Five Reasons You’ll Love It - September 4, 2016

Captain America: Civil War - Five Reasons You'll Love It
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Captain America: Civil War - Five Reasons You'll Love It

After almost destroying the world a second time in Avengers: Age Of Ultron it was always going to be hard for Marvel to up the ante once again, but they’ve managed it with Captain America: Civil War.

The cast list for Marvel movies has been growing in recent movies, but this time it’s a huge list. As well as Chris Evans’ Captain America and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man, the call list also includes Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow, Sebastian Stan’s Winter Soldier, Anthony Mackie’s Falcon, Don Cheadle’s War Machine, Jeremy Renner’s Hawkeye, Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, Paul Bettany’s Vision, Elizabeth Olsen’s Scarlet Witch and Paul Rudd’s Ant-Man, as well as a returning Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo and the additions of Daniel Brühl, Martin Freeman, William Hurt and Tom Holland, who makes his debut as Spider-Man.

This time all is not well within the Avengers. After the events of Ultron, political pressure mounts for the heroes to be accountable and they are asked to sign up to a new charter, a charter which will lead to the establishment of a new governing body to oversee and direct the team. Iron Man, Black Widow, War Machine and Vision are in favour, Captain America, Scarlet Witch and a few others are not. It’s a battle that quickly turns very nasty…

The film hits DVD shelves on Monday (September 5th, you can pre-order it on the right-hand side of the page), but we caught an early screening and here are five reasons you’ll love it…


When the title says war, it means it…

We’re not going to say too much about the story and what it means for the future, but believe us when we say that the events in this film will have lasting consequences for the Avengers. The violence between the teams isn’t play fighting, this is nasty, visceral stuff, you’ll wince on more than one occasion.


The politics are skilfully played with…

There’s been a lot of talk about whether the movie’s central argument of accountability versus freedom is an allegory for some of the political dilemmas that have been brought forward over the past few years and you can read into it in lots of different ways. The movie itself handles this lightly and very elegantly, there’s lots to read into if you want to and the choice between Captain America and Iron Man’s sides of the argument is not an easy one. But, if you’re just there for an action spectacular with some incredible fight sequences, that’s there for you too.


It’s a long movie, but the pace is unrelenting…

Clocking in at over two and a half hours, Civil War isn’t a short trip to the cinema, but the movie never flags or rests. From the brilliant opening action set piece to the introduction of the new characters to the almighty climax, the movie’s running time whips by.


The new introductions are handled brilliantly…

Much like Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, Civil War has a lot of heavy lifting to do with new introductions. As well as marking the debut of Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther, with his sharp claws and brooding persona, you’ve also got the arrival of a brand new Spider-Man. Tom Holland’s arrival as the web slinger is handled extremely well, with Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man heading off to seek him out. He gets a proper introduction, but doesn’t outstay his welcome. Roll on Black Panther’s solo movie and Spider-Man: Homecoming!


It sets up things superbly for Avengers: Infinity War

It’s just a shame we’ve got to wait two years until it gets here!

Captain America: Civil War is released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Monday (September 5th) and is available to pre-order here in hmv's online store. 

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