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PODCAST: Film Focus Episode 13 – Suicide Squad Review

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Howdy ladies and gents of the internet, as some of you may have seen, not too long ago I started a film podcast entitled Film Focus! The latest episode actually went online last Friday, but since I was short for time and had a bus weekend I’m only getting around to posting it on my blog now haha. 😛

Anyway here’s the 13th episode:

As you can see above the latest episode is on the much-talked about Suicide Squad; the latest film from DC and Warner Bros. which has created a shitstorm of controversy online because of the polarizing reviews from fans and critics, and the whole crazy situation with the fans vs critics in regards to Rotten Tomatoes and their low percentage score for the film. But I’m not gonna get into this madness, that’s a whole different conversation. Here’s the thing, I didn’t hate the film, but I didn’t love it either. I did my written review on Friday, but I had a fair amount more to say about this film that was left out the written review, and hopefully you could get a better sense of my opinion at least from a passionate/emotional standpoint. I know my opinion won’t be for everyone, but for those interested in what I have to say (that won’t bite my head off) then please check out my podcast and let me know what you think about it. 🙂

As I said before in each episode I’ll cover a different topic and since I don’t have much in the way of listeners or promotion, I’m here to spread the word about my podcast. 🙂

You can find my main site on Soundcloud here: https://soundcloud.com/film_focus

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So if you have some spare time on your hands and would like to listen to the ramblings of a passionate/strange man then please check it out, and share it with your friends if you can. Also you have any feedback or if you’d be interested in joining on future episodes be sure to let me know, until next time, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on August 9, 2016 in Films, Media

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Batman: The Killing Joke

Howdy ladies and gents, how’s it going? So this morning I was bored and felt like watching something Batman oriented, so I decided to watch the animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke and while most reviews for this animated film have been made available online already, after I finished the film I knew I’d have to talk about it. Note spoilers ahead in the first big paragraph…

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Now here’s the thing, I haven’t read The Killing Joke graphic novel, why? Because I’m a busy that’s why haha. But seriously it’s been on my list of reading material for years, however, I’ve been busy with college, uni, work and my TV bingeing to check it out. But since I’ve been hearing so much mixed buzz surrounding this film I had to check it out, and yeah I can now understand the mixed response for this film for sure.

Here’s a plot summary:

“As Batman hunts for the escaped Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime attacks the Gordon family to prove a diabolical point mirroring his own fall into madness.”

First thing that’s worth mentioning is the fact that this film primarily focuses on Barbra Gordon’s Batgirl for around the first half hour and then around 28 minutes in the actual Killing Joke material kicks in, and while Batgirl’s story was pretty interesting, it also presents the film’s first two issues: 1) Batgirl’s story feels a little separate from the main meat of the film and 2) SPOILERS Batgirl has sex with Batman… Yeah that happens, but more on that in a minute. Firstly I understand the filmmakers intention of fleshing out Batgirl’s story for this film, and certain elements were interesting, a lot of it didn’t feel as captivating as it should have. And secondly, heading into the spoiler-based territory again, seeing Batgirl and Batman get it on gave me such an awkward feeling, even though I had this part of the film spoiled before I saw it, in the scene when it takes place you could see it coming, and it was just strange and a little out of character.

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So with the actual Killing Joke story, as someone who’s technically experiencing it for the first time it was pretty interesting and explored a lot of interesting themes and ideas when it comes to the Joker’s backstory, the horrific events that befall Jim and Barbra Gordon and Batman’s relationship with the Joker. Some of these story and character moments were pretty dark, haunting and thought-provoking. That being said, I feel like this film had a lot of dark, mature and psychological themes and issues that it tried to present to the viewer, and while some of it comes across well, other times it felt like it didn’t dive deep enough, like it was pulling its punches on some of these issues that are real and tough to talk about even though it had an R-rating. And just for my own personal preference I enjoy my Batman stories the most when there’s a balance of the seriousness and light-hearted material, and since this film was more serious I just didn’t enjoy it as much. As for the characters I thought they were all pretty interesting, though the most important people was the Joker, Batman and Commissioner Gordon, all of which had the best material, though the Joker was the most fleshed out and captivating of the whole cast. Oh and we have to talk about the voice cast as well. I thought Tara Strong did well as Barbra Gordon and I enjoyed Ray Wise as Jim Gordon too, but at the end of the day for me its all about Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill as Batman and Joker, my favourite veterans from Batman: TAS, they do well but I felt like their performances weren’t as charismatic or memorable as a lot of their previous work, that being said when he was on-point, Hamill really did well with material.

And finally when it comes to the presentation it’s a bit of a mixed bag, visually the art and animation varies between being pretty good to being a little basic and questionable when it came to the fluidity and use of 3D against 2D animation. Plus the music by Kristopher Carter, Michael McCuistion and Lolita Ritmanis was alright, not very memorable. In the end Batman: The Killing Joke, while it has its moments, felt like a bit of a let down when compared to previous DC animated films I’ve seen when it comes to the execution of the story and animation and while it was interesting, I don’t know if I’ll be watching it again any time soon.

Rating: 6/10

So have you seen this film and if so what did you think of it? Be sure to drop your thoughts in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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EPIC REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Howdy people of the internet, today I’m finally getting around to reviewing Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now I saw this film during the midnight screening yesterday and I’ve been meaning to talk about it since then, but I’ve had work. But I’m free now and after having some time to think about it I think I’m ready to pass judgement.Oh and before we begin I’m just gonna state right now that I’m throwing the rating system out of the window for this review because it would be irrelevant and troublesome.

