Civil War: Movie Review

Civil War Movie Review: Journalism First

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If you expected "Civil War" to deeply explore the causes and complexities of a modern-day American Civil War, you'll be disappointed. The civil war aspect ultimately serves as a backdrop for an on-the-ground, gripping war film that focuses on the often overlooked and unseen journalists who are crucial in ensuring these events are covered and unmissed.

In the near future, the United States has fallen into a second civil war. A group of war journalists, led by veteran journalist Lee Miller (Kirsten Dunst), attempts to survive a perilous journey towards Washington D.C. to interview the President of the United States (Nick Offerman). However, the journey proves to be dangerous as they confront the harsh realities of war.

What struck us while experiencing "Civil War" was how intimate and real the action felt. The film, centered on war journalism, felt authentic as our characters find themselves in various dangerous scenarios that not only show the cutthroat realities of war but also how it might feel to be on the frontlines. The film resembles a video game, with the characters moving from one point to another, each destination presenting unique challenges and circumstances. This structure is both a strength and a weakness. While the film consistently offers fresh perspectives on how different communities react to an American Civil War, the brief time spent in each location means we never get much context or backstory during these encounters. If you accept "Civil War" for what it is — a slow-burn drama heavy on specific character development — it becomes an extremely deep and engaging film. Kirsten Dunst and Cailee Spaeny's characters are critical to the narrative, and both actresses deliver outstanding performances making this a satisfying film for those who get what it is gunning for. Ultimately though, if you're expecting non-stop action or a deep political thriller, "Civil War" will be disappointing, so set your expectations accordingly.

Rating: 3 and a half reels

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