Civil War (5/10)
by Tony Medley
Runtime 146 minutes.
Not for children.
I was really dreading
sitting through this thing, especially when I learned it was well over
two hours long. However, it wasnít as painful as I had imagined, mainly
due to the special effects and the pace. Of course there is no acting,
itís just one ridiculous fight after another between and among people
who are more or less invulnerable, ad infinitum.
The plot, if you can
really believe that anything made for the sole and only purpose of
displaying special effects has a plot, is that the Avengers are asked to
sign some kind of agreement saying that they will not ďavengeĒ unless
authorized by some higher governmental authority. Some agree; some
donít. The result is that they eventually face off against one another.
I confess I really
donít know the players here. I havenít seen all these, and I stopped
reading comic books shortly after I reached the age of reason, so Iím
definitely not the audience for this type of thing.
I saw the first one
and now this one. I missed the one(s?) in between, thank goodness. But
Iím really not familiar with all these superhero characters, so I didnít
try to follow who was who and what exactly were their powers, or
anything else that might imply that there was some logic to it.
Even the evil people
are treated sympathetically, with some sort of justification for the
actions they take. Itís got all the usual suspects, Robert Downey, Jr.,
Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, etc., etc. None is asked to act, just
recite their lines and hit their marks. They all accomplish that
sometimes as if they were in a trance.
The budget for this
thing was only $175 million. I say ďonlyĒ because the projected budget
for the upcoming two-part The Avengers: Infinity War is reported
by ďBleeding CoolĒ to be $1 billion! Robert Downey, Jr. is reported to
be receiving half of the budget set aside for actors, which explains why
he sacrifices his talent and reputation in something like this.
This is a stark
example of what movies have become, which is intellectual diarrhea. Can
you imagine Clark Gable or Spencer Tracy or Cary Grant playing one of
these superheroes? Clark Gable in a cape? Cary Grant in tights? But, get
used to it. This junk makes money. There are nine, count them, nine
superhero movies in line to be made between now and 2019.
If you like this sort
of thing, then this is a good one.