Captain America Civil War review (spoiler free)

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I went and saw Civil War on opening night, that’s Thursday here, like I do every superhero movie. The last one being Batman V Superman. I’m going to be honest and say I didn’t hate BVS like a lot of people, and I didn’t think Civil War was on the opposite end of the spectrum like those same people seem to be saying.

The main idea behind this blockbuster is that after all of the events of the MCU thus far, the United Nations have all agreed that the Superheroes need to be put into check. Tony Stark agrees with this after he is confronted by the grieving mother of an innocent victim in the battle of Sacovia during Age of Ultron. This leads to the division of the Avengers, some siding with Cap and others siding with IronMan. Also there is some contrived shoehorning of a villainous Zemo (not Baron, we think).

So here it is, it was a good movie, it was a fun punch em’ up, battle Royale of a superhero movie. It didn’t leave me aching for more of this story. It didn’t leave me feeling overwhelmed with angst or anger or saddened.

I know they are two different beasts but let me compare it to BVS for a moment, good and bad. Where BVS failed was I didn’t know why Superman and Batman were even fighting. From a character standpoint they didn’t tell us enough to care why they were fighting. Civil War on the other hand tells us exactly why there are battle lines drawn and why both ‘generals’ of the opposing sides have their viewpoints. But where it falls short is I didn’t get the feeling that the rest of the ‘warriors’ for team Cap ever gave reasons as to why they sided with him.

Another problem I had with the movie was the oddly placed and convoluted ‘mastermind’ of Zemo. Again we are given reasons as to what this villains motivations are but what we aren’t given is a reason or a plausible way his ‘genius scheme’ could have gone off without a hitch. Like Luther in BVS, Zemo’s character isn’t much of a character and a weak point.

What did I like about it. I liked that storylines we have followed through over a dozen movies (this is number 13) have had this huge payoff. I liked that it gave us something to think about, and because we know why they are fighting it can give us something to think about. How would you side? Would you work outside the law to protect people when and how you wanted or would you be a hired soldier and only work when the UN  activates you. Basically the fight comes down to Tony can’t have the collateral damage on his conscience and Cap can’t allow the bad guys to do what they do and hurt humanity.

I did really enjoy this movie and felt that for the most part it was a really well put together film and we got to see all the Superheroes we love on the screen together again.

My ranking for this installment in the MCU -👊👊👊👊

Batting a Thousand Act 1part 1

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FADE IN:

EXT. JEWELRY SHOP — DUSK

The small brick storefront with a large glass window faces the
quite street and has the name Thurman’s Fine Jewelry
elegantly painted on it.

An older man, heavy set and short stands outside the door, waiting
impatiently.

A young man walks up the sidewalk, in a suit. He appears to be
about twenty-five and has an athletes build. He has short
light hair and his strong masculine face is clean shaved.
His name is SHAWN MALLORY and he is late.

He walks fast up the sidewalk almost running, until he reaches
the door and the man holds it open for him.

The man locks the door behind them.

INT. JEWELRY SHOP — DUSK

They walk to the counter and Shawn automatically begins pointing
at rings.

SHAWN
I’m sorry Mr. Thurman, the game
went into extra innings.

MR. THURMAN
Not a big deal son. but what you
are doing, here, now this is a big deal. A
lifetime of commitment. It’s
special, when you find someone that
you care about you gotta do it
right.

SHAWN
Is that the husband in you or the
salesman talking.

MR. THURMAN
I’ll be honest son, it’s a little
of both.

SHAWN
I think I like that one right
there.

MR. THURMAN
I said this was something special,
didn’t I?  I have something just
for you under the case.

He reaches under the case and pulls out a black box, he places
it in front of Shawn and opens it.

Inside is a beautiful diamond ring.

MR. THURMAN
I only show this to the ones that I
feel are lucky, I can see when
someone has it by looking into
their eyes and I can see it in
yours.

SHAWN
I do?

MR. THURMAN
Tell me about her.

INT. MEGAN’S APARTMENT — NIGHT

A beautiful woman stands in front of a full length mirror in an
stunning red evening dress. She is tall, about 5’11” and
built like a model. She has long dark hair and deep green
eyes. She is MEGAN WRIGHT.

The door behind her opens and it is Shawn carrying a dozen pink
roses.

She stands stunned and places her hand over her mouth.

He is very handsome in his black tux.

SHAWN
Megan, you look stunning.

MEGAN
Thank you, as do you.

SHAWN
These are for you.

MEGAN
They are beautiful. Let’s go put
them in some water.

She gives him peck on the cheek as she passes him.

They move into the kitchen where she pulls a vase from beneath
the sink and turns on the faucet.

MEGAN
So how did the game go? I worked
late and didn’t get a chance to
listen.

SHAWN
We lost again.

MEGAN
To who, the Mud rats?

SHAWN
No, this series was against the Beavers.

MEGAN
Wait, aren’t you guys the Cocks?

SHAWN
No, Roosters.

MEGAN
OH, that’s funny.

SHAWN
Anyway, that isn’t important. I was
going to do this after your show
tonight, but I think you’ll like it
better this way.

