Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review

The Russo brothers might be my favourite superhero directors. This film is easily one of marvels best and it did this by building on what the franchise has forged so far. It pitted Iron Man’s fear, anger and guilt against Captain America’s fight the good fight spirit and the ensuing drama was spectacular to watch. They really packed all the emotions into this one but it never felt stuffed or long winded and that is damn impressive given how much actually happens in this film.

“I’m saying there may be a causality. Our very strength invites challenge, challenge incites conflict, and conflict… breeds catastrophe.”



With many people fearing the actions of super heroes, the government decides to push for the Hero Registration Act, a law that limits a hero’s actions. This results in a division in The Avengers. Iron Man stands with this Act, claiming that their actions must be kept in check otherwise cities will continue to be destroyed, but Captain America feels that saving the world is daring enough and that they cannot rely on the government to protect the world. This escalates into an all-out war between Iron Man and Captain America while a new villain emerges.

Tim’s Film Reviews Recommended

Story: 100%     Acting: 100%     Characters: 100%     Dialogue: 100%

Action: 100%     Style/Sound: 100%     Visuals: 100%

Total: 100%


The story of this one is very ethically grey on all sides. There’s no moustache twirling villain, there’s no end of the world threat and there’s no united guardians of truth and justice. This was personal and deep for each character; they all had to choose between different family members with no obviously good guy and bad guy. The acting was really strong in this one, much better than the average marvel film, mainly because it gave the cast brilliant emotional scene to test their talent.

Another great part of this film was the sheer amount of new characters to be working together which in the past has been a recipe for disaster. In this however it seemed effortless. We got two massive characters entering into the franchise and everyone else that haven’t really been on screen together, yet the chemistry was brilliant. My favourite line was from Ant Man in Iron man’s suit – “It’s Your Conscience. We Don’t Talk A Lot These Days.”


The fights in this film were spectacular and epic. Both sides in that epic brawl of superheroes at the airport where amazing, the choreography, the visual effects and even the humour. However the more touching and emotional fight was the climactic battle between Iron Man and Captain America over a revelation regarding Bucky. It was both savage and emotional, loved it.

Marvel's Captain America: Civil War Spider-Man/Peter Parker (Tom Holland) Photo Credit: Film Frame © Marvel 2016



Nothing really spoilerific to discuss. If you think otherwise do please remind me in the comments.


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18 responses to “Captain America: Civil War (2016) Review”

  1. Ben says :

    The best Marvel movie so far. I love that it doesn’t have a “overall” villain and that the central conflict is running throughout. It’s the movie Batman vs Superman could have been.


  2. boxofficebuzzab says :

    There is so much I love about this movie! 😀 It was everything I had hoped it would be, especially after I was a little disappointed by Age of Ultron. I loved the personal nature of the conflict, and that airport fight scene was pretty epic. I thought each character, even the ones in smaller roles, got a chance to shine. Ant-Man was funny, and Black Panther was super cool. I originally wasn’t overly excited about the Spider-Man reboot but I am on board now. I could keep going on and on but I’ll stop now. Great review!


  3. The Celtic Predator says :

    I had a great time with this movie as well; one of my few complaints was, surprisingly, Spider-Man and the Tarmac sequence — they didn’t need to be in this movie IMO. Tonally they felt in complete dissonance with the rest of the serious Winter Soldier-esque elements, which I honestly enjoyed a lot more.

    Still, I liked the fact that the film was so similar to TWS for like 90% of its runtime; at no point was anything trying to blow up the world, no blue laser in the sky, no alien invasion, none of that crap! It was just Iron Man and Captain America awkwardly beating on each other in a room.

    Brilliant! More of that, please.

    Also, I was surprised at how much I liked Black Panther.

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  4. ruth says :

    Looks like your blogging absence hasn’t dampen your enthusiasm for superhero movies 😉 I really enjoyed this one too Tim, saw it twice on the big screen!

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  5. Chris Evans says :

    Glad you enjoyed Tim (especially after you were left deflated by BvS), that airport scene was pretty awesome and the film worked pretty much on every level. Glad the Russos will be tackling both parts of Infinty War.

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  6. Tom says :

    Can I just say how nice it is to see you back blogging again?

    Civil War WAS great man, I loved it and I actually went into it with rather tepid expectations

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  7. sidekickreviews says :

    Wow a 100% rating across the board! 🙂 I enjoyed the heck out of Civil War. And I loved that Ant-Man line. I feeling really confident going into the next Avengers movie with the Russo Brothers behind the helm.

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  8. Matt says :

    I was so impressed how much they managed to pack in without seeming just disorganized. X-Men: Apocalypse could learn a lesson from the Russo brothers.


  9. ianthecool says :

    Whoa, 100% across the board? Don’t you think you are being a little over-the-top with this? Only one fight was actually spectacular and that was the airport fight, but I think that that one scene is clouding people’s judgement. The opening isn’t really that great and is tonally weird, and… what other action scenes were there?

    Yes there are a lot of characters, but not a lot really get any development. Spiderman, though nice to see, was completely extraneous, vision and scarlett witch were just there, so was Black Widow for that matter. We don’t really get a sense of why they are taking the sides they are taking, or how it is tied to their personalities. Its a good development piece for Cap, Iron Man maybe, and a good intro to Black Panther. Bucky is as dull as ever.

    As for the climactic battle, I thought that the revelation you mentioned was nothing but a plot convenience. It would have been more interesting if the ideologies were what drove these characters instead. And I thought Cap’s motivations were completely misguided.

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  10. lauren says :

    Good review, I love this film so much. There was so many characters but everyone had a moment to shine and the fight scenes were epic!

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