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Captain America: Civil War (Mom Review)



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

  • Lots of action
  • Good story
  • Interesting new characters
  • Well-timed humor will keep you engaged throughout

The Bad

  • Brief language
  • Frightening elements may be too much for young kids who love the main characters

Bottom Line

Civil War is a must-see for anyone who has enjoyed the Captain America or Avengers movies, and the conflict makes for a solid plot even for those who haven’t followed the other movies. The fight scenes are spectacular!

Posted May 16, 2016 by

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Captain America: Civil War Mom Review
Here it is, the tail end of the weekend and my girls and I have neatly wrapped this one up with our first viewing of Captain America: Civil War.


So, all around everyone loved this movie! Mini-me invited a friend so there were 5 of us ladies aged 11 to *cough*cough*coughthirtysomethingcough* and we were all thoroughly entertained and engaged. The only criticism I heard from anyone was mini-me’s comment that Spider-Man’s voice was too high. I explained that this is not actually a bad thing, considering the character, and she agreed but pointed out that she’s used to the web-slinger having a deeper voice (not surprising since he’s been played by actors who have a decade on Peter Parker *stern look at Sony*). I think she’ll warm to him, though, as he played his part very well.

Captain America: Civil War - girl power

Girl power!

For a movie with such a massive ensemble, the pacing and characterization didn’t suffer and we enjoyed a delicate balance of intense fight scenes amid a well-developed story. There are a few elements that may be somewhat confusing for someone who isn’t familiar with the previous Captain America and Avengers movies, but I think those references are kept to a minimum so that the overall plot of Civil War is neither confusing nor lost. The addition of new characters to the Avengers story kept the plot intriguing even while working through old grudges and familiar elements.

The premise is essentially this: in their efforts to save the world (repeatedly), the Avengers have made a few messes resulting in collateral damage. This has caused people to question whether it is prudent or safe for the Avengers to operate as a private organization. Tony Stark, plagued by guilt, believes the solution is to be answerable to a bureaucratic entity so that their actions are “sanctioned” and approved by whichever country they are operating in at such time as they are needed. Steve Rogers disagrees, believing that they will be robbed of their individual choice and beholden to not only the government under which they operate but the shifting agendas of said government. The matter comes to a head when Steve feels duty-bound to protect his friend Bucky from the very governmental body he’s expected to answer to when they decide to pursue a “shoot first” approach to apprehending Bucky. Everything is further complicated by a vengeful Black Panther and a split among the rest of the Avengers as they are pulled into the conflict.

Captain America: Civil War - loving the movie

Loving the movie

Honestly, every one of us ladies at the same time sympathized with Stark and wanted to punch him. For us, this movie highlighted the character flaws of a lovably witty and endlessly quipping Iron-Man. I just got the impression that Tony Stark is so used to being the smartest guy in the room that he has ceased to even entertain the idea that he may not have all the best answers. If ever there were a cautionary tale about the road to hell being paved with good intentions, I think this movie makes it. Not only were we incredibly entertained, we had an interesting conversation on the way home as we broke down the motivations and actions of the characters.

Captain America: Civil War delivers action in spades while managing to tell a compelling story involving characters that are both inspiring and flawed, and it still delivers moments of humor and levity. There are a few instances of Language! (g**d*** is spoken once and I think mumbled in an earlier scene. There’s also at least one son of a b**** and a couple of sh**). There is a lot of fighting and one scene of a rather unpleasant impending death that may be a little too dark for younger children. Besides that, the beloved Avengers are at war with each other, which may be difficult for very young fans to watch.

All in all, Captain America: Civil War was an excellent movie that we are all looking forward to watching again!

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Book nerd, coffee drinker, and mom of three with a weakness for action movies and swaggering space cowboys. Grumpy Cat is my spirit animal.