MEGAN
What are you talking about?

Shawn gets down on one knee on the kitchen tile.

He reaches into his pocket and pulls out a ring case and opens
it.

Megan again gasps and looks shocked. She stubbles backwards and
leans against the sink.

SHAWN
I love you, and we have been
together for seven years now and I
think it is time we move to the
next phase. I know everything about
you and you know everything about
me. I know this probably seems
sudden but its not. You have been
it for me since college and I know
that we will be happy forever. I
guess what I am trying to say, very
badly I might add, is will you
marry me?

Megan stands, still as a calm before the storm, with her mouth
agape.

INT. RESTAURANT — NIGHT

The restaurant is very fancy, white linen and proper plate settings.
It isn’t real busy which could mean it is pricey.

Five people sit at a table, two couples.

The odd person out is Shawn.

The two guys are BEN HAYWOOD and KENNY LAWSON, they are his best friends.

Ben is shorter than Shawn built similar with dark hair and a
dark complexion and Kenny is small all around, short about
5’5″ and weighing no more than one hundred and thirty
pounds.

The girls are their wives, ABIGAIL HAYWOOD and NICOLE LAWSON both
are very pretty, but do not compare to Megan.

Abigail has short blond hair and Nicole has long dark hair.

Nicole is pregnant.

BEN, KENNY, ABIGAIL, AND NICOLE (NEARLY
IN UNISON)
NO?!

BEN
I can’t believe she said no.

ABIGAIL
Maybe she just got scared I’m sure
she’ll think differently tomorrow.

KENNY
You don’t change your mind in one
day, what are you crazy?

Nicole slaps her husband on the arm.

NICOLE
I think what he means to say is you
might want to give it a few days.

KENNY
Yeah.
(but shakes his head no)

BEN
So, did she say why she didn’t want
to get married?

SHAWN
Lets see, I don’t have a decent
job, meaning I’m playing minor
league ball and not for the
Yankee’s. She isn’t ready for that
kind of commitment and oh, she
thinks she may be in love with her
male model partner on her last
shoot.

BEN
Oh. Sorry.

KENNY
Look at it this way, you can get
with some of her hot model friends
now.

Nicole slaps Kenny on the arm again as the waiter approaches the
table.

ABIGAIL
One more will be joining us, can
you bring him a…

SHAWN
Beer please, house is fine.

EXT. GYM — DAY

The modern building stands in between old brick front buildings.

It is made of glass, so everyone passing by can see in. See
all of the beautiful people working out and toning their
perfect bodies.

The building is not only pleasing to the eye, but also what is
inside is as well. It is marketing at its best, or worst.

Three or four people walk in and some walk out.

INT. GYM — DAY

The guys are at a free weights bench. Shawn lays on it and
Ben is spotting for him.

Kenny stands back and watches three pretty ladies walk by.

He notices everything about them, but they hardly even
notice his existence.

They are big breasted and blond, very fake looking.

KENNY
How are you ladies doing?

They just snicker and keep walking past, but they point at Shawn,
and shake their heads, one acts as if she is cooling herself
with an imaginary fan.

BEN
Kenny, cut it out. What have I told
you about that shit. One more time
and your staying home from now on.

SHAWN
Come on, leave him alone, that’s
just Kenny.

KENNY
Yeah, Come on, I ain’t hurting
nothing. So, Shawn, you hit any of
her friends yet?

SHAWN
No.

KENNY
Why not, it’s been two weeks, its
time to move on.

SHAWN
When you love someone it takes more
than a couple of weeks to get over
it.

KENNY
I ain’t talking about getting over
her, I’m talking about pussy,
that’s it. Model pussy.

BEN
Shut up! Don’t listen to him Shawn,
I know what you mean. If anything
ever happened to Abigail and me, I
would be devastated. I couldn’t imagine
hooking up with anyone after only two weeks.

SHAWN
No, I want pussy, don’t get me
wrong, I’m horny as hell. Shit, my
Cinemax is getting a workout. But
not emotionally, I’m not ready for that.
Megan is still in my heart.

KENNY
Fuck man, look at that brunette. I
think she’s checking me out. I’m
gonna go talk to her. Kenny leaves
and Ben and Shawn switch places. Ben
takes the bar off of the rack and
begins to push it up and down.

BEN
Now that dumb ass is gone,
seriously, is it like that.

SHAWN
Yeah, I know it sounds stupid and
you’re my manager, you don’t need
to know these things.

BEN
Friends always come first.

SHAWN
I know. She was everything to me. I
don’t know how to survive without
her, and her goddamn underwear
commercial seems to come on every
five minutes, I can’t even watch
TV.

BEN
I thought you were only watching
Cinemax.

SHAWN
Ha, Ha. Hey, here comes Kenny. I
think he got shot down.

BEN
Good, I can’t have Nicole think I
am a contributor to his behavior.

KENNY
I think she’s into me.

SHAWN
Did you get her number?

KENNY
No, she’s playing hard to get. Ben
get up, let me show her what I got.

EXT. BALL PARK — DAY

It is a small stadium, can definitely tell it is a minor league
ball park, but nice enough the owners put a good amount of
money into it.

