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Captain America: Civil War

5

The latest Marvel Studios film gives you pretty much everything you asked for in a superhero fight movie.

This is a spoiler-free review.

The latest Marvel Cinematic Universe movie has been unleashed upon us. Even with the big number of movies in the overall franchise, Captain America: Civil War has felt like an overly ambitious film from the beginning. We expect to see a large cast of characters in the Avengers movies, but this was supposed to be a Captain America solo movie. The good news is, Anthony and Joe Russo manage to exceed our expectations with this latest installment.

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The superhero films these days feel like they're becoming overcrowded with characters. As we see each installment in the franchise released, the solo movies now feature team-ups and cameos. With all the Marvel characters in this third Captain America movie, it could have been considered the third Avengers film. What it really comes down to is, it doesn't matter what you call it. We get a jam-packed action movie with all the elements we've come to enjoy: action, humor, character building, suspense, and some heartache.

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russos took the Marvel Studios films to a different level. It's not often you have a sequel that's better than the original. With Civil War, they've upped the ante even more. Unlike other action films loaded with a vast number of characters, one of the advantage the Marvel films have is we have a great understanding of who they are in this cinematic universe because of the past films. Despite this advantage, there is still a lot of character building going on, especially with newer characters like Scarlet Witch and Vision. We still have more to see. New characters like Black Panther and Spider-Man are introduced (with fantastic results). Older characters even see some growth as well.

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The main crux of the movie may be Captain America's team and Iron Man's team fighting each other, but there is much more going on. There's obviously a bigger reason to everything happening, and it all unfolds nicely. There are different elements to the plot with different locations and developments that occur. You can easily say that the repercussions from this movie will still be felt the next time we see any of these characters on the the big screen.

The fight and action scenes are on a grand scale. What drives each blow and impact home is the fact you care about these characters. We've gotten to know the older characters pretty well and the new ones become more and more likable. Seeing the friendships between them get torn apart is nearly heart-breaking. Each character has their own motives and sense of beliefs as to why they chose the side they're fighting on.

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Captain America: Civil War shows the Marvel Cinematic Universe isn't slowing down any time soon. The stakes have been raised and action and drama delivers what you want. Is it perfect? Nothing really is, but this comes pretty much as close as you can get. I always said Captain America: Winter Soldier was the best Marvel Studios film. That title has now been given to the Russos' latest venture. Even with an overabundance of characters, the movie doesn't skip a beat. The characters and movie universe are allowed to grow even though there is so much action happening. This is what Marvel (and superhero movie fans) want and deserve. I can't wait to see it again.

228 Comments

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Posted By the_stegman

Gotta say, I agree. This movie impressed the hell outta me.

Also, INB4 BvS hate.

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Posted By gmanfromheck

@the_stegman: I did find myself comparing the two. I really don't want to since they're different studios and comic universes. The two offered different things for different people, I guess. I think we should just focus on the Marvel Studios films, but I guess we'll see below.

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Posted By the_stegman

@gmanfromheck: After seeing both, I have to admit, they really don't have much in common at all. Yeah, they're fight films, but character motives, world building and overall plots were very different.

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Posted By shroudofsorrow

A bit of a vague review (in the sense that specifics are not really addressed), but I'm still pleased to see this movie getting good reviews, especially after BVS got stepped on with a pair of lead boots.

Fingers crossed that X-Men: Apocalypse will be more like this film and less like BVS, at least as far as how well it does with the critics.

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Posted By deactivated-5967bf6197d40

CAN'T WAIT! 2 DAYS!!! :D

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Edited By Gracetrack

@shroudofsorrow said:

A bit of a vague review (in the sense that specifics are not really addressed), but I'm still pleased to see this movie getting good reviews, especially after BVS got stepped on with a pair of lead boots.

Agreed, but did you really expect that this one wouldn't get good critic reviews?

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Edited By micah007123

Ohhhhh god all hells gonna break loose. Excited to see this though.

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Posted By Static Shock

Can't wait to see this tomorrow.

