Originally Posted by smudge981
Saw it over the Memorial Day weekend with my 13-year old daughter (she picked it.) Of all the Marvel characters, Captain America resonates with me the most due to his altruism. I enjoyed the first movie and thought that "Winter Soldier" was well done as a sophmore effort. I walked away from "Civil Wars" somewhat disappointed. For me, the movie had too many things going on - the Rogers/Stark dynamic, introduction of new characters, and tying up loose ends from the "Winter Soldier." I know it's based off a comic book but the one thing I couldn't wrap my head around was this one rogue person who lost his family in "Age of Ultron" was able to carry out his plan on an international scale (all by himself I might add.) He was always one step ahead and they didn't catch up with him until the end ("Finding Zemo" anyone?)
I agree with you about the "too much stuff going on here" aspect, definitely -- to me, it felt like a sort of rehash of Age of Ultron
...that's precisely why I have been saying that what they should have done was introduce a solitary Cap adversary (which would have been perfect in setting up the Crossbones story from the end of Winter Soldier
, after we see Rumlow surviving the building collapse). However, I didn't quite walk away feeling "disappointed;" I will definitely revisit this with a Blu-ray purchase...
Oh yeah, Marisa Tomei can be my Aunt May anytime if you know what I mean. Bow-chicka-wow-wow. Seriously, though, if you think about it, an aunt is a generation removed i.e. your mother's sister. The Aunt May from the comic books made her look like she was two or three generations removed. I never did understand that.
The point is, though, that Stan Lee and cohorts DID go with that look for May in the printed narrative -- so why try and make her something she's SO not? I GET that Tomei is 50 and that people CAN have aunts that age, of course -- but her look is not in line in any sense of the term with what May looked or acted like in the books. That's why I keep saying Rosemary Harris was so perfect in the role...she LOOKED like May (as did Cliff Robertson, IMO, as Uncle Ben); another member here agreed adamantly with me on this ridiculous casting decision (Tomei). This smells like, to me, another "we gotta go politically correct on this one or NO ONE will be able to relate to this character!" angle, which I disapprove of wholeheartedly. Making Bond gay (which has been rumored) or dark-skinned? Making Johnny Storm in Fantastic 4
dark skinned? Making Aunt May look like a cougar on the prowl for teenage flesh? Ughhhhhh....
Now, is Tomei smokin' hot, especially for her age? You bet. Remember how delicious she looked in My Cousin Vinny?
But she doesn't WORK here. People continue to say "it was such a small part she played in Civil War
...it doesn't matter..." -- but what fans are concerned with (and I spoke to some at a ComicCon event about it) is how this decision by Marvel is going to carry into the standalone Homecoming
film, because May will undoubtedly be on full display as a major character in that.
Additionally: I'm not saying, once again, that May should be portrayed necessarily as the "quasi knocking-on-death's-door hag" as seen in those graphics I provided pages back in a modern film adaptation; THAT would be glaringly out of place. But I think Snyder and his C.S.A. casting people did a decent job of "modernizing" Clark's Earth mother and father in Man of Steel
for a more modern audience, going with Costner and Lane; they were "older" but not super-grandparent age...but going with Tomei as May is not the same thing. I think there needs to be a compromise somewhere in between there...