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Captain America: Civil War

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Release date: April 29, 2016

Directors: Russo Brothers

Collateral Damage when saving the world becomes an issue for the Avengers, as political pressure leads to the installation of a set of rules for the team. The new status quo deeply divides members of the team. Captain America believes superheroes should remain free to defend humanity without the government interference. Iron Man disagrees and supports oversight. As the debate escalates into an all-out feud, characters are left to pick a side, Iron Man or Captain America?

Marvel have outdone themselves this time. Essentially the film was a sequel to both Captain America: The Winter Soldier and The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Full of action and plot twists, the movie kept me in suspense and engages the audience, as we see different sides to Tony Stark and Steve Rogers. Captain America: Civil War picks up with its ostensible character (Chris Evans) working with his Avengers teammates – Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Vision (Paul Bettany), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and War Machine (Don Cheadle) – to stop terror around the globe. The Opposition consists of Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) and Clint Barton/Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) as well as Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man, and the long-awaited arrival of Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.

You see a Rebellious side to Rogers in this movie. For once, this do-gooder breaks the rules and helps Bucky (The Winter Soldier) to escape after being wrongly accused of terrorism. On the flip side, we see a more conservative co-operative Stark, which is a massive contrast to the Tony Stark we have seen in the other movies. It’s a revitalising change.

The film has an immense fight scene and it will surprise you! For all you comic lovers out there, you will find an Ant Man surprise *no spoiler*. The conflict between Iron Man and Captain America builds up throughout the movie and the climax was … well it was brilliant. The introduction of Spider-Man was done in a different way to I imagined, but it was superb. Seriously, there is never a dull moment in this movie.

I do have to throw a shout out to Robert-Downey Jr. The acting was immense. The emotion that he portrayed when he fights Cap was Oscar Worthy. I will tell you though, this movie is an emotional roller coaster. From laughing to shock to sadness, we feel it all!

Gina

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X-men Apocalypse Review:

Director: Bryan Singer

Release Date: 18 May 2016

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Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac) becomes the first and most powerful mutant, as is considered by a God by mankind. After accidentally being awakened from sleep thousands of years later, he recruits the scorned Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and other mutants to create a new world order – where only the strong will survive. As the fate of the Earth hangs in the balance, Professor X (James McAvoy) and Raven (Jennifer Lawrence) lead a team of young X-Men to stop their seemingly invincible nemesis from destroying mankind.

After watching X-Men (twice) I have to say it was amazing. The introduction of so many vital characters was brilliant as each one had their moment to shine and we see them develop as characters. Admittedly Bryan Singer has packed his movie full of a few too many characters, however I quite liked it. Some of you may find the film a bit rushed, as there are so many elements to it but I enjoyed it. There wasn’t a dull moment at all!

Watching Apocalypse, you don’t feel as though each character is being set up for their own spin off movie. Each character integrates and compliments each other – they need one another as a team which is the whole point of the X-Men! A definite bonus!

You may that Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen weren’t in this movie, however the younger generation are great. I personally think the characters are more engaging than some of the characters in the Original X-Men trilogy.

So, I have to say, I am a huge Quicksilver fan! Both comic book and movie. The fact that Evan Peters is Quicksilver makes me love him more – He portrays him brilliantly! As expected there was an amazing Quicksilver scene, and it was as brilliant as you would expect.

Okay, enough fan girling. Essentially, the movie was awesome. Now that the origin stories have begun for many of the characters – Jean Grey, Cyclops, Storm etc.- it’s clear that many of the characters have reasons to hate humanity for their treatment. That is how Apocalypse manipulates them, by preying on the resentment.

As much as I hate to admit this, Sophie Turner made a brilliant Jean Grey, but I can’t get the Sansa Stark image out of my head every time I see her – which is annoying as Sansa and Jean are two completely different ends of the spectrum on the Kick Ass Scale. Tye Sheridan’s portrayal of Cyclops was okay – I felt he was a little bit Jock for my liking. Kodi-Smit-McPhee’s Nightcrawler was super adorable, and Nightcrawler is quite relaxed about being a mutant – which makes his role in the X-Men team admirable to watch. As you may know, I love Quicksilver, but come on guys! Evan Peter’s depiction of Quicksilver is in a league of its own. JLaw and Nic Hoult were as usual perfect. Does anyone else find JLaw’s kick ass sexy, determined Mystique as remarkable as I do? She rocks the role. The bad girl version of Storm was a refreshing change from Halle Berry’s Storm in the sense that you see her true dilemma with mankind.

Finally, Fassbender and McAvoy. One of the issues that the film faced was integrating how Xavier will lose his hair in the movie (no spoilers). All I can say is … It was brilliant. It both fits the story line and doesn’t come across as a random urge that Xavier has to shave his head. A key aspect of the story is Fassbender’s heart breaking experience when in hiding, and we watch his drift back to the dark side, and the Motivation behind his new hatred of humanity.

All in all, I really recommend this movie for all you action fans! Even those of you who are into comedy movies, I would suggest this movie for you. There are so many emotions that you go through during this movie and Singer captures both the pain of the mutants that is relate-able. Singer should be proud of this film!

Gina

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