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The story can be described as the following:

“Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.”

Annoyingly the film’s story starts out well connecting to the events of Man of Steel, but after that things get a little messy. This film had a lot to do especially when it came to introducing us to what’s taken place since MoS, showing us the public’s view on Superman and his actions, why Bruce Wayne has come into play and showing other key elements that place in the main and sub plots. But not too long after the film began the problems arose, what became immediately noticeable to me was the fact that there was a multiple things happening with at once with the story, but not all of it was relevant or engaging, plus some of the editing was strange as we cut to a from several things that messed with the film’s pacing and coherency. We also have plot points that go nowhere or are failed to be properly explained and a lack of proper character motivations lead to some questionable choices as the film progresses. The film jumps all over the place with flashbacks, visions, dreams and current day stuff and it ranged from being interesting to downright annoying as they would show up when up least expected them to. As for being a “Batman vs Superman” film it did some of those elements well with could drama and set up, but some of the motivations and story elements that lead up to their major confrontation felt convoluted and out of character for each of these characters (especially when you compare them to the comics). And the “Dawn of Justice” aspects of the film with the connections to the future DC films was certainly interesting and some of it got me hyped to see some of these solo films, it’s too bad that their place felt random and shoehorned into the film. Oh and I don’t think I can talk about this film without mentioned the length, dear god  I felt the length of this film, so much happens, but believe me if certain plot points had been streamlined or taken out altogether this film would have been so much better for it.

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As for the cast they were pretty good, though some people were really wasted or did not well at all. Let’s start with Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Easily the best part of the film was Affleck as Batman, this man was able to capture the duality of the character well and just the delivery of his dialogue to his facial expression just made me love him. And can I just say that this is the most badass Batman we’ve ever had? This dude in a monster! Batman rolls around like the boogeyman brutally taking people out, he’s scary as hell and you don’t want to mess with him, and while I don’t entirely agree with his characterization (because he’s more like Wolverine or the Punisher), I can’t deny that this version of the Dark Knight was kick ass. Henry Cavill was fine as Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman, but I had hoped for more. Superman is interesting here because he’s got a lot of stuff to deal with him saving people, having the world both love and hate him and trying to sustain a relationship with Lois too. I feel bad for Cavill as he is a good Superman, but he’s given such uninteresting material to work with and he’s a bit plain and dull. Amy Adams as Lois Lane was a character I didn’t really like in the last film and in this film I think she may have gotten worse. Lois has her own little sub plot which wasn’t all that interesting, she made a lot of stupid decisions, was the damsel in distress again and I still don’t buy the relationship between her and Superman.

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Oh and then there’s Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor… Just gonna say it now, he is as bad as you feared. Okay to his credit there were moments, small moments where the guy was actually pretty smart and dangerous, but those glimmers of hope were squashed by Eisenberg’s silly and cooky mannerisms, the guy is just strange and hardly a threat. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman was surprisingly good, I mean the acting was amazing, however, the characters was a lot more interesting than I expected and this film has made me want to see the new solo film in 2017. Diane Lane as Martha Kent was fine, but was more a backseat character until the story required her to show up and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White was decent as well but his appearance in this film has no significance on the main story. Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth was awesome, every time he was around he was insightful, funny and delightful, I just wish there had been more scenes with him in the film. And finally Holly Hunter as fine as Senator June Finch but her character didn’t add up to much in the grand scheme of things.

When it comes to the presentation it was pretty cool. As with most Zack Snyder films the action is pretty hardcore with very crazy and intricate cinematography and visual effects which were put to good use in a lot of action sequences for sure. Though some of the action wasn’t as well-choreographed as I’d hoped considering that this was moment to be major confrontation between Batman and Superman. But I will say the best material was the Batman material, his fights were so insanely hardcore, well-made and man this is the best material we’ve ever gotten in live-action. The film score provided by Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL was a mixed bag, whenever the soundtrack was playing in the background I could tell the difference between Zimmer and XL’s style with Zimmer being a little more classical and XL’s style being a little more aggressive and electronic in sound which felt a little out of place at times. But I will say that the Wonder Woman theme that played during her scenes was pretty cool.

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In conclusion Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was a mixed back. Not since Man of Steel have I been this divided about whether I liked a film or not. On the one hand the film gave me what I wanted and it certainly had moments of badassery and drama, but at the same time the film never became more than it could have been and a lot of the problems I knew I’d have with the film were realised. I could talk about this film for days but I don’t think you’ll stick around for that haha, I recommend BvS to everyone just so you can form your own opinion on it as everyone’s views will be different as it has been shown to be online so far, this film wasn’t terrible, but it wasn’t great either.

So what do you think of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did you love it, hate it or fall somewhere in between like me? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2016 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer #2

Howdy people of the internet, today I have another trailer review and I’ll be talking about the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now I thought the first trailer was pretty cool, so I’ve been curious to know what the next trailer would be like, I totally skipped that teaser preview thing a few days ago because I don’t believe in trailers for trailers, but anyway I saw this new trailer today and I wanted to give my quick thought on it.

Firstly check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? It’s good but a bit underwhelming.

I will say that the first minute and 9 seconds of this trailer, loved it. That initial meeting between Clark Kent and Bruce Wayne was awesome with them sizing each other up, talking about their respective alter egos and how they don’t agree with each other’s methods. They gave pretty good arguments for both sides, but I just loved how with each new reply the tension really started to build. But unfortunately Lex Luthor shows up and breaks the tension with his strange comedic banter, but more on that later.

