The best Avengers movie to date.

Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.

The Russo brothers make their triumphant directorial return after the critically acclaimed Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And the duo prove once was no fluke, as they deliver yet another gem of a film in Captain America: Civil War.

Whilst Captain America: The Winter Soldier brought the secretive group known as Hydra out of the shadows and into the forefront, those ramifications are still being felt throughout the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One of those loose ends is where Captain America: Civil War picks up, as a team consisting of Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) led by Steve Rogers aka Captain America (Chris Evans) are attempting to track down Brock Rumlow (Frank Grillo) - the guy who had a building dropped on him in the last movie.

Brock is now going under the name Crossbones and in addition to his very own super suit has seemingly started a new career as an arms dealer - with his group attempting to steal a chemical weapon. Unfortunately not all goes to plan, as an unintentional disaster by Scarlet Witch leads to mass casualties of citizens from neighbouring country Wakanda and drastic consequences - itís in the title of the movie after all - for the whole team to follow.

Introducing once again General Ross (William Hurt) - scratch that now Secretary of State Ross - leading the question who the heck in their right mind decided to give the guy who has destroyed more cities than the whole Avengers combined - in his mindless pursuit of the Hulk - a promotion? Nevertheless Ross is here to lay down the law with a new bill - called the Sokovia Accords - that will put the Avengers under the umbrella and direct control of the United Nations, a plan that has Tony Stark aka Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and his sidekick War Machine (Don Cheadle) completely onboard, Captain America meanwhile has his reservations looking ahead to a potential future, instead of the problems they are facing right here and now.

Nevertheless the legislation leads to a U.N. meeting that as usual ends in disaster (doesnít it always), with runaway absentee Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan) and friend of Steve Rogers looking like the main culprit of this latest attack, an attack that has not only the ire of the Government and its newly appointed superhero squad in its sights, but of TíChalla (Chadwick Boseman) the king of Wakanda and itís Black Panther protector.

Disney really struck gold with Anthony and Joe Russo - and itís clear to see why they are helming the upcoming Avengers movies as they show a clear gift in juggling a large cast and injecting that all important humour - who once again deliver a grounded representation of these characters which leaves Avengers: Age of Ultron looking like a joke. In fact if it wasnít for the name, Captain America: Civil War is very much the third Avengers film instalment - and probably the best to date - introducing new faces Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) and Spider-Man (Tom Holland) to the fray, who completely steal the show and will have fans clamouring for their next outing.

Captain America: Civil War - The Avengers face-off Football Factory style

For as much as Marvel films are all about fantastical people in costumes, Captain America: Civil War - much like The Winter Soldier prior - is a far more subdued and human story, highlighting our flaws and existing on the knife edge of a world where everybody believes in the path they are pursuing. Captain America: Civil War is indeed the most adult take within Disneyís Marvel universe to date, it contains no corny supervillain nor threat of world destruction, no, instead it contains something far superior and more deadly, a man with a purpose, a simple, powerless, ordinary man with nothing to lose that will have cinemagoers questioning are they really wrong in their pursuit? The best kind of villain, a hero in someone else's story who is able to deliver real ramifications in his wake and may even ultimately have you on their side.

Thatís not to say Captain America: Civil War doesnít have its fair share of action, it has plenty. From the sporadic Winter Soldier action scenes that litter its first two acts and the ultimate Avengers stand-off - akin to two football hooligan firms having a scrap on match day - that will have fans glued to their seats - but itís within its story that Captain America: Civil War really delivers and will have viewers invested. Though Captain America: Civil War does have its flaws, the political underpinnings and sporadic pacing - especially in the first act - as the film skips between different cities and even years may even create moments of boredom for some viewers, especially those just looking for a mindless CG spectacle - but Captain America: Civil War is attempting to be far more than that.

If Avengers: Age of Ultron left a sour taste in your mouth, then rejoice as Captain America: Civil War hits it out of the park once again, delivering the most grounded take of the Marvel Cinematic Universe to date and delivering a film that is far more about the simple human struggle with real ramifications, than unattainable demi-gods clashing onscreen in a mindless CGI spectacle that provides little to no consequence.

Captain America: Civil War will pack a punch far greater than any super powered, world destroying villain could ever give, a real story that makes you invested.

Captain America: Civil War is currently available to buy on Blu-ray & DVD via Amazon or on-demand via Amazon Video.

  • Review by
    David Robinson

    Twitter: @5ypher

    Posted on
    29th April 2016

  • 4 Out of 5 Stars
  • Pacing a little off in first act

  • Fantastic story

    Show stealing cameo's

    Morally grey villain

    Fun action

Film Info

Captain America: Civil War Captain America: Civil War
Rating: 12A
Release Date: 29th April
Runtime: 2 hrs 27 mins
Director: Anthony & Joe Russo
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan & Anthony Mackie

  • Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  • The Avengers
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron

No, whilst the violence isn't strong, there are multiple depiction's of death both shown and implied, along with attempted suicide and torture.

Contains two credit scenes, one mid way through and another post.