Captain America: Civil War

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Pacey, intelligent and super-sized blockbuster sees Marvel heroes duking it out Discuss this article

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Two iconic heroes duking it out over two-and-a-half epic hours… Angsty agonising over collateral damage… Cameos from multiple costumed crusaders, just to make sure we’re suitably hyped for the next ten movies. Does any of this sound familiar? Luckily, Captain America: Civil War is packed with the one ingredient its rival superhero smackdown Batman v Superman lacked: joy.

Which isn’t to say Civil War is threat-free and happy-clappy. This is a film about the violent end of a friendship and the moral questions that come with free will, so it’s hardly a party. No, this is the kind of joy that comes with crafting characters people can relate to; with action scenes that spring and spin and bound off the screen; with picking just the right moment for a tension-breaking gag, a pause for reflection or a rousing speech. It’s the joy of making a movie for and about people.

All these elements are juggled impressively: for every awkward franchise requirement there’s another that slots into place.

A sense of incompleteness means that Civil War isn’t quite as satisfying as the first Avengers (it’s all building up to the Infinity War two-parter in 2018). But overall, this is Marvel at their best.

The bottom line A pacey, intelligent super-sized blockbuster and a roaringly fun night out.

By Tom Huddleston
Time Out Doha,

Captain America: Civil War

  • Duration: 147
  • Released: Thu, 05 May
  • Classification: PG13
  • Language: English
  • Director: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Stars: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson

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