The rest of the trailer showed a lot of the stuff we’ve seen before life city-wide destruction, Batman and Superman beating each other up and the death body of General Zod. But there was some new stuff like more Lex Luthor and him having him create a new monster possibly using the body of Zod, and yeah let me just skip towards the monster thing. Okay so a lot of sites I’ve seen are saying that it’s Doomsday and I’ve seen a lot of people rip into him saying he was the Abomination from The Incredible Hulk, the cave troll from Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring or an unused design from the 2014 Ninja Turtles film, all of those comparisons are quite funny and in some cases fair. But put that aside, I’ve not got a massive attachment to this villain from the comics so I don’t really have an opinion, but I guess we’ll see how dangerous he is in the film. Also WONDER WOMAN, she had less screen time than she did in the last trailer and she showed up in time to protect Batman from being blasted which was nice and seeing the ‘Hold Trinity’ together which has DC fanboys freaking out was cool, but not overly exciting for me.

My main issues with this trailer was that:

  1. It didn’t really change my status on the film: I’m excited for the film no doubt and I will watch it opening weekend, but I wasn’t elevated to a new level excitement like most second trailers are meant to do.
  2. Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, I’m still not convinced: While I’m sure he’ll probably be good in the film somehow, right now his character felt far too silly and full of jokes, and he’s not a person I can take seriously at all. His comments about Bruce and Clark were also a bit too on-the-nose for me too.
  3. Who the hell edited this trailer?: One thing I didn’t like was how this trailer was cut together, so many quick cuts during certain continuous scenes, it was awkward and unnecessary, just show the action playing out without this horrible editing.

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In conclusion the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was good and provided me with some interesting new tidbits about the film that I hadn’t seen before but ultimately I wasn’t blown away by it. I’m convinced more than ever that Ben Affleck will kill it as Bruce Wayne/Batman and I’m ready to see this film play out, I just hope that it is a good film that’s not too bloated and won’t be ruined by the marketing department.

So what do you think of the second trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Did it raise your excitement or do nothing for you? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 3, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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QUICK REVIEW: Gotham Season 1

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a TV review and today I’m gonna be giving you my quick thoughts on Gotham. When I did my post on comic book TV shows from last year until this year, a person mentioned in the comments that I missed a show out and it was this one. I think that should say something about how I feel about this show, but I feel like I should clarify my thoughts on the show so here we go.

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What bothers me about the show is that it showed so much promise. I mean sure the concept of a Batman show that didn’t have Batman in it and instead focused on the origins of James Gordon, the main villains and a young Bruce Wayne wasn’t exactly what a lot of fans were crying out for. However, the fact that it was giving us an origin to the villain-based characters and had a police drama element incorporated to it had me intrigued, and for the first few episodes, I was into it. I liked the combination of James Gordon and Harvey Bullock as the main cops, Oswald Cobblepot was an interesting sneaky little man, I liked the sassy yet stern nature of Fish Mooney, oh and the awkward yet hilarious Edward Nygma, and the list goes on. Basically, the show was making a lot of good moves by creating a grounded approach, with a slightly more adult tone and different style to what fans have seen adapted to screen in the past. The only problem is that the show never finds its footing.

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Without going into spoilers, Gotham‘s first season seemed to be all over the place in terms of the tone. Sometimes it would emphasise humour, other times it would be super serious, sometimes the stories would be fairly light-hearted and other times there’s get violent and dark, and sometimes all of that would happen in the same episode. I thought the show was going to be cop drama focusing on James Gordon and a handful of villains, but the show gets lost in a sea of its stories, and after a while situations that were once engaging and compelling start to fall flat because they’re either drawn out or lead to bad changes that feel like they were made on the fly rather than being thought out.  As for the references to the source material, some of the name drops and visual easter eggs while interesting occasionally felt shoehorned in and not entirely necessary. Plus I got so uninterested in the show that I dropped it for like six weeks before I came back to another episode, then left it again for ages before I watched the final five episodes.

When it comes to the characters things get complicated because there’s a lot of characters not only at the start but also as the show progresses which leads to a lack of focus on who should have screen time. The focus would shift from one main character story to another when one was clearly more interesting than the other, and some minor characters felt like they were dropped into an episode just to remind you that they still existed. As for the cast, they’re a mixed bag. Some are good while others were never that interesting to begin with, so I’m just going to talk about the people worth mentioning briefly.

Ben McKenzie as James Gordon was good. He was tenacious and headstrong and wanted to do the right thing, but also had to learn about the facts of life and make comprises. Donal Logue as Harvey Bullock was great, this guy was a douche, but he was charming, aggressive and smart about the way things worked in the legal system. Gordon and Bullock have pretty good chemistry and their partnership is what mainly holds the show together. Robin Lord Taylor as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin was one of the strongest people in the cast, at first I loved his character, he was the underdog, intelligent and crafty, yet feeble and unable truly have anything he really wanted. As time goes on Oswald goes to some interesting places, but he eventually starts to become a little cartoonish and uninteresting. David Mazouz as Bruce Wayne was a mixed bag, sometimes he was smart and resourceful, but other times he felt naive and immature and some of that was due to the script other times it was due to Mazouz’s acting skills. Sean Pertwee as Alfred Pennyworth was pretty good, while it took me some time to adjust to the accent, but this version of Alfred was just as cool, active and smart and I had hoped for.

