Review Round-Up: Captain America: Civil War Puts Batman v Superman to Shame

Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 5:24PM
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Wednesday, 13 April 2016 - 5:24PM
Review Round-Up: Captain America: Civil War Puts Batman v Superman to Shame
Just in case you thought that the fans in those initial screenings were paid off, the official reviews for Captain America: Civil War are in, and they're raves. Critics almost unanimously adore this movie, and even go so far as to call it the best Marvel movie of all time.

And, unsurprisingly, it makes Batman v Superman look like (even more of) an embarrassment:

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"Forget Batman v Superman. Here you get Ant-Man v Spider-Man, Hawkeye v Black Widow, Scarlet Witch v Vision, The Winter Soldier v Black Panther and (well, duh) Captain America v Iron Man, all rolled into one. And that is what you call the ultimate Marvel superhero event. 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. There. We said it again." - Empire
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"If the idea of watching even more superheroes punch each other after Batman vs. Superman feels like a chore, let me assure you this film could not be more dissimilar. While slightly overlong, this movie is bright, creative, insightful, affecting and, above all else, fun." - Screencrush
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"Given the callous loss of life going on in other comic-book movies, the human cost of the Avengers' actions is keenly felt and addressed in a meaningful way. It makes DC's efforts to tackle the same idea with Batman v Superman seem thunderously dunderheaded in comparison... Team Cap or Team Iron Man? The real winner here is Team Marvel." - Games Radar
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"The shaming of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' will continue apace - or better still, be forgotten entirely - in the wake of 'Captain America: Civil War,' a decisively superior hero-vs.-hero extravaganza that also ranks as the most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe." - Variety
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"For audiences feeling burned by the superhero brawling in 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,' just hang on - it's not what you're thinking. Unlike DC's recent franchise brick, a film that spent an inordinate amount of time mulling over issues of personal enmity against an incoherently darkened landscape, and that offered little more than lip service to the matter of collateral damage, "Civil War" is an addition to the Marvel Cinematic Universe that, yes, moves its good guys to battle each other, but does so in the service of establishing a future of superhero responsibility." - The Wrap
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While all of the established cast received great reviews, especially Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., and Paul Rudd, newcomers Spider-Man and Black Panther are consistently cited as standouts, particularly the former, who is already characterized as the best iteration of Spider-Man so far:

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"Chadwick Boseman is a towering delight as the Black Panther, and you'll be ever-so-psyched for his stand-alone movie. As for Tom Holland, while it's obvious that Spider-Man was shoe-horned in, he gets just enough screen time (as Peter Parker and as Spider-Man) to make a great impression." - Forbes
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"19-year-old Tom Holland not only makes a case for being the best screen Spidey so far, but also threatens to steal the entire film. His Peter Parker is perfect – nervy, goofy and instantly endearing." - Games Radar
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"Chadwick Boseman as the newly introduced T'challa, a.k.a. Black Panther, who is every bit as regal, intelligent, bold and passionate as the hero is on the page." - Cinema Blend
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"Hands down, Spider-Man is the best thing in this movie. He not only steals Cap's shield, he pretty much steals his movie, too...Tom Holland captures what makes Peter Parker such a sweet, great hero and leaves the audience wanting more. And after five big screen appearances so far, Holland's is the closest and arguably best approximation of the comic book character yet." - IGN
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And word is, even the things that looked dumb are actually amazing, most notably that airport fight scene:

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"Without a doubt, Civil War's airport battle sequence is the best superhero brawl ever depicted on the big screen. It is a comic book fan's wet dream, with every character getting a moment to shine in battle. Spider-Man gets his quips and licks in, Panther throws down in a style all his own, and Ant-Man (Paul Rudd) gives both of these new additions a run for their money in some of the set-piece's most nerdgasm-inducing moments. This is the superhero movie fight scene people will remember and geek out about for years." - IGN
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But if Civil War sounds too good to be true, don't worry, critics found a few flaws here and there. The sprawling plot and cast is inevitably a little unwieldy, and there's apparently an "icky" romantic subplot:

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"Amid the mayhem, the movie doesn't necessarily feel overloaded with Avengers, but some personalities get to shine more than others. Jeremy Renner's Hawkeye barely registers, while Paul Rudd's Ant-Man has comedy and wow-factor f/x at his disposal to make more of an impression. But for all their kickass moves and fretting close-ups, such charismatic actors as Cheadle and Johansson feel sidelined through much of the story." - THR
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"That epic runtime is the only problem. It's generally well-paced, but there's one too many plot swerves as you wait for the gang to suit up and throw down. There's also a slightly icky and completely unnecessary romantic beat that torpedoes the MCU's best love story." - Games Radar
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Possible spoilers ahead! (Click to reveal)


I can only imagine this means that Steve Rogers hooks up with Sharon Carter? It seems like a bit of a stretch to call Steve and Peggy the MCU's "best love story," although I guess it doesn't have that much competition (I'm still waiting for Scarlet Witch and Vision to get together, but otherwise none of the MCU couples interest me). And I guess it's a little weird for Steve to have a relationship with his ex's descendent, but then again, Peggy is gone, and we all knew this was going to happen anyway. All in all, I'm not too bothered, but we'll have to see when it comes out on May 6.
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