Captain America: Civil War video review: 5 things you need to know

Here’s our spoiler-free review of Captain America: Civil War

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The fights are incredible
Marvel has always been good at convincing combat sequences but Anthony and Joe Russo have stepped it up big time for Civil War. The film is basically one massive, super elaborate fight, so you’re not going to know where to look for two and a half hours. In a good way. It’s all just so darn entertaining. There’s also a lot more fight talk in this film than there usually is, so you’re also going to be giggling and gasping while you’re spinning your head around because you don’t know where to look. But still in a good way.

Spider-Man is the MVP
For a Captain America sequel, the rest of the Avengers get an awful lot of screen time. Even Spider-Man, and as it turns out, he’s probably the best thing about the film. I know. If there’s one thing that I personally took away from the film and spent time reflecting on, it’s that I had no idea how excited I was for Spider-Man: Homecoming. And that’s down to you, Tom Holland. Thank you for being you. But seriously, this Spidey reboot is going to be so much better now that Peter’s story and personality has already been established and we don’t have to sit through all the Uncle Ben crap again.

The superhero politics are actually pretty solid
You might even end up switching sides. I’ve been giving #TeamIronMan people the side eye for months, fighting for the side of freedom and the right to choose. I couldn’t see how anyone could willingly be on Team Iron Man. But after listening to Tony Stark’s argument for a couple of minutes, I was suddenly like, ‘oh shit, yeah, that’s a good point’. And then Cap would say something and I’d be like, ‘Nah, I’ve got your back, Steve’. So I’ve decided to be on the side of not giving a shit and just enjoying the superhero quips.

The men to women ratio is still utter bullshit
Off the top of my head, I can think of at least 15 male characters in Civil War that appear in more than one scene, but only three female ones. And one of those women barely even gets to fight. And, while we’re on the subject, just because you have Black Widow running around seemingly championing women in superhero films doesn’t erase the fact that the MCU’s entire back catalogue of films has been led by men. That’s zero out of 13 for female leads. Seriously, Disney. What’s up with that? And another thing: who the hell fights in wedges?

Zemo is a pretty interesting villain
At face value, Daniel Bruhl’s Zemo isn’t as grand or memorable as characters like Loki, but he’s a lot better than the wishy washy ones like Malekith and… um, I dunno, Ivan Vanko… And he’s really unpredictable. His sneaky plans and questionable motives will draw you in until you’re practically screaming, “WHAT ARE YOU THINKING, ZEMO? WHAT’S INSIDE YOUR TERRIBLE HEAD?” The evil scheme-type payout is also pretty good. Zemo actually has a back story and a life before villainy, but it’s not shoved in your face or anything. It’s just pretty great.

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