Cory Michael Smith as Edward Nygma was another person I liked, while he wasn’t necessarily evil, he had already gotten his Riddler-like personality traits and that was alright because he was quite fun to watch. Morena Baccarin was good as Leslie Thompkins, she was one of the few characters I didn’t hate because Baccarin brought a charm, elegance and endearing quality to her character. John Doman as Carmine Falconewas pretty good and I also liked David Zayas as Sal Maroni too. Jada Pinkett Smith as Fish Mooney was initially one of my favourite characters. She was smart, cunning, vivacious and doesn’t take shit from anyone, however after a while as her story becomes a little random and crazy and Smith started to go a little too over-the-top with this role and that’s what killed it for me. Camren Bicondova as Selina “Cat” Kyle was another character I started liking from the beginning, but eventually, she became annoying with random appearances in episodes and her schizophrenic like attitude towards Bruce and certain other characters got pretty tedious. Erin Richards as Barbara Kean was someone I never liked from the beginning, I found her dull, annoying and troublesome and while she became more interesting towards the latter half of the season I still never cared for her that much. And finally, Nicholas D’Agosto was fine as Harvey Dent but didn’t leave a lasting impression.

The one thing that Gotham gets right is the presentation. Visually the show looks nice with a solid use of lighting, colour and overall cinematography. Gotham City looks lovely and has a much better presence and style than the latter Chris Nolan Batman films.

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In conclusion season 1 of Gotham, I wouldn’t say it was a complete waste of time, but at the end of the day, I just wasn’t that captivated by this show. It started it out well and had some interesting elements with the characters and certain plot points as well. However, tonal inconsistencies, drawn-out stories, boring characters and lack of “wow factor” culminated in a show that had ideas, but didn’t know how to properly execute them. Now I know there’s some people who liked this first season but for me it was just a bit meh.

Rating: 5.5/10

So have you season 1 of Gotham and if so what did you think of it? Do you feel I’m being too harsh on the show or am not being hard enough? Also if you’re a Batman fan how do feel about this approach the comic book mythos? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters. 😀

 
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Posted by on August 13, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Comic Book TV Shows of 2014-2015 – Let’s Compare

Howdy ladies and gents, now as promised a little while ago in Upcoming Stuff For This Blog, I’m finally getting around to talking about those comic book TV shows. This is the first of a few blog posts on this subject matter (if I can write them up soon enough). So as it says in the title of this blog post I’m basically going to look at the comic book TV shows that started September last year up until May this year. I’m annoyed its taken me almost 2 months to get around to doing this post but I finally have some free time. And just to clarify before I begin even though The Walking Dead and iZombie are comic book shows, they won’t be counted unfortunately. Minor spoilers to follow…

Arrow

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Arrow was a show I was reluctant to watch at first because of the hype behind it and the whole dark and gritty approach aesthetic, but I really ended up liking seasons 1 and 2, and so I was super hyped to see what would go down in season 3. So imagine my surprise to find out what a disappointment last season was overall. Now don’t get me wrong, there was a lot to enjoy. I liked the earlier half of the season with the introduction of characters like  Ra’s al Ghul and Ray Palmer, and then there’s some of the progression of the characters from season 2 as well which was interesting. The action was still super slick, nicely shot and well-choreographed, and the crossover material with The Flash was cool. But my problem with Arrow‘s third season is that it loses its focus, it felt like the focus was less on Oliver and more on everyone else, also the stories in this season just weren’t as engaging as they were before, there was also some annoying love stories taking place and the flashbacks which were once an interesting look back into Oliver’s life, just became tedious and far-fetched. Plus there were just some bad decisions made with some of the characters and stories that made this season more of a chore to watch more so than anything else.

As for how it compares to the other shows it is hard to say. While it’s clearly not in the same league as The Flash and Daredevil, you can say that it was better than Constantine and argue it was better than Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter, but I honestly had more fun with those shows than Arrow but that’s just me.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was a show that most people had given up on by the time season 2 started and it only had its loyal fan base to keep the viewership alive. Luckily season 2 corrected a lot of the problems with the first season by moving at a quicker pace, having further development of the established characters, having more action sequences and hand-to-hand fights and utilizing the comics better. The people behind the show did well to use characters and stories from first season and bring them back here, but in addition to that they were able to introduce more new characters and make them fit into the overall dynamic of the show while also changing up the basic formula. There was more drama for Coulson, we got answers for why Skye was so special, we finally found out about Melinda May’s past and got to see more of evil Ward. But the biggest reveal of this season was the introduction of the Inhumans which changed the structure of the show a lot and added the super-powered aspect to the show which it really needed. With all that being said season 2 still had problems with creating engaging stories for people who weren’t familiar with the show, some of the new characters were wasted and because of the swift pace some stories felt rushed.

When it comes to comparison, AoS was better this season, better than Constantine and in my mind more fun to watch than Arrow. And I liked it a little more than Agent Carter too. But it was nowhere near as good as Daredevil or The Flash.

The Flash

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Ah The Flash, the show that a lot of people are claiming to be the best comic TV show ever, and for good reason because it’s pretty awesome. I feel like this has been the most consistent, fresh and fun first season of any comic book TV show I’ve seen in these modern times of comic book adaptations. While I’m not too familiar with the Flash source material, that did not stop me from engaging with the show’s characters and stories. What’s so great about this first season is that it is not another dark, gritty and realistic superhero affair like arrow or the Chris Nolan Batman films, it is light-hearted and comedic, it also embraces its super-powered side, is also self-aware, has plenty of fan service for fans and still finds time to be dramatic and emotional when the time comes. Even though this season is an origin story for Barry Allen, there’s a lot of groundwork being made for his friends and enemies, and storylines that will come to pass in season 2. I think my only issues with the show was that the first few episodes were a little slow and had that annoying CW habit of inserting popular music in episodes when it clearly wasn’t needed.

