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Captain America Civil War - Film Review

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by Jamie Briggs (subscribe)
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Published May 1st 2016
Team Cap or Team Ironman - Who will win?
Captain America Civil War is as close to an Avengers film as one can be, featuring the extended cast of new Avengers that were introduced at the conclusion of Age of Ultron.

Along the way, directors Joe and Anthony Russo make sure each Avenger gets their moment to shine, successfully introduce new superhero additions to the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), and still find time to give a strong Steve Rogers (Captain America) story. Captain America Civil War is an entertaining journey that asks the question about who is responsible for the carnage that is left in the wake of previous battles and it is spectacular.

Ultimately Civil War focuses on the feud between Captain America and Ironman, with Captain America wanting to respond to evil wherever it appears without government restraint, and Ironman wanting the Avengers to be accountable for their actions. Civil War begins with an Avengers mission that goes south, which ultimately brings this argument of accountability into question. The fact is both characters have strong arguments and it is hard to take sides throughout the film. Though Civil War certainly doesn't squeeze the fun out of the film, it does focus on a more serious topic, which is ultimately refreshing.

The Avengers have saved many people since the beginning of the MCU, but these victories were not without causalities. Seeing how each of our heroes reacts to this realisation are some of the best moments of the film. These moments ultimately lay out each hero on their respective sides, with the conflict between each team's perspective the main focal point of most of the chaotic battles. The most entertaining of these occurs towards the middle of the film, with each respective side squareing off against the other. This battle could have easily ended up being a mess due to the overwhelming numbers involved, but ends up being an impressive spectacle that allows each hero to leave a memorable mark. While this battle was chaotically spectacular, there is also a battle on the opposite end of the spectrum near the film's conclusion that is equally impressive. This final fight focuses on a close quarters battle with some impressive camera angles and fantastic choreography.

Captain America Civil War's main issue is in the main "villain" of the film, who appears frequently throughout the film. Through the idea that a normal human is able to pull enough strings to cause so much damage, the storyline of this character feels almost mute when compared to everything else that occurs. I never found myself interested in the villain's plot and when his motivations are eventually revealed, it feels like a forced attempt to give a moral standard on a one-dimensional character.

Many MCU fans have been excited for Captain America Civil War due to the fact Spider-Man would make his debut appearance, with the off-screen deal between Sony and Marvel allowing the web slinger to join his Marvel brethren. The introduction of Spider-Man in the MCU could certainly be confusing for some (since this is the third Spider-Man incarnation in less than 10 years); the MCU incarnation of Spider-Man will delight fans.

Tom Holland takes the mantle of Spider-Man in the MCU and displays a version of the web crawler that feels like it was directly ripped from the classic 90's Spider-Man animated TV series. Spider-Man's youthful attitude is able to deliver a fresh take on the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man and he is able to slot into the MCU perfectly. I also have to praise the introduction of Black Panther, a character that is certainly not as well-known as Spider-Man, but becomes almost as interesting as he is deadly in his debut appearance. The successful introduction of both new superheroes will certainly leave fans excited for each character's respective solo film in the future.

Captain America Civil War is a refreshing entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe which asks the question what happens after the destructive battles we see on screen? Seeing how each character reacts to the realisation they cannot save everyone is a powerful tool that lays strong groundwork for the conflict of Civil War. Despite the fact the ultimate manipulator of these events is easily forgettable; Civil War is a memorable and entertaining blockbuster.
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