I spend a lot of time at either the cinema or theatre. You will then find reviews from these films and shows!

Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

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Indifference between Captain America and Iron Man cause major problems for the Avengers as they struggle to come to terms with the tragedy they have actually caused.

The build up to this film has been pretty fierce when it comes to Team Cap or Team Iron Man, that really helps to set it up and it is as much about Tony Stark as it is Steve Rogers and it really does have some fantastic moments as Marvel leaves behind a lot of the comedy and humorous moments to take on a much more serious tone. This actually works very much in its favour, adding to the story and showing that everything isn’t as happy and easy as it once was a great turn in my opinion!

Steve Rogers is still trying to track down Bucky as he cannot just let his old friend be captured or killed. He cannot believe that everything that is happening is actually his fault. But as someone is posing to be the Winter Soldier and leading to mass destruction and more loss of lives something has to be done about it.

As this is going on each Avenger must decide whether to sign and be controlled by higher up figures, retire or then become rouge and available for arrest if they do not follow orders. This is the first thing which causes a big rift in the camp and forms the Team Cap or Team Iron Man. I felt at times that this was more of Iron Man’s film than Captain America at times as we see Tony having to deal with his parents death and the guilt he has at the death he has caused, a massive growth in character from his first outing amazing character development.

Captain America is all focused on Bucky and does not think twice about fighting with Stark neither giving up or wanting to let the other have their way. Two very strong characters who do not want to back down, I obviously will not spoil any of the small details in the plot. It certainly took some different turns to what I was expecting.

At times we feel like we are all superheroed (yes I have created a new word) as we are given a few new ones and more brought in together. Spider-Man was a great addition and did offer some light relief when it was probably needed the most, I just wish they had kept his addition a secret and not included him in the trailer. I think it would have made it even better.

Be warned though as the film does start off very slowly and therefore takes quite a long time to really get into the action and key moments. It is well worth the wait though as once it gets going it really does fly around. The film has made me even more on Team Iron Man and I don’t understand why anyone would support Captain America (if your Team Cap please let me know why, I am curious).

Overall, a good addition to the Marvel Universe. Certainly an improvement on the disappointing Avengers: Age of Ultron. As with any Marvel film make sure you wait until after all of the credits, we are given two different scenes this time!

11 responses

  1. David

    I think that Cap’s opinion was founded on his experiences with SHIELD in ‘The Winter Soldier’. He massively distrusts authority because of it and he wants the Avengers to be an impartial body without an agenda. I think that the film made him appear naive, which weakened his argument.

    April 30, 2016 at 8:59 am

    • Caz

      That’s a good point for linking back to SHIELD in The Winter Soldier!

      April 30, 2016 at 10:08 am

  2. Team Cap here because I think he’s more stable and righteous than Mr Stark who is now blinded by revenge. Plus he changes his sides all the time.

    April 30, 2016 at 9:10 am

    • Caz

      I can see your point about that, thanks for your input 🙂 really curious to why people prefer one or the other!

      April 30, 2016 at 10:09 am

  3. Grog the Ginger

    I’m starting to get quite fatigued on these Marvel movies but I am still quite excited to see this one tonight!

    April 30, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    • Caz

      Yeah I can understand exactly why Grog!

      April 30, 2016 at 2:40 pm

  4. Great review Caz, I agree that the more serious tone works in the film’s favour much like it did with Winter Soldier. Glad to see Robert Downey Jr taking things more seriously as well as he’s capable of a lot more than just firing off one-liners!

    I also agree that they should’ve left Spider-Man out of the marketing as his entrance would’ve been even more joyous.

    May 2, 2016 at 11:05 am

    • Caz

      Glad you agree about the more serious side of it, yeah Robert Downey Jr is so much better than he’s ever given credit for!

      May 2, 2016 at 1:34 pm

  5. Cool review yo, you did well to review this film in such a concise manner. I’ve seen the film 3 times and I’ve enjoyed a lot each time. For me I enjoyed the more dramatic and emotional material that hasn’t been shown to this degree in the MCU films so far. It was also great how there was legit reasons for why Steve and Tony were on opposing sides along with the other heroes. Oh and the appearances of Black Panther and Spider-Man were my highlights as they delivered everything I wanted them to be and then some. Oh and finally RDJ is a great actor and som people forget about how good he is and this film definitely allowed him to flex those dramatic acting talents.

    May 3, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    • Caz

      Thanks! Totally agree with you on the dramatic and emotional parts of the film that has certainly made the Marvel Universe make a slight change!

      May 4, 2016 at 7:11 pm

  6. Upon going into the film I was team Cap.. By the end. Not so much. Lol. Good review. Great movie. Civil War has become my new most favorite Marvel film. If I may defend Cap for a moment. I believe some of the things that ruled his fight for Bucky, was (spoiler) death, and with Bucky’s return to his life after winter soldier. Cap wasn’t about to let the last thing he had left from his past life go without a fight. Let alone that its his best friend since childhood. So in hindsight I have come to understand Cap’s motives.. Still feel bad for picking his side thou lol.

    May 13, 2016 at 8:51 am

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