As for how this show compares to the rest would argue that it is the best as it had such a nice balance of action, drama and humour. Daredevil comes in at a close second because of its style, genre and action but lacks the consistency and fun factor that this show has.

Constantine

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Constantine is another one of those shows that most consider a failure, I mean look at all the problems it faced:

  1. It was on NBC
  2. It had a bad time slot
  3. It was barely marketed so no one really knew about it
  4. The show made a lot of sacrifices with the source material which turned a lot of fans off

The show was fighting an uphill battle and add on top of the facts above that it was less adult than the comics, had so-so reviews and very little viewership. It is no wonder that the show got cancelled considering all of those factors. That being said, I thought the show was pretty good and I know that there were a good few people on the internet that were fans of this show too. I think what made this show good was two key factors: 1) It was the only superhero TV show that had a heavy focus on the supernatural/horror side of comic books and 2) It had a great central performance from Matt Ryan, while the rest of the cast were good, but it was Ryan’s performance that made the show worth watching. While it did start out a little slow, I reckon it was around episode 4/5 when things started to get interesting, eventually in the final stretch of episodes things started to get pretty dark, dramatic, suspenseful and pretty creepy.

When you compare Constantine to its other DC counterparts it just did have the same kind of engaging stories, style and heavy focus on action that Arrow and The Flash had. You could argue that it was the weakest of the bunch in this list of shows, that’s not to say that it was terrible, but in my opinion the other shows were a little more show of themselves and had a lot more charisma.

Agent Carter

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Now let’s talk about Agent Carter‘s first season. This show is very different from the other mainly due to its length, 8 episodes is a pretty short time span, that being said it allowed this show to tell a concise, interesting and action-packed story. Getting to see more of Peggy Carter’s adventures after Captain America: The First Avenger and seeing what kind of challenges she faces, not only around the workplace, but also emotionally and physically when she was kicking ass. This show did a great job of showing off both Peggy’s vulnerability but also her badassery, and pairing her up with Edwin Jarvis was great as they made for an unlikely but hilarious pair. I liked the ties to the comics and other MCU films, the use of new villains and interesting action they were able to pull off considering the 1940’s setting. I will say that as much as I liked the show, I would have liked more spy-oriented material, some more likeable main characters and a swifter pace for some of the story elements in the first half of the season.

As for how it compares to the other shows, Agent Carter was good and some fans said it was better than Agents of S.H.I.L.E.D. and while this show was a little more consistent, I think it didn’t have as fun characters or as interesting fight scenes. I will say it was better than Constantine and I liked it possibly more than Arrow‘s last season. Still doesn’t have anything on The Flash or Daredevil though.

Daredevil

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Daredevil is the only one of these shows I’ve had the chance to see twice, and had I been blogging about the show after my first viewing I would have probably been singing its praises and would have said that it was the best show. However my love for the show has taken a knock since watching it the second time round. That is not to say that show’s bad now, far from it. Daredevil is still one of the most intriguing, different and violent shows I’ve seen in the comic genre and it’s brilliant. What you have to appreciate about this show is the crime drama setting, the great cast of characters, choreography of the action sequences and darker tone within the MCU. The main performances from Charlie Cox and Vincent D’Onofrio are great (especially with D’Onofrio who has humanised one of the best Marvel villains and given him a new interpretation with this show). The show isn’t perfect though, it does waste some of its good characters, and some of the stories leading up to the finale aren’t as impressive as what’s come before which does affect the quality of the show which before episode 10 in my opinion is near perfection.

As for how it comes compares to the other shows on this list I would say it’s just behind The Flash as the best of the bunch. The show makes a few missteps and has some inconsistencies that just make it a little less great than it should be.

So that’s my thoughts, thanks for reading. Be sure to comment below and let me know if you think my opinions are correct or not, and if you have your own opinions about the shows above, write them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on July 28, 2015 in Media, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Steel

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #26 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today talking about the terror that Steel.

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Back in the 90’s I loved Shaquille O’Neal, he was my favourite NBA player and loved watching him play basketball on TV. I’ve never known him to be a good actor, I’ve seen him in a handful of TV and film roles but the only thing I remember him in was that one scene in Good Burger haha. After watching the Nostalgia Critics review I was hoping to never find a reason to watch this disaster of a film for myself, but because of this blogging series I am diving ever deeper into shit pile to see what I can find and everyday it seems like discovering things that should have stayed buried.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“John Henry Irons designs weapons for the military. When his project to create weapons that harmlessly neutralize soldiers is sabotaged, he leaves in disgust. When he sees gangs are using his weapons on the street, he uses his brains and his Uncle Joe’s junkyard know-how to fight back, becoming a real man of “steel.””

