(spoilerfree) Film review: Captain America: Civil War


After months of waiting and countless teasers, trailers, promo photos/stills, interviews, and me blocking literally every tag related to this movie on Tumblr, it’s finally here: the new Captain America movie, and the start of Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. If you’re anything at all like me, you’ve been probably been bouncing everywhere for the past week or three.

For those who have yet to see it: this movie does not disappoint.

I’m trying to stay spoilerfree so this will be a short review, but here’s a great summary for you: I have all the faith in the Russo brothers now. To take what is essentially a giant mess of a backstory and to have so many new characters and storylines to introduce, and to end up with this amazing movie? That takes an insane amount of hard work and talent.

The humour in this movie is on-point. There were scenes where the entire room just burst into laughter, and that I can still quote almost completely. The angst, which is what I’m here for, is also on-point. In a way, it was like watching a well-written fanfic play out. Less gay, sure, but oh boy the angst.

To be fair though, there were a couple of scenes that in hindsight make me go “wtf??”. Yet somehow they were totally plausible in the moment, which I guess is the important thing. Key to watching superhero movies is, of course, to not question too much and just go with the flow. Still, a couple of things were definitely in the “uuuhhh, guys?” category.

A couple of new characters get introduced, including T’challa (Black Panther, played by Chadwick Boseman) & Peter Parker (Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland). Unfortunately, considering the massive set-up of this movie and the big players already on the field, we don’t get much time or opportunity to get acquainted with these new people. But from what I did see? I love both of them already, and I’m definitely looking forward to their solo movies. Especially T’challa came across as a very interesting character I’d love to see more of.

But most importantly: look, I’m 100% #teamcap, because I love Cap & Bucky & Sam & Peggy and pretty much all the characters ever in the Cap movies. Being on Cap’s side was pretty much a given. Still, I found myself agreeing with Tony and Natasha as well. The movie does a great job in showing everyone’s standpoint and reasoning, their conflict with each other and within themselves. Instead of just two teams against each other, they made everything one big gray area, and I, for one, am very, very pleased.

Captain America: Civil War is, as we’d really expected, a game changer. The whole playing field is different, there are new things at stake, different alignments. This is a great start of Phase 3, and I can’t wait to see where it all leads from here on out.

(The next movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is Doctor Strange, out in the US on November 4, the UK on October 28, and in my homecountry the Netherlands on November 3. )

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