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CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR – The FlipGeeks Sitdown Review



Directed by: The Russo Brothers
Produced by: Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios
Written By: Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
Starring: Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlet Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Chadwick Boseman, Jeremy Renner, Tom Holland, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Frank Grillo, Martin Freeman, Daniel Bruhl, William Hurt
MTRCB Rating: PG-13
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The best Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, yet.


We watched it twice, and we still can't think of any flaws. Really.

It’s been five years since the MCU’s iteration of Steve Rogers started his journey as Captain America. Truth be told, a lot of things have changed. Gone were the days where the fight between good and evil can be settled in hues of black and white. It’s not just about winning the war, it’s now […]

Posted May 2, 2016 by


It’s been five years since the MCU’s iteration of Steve Rogers started his journey as Captain America. Truth be told, a lot of things have changed. Gone were the days where the fight between good and evil can be settled in hues of black and white. It’s not just about winning the war, it’s now about seeing the consequences of every battle as well as the need to be accounted for them.

Ladies and gents, herald the final chapter of Chris Evans’ Captain America saga: Civil War.

That said, we at FlipGeeks decided to echo the bells of the movie’s theme by doing a sitdown review. Read on, as two editors share their no holds barred, non-spoiler review of the film.



The Title

Yuri Mangahas (Managing Editor for Movies & TV, @shutterkindler): Probably the penultimate chapter of both Tony Stark and Steve Rogers’ respective journeys, Civil War goes full circle as it takes into account all that has occurred thus far, and how it affected the aforementioned heroes with their chosen paths. Make no mistake though: This is still a Captain America tale. The subtitle just highlights the conflict these heroes will inevitably face, and apparently, pay with great consequences.

Ryan Villanueva (Managing Editor for Games, Collectibles, & Tech, @luiboi): Captain America: Civil War is one of the highly anticipated movies from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Civil War begins where Age of Ultron ended, so you might even call this not the third Captain America movie but Avengers 2.5. From what you’ve seen in trailers, you already know the whole gang is here with the additions of two insect-based superheroes, namely Ant-Man and Spider-man. You might consider this line-up as the Ocean’s Eleven of the Marvel Cinematic Universe wherein any hero could star or had starred in their own movie. Also, just got to get this out of the way, forget everything you know about the comic version of Civil War. You won’t see any of it here. Don’t go berserk at the cinemas looking for this, or they didn’t do that, or he was supposed to, just stop. We’re already in Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so you already know how it works.


The Technicals

Yuri: If you think you saw the best of what the Marvel Cinematic Universe can offer in terms of technicals, you’re wrong. Captain America: Civil War surpasses every MCU flick in existence, yet with its ingenious use of canted angles, CG, and crazy camera work to full effect. It is also visually different in part to its scenes’ composition and grading, something we can only see with Snyder and Nolan’s comic book outings.

The fight choreography, on the other hand, felt impactful and frenetic this time, though not beyond excellent as The Winter Soldier. Still, this does not fail us from grabbing that sense of oomph with every strike, kick, and punch.

Ryan: One of the things I love about Captain America: Civil War is the cinematography.  The camera makes you grab the edge of your seats, makes your eyes wide and let your jaw drop.  They put you at the middle of the scene, makes you feel like a part of the movie, that is why in my opinion this is best seen at an IMAX theater.



Yuri: True to what most people have affirmed throughout the years, Marvel Studios never failed in casting its heroes to the fold. Each actor played their part befittingly, and even surpassed their previous portrayals of these characters to a huge extent. Chris Evans and Robert Downey Jr., as always, seemed to be more accustomed with their roles now, providing gravitas to Captain America and Iron Man respectively as the conflict escalates. Anthony Mackie’s Falcon felt more useful this time, and stole the spotlight in his own, amiable way. Sebastian Stan’s Bucky, on the other hand, never ceased to amaze me. We’re now able to see more layers and humanity with the Winter Soldier character, as he struggles to come in terms with his past.

Ryan: Are you Team Cap? Team Iron Man? Honestly, both teams have valid points and at the end of Civil War you may even switch sides or better yet, understand what both of these heroes are fighting for. The movie discusses more than the superhero registration act. Without spoiling anything Civil War tackles a lot of issues not only pitting hero against hero. When you see it, you’d get my point. That’s all I could share for now.

Another great thing about Civil War is the screen time for the other heroes. Each hero got their own moment to shine, nobody was placed there just because, they all served a purpose. So if you are wondering will my favorite hero (besides Captain America and Iron Man) have his/her moment? Oh, yes they have!



Yuri: I’ll make this simple for everyone: Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man on the big screen.

If you’re looking for a Spidey that quips a tirade of jokes, but never loses his boyish, yet awkward charm, then this version of the Web-Head might be your thing. I’m certainly looking forward to see more of Tom as the new Web Crawler for the next MCU entries.

Ryan: Spider-Man is one of the heroes that will blow your minds off in Civil War, whether you’re a fan or not. Wait? Isn’t that everyone loves Spidey, right? RIGHT!



Yuri: Captain America: Civil War is the best Marvel Cinematic Universe entry, yet. It is a greatly woven mesh of political intrigue, action, suspense, and drama, all rolled into one, superhero film. Do not be deceived by its subtitle. For all of its intents and purposes, it is still a Captain America tale, one that’s set to change the Marvel landscape on its route to Phase 3’s main stage: Infinity War.

Ryan: There’s already a lot of superhero movies that came out and there’s still a lot on the way, so the big question is, how did Captain America: Civil War fare? Of course, there’d be people that would be comparing it to this and that but I won’t talk about any of it. Let’s just appreciate that we live in a time wherein the stories we were reading a few years ago is now up on the big screen.

In conclusion, Captain America: Civil War is the perfect staging ground for future movies in their cinematic universe. They answered the puzzles left by the previous movies and introduces characters that will carry on the Marvel brand in the future. Also, Captain America: Civil War wouldn’t make you feel short changed. They made the most of their screen time, there weren’t any unnecessary scenes and at the end you’d understand why Captain America or Iron Man did what they had to do. Tony Stark and Steve Rogers both have valid points and as you get out of the cinemas, you’d nod your head in agreement and the best choice that you made that day was see Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War.

Special thanks to Marvel Philippines, Walt Disney PH, and Columbia Pictures for the images and for the invite. Captain America: Civil War is now playing in theaters nationwide.

Yuri Mangahas

Yuri is magnanimously juggling between two managerial jobs: A technical manager position for an advertising/copy-writing company, and an associate editorial position for a fashion and lifestyle magazine. Nevertheless, he still finds time taking photos and seeking for geek nirvana.


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