Let me be clear from the beginning, this film is horrendous! SHAME, SHAME, SHAME! *Rings a bell* I have endured Supergirl, Captain America and Spawn, but nothing has made me feel so much rage and disgust like Steel has. Like the Angry Video Game Nerd says, “What were they thinking?” The story in this film is ridiculous from beginning to end. The codes and conventions, themes and story progression is the most cliché and generic stuff you could think of meshed into one film. There’s The film feels like it was aimed at children with the life lessons the film tries to teach and the whole ‘costumed superhero is cool’ kind of vibe that the characters give off, but it’s so silly and nonsensical that it doesn’t work. Also this film is trying to hard to be cool, adult and smart but it fails at all three, the way things happen in this film is predictable, painful and ridiculous. After a while I was barely paying attention to what wa going on because watching this film hurt my brain with all the horrible dialogue, infuriating one-liners, references to Superman and Batman, and stupidly obvious situations that some of the characters couldn’t find their way out of. When the film was over I was mentally exhausted, no joke.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s Shaquille O’Neal as John Henry Irons/Steel. O’Neal just doesn’t have the acting talent to pull off a role like this, he tries his best but it’s not good enough and comes across more cheesy and silly than serious and cool. Also Irons for all his intelligence is one dumb guy, he can’t do the most basic of things and I doesn’t know how to engage certain people emotionally. Annabeth Gish doesn’t fare much better as Susan “Sparky” Sparks. This girl is smart but is also be quite obviously and foolish. Also there’s this implied romance between these two but they act like they’re in high school, like they’re best friends just discovering like there is some kind of spark between them, but the film is so poorly written that nothing important ever evolves between these two characters. Oh and then there’s Judd Nelson as Nathaniel Burke, oh god, what did this film do to you Nelson! I adored this guy in The Breakfast Club, how did he go from that to this? Burke is about as cliché and typical as you can get as the villain of this film, he is always looking out for number one, is very egotistical and is out for revenge, but nothing that he does ever makes you root for him or even like him. Richard Roundtree as Uncle Joe is another horrible person in the cast spouting one-liners and trying to act all funny by being old or hip and it doesn’t work. Irma P. Hall as Grandma Odessa doesn’t fare much better being annoying for the same reasons as Uncle Joe, but also for going on about that damn souffle all the time. And finally Ray J just adds the cherry on this turd sundae as Martin, he’s this annoying little kid who has a very warped idea of what it’s like to be smart, successful and normal. He’s constantly going on about making money, doesn’t want to do his school work and is falling in with the wrong types of people.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is pretty bad. The action is lacking in any sort of ‘wow’ factor and doesn’t have any memorable moments (besides maybe that ridiculous moment with the wheelchair with guns 😦 ) Also the special effects, there wasn’t that much of them but they were still pretty lame. Oh and that costume, it is frigging horrendous! I don’t know how the character looked in the comics but surely there must have been a way to make Shaq look cooler than what he got in the film, it looks barely put together and nowhere near superhero quality, for shame! As for the soundtrack, besides the main theme that’s kind of cool and feels like a cross between Shaft and RoboCop, Mervyn Warren’s film score is just off. It has a nice funky sound mixed in with a more traditional orchestrated sound but it doesn’t really elevate the film or add to the what’s happening on-screen and a lot oft he time it feels mismatched and awkward.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? I haven’t read the original source material but something tells me from what I’ve read online that this film done goofed by creating its own original spin on the DC Comics character.

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So to conclude Steel is shit, yeah I said it. I don’t like to swear too often because I don’t want people to get the wrong idea about how I use my vocabulary, but it is films like this that make me want to freak the hell out and drop some curse words. This film is a mess, it’s long, annoying, insanely silly and not funny at all. It is a dirty stain on the superhero genre and is an insulting viewing experience for anyone who is subjected to it. Just stay away from the god-awful film and if you are curious just watch The Nostalgia Critic’s review, you’ll be better off for sure.

Rating: 1/10

That’s 26 reviews done, only 4 more to go. So have you seen Steel and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 26, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Batman & Robin

Howdy people of the north, south, east and west, and welcome to Day #16 of Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’m reviewing a film I was hoping to never have to actively go out and watch again, but for the sake of this blog series I am once again having to step back into the danger zone with one of the most hated superhero films in the history of the genre; Batman & Robin.

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So yeah, this film, yuck. Every once in a while you get reminded of its terrible existence on a top ten worst list somewhere or when you talk about the history of comic book adaptations, but otherwise most times we try to forget that this films happened. If you remember my Month of Superhero Film Reviews from 2013 you may recall that I reviewed Batman 89, Returns and Forever, but skipped this one in favour of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, but something told me that if I decided to do a second month of these reviews then this film would be waiting and unfortunately today is the day.

The story can be summed up as the following:

“The Dynamic Duo attempt to prevent Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from freezing all mankind to death and repopulating the earth with mutant plants, while at the same time struggling to keep their partnership together.”

Let’s get this straight, this story is terrible. Straight from the beginning the film offends and confuses the eyes with the Batman and Robin suit-up scene with the shots of suit nipples, cod pieces and ass shots. Why? And then the rest of the film happens and you realise that the first scene in the film is just the start of the painful rollercoaster. This film is filled to the brim with cheesy puns, bad one-liners and cliché dialogue that feels like it was written in a very short space of time. Nothing in this film feels realistic or impressive, instead it is quite bizarre, strange and completely illogical. There’s also a lot going on from Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy both wanting to take over the city to trust issues going on with Batman and Robin, add on top of that the subplot with Alfred’s illness, Mr. Freeze’s wife and the addition of Batgirl and here’s just too much to follow and it doesn’t help that everything unfolds in a generic and cartoonish manner, so much so that when the film tries to inject scenes that try to add some dramatic heft to the film it fails because of the over saturation of foolishness that’s taken place beforehand. It goes on for far too long, THIS FILM DID NOT NEED TO BE TWO HOURS LONG! It is absurd how long the film goes on for and a lot of the story could have been streamlined so easily had it been written better. And speaking of the writer, I never knew until now that Akira Goldsman, one of the awesome writers from Fringe is responsible for this terrible script. While his work has never been good all of the time, at the same time it is hard to believe that he is part of the reason why comic book films went to shit before their revival in the early 2000’s.

