Please note the review below may contain minor spoilers - I've done my best to keep them to a minimum.
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.
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.
- 4 Out of 5 Stars
Pacing a little off in first act
Show stealing cameo's
Morally grey villain
Captain America: Civil War
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
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.