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Captain America: Civil War Review

Captain America: Civil War starts off phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic and just in case you didn’t watch any of the trailers and don’t know what the premise is, all I am going to say is, that some political figures want to put the Avengers into some sort of control, stripping them of their full autonomy, which causes a bit of tension between them.

The person at the centre of everything is as you would expect in a Captain America titled movie, Chris Evans, who is as good as he has been in his tenure as Cap, with the charisma and seriousness that everyone associates with the character. Nevertheless, the man who saves this movie, both with his performance and with the writing that involves his character, is Robert Downey Jr., who really has been carrying this franchise and he continuous to do so in this instalment. He is absolutely exceptional, on a different level to everyone else on the roster.

This movie is split into two halves, the first is really poor, in terms of the story and how it unravels and also the action scenes, which are very badly directed. At times it looks like stunts are added, just for the sake of stunts and there is so much cutting between camera angles and so much use of shaky cam, you can’t really understand what’s going on. On the other hand, the second part of the film, picks up where the Avengers left off, with some stunning action sequences and also a very good narrative in complete contrast to what preceded it.

I can’t get my head around on why the directors Joe and Anthony Russo along with the screenwriters, didn’t try, at any point to ground this movie with a bit more background on the villain and also all of the new characters that make an appearance in the movie. It looked as if they just simply through them in the script and thought that adding a few action scenes would make everyone happy.  Even with that mind set, the stunt-work and camera-work in those intense moments, must be better. There is so much going on, yet with those constant cuts and shaky cams, the viewer cannot take it in and as such no edginess or thrill is built up.

Finally, the Visual Effects and especially the CGI were very disappointing in the movie. We’ve become accustomed to stunning FX, and this is not to say that it’s terrible, most of the time everything looks incredible, but to simply point out that at times, the excessive use of green screens is very easily detectable and not up to par.

Fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will probably enjoy this, yet it doesn’t hit the heights that everybody hoped it would.



Contemporary Sherlock Holmes part 1

With another Sherlock Holmes movie coming out in the summer, we take a look at other interpretations of the genius consulting detective and how well they have done in recent years.

Movies/TV Shows considered:

contemporary sherlock holmes

First part of the discussion will be the one thing that all three executions have in common and that is great actors in both major roles of Sherlock and Watson.

In Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes, Robert Downey Jr. plays the homonymous character accompanied by Jude Law in the role of John Watson.  One of the most widely recognized actors of his generation RDJ adds his unique touch to the character, elegant and explosive, he delivers everything superbly with a minor yet satisfying old English accent as the only non-English actor of the three in question, from puns to monologues of deduction, he is just fascinating to watch on screen. 8.5/10

On BBC’s Sherlock we have one of the rising stars of our time, Benedict Cumberbatch with Martin Freeman playing the doctor.  Cumberbatch is incredible as Sherlock, he has a way with the character that transfers his eccentric energy and sociopath status to the viewer like no other.  Walking on the fine line of being so irritating that sometimes audiences find it too much, he gets the most out of the narcissistic and uncanny side of Sherlock. Along with Freeman they achieve both great moments of drama but also comedy, something that adds another dimension to the show. 9/10

In Elementary, it’s Jonny Lee Miller who shows his acting chops, out of all 3 interpretations he has the most dramatic tension in scenes and he gives scintillating performances time and again in the 3 years the show has been running.  He consistently manages to capture the feelings of Sherlock to perfection and it is when he has to show emotion that he shines. On this occasion Watson is portrayed by Lucy Liu and she might not be of the same caliber as Law or Freeman but she does a good job to keep up and support Miller. 8/10

To be fair, there isn’t much between the actors portraying the main man.  However as far as Watson is concerned, although Lucy Liu is a decent actress, she simply doesn’t have the star status and charm that Law and Freeman bring to the game.

Part 2: The production and theme.