Captain America: Civil War

Out Now On-Demand

Divided we fall.

The entire Avengers initiative is torn into two opposing sides in this closing chapter to Disney Marvel's Captain America series. The directors of The Winter Soldier return, as does Chris Evans as Steve Rogers. The cast of Marvel characters joining them include Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Don Cheadle as War Machine, Paul Rudd as Ant-Man and introducing Tom Holland as Spider-Man (marking the webbed one's first appearance in this Marvel universe).

After a major incident involving the Rogers-led Avengers results in collateral damage, political pressure mounts to install a system of accountability. This new status quo fractures the Avengers, resulting in two camps - one led by Rogers and his desire for the Avengers to remain free to defend humanity without government interference, and the other following Tony Stark's surprising decision to support government oversight and accountability.

I would need 13 TED speakers and several flowcharts to detail every single thing going on in Captain America: Civil War. With a rising hero count close to bursting point, you’d be forgiven for thinking you were watching the third Avengers film. But as overwhelming as all this seems, the story stays incredibly focused on what defines Steve Rogers: never ignoring a civilian’s life, remaining true to a global view of freedom, and acknowledging the consequences of doing what you believe is right. With heroes battling heroes, those ideas strike harder than ever, and that’s what makes Civil War a great Captain America film.

There’s also a heap of ass-kicking showdowns, so that helps. Directors Anthony and Joe Russo bring that grounded Winter Soldier touch to a number of key action scenes, including a stunning escape sequence that has Cap and Bucky turn a stairwell into a vertical pinball machine. But with more superpowers to show off, the Russos go beyond with a fantastic faceoff between the divided Avengers. Everyone gets a moment of badassery, a joke to crack, and a reason to be there (though some explanations are as light as “I’m always angry”).

This quality extends to the introduction of Black Panther (who I want to be when I grow up) and the swift arrival of a new Spider-Man (who I wish I was when I wasn’t grown up). It’s also novel to see a Disney-Marvel film that doesn’t end in huge explosions, favouring a physically confined and emotionally charged finale. And while the Marvel Cinematic Universe has usually failed to provide memorable bad guys, Civil War’s villainous orchestrator ends up benefitting from being a forgettable person, for his motivation acts as the sharpened echo of the hundreds who felt ignored just like him.

Telegraph (UK)

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This is the cinematic superhero showdown you've been waiting for.

Total Film (UK)

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A damn-near-perfect popcorn crowd-pleaser...

Empire (UK)

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Matching its blockbuster scale and spectacle with the smarts of a great, grown-up thriller, Captain America: Civil War is Marvel Studios’ finest film yet.

Guardian (UK)

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It’s a huge aspartame rush of a film: a giant irresistible snack, not nutritious, but very tasty.

Time Out London

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This is Marvel at their best: a pacey, intelligent super-sized blockbuster and a roaringly fun night out.

Variety (USA)

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Remarkable for its dramatic coherence and thematic unity as for its dizzyingly inventive action sequences.

Hollywood Reporter

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Builds upon the plotlines of previous Avengers outings, bringing together known marquee quantities and introducing the Black Panther and a new Spidey in winning fashion.

SBS (Australia)

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No doubt this is the kind of high note Marvel would like to continue indefinitely across the franchise.

FilmInk (Australia)

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A bright, vivid, compelling cocktail.

Stuff.co.nz (Graeme Tuckett)

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Ticks every box I've got and then some.
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Epic.

Entertaining & spectacular with heartfelt themes and a twisting plot, while developing characters' persona.


gobsmacking grinned and oo-ed through out

Amazing film that just keeps you on the edge of your seat the whole journey. The much talked about division between the Avengers that basically had to happen, of course everyone knows in film law you have to divide only to come back stronger. Full of those super heroes you love and fighting each other not some 'big bad', what more could you ask.


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There are too many Marvel characters I can't keep track of who is who


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This felt very much like an in between, fill in, set up for the next Marvel movie kinda film. Some great development of Cap and Bucky, the growing showdown between Stark and Cap, and the introduction of some neat, new characters but otherwise not a lot happening. Still pretty good though!


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I think this movie is fantastic, but lacks in the chef department. Movies like Jon Favreau's Chef hits that perfectly and I think Civil war could learn something from it.


Awesome movie ...

Seen it and it was AWESOME! It was definatly worth watching.


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My preference is for watching Civil War in 2D. Although i get nervous with unnecessary punchups, the film still delivered with a strong storyline, a carry over from the previous movies.

Looks like Zemo is up to his tricks again and this time his victim seems to be Everett Ross(Martin Freeman).


A Masterclass in ensemble movie making

Still don't know how they made this movie as great as it is.

Hugo-Burns

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Worth seeing

Honestly this film is worth seeing just for the airport fight sequence. That is a solid piece of action filmmaking right there. While I don't think it is the best marvel film, it is probably my favourite. Definitely worth seeing.


Intense, funny, Action packed

Going into this film I was a stern #TeamIron supporter and based on what I had seen in the trailers and reading Civil War comic released back in 2007 I had formed the opinion that some kind of oversight is needed.

This film does so many things great but what I love is that is presents solid arguments for both sides and you should waiver with the film as it is presented (if you are not then perhaps you are just stubborn)

The pacing of this film is amazing, you are gripped to your seat and enjoying the ride. There is a lot that happens but amazingly they are able to stay focused on Cap's story, this could have easily been a mess. The action scenes are amazing and the Airport scene well let's just say if you need to go to the toilet and the scene is starting, then pee in your empty cup because trust me you do not want to miss it. (take your pee cup when you leave though, don't be an animal)

There is a lot of heart in this film and although there are a lot of jokes this is quite a serious film, one worry I had going in was that it was going to be all jokes and "oh we are fighting but let's go get coffee afterwards" But it did not, the stakes were high.

Two new characters were introduced in this film as well and I cannot wait for their stand alones. Black Panther was incredible and I still don't believe Chadwick Boseman is 39, he looks like he is 20. Spiderman, Spiderman, Spiderman. No, I am not trying to summon him here like a silky web slinging Beetlejuice. I was in awe of the casting and writing of this character. I like many others had some Spiderman fatigue especially after the last Amazing Spiderman: Let's cram every villain and make a messy toilet drama of a movie. Tom Holland is amazing, he has that same quality as the comic book character. Someone who does not shut up and talks a lot. Deadpool is the R rated version of Spiderman and I have heard some say Spidey is the PG version of Deadpool but considering Deapool is a ninties and Spiderman is from what the late 50's/60's I think give respect where it is due.

Anyway, this film is another home run for Marvel and I am excited for what is to come. Again, the villain in this movie is an afterthought and to be honest I don't think he was even needed. They could have had the events transpire without him.

Signing off for now, your friendly neighbourhood Spiderman. I mean Aggressive Popcorn.