Review: Captain America: Civil War

It wouldn’t be a year in cinema if there wasn’t a Marvel film or two topping the box office. While Deadpool topped the box office earlier this year, now it’s the turn of Captain America.

After the Avengers came together last year to defeat Ultron, the government decide to push for the Anti-Hero Registration Act to limit their actions.  This results in a division in the team with Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr) standing with the act while Captain America (Chris Evans) decides the they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. When Bucky Barnes (Sebastian Stan) reappears the split turns into an all-out war between Team Iron Man – Iron Man, Black Panther, Black Window, War Machine and new comer Spiderman – and Team Cap – Cap, Bucky Barnes, Falcon, Sharon Carter, Scarlett Witch, Hawkeye and Ant Man.

It’s amazing that after all this time, Marvel still have the ability to fill cinemas for weeks on end, even though for the most part the stories are near enough the same. Civil War isn’t much different from the likes of The Avengers, just with more in fighting.

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While Civil War was too long, with a lot of scenes of simply running around and trying to find the truth, it was also highly enjoyable. There were many people who criticised Avengers for having too many character, Civil War managed to find a good balance of introducing new characters while keeping existing characters in the balance.

Black Panther was a great addition to the film. Many people may not know Black Panther unless they have read the comics, his addition to the film adds an extra level of bad-assery to an already pretty badass film.

One thing that I didn’t expect was how much I liked the new Spiderman. I’ve always been a fan of Andrew Garfield’s Spidey – even if the second film wasn’t so great – but Tom Holland embodied everything which makes Peter Parker Spiderman. He was laugh-out-loud funny with quick wit and attitude of a teenager suddenly surrounded by his heroes.

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At no point did it feel like there were too many characters to explore the story fully. Each character had a decent amount of screen time, with the story obviously focussing around the key characters. The main fight between the two teams is spectacular and is possibly one of the best fight scenes out of all the Marvel films.

Like all Marvel films, it’s not exactly Oscar worthy, but it’s good fun. The only issue is that it’s slightly too long. There were a couple of scenes which could have done with being cut down and left on the cutting room floor.

What did you think? Let me know!

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