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PLEASE NOTE: This review may contain minor spoilers. If you haven’t seen the film, then go see the film and come back to read the review.
Marvel is back with their first film for the year with ‘Captain America: Civil War’, directed by Anthony and Joe Russo (nicknamed “The Russo Brothers”) from the previous outing in the ‘Captain America’ trilogy with ‘The Winter Soldier’. Does it continue Marvel’s winning streak?
‘Civil War’ starts out about a year after ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ in order to defeat Crossbones after stealing a biological weapon. When things don’t go as planned, the Avengers, and what Tony Stark states “need to be put in check” as the Avengers will now be overseen from a government body known as Sokovia Accords. This puts a big wedge in the Avengers team, as Stark believes this is the right decision for the team and the people that they seek out to protect, while Steve Rogers believes its limits there freedom and reinforces that government agendas can always change, something he knows from the first film ‘The First Avenger’.
For the long time readers, there’s no disguise that I am a massive fan of Captain America, being my entrance into this whole Marvel Cinematic Universe, but love the character’s willing courage and bravery (even while he was a skinny and wimpy kid that got picked on), he will always stand up for what is right and to protect the people that he fights for, even above himself among others that need to be protected.
Where do I even begin with this film? There is so much to love with Marvel’s latest outing of their established interconnected universe. The film’s writing shows darker tones of the seriousness that enfolds, like when disaster strikes, who is to blame, and that should a government body control something they can’t control, the Avengers in trying to save the day? Both folds of conflict between Stark and Rogers makes sense, and their reasoning is valid, which makes you invested and care about these characters when they go head on during a fight, although surprisingly, I went in being on team Captain America, because of my love for Captain America and Scarlet Witch – although I also love some of the other characters on that team from previous Marvel features, but Captain’s reasoning behind his past acknowledgements on what government bodies can do to control something, despite myself being on team Cap, I was also convinced that Stark’s decision were also valid, making you flip on both teams for what is right for the future of the Avengers.
The film’s humour is nearly perfect. While after the film’s opening sequence, the film never really hits that funny note, being a much serious and darker film, although the usual Marvel humour was severely missing. Although, after the film’s first thirty minutes, the usual Marvel humour kicks in, thanks to Spider-Man’s fantastic introduction and the dynamic banner between Peter and Tony was phenomenal. Even Ant-Man and Hawkeye get some great humorous lines, never derailing the film’s serious tone. Although, there are some great looking action sequences, some which I can say, one of the best Marvel action scenes of all-time. Plus, while the acting is very good, Robert Downey Jr. brings one of the most emotional and serious performance to Tony Stark – which I can say is my favourite Stark performance so far.
There is a few problems, the film’s first thirty minutes isn’t as well-paced as the 75% rest of the film and isn’t very consistent, and some pieces of scenes after particular scenes can be a little confusing, although most will get solved towards the film’s end.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ is among one of the best Marvel films, being intense from its amazing action and visual effect sequences, thanks to some laugh out loud moments with humour and characters you care for, and may get emotional towards – there were tears that were shed.
‘Civil War’ is a fantastic ‘Avengers’ film that doesn’t have ‘Avengers’ in the title.