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Edited By Wilbertus

With Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the Russos took the Marvel Studios films to a different level. It's not often you have a sequel that's better than the original.

Ehh, I feel that this is the rule rather than the exception for Superhero movies, not in the least because the first in a series/after a reboot always rehashes the origin story we already know. Just think of X2, Spiderman 2 or The Dark Knight.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever

Can't wait

Just gotta get around to watching Age of Ultron and Ant-Man

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Edited By buttersdaman000

I won't be able to see this for another week :(

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Posted By Petey_is_Spidey

Thank God everyone else thinks this will be good, especially after that trainwreck BvS. At least Marvel is putting forth their A-Game.

Lets hope it beats it in the Box Office too.

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Posted By incursion2

2....more...days!!!!

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Edited By Skyfire

Best Marvel movie yet, no real flaws for me

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Posted By darkdetective27

@captainmarvel4ever: Or you could just have someone tell you what happened in them and you dont have to watch them.

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Posted By CaptainMarvel4Ever
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Posted By Ali_Sani_Bashir

I really didnt expect this to be "as" good as it was. Knew it would be decent if not really good, just not that good! I'm still suffering from "caught in the moment" syndrome but damn that was impressive. I know alot of people are going to go ga ga over Black Panther and Spiderman (rightfully so, they deserve Oscars for those on-screen portrayals and I cant wait for their individual solo films) but I'm going to throw some love Zemo's way as well.

Daniel Bruhl and the writers did a phenomenal job capturing the essence of Zemo (helmut not heinrich). Which is that of a tactician/mastermind and not just a campy German villain with a funny voice and purple head attire. Bruhl brings Zemo to life without a signature look, signature weapon, signature hate for Cap, or even the Thunderbolts backing him up (though for a minute I thought the faux Winter Soldiers were going to be just that). Pretty clever tying the Stark's "accident" to Bucky (poor dude cant catch a break in this film for nothing lol) and setting the foundation for his entire "evil" plan.

I could go on and on and on but its early so I'll just say

Ant-Man (brilliant)

Spider-Man (are you kidding me? I dont even like Spider-Man and I was sold)

Black Panther (I think I got a man crush)

War Machine (GUN PORN!!!)

Captain America (what a hero is suppose to be)

Wanda Maximoff (she's a beast!)

Vision (....he was just kinda there...and that seemed to be enough)

Black Widow (I still ship Cap/Nat)

Sam Wilson (probably my sleeper. the introduction of his in-flight fighting style was innovative and redbird as a drone....genius)

Hawkeye (when did Clint become the old man river of the group? still, a good showing)

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Posted By Farkam

5 Stars?!! The Anti-DC conspiracy continues >:{

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Posted By Ali_Sani_Bashir

Or maybe its just that good?

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Posted By Farkam

Or maybe its just that good?

People enjoying a MCU film and critics having something nice to say about it = easy to please sheeple and paid off movie critics. Batman vs Superman is high art so it is no wonder you stupid sheeple couldn't appreciate it and it is too unique for the small minds of dishonest critics >:{

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Posted By MAZAHS117

5 stars O_O?!

Dammit, I can't wait any longer!!!

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Posted By Love

@farkam: Sarcasm or should I laugh?

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Posted By Asgaard

Yup...For me is one of the best comic book movies ever made, beyond the incredible action what i liked more was the pace always fused with the plot/premise, acknowledging incredibly well the Mcu past events & still so much character driven, the spectacle is there but still is a Captain America movie, doesn't have or tries to have Avengers scale vibe... And unlike other recent movies (even in the Mcu) also is not too much concerned to set future movies, the character actions feel very organic...

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Posted By Thor_Parker82

This movie is amazing

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Posted By Petey_is_Spidey

@theheat said:

@petey_is_spidey: It's predicted to have a $214 million opening in the states.

Oh, I was just being satirical.

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Edited By Farkam

@love said:

@farkam: Sarcasm or should I laugh?

You should laugh at the sarcasm :)

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Posted By EcstaticGrace

"Everything you asked for in a Superhero fighting movie"

Dem fighting words.

