of the movie, share Steve Rogers’ principles. The Back Panther – a man in a black BDSM outfit, who is exceptionally strong and subtle, does not side with either group. He also represents a prospect to make money for the next solo-film about this character.
“Marvel did it- that was the only thought in my mind after viewing the film. There was a subtle tone that the Marvel films sometimes so desperately needed. And finally, the evil hero, perfectly portrayed by Daniel Brühl, who can be singled out from the standard bad guys who want to destroy the world for the reasons that “I have always been in the shadow of the best and “People do not deserve the Earth. Jokes have dwindled in number and therefore the characters no longer resemble teens competing with one another in sallies of wit. Having watched the film for 15 minutes, the new Spider-Man/ Peter Parker, Tom Holland, was more convincing than Toby Maguie had been in three previous movies. Not to mention an excellent climax which was far from a “happy ending. Marvel really did it.
Another long awaited movie this year–“Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice has been recently released. It was supposed to become a worthy competitor to “The Avengers, but it has failed. In spite of a perfect movie visually, the viewers are not so forthcoming about the battle between these two comic icons. Some have harkened it to its extremely gloomy atmosphere. Some viewers have remarked that too little time was given to the confrontation itself. However, “Captain America. The Confrontation has all that and even more, which makes it the best movie of the franchise.