Captain America: Civil War review
Being lucky enough to attend the midnight viewing, I was able to view Marvel’s new spectacle amongst the masses. For those un-aware of the storyline, the story loosely follows the events of Avengers: Age of Ultron and even more so that of the previous Captain America film; Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Comic-book fans, action film addicts and general cinema-goers alike will find pleasure in arguably what is Marvel’s finest installment to date as it maintains an upbeat action film tempo yet contains a whole host of nods to the comic-books. The storyline remains fairly straightforward with a gradual but fast buildup, yet its the minimalistic twists that allow the film to appear slightly but cleverly more complicated than it at first seems (but not over-complicated).
The fight choreography within the film is most definitely up there with the best in Superhero films, allowing the combat to remain realistic yet still contain elements of ‘super’ when necessary. The airport fight sequence specifically, possibly being the best fight scene to appear in any Superhero film EVER (approximately lasting 17 minutes). As was the worry with the previous Avengers film, there was the possibility that the cast had become over-crowded and that some characters would dominate the spotlight. This however is not the case, as literally each and every superhero character has their moment to shine, increasing the stakes as each character in turn becomes more likable and more badass. Without upsetting anyone with any spoilers, what I can reveal is that Spiderman does appear in this film and is most definitely looking promising to be the best on-screen Spiderman we’ve ever had, stealing the show in each scene he’s in. However, its also worth mentioning that the newest edition Black Panther also does well to stay in the limelight, as well as the fairly but less new edition; Ant-man as Paul Rudd’s humour manages to cement his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In fact, in retrospect I can honestly say that this film feels more like an Avengers film than both of the Avengers films, and that even the minor characters such as Hawkeye now feel as though they have been given complete on-screen justice.
In conclusion, one can definitely suggest that this is a film to be enjoyed by all. In contrast to the (most likely) less successful Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, this film at heart remains to be a good film as well as an action-packed adventure that maintains a serious yet humorous at times tone, that can most definitely be enjoyed by all.
Abergavenny Now rating: 9/10
What’s on at Abergavenny’s cinema this upcoming month
Captain America: Civil War 12A – Release date: Fri 29th April – Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
Eye in the Sky 15 – Release date: Fri 29th April – Col. Katherine Powell, a military officer in command of an operation to capture terrorists in Kenya, sees her mission escalate when a girl enters the kill zone triggering an international dispute over the implications of modern warfare.Robinson Crusoe PG – Release date: Fri 6th May
Angry Birds PG – Release date: Fri 13th May – Find out why the birds are so angry. When an island populated by happy, flightless birds is visited by mysterious green piggies, it’s up to three unlikely outcasts – Red, Chuck and Bomb – to figure out what the pigs are up to.
X-men: Apocalypse 12A – Release date: Weds 18th May – With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows 12A – Release date: Mon 30th May – The Turtles return to save the city from a dangerous threat.
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