In seriousness is this out in North America all ready for the GA?

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Edited By Ali_Sani_Bashir

@farkam: hahaha right cause I clearly stated my lack of appreciation for BvS in the above posts....oh wait, I didnt. I find it funny how any love shown to Civil War automatically incites a 5th grade level of butt-hurt from so called comicbook fans.

DC fans out here acting like they suffering from PTSD. Get it together son lol

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Posted By Farkam

@farkam: hahaha right cause I clearly stated my lack of appreciation for BvS in the above posts....oh wait, I didnt. I find it funny how any love shown to Civil War automatically incites a 5th grade level of butt-hurt from so called comicbook fans.

DC fans out here acting like they suffering from PTSD. Get it together son lol

We DC fans are suffering from oppression and prejudice. MCU fans are freakin' Nazi's. We deserve government benefits from this.

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Posted By Ali_Sani_Bashir

@farkam: there there, its going to be alright

The Panther God is here now to protect you from horrible DC movies
The Panther God is here now to protect you from horrible DC movies

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Posted By The_Kidd

Loved it, more pumped to see a Russo bros. Avengers movie now. But Spidey's intro felt shoehorned, I mean does Tony really need a kid to win a war for him.

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Posted By GreenScar1990

I'll be seeing it this weekend. And then I'll determine if it's a solid flick or not. There has yet to be a MCU film that can top the likes of The Avengers and Captain America: Winter Soldier in my opinion. If it can hold its own against either of those films and still be entertaining, I'll be satisfied.

Now if only we can ensure that Thor: Ragnarok will be just as epic as the two MCU films that I mentioned.

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Posted By Life_Without_Progress

I had so many internal, fanboy moments watching this movie in the theater.

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Posted By Kid_jakeriv

Loved BVS (Please don't crucify me, we all have different opinions) I hate comparing DC and Marvel movies, and I'm really thankful you guys didn't. Can't wait to see the movie, because of this review

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@the_kidd said:

But Spidey's intro felt shoehorned, I mean does Tony really need a kid to win a war for him.

He's no ordinary kid........

He's Spiderkid

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Edited By murderpool

@farkam: hahahahhaha....uh hahah...I'm sorry just gimme a second. Whew! So I was about to say...uh...baaaaahhahahahhahaha. Can't take you seriously I'm so sorry. Sheeple...hoo hoo Her. Good one dude. Troll level over 9000!!!!

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Posted By Superhero24

@greenscar1990: Those were my favorite two mcu movies also. I saw the movie yesterday and it was good. I would say around Winter Soldier level. Panther completely steals the show at least for me. I would say you don't really have nothing to worry about it was good. Hope you enjoy it.

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Posted By NukeA6

I knew you would give it five stars. Always bet on Cap.

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Posted By Mfundroid

This film deserves every single bit of its current critical and financial success.

INB4 DCEU apologists and defenders.

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Posted By harashkupo

@the_stegman: Why did you review this and some other guy review the BvS movie?

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Posted By Russcovito

Great review, I agree with every word except perhaps tha it's the best Marvel movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is still ahead and Avengers is number 3 after CW not WS

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Edited By Madripoor

Seriously ? Five stars ? No, just no.

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Posted By Soldy

This is a great movie, but i liked Captain America: Winter Soldier more.

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Edited By magnetic_eye

Gotta agree with this review. It is a great film with just the right balance of action, drama and humor.

The Russo brothers are expert at bringing plausibility and a slice of realism to the super hero genre that isn't campy, bloated or overly self indulgent.

"Winter Soldier" & "Civil War" are my favourite Marvel Studio films.

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Edited By righteous300

Awesome movie, didnt care for the fight scenes though.

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Posted By Hardhat

@farkam: there there, its going to be alright

The Panther God is here now to protect you from horrible DC movies
The Panther God is here now to protect you from horrible DC movies

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Posted By Russcovito

Great review, I agree with every word except perhaps tha it's the best Marvel movie. Guardians of the Galaxy is still ahead and Avengers is number 3 after CW not WS (imo of course).

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