Review Roundup: Captain America: Civil War is killing it in reviews so far
Marvel appears to have won the civil war between Marvel and Warner Bros.
Captain America: Civil War is just a little less than a month away and the full in-depth reviews are in. At the time of this article, the superhero face-off is sitting at a solid 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Instead of writing this the moment reviews went live, we waited three hours to write this article to see how much the score has changed, and it has not moved one percent since the first review came out.
Prior to the embargo on reviews were lifted, initial screenings revealed an overwhelmingly positive reception on Twitter from press that atended the early screening. Most outlets are awarding the film incredibly high scores (as evident by the Rotten Tomatoes score).
Keep in mind, Rotten Tomatoes is an agrigator of reviews that get good scores and bad scores, not all of these outlets gave the movie a 10/10 in order for it to reach a 100% score. Rotten Tomatoes generates it's rating based on how many outlets gave the movie either a "fresh" or "rotten" rating and not the actual score itself.
Below you will find some excerpts from reviews of the film that discuss both the positives and negatives of the film.
The Hollywood Reporter
"... the latest Marvel extravaganza furthers the studio’s cross-pollination of action franchises in a way that’s sure to satisfy devotees. Posing serious questions about violence and vigilantism while reveling in both, Captain America: Civil War is overlong but surprisingly light on its feet. It builds upon the plotlines of previous Avengers outings, bringing together known marquee quantities and introducing the Black Panther and a new Spidey in winning fashion."
"Directors Anthony and Joe Russo continue to mine their experience with TV comedies, juggling all the members of their superhero family with a playful touch that both informs character interaction and delivers vital breathing room in between battles."
"Featuring what's arguably the best ever screen depiction of Spider-Man as well as a cool new hero in Black Panther, Captain America: Civil War can't quite recapture the emotional and cerebral strengths of its predecessor, The Winter Soldier. Its central villain is ultimately lackluster and its final act, while dramatic, lacks the energy and effectiveness of the central action set-piece that assembles the Avengers in instant-classic fashion."
"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."
"Captain America: Civil War feels like a pinnacle for Marvel. Like, I can’t imagine their movies getting any better. This feels like the crescendo. This feels like the movie this series has been building towards for eight years. After all these movies, Marvel earned this fight. This is the best Marvel movie so far. This is not hyperbole. I have my doubts they can make anything better. This is as close as things come to “superhero movie perfection.” This movie made me really happy."
Captain America: Civil War is a good movie, one worth enjoying on the biggest screen you can find, and one that will entertain the hell out of lots of people even as it goes against the grain in some surprising ways. But the film is periodically an exercise in long-form frustration, one which flirts with “The Idea Plot” more often than it should. I’m not sure if this counts as a major problem, but I was shocked at how often I found myself siding with Tony Stark over Steve Rogers.
Captain America: Civil War debuts in the UK on April 27th and in the USA on May 6th.