You have to give it to Marvel. It’s rare for a studio to show this much faith in a movie. A full 3 weeks ahead of its worldwide release, Marvel has opened the floodgates on Captain America: Civil War reviews. And they weren’t wrong: The movie currently sits at 100% on the review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
This is surprising move for many reasons. First, the release date is still relatively far off. Usually, studios will lift the embargo on reviews a couple of days ahead of their release, and, in the case of stinkers, they don’t even screen them for critics at all.
But it’s the complete opposite case for Civil War. Not only did Marvel organise numerous screenings for the press, they allowed them to post reactions and reviews almost immediately after. And coming after the disappointment that was Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which many reviews point out, what with Civil War having a similar premise and all, it’s a solid show of confidence.
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Writing for USA Today, Brian Truitt says, “Tear away the powers, abilities and egos, though, and the third Captain America movie is at its core a deep exploration of friendship and family and what sacrifices should be made to hold onto both.”
Dave White of The Wrap writes, “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.”
“The most mature and substantive picture to have yet emerged from the Marvel Cinematic Universe,” reports Justin Chang of Variety.
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So you get the gist. This movie is turning out to be spectacular. And this is all the more impressive when you keep in mind the quality of the other movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Which is just what Mark Hughes of Forbes says: “[T]he best Marvel yet, with the greatest superhero action on film. It’s immense, marvelous action-packed fun... [T]he single greatest pure superhero movie ever made.”
And Devin Faraci of Birth.Movies.Death concurs, “Civil War isn’t great despite being the third Captain America and thirteenth overall Marvel movie - it’s great because of those things.”
Dan Jolin, writing for Empire Magazine, has even more hyperbolic things to say about the film: “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.”
Mike Ryan from Uproxx is almost in disbelief that the movie turned out to be this good: “This is the best Marvel movie so far. This is not hyperbole. I have my doubts they can make anything better.”
If these blurbs aren’t enough to convince you, then nothing will. But never forget, early reactions of Batman v Superman were also quite similar.
Captain America: Civil War opens on May 6 and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Paul Rudd, Anthony Mackie, Sebastian Stan, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Jeremy Renner and Chadwick Boseman. It is directed by Captain America: The Winter Soldier duo Joe and Anthony Russo.
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