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Marvel's Captain America: Civil War - Film Review

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Published April 30th 2016

Hail stones were pelting the ground and the wind was stinging my cheeks as I was ushered into the cinema to watch Captain America: Civil War. In the warmth and comfort of the cinema screen I sat with my hand coiled around a large cup of coke and a bucket of popcorn in my lap ready to experience the excitement and the escapism I had come to expect of an Avengers film. As the film played across the screen I was relieved to find my expectations more than met.

The film's core message seemed to be where the line between peacemaker and vigilante blurred. An incident in Lagos where human life was lost in the Avengers' attempt to save it makes the world take pause and consider whether their superheroes should be controlled. An accord is suggested which is supported by a considerable number of countries throughout the world that would have the Avengers agree to only act to save when these countries allow them to. The Avengers are seen as above and beyond humanity and its laws because of their superhuman capabilities and this frightens the world. The Accord pits the Avengers not only against the world but against each other.

This 'Civil War' led to most epic and visually stunning fight scenes I have ever seen. Each superhero at the peak of their power and strength went against another superhero at the peak of their power and strength. Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, is adamant that the Avengers should remain free to fight crime at their own discretion. Whereas Tony Stark, aka Iron Man, believed that the Accords should stand. I found the film so compelling because I was constantly flitting between agreeing with each camp. Each side had its validity. I found my sympathies falling with Steve Rogers at the end though as as it is said by one of the Avengers if you have the capacity to help then you have the obligation to help.

I went to see Captain America: Civil War with my cousin and his assertion that it was his favourite film ever just solidified my impression that it was a great film. The film opened with a brisk, breathtaking action scene and the film continued like this weaving between intense actions and gripping drama. Of course, as you would expect from a Marvel film, there is a lot of humour and sarcasm that will grip those who may not be avid fans of action films.

Two other Marvel superheroes are ushered into the film bringing not just their own fan base with them but bringing new blood to an Avenger film.

The intriguing and compelling thing is that when the Avengers go against each other they are so equally matched you don't know who might win and where it might end. Captain America: Civil War is a fast paced, exciting film with a strong core to it and the obligatory love story thrown in for good measure.
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