Discussion: Friendship is Magic in Good Film
(Spoiler warning: This may spoil some events in Captain America: Civil War. Thou hast been warned.)
I just saw the new Captain America movie, and I loved it. But one thing really stuck out to me. These characters, well, they are more than just characters. They are people, with their own motives and morals and stories. And they are friends. I saw Tony and Steve fighting bitterly, and I realized…. that this movie has a friendship moral too. Let’s see if I can relay this. *Ahem…*
Dear Princess Celestia…
Today I learned that in friendship, we may have our differences and our arguments. Sometimes our friends betray us because they are doing what they believe is right. We may disagree. We may feel like everything is on the line. But in the end, we are still friends. On many occasions, I have avoided stating my mind in an argument because I felt like if I did, it would get too heated and our friendship would be tested. But these men didn’t stop respecting each other. Their friendship still remains, even after all the drama.
Hell Tartarus, I was just in an argument with a friend about art and criticism, but I backed out before I could actually realize that he wanted to have a perfectly intellectual conversation, instead of a friendship-breaking argument. Everyone makes mistakes.
What does this have to do with film, you may ask? It’s good writing. As they all say, action speaks louder than words. The Avengers have been known for their characterization through action instead of dialogue, though I won’t get deep into that now. In short, the characters’ writing and direction is heavily influenced by their personalities. And so, their friendships, their hardships, and their morals are all important to them when deciding what action to take. In the movie, everyone had to decide whether to restrict their ability to protect the world, by signing an accord with the United Nations. Through Tony Stark’s past mistakes and social consciousness, he prioritized allowing everyone’s actions kept in check. However, Steve refused signing the accord because he prioritized people’s safety over people’s opinions. These men stuck by their ideals, and they got into a big fight with their friends.
This made me think of the Season 5 premiere’s events in Our Town. Everyone in there was afraid that arguments would break friendships apart, but the Mane 6’s simple disagreement meant nothing. Being unique can lead to differences, but when we share those differences for what we believe is right, friends can and will understand.