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Now let’s talk about the cast. Firstly there’s George Clooney as Bruce Wayne/Batman and yeah it’s not a very good performance. Clooney is a good actor for sure, but he was definitely the wrong choice for Batman. He doesn’t have the right look, physicality or charm of Bruce Wayne or Batman and he just doesn’t seem that convincing when he’s trying to be serious and the one-liners he has just makes me cringe. Chris O’Donnell as Dick Grayson/Robin, OH GOD! O’Donnell was at least tolerable in Forever for me, but here is just a whiny little bitch who has the worst one-liners and acts like a child when he’s a fully grown man. There is nothing cool or engaging about this version of Robin and O’Donnell should be ashamed (no offence to him because I do like the guy now, but this is something that I will never forgive). Oh and we can’t talk about this film without mentioning Arnold Schwarzenegger as Dr. Victor Fries/Mr. Freeze, well, this is pretty much as bad as it gets. Schwarzenegger is super cheesy and hams up the role to the highest degree and it makes all of his ice/cold puns that much more painful, that being said the one-liners he comes out with are so bad that they’re funny at times. Uma Thurman as Dr. Pamela Isley/Poison Ivy, oh bloody hell. Thurman does her best to give us one of the most over the top performances in recent film history, her character is very lame, unbearable and non threatening.

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Alicia Silverstone as Barbara Wilson / Batgirl. Silverstone, I’m sure she’s a good actress elsewhere but here she is just so unrealistic as a teenager or young person and I couldn’t take her seriously as a cool/badass motorbike racer or as Batgirl. Michael Gough as Alfred Pennyworth is okay, but his character felt a little overly charismatic and silly and while most of his standard character traits are intact, I feel like Gough wasn’t as engaging as before. Pat Hingle is kind of pointless as Commissioner James Gordon, his character feels like window dressing at this point and he was poorly used here. John Glover was SO cheesy and over the top as Dr. Jason Woodrue, could not take him seriously at all. I was surprised to see Elle Macphersonin this film as Julie Madison, didn’t notice her before, she was fine but unnecessary in this film and the same could be said about Vivica A. Fox as Ms. B. Haven. And finally Robert “Jeep” Swenson as Bane, what a waste! Fool. Whoever told Swenson to act the way that he did needs to be fired, Bane in this film is a mentally inept child with super strength but acts only when told by Poison Ivy and that just sucked. He is pretty much as bad as Sabertooth from X-Men 1.

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Now let’s talk about the presentation. Visually the film is a bit crazy, the colour scheme is so vivid and bright and while it does create a unique world for Gotham City, it really takes away from the interesting identity of the city that I’ve known and the versions of the city that’s been presented in previous films. The GCI is alright, but is not nearly as impressive as some other films at that point in time, also the action scenes are ridiculous with lazy choreography, too much wire work and sequences that felt like they replicated straight from the essence of the Adam West Batman TV series, but not in a good way. As for the soundtrack, Elliot Goldenthal returns to craft this film score and besides the themes that return from Forever which is fine for the most part, the new music is composed for this film is so silly, bombastic, sassy and larger than life, but in the worst possible way. It only helps make whatever you see on-screen worse especially when Poison Ivy is around.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well my Batman knowledge isn’t that dense but from what I can see they totally messed a lot of things up. Firstly Batgirl, who is meant to be Barbra Gordon and daughter of Commissioner James Gordon is instead the niece of Alfred for some strange reason and has this whole different persona and character history. Besides the look of her costume, Poison Ivy’s powers and personality was butchered, the same can be said for Bane who was dumbed down to a mindless thug with strength and Mr. Freeze, while they got the backstory with his wife sort of right, everything from the costume to his level of intelligence and demeanour, they done fucked it up. And the less said about those awful Bat costumes the better, suffice to say that they are terrible and should have never been conceived.

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So to conclude Batman & Robin was and still is one of the worst films not only of the comic book superhero genre but in the whole of film in general. This film should only ever be watched if you’re drunk and want to something to laugh at or get angry at depending on your mood, otherwise this film should never be seen by anyone with a shred of logic, it sucks, nuff said!

Rating: 2/10 (only gets points for the ice puns)

That’s 16 reviews done, only 14 more to go. So have you seen Bartman & Robin and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2: Green Lantern

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to Day #4 of my Month of Superhero Film Reviews 2! During this month I’ll be reviewing of some of the best, average and worst comic book adapted films. Today I’m going to be talking about a film I thought I would never have to see again, but because of this blog series I am once again going to talk about Green Lantern.

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SIDE NOTE: At the time of writing this particular review it is February 5th, so by the time it is actually published it would have been just over a month since I experienced this film. I had to get this one out of the way early for timing purposes.

Oh Green Lantern, what can I say about this film that hasn’t been said by many people already? I even did a video review for the film many moons ago and it wasn’t exactly glowing. I never thought the film would be great, but I had hoped for much more. The first trailer was terrible, the subsequent trailers gave me hope for the film. Then I saw this film in the cinema with a friend and was just so disappointed with the end result, and since then I have not watched the film… Until this year. So how does the film fare almost 4 years later? Well read on and find out.

