Civil War thoughts: After suffering through Superman Vs Batman last month, this installment illustrates even further to me why and Zack Snyder got it wrong. Snyder directs in one-panel pages, and the Russo Bros. in six-panels, the traditional way a comic (or comic book movie) should be created. When Snyder directed Watchmen, all he had to do was shoot the comic, and to my eyes, he succeeded. But as much as he and I both loved the Alex Ross "Kingdom Come" art stylings, more exposition in his movies was necessary. Ultimately, in terms of storytelling, Civil War delivers very well indeed. I will not give anything remotely construed as a spoiler, so instead I will comment on all the things they did right in this film. First off: casting. Casting Chadwick Boseman as Prince T'Challa is a stroke of genius. He gives the enigmatic character charm, grace, charisma, and most of all, believability. The Black Panther costume doesn't stray too far from the canon and I think most fans will be pleased with his portrayal. The inclusion of Spider-Man is also handled almost perfectly, although I do think that the Russos shoehorned his introduction in a little too haphazardly. I understand that they figure the ticket buyers to this film won't need the backstory but to the non-fan, it will only seem out of place. Hopefully we will not see a 3rd attempt at a Spidey origin movie anytime in the future. Marisa Tomei as Aunt May smacks of stunt casting, which I cannot abide. That aside, both Ant-Man and Spidey contribute a lot of the humour to the movie, and like all the best Marvel films, humour is one of the main ingredients needed to differentiate them from the dour offerings from DC. Some have made mention of Oscar buzz, which is a whole lot of nonsense. It's a comic book film, folks. If Christopher Reeve didn't win an Academy Award for Superman, then don't expect that here. The fight scenes are excellent and not overdone. The cliched use of the shaky cam is used sparingly to good effect, and the continuity is good--not too many glaring mistakes to my first-account eye. The casting of Daniel Bruhl as Baron Zemo is equally inspired; I first caught notice of this wonderful actor in the German comedy "Goodbye, Lenin" (really a tremendous movie; get it off netflix yesterday if you haven't seen it yet), and he is a tremendous actor. Where does it rank in the Marvel films, you ask? To expect it to surpass the Winter Soldier is a tall order, and it is too diffuse a film for me to say that it is better. In my estimation, they are equally good. It is much better than Age of Ultron, and the teaser at the end is not much of a story so I will not talk about it, if only to keep your interest up. I have not seen Ant-Man or the first Cap flick but I don't think that diminished the film's appeal. Overall, 90/100. Fanboys might say it was perfect, but looking at it from a technical aspect in terms of filmmaking, they aren't too far off. Enjoy, folks.