Friday, May 6, 2016
Captain America: Civil War . . . from an ISFJ Perspective
I actually took 4 hours off work today so I could go to an earlier showing than I usually would, which was awesome.
Yes, I loved Captain America: Civil War.
I also realized, shockingly, that a male coworker and I are pretty much Steve (me) and Tony (him). But while we're butting heads over procedures and software, Steve and Tony are butting heads over government control and individual rights.
Steve Rogers (ISFJ) values liberty. He refuses to have his right to make a decision on when to fight and when to stand down infringed upon. He sees the far-reaching ramifications of the Avengers being controlled by over 100 different countries in a United Nations type scenario. He sees the big picture and he's already been there before, being stuck in a dictatorship and following orders blindly with no input as to why he's following them. And he has no desire to go there again.
Tony Stark (ENTJ) is suffering from PTSD. ENTJs with PTSD are not a pleasant sight. He's reacting out of fear, fear that he's created the entire mess (which he has), and the inability to fix it outside of heavy government involvement and regulation. I actually miss the Tony Stark who thumbed his nose at the government and told them to stay out of his stuff. Now he's signed away his right to choose whose side he's on in a fight or whether there should even be a fight.
Let me make something abundantly clear. I like Tony. I don't love him, but I don't hate him either, and I felt more empathy for him in Captain America: Civil War than I had ever expected feeling. That was a bit of a shocker.
However, just like my male coworker ANNOYS me with his inability to accept imperfections and live with it, so too does Tony ANNOY me by acting the all-knowing Father-Knows-Best figure. Nothing is more irksome to me than someone who refuses to listen to reason, who is 100% convinced that they're right over something that is so much bigger than one man's opinion and should NEVER be influenced by fear.
Steve is acting out of a sincere belief that individual rights matter, down to every last person, himself included. He'll take outside council into consideration, but he'll regulate himself, thank you very much.
If you haven't seen all of the "Team Cap" or "Team Iron Man" stuff floating around the internet then I'm not sure what rock you've been living under. The last time a "Team" anything was this big was Jacob or Edward.
I suspect fans are going to be seriously divided on this one simply because the ambiguity of it all really hits home. I'm for small government and minimal interference. Whose side, really, am I going to be on?
Does that mean I think Cap is 100% right? No. He's too emotionally driven by his long-term friendship with Bucky to make entirely rational decisions. I would be the same in that situation. However, I don't think Tony is 100% wrong either. After all, laws are in place for a reason, but my concern is how many of these laws do we need? And are we actually regulating the right things?
The movie is brilliant. Long, very long, but brilliant.
For any Marisa Tomei fans out there, it was hilarious watching her be reunited with RDJ, her old flame. Loved their romance movie Only You even though I thought the premise silly.
That was a great intro for the new Spider-Man. Even though he's on Iron Man's side, there was much to love about that quirky, hilarious kid who loves to talk in the middle of a battle.
It was terrific seeing so many superheroes in one place and they actually didn't overwhelm the film or steal it from Cap.
Love the rivalry for Cap's BFF going on between Bucky and Sam.
Bucky is amazing . . . as always.
Not sure about that kiss.