Twice as good second time around

Saturday May 07, 2016 Written by Published in Entertainment

Sometimes you have to give things a second look to better understand them.


What might be difficult to comprehend at first can be easy to grasp if you make some further attempts.

Sometimes movies are like that. They may look pleasing to the eyes, but they’re a bit taxing on the brain.

Understanding what the filmmaker is actually trying to convey, sometimes requires an awful lot of of concentration and understanding, especially when you are dealing with sequels and prequels,

It also depends on the genre. Some genres are straight to the point and not intertwined with complexities in some mysterious plot. 

Watching futuristic movies is when I often lose the plot. Some of them are pretty straightforward, but others like the Divergent trilogy, are a bit too hard to follow.

So when Empire Cinema announced its new release for the week was Allegiant, the third installment of the Divergent series, I was a bit worried.

I’d had to watch Divergent a couple of times before I realised how unique and brilliant the concept actually was. And I wasn’t sure whether I could do this latest installment justice in a review after just one watch.

Call it coincidence or, maybe a blessing in disguise, but as it turned out the 8.30pm Allegiant session had to be cancelled due to poor turnout.

Only two of us went for Allegiant while four others wanted to check out Captain America: Civil War.

So I went with my only option, my second look at Captain America: Civil War.

In last week’s review, I explained the plot in detail but in a nutshell, the movie is about two groups of superheroes, one led by Captain America (Chris Evans) and the other Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), who are in disagreement over the future of the Avengers.

In light of the political pressure to control the Avengers, Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without government interference, while Iron Man thinks otherwise.

This leads to a disagreement amongst the superheroes, ultimately leading to the bitter truth which aggravates the tension between them.

Captain America: Civil War was actually more enjoyable on second viewing.

I talked about the high octane action sequences and how superbly the filmmakers executed them, the other aspect that really captivated me this time around was the heavy dialogues which at times were a bit wacky.

In the climax, when the antagonist comes face to face with Captain America, he throws a jibe along the lines of: “there is a green in your eyes of blue … how nice to find a flaw in you.”

There is another part when the superheroes battle on an airport runaway and Iron Man, after the Ant-Man turns into Giant-Man, calls out “Okay. Anybody on our side hiding any shocking, or fantastic abilities they’d like to disclose? I’m open to suggestion.”

But the best dialogue in the entire movie is probably when Captain America tries to defend the independence of the Avengers, saying “I know we’re not perfect, but the safest hands are still our own.”

That probably defines the core message the makers of Captain America: Civil War are trying to present.

Sometimes it’s not what others feel is right for you, it’s what you feel that matters the most.

And by the way, happy Mother’s Day to all the mums out there! 

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