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"Captain America: Civil War" Film Review

Updated on December 17, 2021
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Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.

The Story

During a mission to take down Crossbones, Scarlet Witch attempts to contain a bomb but things go horribly wrong and many civilian lives are lost. The United Nations decides that superheroes acting recklessly can no longer be tolerated. So, they submit the Sokovia Accords, which basically states that superheroes will be under government control. This splits the Avengers in half.

The Accords isn't the only thing that the split Avengers teams have to worry about. Bucky has been framed for a bombing and the government is determined to take him down. Captain America, however, feels it's his duty to protect his wayward buddy, and goes on a one-man crusade to make sure Bucky escapes.


The Acting

Robert Downey Jr gave the performance of his life in this film. The emotion he poured into every frame just proved how invested he was in this film and in Tony Stark in general. He still had his humorous moments but it was the more dramatic acting that stood out here.

Chris Evans has certainly grown as an actor and the amount of skill he puts into his character of Captain America proves that he not only can be serious but that he has matured into someone better. He used to be all fun and games all the time but now he can go from serious to fun to dramatic to silly on cue and without hesitation.

The rest of the cast did well and followed Downey and Evans' leads. Ant-Man had Evans' back and Spider-Man had Downey's. Paul Rudd and Tom Holland took their roles and made them more than just lackeys. They were their respective teams' first hand men and they did not disappoint.

The Directing

The Russo Brothers are quickly becoming two of my most preferred directors. They know how to tell a story, unfolding twists and turns along the way, and offering a solid ending that still makes you want more. The imagination they had to have to execute the airport battle scene is immeasurable. The final battle, however, is what requires the most attention and also what grabs the heart the most.


Captain America: Civil War fires on all cylinders from the opening scene and doesn't let up until the final scene. The new additions to the MCU (Black Panther and Spider-Man) are beyond incredible and lives up to all expectations, even exceeding some as well. Nothing will be the same after this film, which could honestly be a good thing. There's plenty to look forward to in the remainder of the MCU's Phase 3, including Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Ant-Man and the Wasp, Black Panther, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, and the much anticipated two-part Avengers: Infinity War films. After that, well, who knows. But I bet it will continue to be incredible.

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