Ok I can repost my thoughts now, if you didn't read them in the spoiler in Danny's quote then great kudos I'm glad I didn't inadvertently spoil anything way too early.
Anyway, it's still an A+ movie, but the 3rd act kills it, kills it, kills it for me on a personal level as a Captain America fan. Not even for the reason you may think. But I'll write in the spoiler tags, enjoy
My biggest gripe of the film is Captain America himself.
I get that him and Bucky are friends, but Cap goes above and beyond what you would do for a friend and by the end of this movie it is IMPOSSIBLE to defend his actions.
initially it seems like he doesn't want to sign the notice because if it starts with regulations then where does it end? Which is a noble cause.
But all of that is pushed to the back in lieu of him trying to protect Bucky. and he will do whatever it takes in order to do it, including betray Tony and anyone else in the way of that.
Now people say this shows a great way of showing both sides...
But not really.
What it does is mainly paint Captain America as the bad guy and Tony as the good guy who just wants to atone for his mistakes and prevent casualties. But you have Captain America who sorta cares about that, but protecting Bucky is his main priority.
NOW...after the airport scene, which is a fantastic piece of cinematic fighting and Tom Holland's Spider-Man is the greatest thing about the movie.
Tony whom goes to make amends despite losing Rhodes to injury. He, Cap and Winter Soldier work together.
NOW... the real bad guy of this movie is the guy pulling the strings, but he ultimately doesn't matter at all. He's just there to be the guy pulling the strings. Marvel is never strong with their villains so essentially consider it this way. He lost his family in one of the Avengers wars, so he wants revenge on the Avengers and he hates the Government so he wants to destroy that too, and etc etc etc basic stuff. So he's smart enough to turn them all against one another.
NOW... this was my biggest issue.. this is where the movie lost me in terms of being faithful to anything that is WHO Captain America is.
It's revealed that Captain America KNEW that Bucky killed Tony's parents, and didn't tell him. His reason? "I couldn't hurt you." yeah bull[expletive].
Tony winds up being the guy making all the sacrifices in this film, he's the one painted as the traitor, he's the one who they treat like he did something wrong, when he's the one with the noble cause (by how the movie paints it, which is the opposite of the comic but forget that for a moment). Tony tries to do this in ways that don't involve Violence and it is always Cap being stubborn because he doesn't want to listen and CAUSING it to go to violence.
Tony opens up near every conversation with NOT wanting things to come to blows and Cap pushes it in that direction.
NOW... Tony, loses Rhodes in the Airport battle, he discovers himself of Bucky's innocence, and wants to go make amends to Cap AND Bucky. They both do what they have to do, and that is when it's revealed Bucky killed Tony's parents AND that Cap kept it from him.
Captain America would NEVER do that. He would NEVER hold something so personal from someone who is supposed to be one of his best friends, and he WOULDN'T push a situation to violence because of his "pride" which ceases to be about "integrity" halfway through the movie and BECOMES SOLELY about protecting Bucky till the end.
They fight, and Tony loses, but de-arms Winter Soldier in the process and Cap gives his shield back to Tony and then leaves to go into hiding in Wakada.
That's right... Cap doesn't even die, he just leaves and goes into exile with his buddy, leaving the Avengers in shambles and Tony even more broken than he was. Because FRIENDSHIP AMIRITE!?!? Any shady thing Tony may do in this movie is overshadowed by what they have Cap do and people on that side just being 'ok' with it.... but Tony gets blamed for being emotionally compromised after his best friend gets paralyzed, but even then he finds Bucky's innocence and goes to make things right, then finds out Cap has been lying to him this whole time to keep his friend safe... NOT cause he didn't want to "hurt" Tony....
Yeah...[expletive] that. As big a Cap fan as I am, that is something that took me out of the movie completely and made me despise Captain America in THIS movie. The hero of the comic is now the villain in this movie essentially.
I'm sure they didn't intend for it to come out that way. But it did. Captain America in THIS movie is the "Tony Stark in the Civil War Comics."
NOW.... with that said. That WOULD usually drop the movie to a B or an A-... however the movie is SO GREAT that despite it completely butchering Captain America's character, it remains an A+ movie.
If this was the movie that LEAD TO Civil War.. instead of having the Civil War title wasted on it, it would be even better. So the fact it's still an A+ movie to me despite tearing into the 3rd act the way I just did, should tell you enough. Go see it!
But I am warning you, by the end, near everyone is going to be TeamIronMan. There is absolutely no chance you come out of this movie defending what Cap does. which was what I feared. But it happened. Movie is still an A+ movie. Enjoy if you go see it.