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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Cpt America: Civil War. A 6 out of 10 review

Followers of this blog will know that every time I watch a film I have to give a score of 6 out of 10.

The reason for this is that any film maker that sees a review of their film that is higher (or indeed lower) will either not bother making any more films as they think they are not good enough or they will think that they have reached the pinnacle of their carer and not bother to make any more brilliant films.

This can make it a tad difficult to rate a bad film good or and good film ... not as good as it actually was.

With that in mind here is my SPOILER FREE review of Captain America: Civil War.

Not long after I began to collect comics a major event happened in the Marvel Universe.

It was called CIVIL WAR and revolved around an accident by some lesser heroes that got everyone in trouble and required all heroes to register their real identities in order to be accountable for the damage they caused during their many many fight with baddies and the like.

The resulting story line saw heroes pitted against each other as some fought to keep their names a secret to protect loved ones whilst others believed that doing what you want when you want without any supervision was fool hardy and not in the interest of the greater good.

Heores died. Giant man being one and even Captain America himself did not make it out alive.

The film which shares it's name is different in many respects.

There is still the requirement for superheroes to step up and be accountable for their actions and subdued to only act when advised. This, along with [redacted for spoilers]  causes Cap and some others to take a stand and fight against former friends and colleagues including Ironman.

The film plays to this stand off extremely well and brings in some characters from other films to highlight that the many films we have been spoilt with so far are all connected.

There are moments of real tension, humour is subtle but works in nearly all cases and the fight scenes are mainly fantastic.

This film is going to be a huge success and for all the right reasons.

It has form - Previous films building up to this are of a high standard and flow into this latest outing perfectly.

It stays true to the Marvel way - Film goers know these characters well and there is very little or no need to hold the audiences hand and explain every little detail.

There are moments of real tension that come from nowhere and made me gasp out loud.

It is far superior to the mess that was Batman v Superman.

It does however fail in one or two small areas.

It's a little nag of mine but I have never been happy with the way that the special effects for Ironman are done when Tony Stark take off his helmet.

It's a bit messy and obvious to a nerd like me that it's all "computery" and CGI... I can live with it, but it is an oversight that could be done better.

There are also one or two lose ends that are not really dealt with by the end of the film, but I am willing to admit that my concentration was shifted once or twice as by the psychopathic fat pig in the row in front who threatened my friend (a long story that doesn't need going into here) and by the millennials (with their hair done that way that all teenagers have it and skinny jeans) sat next to me who found impossible to sit still for more that five minutes without talking and rustling their bags of popcorn.

Overall the film was great and well worth another viewing.

It also left this viewer wanting more and seems to promise that this story is not over as there WILL be scores to settle.

For these reasons I feel it is only fair to give this film a six out of ten rating.


  1. Mr H I must bow to your great knowledge and expertise in areas of superpowers and superhero's as I know nothing about who is who and who is likely not to get on with whom. Therefore folk like me need that 6 out of ten rating to understand whether I should buy the DVD when it turns up in the bargain bin for £2.00 in a couple of years. You would not believe just now many times I have bought a bargain film that seemed too cheap to be true only to find it is definitely not a 6 out of ten. I mean I read all those Amazon reviews but no one ever says this is a 6 out of 10 film there and I feel this can only be some sort of conspiracy. And I bet there is a bit of that in this latest film, after all we all like a bit of conspiracy.

    Well done Mr H. . .OOOoooooo who is Giant Man I suspect he might be a large chap. DO his mates call him Big Mac HAHA HAHa ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha hahahahaha ha hahah aha

    1. There was a bit of controversy at the time as giant man is one of the few super hero characters who has stayed dead when most characters are brought back to life because... comics.
      The controversy comes from the fact that he was a black man and it was seen as a little racist as pretty much everyone else was brought back.

      It's been a few years since I read the comics but I remember that error being a bit of a let down to what was, otherwise, a very good story - although some people hated the whole thing completely.

    2. Has the ugly face of politics blighted the innocent world of superhero's, that seems a shame even if I know little about superhero's

  2. Agree wholeheartedly with your review Mr H. Not a huge Spiderman fan, but absolutely loved him in this movie. And yeah, what is up with the whole exclusion of the G man?

    1. It was never going to be like the comics were... far too much going on. But I think the feel of the movie did it justice.
      There were a good few nods to events that happened in the original story that I thought were nice touches.
      I am just thankful that what has been produced so far has been fantastic. Not just the films but the TV shows as well.
      Agents of Shield, Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Agent Carter... all brilliant and different enough from each other to make it all interesting.
      Add to that Luke cage, Iron fist and the Defenders and there is a whole lot of TV to ruin my eyes with.
      Comics are awesome and I don't care who knows it!


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