Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)

Directed: The Russo Brothers

Featuring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jnr., Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany

At the end of the day all you have are friends and family. That’s it. Everything else just falls away.

That’s what is at the center of CA:CW, a film that offers as much human drama as the overblown action that appears onscreen for its almost 2 ½ hour run.

Early reviews suggest that this is the best MCU film yet; whilst I agree it is fantastic  I still put others slightly ahead, but that is no slight to this monumental effort.

Gone are the overblown villains, instead, comes a story with multiple arcs that come to fruition by the very end – and leave’s you wanting more.

This is the second film directed by the Russo Brothers, the first being the excellent Captain America: Winter Soldier, which set the stage for this epic tale of friendship and betrayal. Not forgetting the international intrigue that sets the stage for what could have been Avengers 2.5 but pulls back to give center stage to the man out of time, Steve Rogers a.k.a. Captain America.

I don’t review storylines just the overall film and this is one not to miss. There have really been no misfires from the MCU just different levels of good to great and this one succeeds by doing what those great ones do, concentrate on story and introduce new characters and getting rid of others, or at least altering some of their trajectories.

The addition of Chadwick Boseman as the Black Panther from the African nation of Wakanda is a long time coming to the MCU, but he is one of the strengths in the film, falling folly to revenge as many of the characters do, but being the one that makes a true stand for forgiveness. The other addition is the new Spider-man, Tom Holland, who plays the character as written in the comics, young, and eager to prove himself, with great comic timing.

Robert Downey Jnr gives his best and most nuanced interpretation as Tony Stark, a.k.a Iron Man, seeing him out of the iron suit more than in. He has demons to battle that don’t seem to be gone yet.

This film sets up the rest of the movies to come – and whether you are Team Cap or Team Iron Man you will walk out of this film with a smile and understanding both sides of the same story.

As always remember to stick around for the stings at the end of the movie.

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