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Yes I did it! I actually laughed twice! I was also amazed by the motorcycle chase trick and the Iron Man movie ‘magic’. When you have Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson), War Machine (Don Cheadle), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), each with a super power you know there will be a lot of battles and there are each given a chance to show off their ‘specialty’!
There are so many superheroes that mere human beings like Maria Tomei has nothing more than a cameo while John Slattery, Alfre Woodard and Hope Davis get a few minutes more and Emily VanCamp might even have 10 minutes on screen total with Oscar Winner William Hurt actually seems to be a major character in the movie bit that may only be because he is part of the reason there is a civil war with the superheroes divided into opposing camps.
Between the heroes and, oh yes, a few villains, plus the huge cast, the fights, chases, buildings tumbling, glass shattering, special effects, it is no wonder the film takes 2 hours and 30 minutes.
To me the standouts were Robert Downey, Jr., who can do no wrong on film, Chadwick Boseman making a great impression and Anthony Mackie who may have done a lot of work in front of a green screen but is flawless. I am a fan of Emily VanCamp and Paul Rudd as Ant-Man always gets a smile out of me.
I feel I have given Marvel comic book characters and that ilk a fair chance but aside from “Ant-Man”and “Deadpool” I can do without them. Liking, even laughing, maybe about 20 minutes out of a 150 minutes of a film really isn’t a recommendation.


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