Shawn is at the plate with a net around all of him except
for straight out. He takes batting practice and he knocks
the balls deep.

Ben walks up on the outside of the net and begins talking to
his friend.

Shawn holds up his hand to the pitcher.

He walks out of the net and hands the bat to another guy who waits
to take his turn.

BEN
Hey buddy, how you doing today?

SHAWN
Alright I guess, how about you.

BEN
Can’t complain. You about done?

SHAWN (yelling)
Coach, my manager?
His coach is sitting in the dugout watching practice.

COACH
You done good, go.

SHAWN
Come on, I’ll change.

BEN
I think I’ll wait in the car.

EXT. SIDEWALK BISTRO — DAY

The sidewalk dining area is gorgeous. Umbrellas cover the tables
and flowers set on them.

It is packed with people and waiters in black pants and
white shirts with black bow ties are scattering around,
filling glasses and taking orders.

Ben and Shawn approach the Maitre d’ and are taken to one of
only few open tables.

They sit and are immediately approached by a server.

BEN AND SHAWN (IN UNISON)
Beer.

SERVER
Very well.

BEN
So how did practice go?

SHAWN
Good, Coach didn’t work me very
hard today.

BEN
Well you did the win last night.

SHAWN
We won, as a team.

BEN
You hit the game winning home run.

SHAWN
Yeah, you’re right. (chuckling) So what’s up?
Why you taking me to lunch?

BEN
Nothing really, okay, it is kind of
cool. Word is the Senators are
looking at you. Especially after
last night.

SHAWN
For what. Their full. They have St.
John and Vaughn for first. They
can’t fit me anywhere, I ain’t no
good in the outfield.

BEN
I heard that their wanting to get
rid of Vaughn for an outfielder and
a pick, because he hasn’t been
doing what they expected.

SHAWN
Wow, that’s cool, but I don’t see
it happening, probably just gossip.

BEN
Maybe. What are you having?

SHAWN
It wouldn’t seem right without
Megan, I thought we would share
this news together.

BEN
Well maybe she would want to know,
maybe it would change her mind…Â

A stunning woman walks up to the table, She has a dark complexion,
brown eyes and dark hair. She is ANGEL WILSON.

Wearing a white skirt suit, the jacket in her hand and the white silk
blouse loose at the top.

Shawn stares at her lovely body and her beautiful face, she
is breathtakingly gorgeous.

ANGEL
Ben, Ben Haywood is that you?

Ben stands.

BEN
Hi, Angel nice to see you again.
Sit, please.

ANGEL
I can’t I really have to be going
but how are you?

BEN
I’m fine, and yourself?

ANGEL
Great, just got a job with S. I. I
am in town for a while now covering
the Senators. How is Abigail?

BEN
Great. Hey here is my card, the
home numbers on the back, give her
a call she would love to hear from
you. Oh, where are my manners? This is
Shawn Mallory.

ANGEL
I know who he is, I watched the
game last night. And what a game it
was, four RBIs and a homerun to win
the game. Shawn stands.

SHAWN
You like baseball?

ANGEL
Love it, sort of have to, its my
job. Hey listen, nice talking to
you guys but I have an interview
with Tony Vaughn in about twenty minutes,
across town.

Ben kisses her on the cheek.

BEN
Call Abigail, she’ll love it you
back in town.

ANGEL
I’ll do that.

Ben and Shawn sit back down.

INT. ANGEL’S OFFICE — DAY

It is a very modern room with a view overlooking the city.

She has pictures on the walls of her with ball players also several
framed Sports Illustrated Magazines.

She sits behind a desk with the computer turned on. She
types away when there is a quiet knock on the door frame.

Angel looks up to see an older man.

He is thin with dark hair, but it is patchy with gray. He wears
a blue suit with a yellow tie, his name is JOHN SHLISHKY,
and he is her boss, the editor of the magazine.

ANGEL
Come in, sir.

JOHN
Please, call me John, everyone
does.

ANGEL
Okay, John, have a seat. How can I
help you?

JOHN
Your working on the Tony Vaughn
story, right?

ANGEL
Yes, sir.

JOHN
We just got word that the Yankee’s
turned down the offer, lets hold on
the story until we know more, this
isn’t done yet.

ANGEL
Yes, sir, but what should I do in
the meantime.

JOHN
You’re the star reporter, do you
have any idea’s?

ANGEL
Shawn Mallory.

JOHN
Who?

ANGEL
He is the first baseman the
Senators were looking at to replace
Vaughn in the lineup.

JOHN
Who does he play for?

ANGEL
The Roosters.

JOHN
The Senators minor league club?

ANGEL
Yes.

JOHN
I don’t normally like articles
about triple A players, they’re
usually all hype, with no “we told
you so” payoff, but I trust you,
you are the best. Can you get an
interview?

ANGEL
I happen to know his manager.

JOHN
Get on it then. Have it on my desk
by Friday morning.

He gets up and walks out of the room, and Angel picks up the phone,
and dials.

ANGEL
Hello, Abigail…This is Angel
…Fine how are you…