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Captain America: Civil War spoiler-free review

 

 
Overview
 

Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland
 
Theatrical Release Date: May 6, 2016
 
Synopsis: Political interference in the Avengers' activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
 
Related Product: Marvel's Civil War Hardcover
 
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The Good


  • Deep, rich storytelling
  • Every character is used well
  • New additions Black Panther and Spider-Man steal the show

The Bad


  • Shaky-cam usage at beginning makes it hard to follow early fight scenes
  • Power level of Scarlet Witch and Vision sometimes feel inconsistent


Bottom Line

Captain America: Civil War is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you conflicted about which side you’re on, and eager to ride again.

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This Captain America: Civil War review is spoiler-free.

Captain America Civil War - Cap vs Iron Man


It’s about to get real, y’all

After giving Captain America: The Winter Soldier a 5 star review, and hearing early whispers from people who had already screened Captain America: Civil War, my expectations going into the film were set pretty high. I’m happy to report that returning directors, Anthony and Joe Russo, have once again delivered a gem.

Premise

If you’ve seen any of the trailers for Captain America: Civil War, you already know the basic plot. Every time The Avengers avert a global disaster, the inevitable destruction that results from their super-powered battles leaves a wake of devastation. The world community wants the well-meaning superheroes to submit to United Nations oversight. Iron Man, haunted by the loss of life, agrees to the terms. Captain America, unwilling to risk the freedom of helping people in need when he deems it necessary, refuses. What follows is a spectacular battle of will and might, with each side assembling a team of heavy hitters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.


Captain America Civil War - Team Cap


Are you Team Cap?

But don’t get the wrong idea; Captain America: Civil War isn’t just an excuse to see your favorite superheroes whoopin’ up on each other. It’s a rich story that deals with the emotional toll of tested loyalty and broken relationships. The film introduces complexities at every turn, keeping the audience on its toes, and giving us a reason to root for both sides throughout the conflict.

Starts off shaky

For whatever reason, the opening scenes of Captain America: Civil War are shot with a shaky-cam. This made the initial fight scenes somewhat difficult to follow, and even had me feeling a little queasy at times. Fortunately, the shaky-cam usage is fairly brief. I did find its inclusion odd, however, and thought that it made the film feel like two different movies. Perhaps that was the Russo brothers’ intent, I don’t know. All I can say for certain is that the movie improved greatly once the picture became steady and I could watch the action without feeling sick to my stomach.


Captain America Civil War - Team Iron Man


Maybe you’re more Team Iron Man?

Returning favorites

Captain America: Civil War features a huge roster of characters. While that’s great for superhero fans, it also presents the potential for some characters to be underused. Fans can rest easy. Every character is given their spot in the limelight, and nobody goes to waste. As a matter of fact, after watching Civil War, I’m a much bigger fan of Ant-Man than I was before seeing the movie. I was a bit underwhelmed with his solo film, but thought his inclusion into the ensemble cast of Civil War was fantastic.

The Avengers are represented by Captain America, Iron Man, Vision, Scarlet Witch, Black Widow, Hawkeye, Falcon, and War Machine. Hulk and Thor aren’t in the film, which is probably for the best; their extreme power would likely have proven problematic in a movie where characters without powers are going toe to toe with their super counterparts.


Captain America Civil War - Black Panther


Black Panther is destined to be an instant fan favorite

This brings me to one of my minor nitpicks about Civil War. Although Vision and Scarlet Witch are fantastic in the film, and their characters are further developed, I did find their inconsistent power levels a little confusing. One minute, they are devastatingly powerful, and the next they are on an even playing field with the likes of Hawkeye and Black Widow. I suppose this is to be expected, considering that if left unchecked, both Vision and Scarlet Witch could have ended the conflict with a mere thought, depriving us of one of the best superhero battles to ever grace the big screen. Ultimately, the fluctuation in Vision and Scarlet Witch’s powers didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the film at all.

New additions

Avengers and Ant-Man aren’t the only party participants. Civil War also introduces us to a couple of new-ish faces, namely Black Panther and Spider-Man. I’m not going to go into any detail about either character, so as not to spoil them. All I will say is that they are fantastic additions to the film, often stealing the show completely. Dawn and I left the theater gushing about how great they were, and how much we’re looking forward to their upcoming solo films.


Captain America Civil War - Spider-Man


After watching Civil War, I’m Team Spider-Man all the way

Final thoughts

The Russo brothers clearly understand their characters and their audience. Civil War isn’t just the best Captain America movie to date, it is arguably the best superhero movie, rivaling Joss Whedon’s Avengers and Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.

Captain America: Civil War is an emotional roller coaster that will leave you conflicted about which side you’re on, and eager to ride again.

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Captain America Civil War spoiler-free review





Tim Wells

 
Dad, husband, gamer, blogger, geek. Not necessarily in that order.


  • Sharlette Ream

    I loved the movie, but I was also a little queasy from the early shaky-cam fight scenes. I’m glad they were only in the beginning of the film. I can’t wait to see it again.