Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

I saw Captain America: Civil War 2 days ago, and I’m still riding high. Some may criticize its formulaic blockbuster plotting, some may complain of the ultimate villain’s scheme having a Skyfall-level of ridiculously elaborate plotting. But, in all honesty, I don’t care. Captain America: Civil War is sheer, unadulterated fun. So much fun that this happens:

Yep, that’s Paul Rudd surfing on Jeremy Renner’s arrow. And that’s just one moment, part of the most incredible superhero action sequence of all time. Better than the end battle from The Avengers, better than Spider-Man 2’s elevated train sequence. The scene itself is proof of why audiences love these movies: there’s nowhere else to see this. One of the most incredible casts of the year duking it out on a green screen set for our enjoyment. Spectacular special effects put to brilliant use to create pure popcorn entertainment.

But it’s not just the action, this film wouldn’t work without its strong characters, characters that the audience at this point can feel an almost personal relationship with. We first met Tony Stark 8 years ago, Steve Rogers 5 years ago, etc., etc. The film brings in everyone but a select few. Thor and Hulk are absent for obvious reasons, it wouldn’t be a fair fight if they were present. But Thunderbolt Ross returns, William Hurt reprising his role from The Incredible Hulk, surprisingly fully pulling that film into canon. Speaking of which, what ever happened to Betty Ross?

Yeah, Liv Tyler was in a Marvel movie. Remember that?

And don’t even get me started on Spider-Man. The film takes the best elements of both Tobey Maguire’s and Andrew Garfield’s performances and eliminates the worst: Maguire’s offputting mannerisms and Garfield’s cool guy attitude. This creates the most comic-accurate portrayal of Spidey yet: a portrayal which fully understands and duplicates the elements that made him the world’s most popular superhero in the first place.

All in all, Civil War is a great time, and a phenomenal film which shows us that superhero films aren’t going somewhere anytime soon. A superb popcorn film and one of the finest examples of its genre, Captain America: Civil War earns an A+.

a plus grade


Yep, strange to see 2 posts in a day, isn’t it? But I saw Civil War this weekend and thought I should write on it when it was still fresh in my mind. Don’t expect this to be a regular thing. It won’t be.

Until next time, bye!

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Wendell says:

    I also really enjoyed this one and really love Tom Holland as Spider-Man. He was perfect. I am really looking forward to his solo film, as well as that of Black Panther.

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    1. I love it that superhero films have taken over the blockbuster scene, it’s allowed us to get films that may never have happened. Without this cultural wave we would never have gotten that airport scene I can’t wait for 2017!

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  2. Dan O. says:

    Nice review. It’s got a lot going on, but surprisingly, it handles it all so damn perfectly.

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  3. After sitting through 2+ hours of Batman v Superman, I was happy to hear that this one was going to be less disappointing. The cast is great and I too am a fan of Tom Holland. Can’t wait for Homecoming. Great review, and very nice blog. Are you currently sharing your work on any other movie/tv platforms?

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    1. Thanks! I have this and a Twitter handle (@ThatOtherCritic) but that’s it.

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      1. Sweet! Well, if you’re interested, I’d love to help you get your work seen on Moviepilot/Creators. Feel free to shoot me an e-mail so I can expand on that, you can find my contact details on my About page. Hope to hear from you.

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      2. Alright, I’ll get back to you on that.

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