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Story-wise the film can be summed up as the following:

“A test pilot, Hal Jordan, is granted an alien ring that bestows him with otherworldly powers that inducts him into an intergalactic police force, the Green Lantern Corps.”

The plot is functional, but hardly original or entertaining. Besides the GL mythos and villains of the film, this story feels like it belongs in 2001 rather than 2011 with all its cliché and generic plot points, overly comedic tone, cheesy character moments, the standard love interest and standard evil villain. Add on top of that an origin story of not only the hero, but two villains and the backstory behind the whole Green Lantern Corp, all it feels rushed and meshed together without enough time to process things. While keeping a swift pace in films these days is a good thing, here it comes at the cost of any character development. And it is annoying because there is potential here and had the writers given us better dialogue and an overall coherent plot then this film could have ushered in so many new fans to a DC property other than Batman and Superman, but instead they done fucked it up.

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As for the cast they were fine, but only a few people actually matter in the grand scheme of things. Ryan Reynolds is really the only person who does a good job as Hal Jordan. Now before this film came out I was a growing fan of Reynolds, he was one of the only likeable aspects of X-Men Origins: Wolverine and his performance in Buried is still underrated and unappreciated. In this film he does his best with the material he is given and the film does play off of Reynolds’ comedy talents, that being said, sometimes it can be a bit much and you can’t take him seriously. Also it doesn’t help that Hal Jordan is a jerk, is not responsible and even after his journey I don’t feel like he’s become any more likeable. Also as a superhero I know he’s just starting out, but the things he imagines with his ring are so lame and lacking in flair and creativity. Blake Lively as Carol Ferris is comparable to Jessica Alba in Fantastic Four; gorgeous woman but is only there to be the love interest. Lively is so pretty but I can’t take her character seriously at all, plus Carol’s so dull and generic that you don’t buy into or care her relationship with Hal. And then there’s Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, oh god, let’s just say that his performance is one of the worst aspects of the film. Prior to his transformation Hammond is a smart yet closed-off individual, however once he gets his powers the dude becomes a little more twisted and creepy… And annoying. I didn’t know it was Sarsgaard under that make up, I’ve seen him in other films and he’s been good, however here his performance is so over-the-top and loud. This guy screams A LOT and I can’t take anyone like him seriously when he scream like such a little bitch.

Mark Strong does a decent job as Thaal Sinestro, Strong brings a good amount of charisma and his own personality into the role. Angela Bassett as Dr. Amanda Waller is fine, but she is completely wasted. I didn’t know until now that 1) Bassett was even in this film and 2) That a character as important as Waller was even in a film. The film done two injustices in one go. Tim Robbins is another hidden face I didn’t know was in the film until I saw it again today. He played Robert Hammond and was fine, but like Bassett before him he was wasted. Temuera Morrison was alright as Abin Sur. Taika Waititi as Thomas Kalmaku was kind of funny and annoying at the same time, plus he distracted me because he looked like some imitation of Moss from The IT Crowd. Geoffrey Rush and Michael Clarke Duncan did nicely as the voices of Tomar-Re and Kilowog but their characters weren’t on-screen long enough for you to get attached to them.

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When it comes to the presentation its a bit messy. Some of the CGI looks nice, well, when it is static shots of Earth, space and certain planet surfaces. However everything else looks rough, blurry and unpolished, like it was made for television and while I understand that some films can’t afford to have the best special effects, this film looked like it just needed more time to be polished as it didn’t look very realistic or blend well with the live-action shots. Also what the hell did they do to the GL costume? I know elements things need to be updated for film, the new design was so ugly, illuminated and wrong. The soundtrack by James Newton Howard is weak, rarely does it sound epic or important or even leave an impact, the best track in the film is when the first set of credits roll. Howard is good composer, but here the music feels a little off.

And lastly how does it compare to the comics? Well since the only DC characters I know a substantial amount about are limited to Batman and Superman to some degree, I can’t say much about Green Lantern in comparison to the comics. I’ve seen the character appear in the Justice League animated series and The Batman, but that’s all I really know him from. From what I’ve read from certain fans of the source material, certain aspects were kept intact like the mythos behind the Green Lantern Corp, but everything else got changed and/or butchered.

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In conclusion my feelings on Green Lantern haven’t changed much. This film has some decent moments and Ryan Reynolds was the best aspect of the film, but the cons definitely outweigh the pros with so much potential wasted with the source material and talent involved. I hope DC have learnt from this film and will give us a better GL experience in 2020.

Rating: 5.5/10 (A disappointment for sure)

So there’s my review people, only 26 more to go. So have you seen Green Lantern and if so what are your thoughts on it? Drop me a comment and let me know your thoughts yo! Come back tomorrow and I’ll have a new film review online, until then peace out!

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2015 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people of the internet, today I have another trailer review for you and today’s one is another important one as it’s the teaser to  the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Now after the awesome Star Wars: Episode 7 trailer recently, I thought that there wouldn’t be another great trailer to watch for a while, however, Batman v Superman leaked online and being the nerd that I was I just had to see it, and then it officially got released I think a day later. So how does it look? Well read on and find out!

Check out the trailer below:

So my first thoughts after seeing this trailer? Cool, pretty damn cool, I want more please.

This trailer was pretty much exactly how I expected it to be; dark, muted in colour, and in line with the tone of Man of Steel, however what I didn’t expect was how the inclusion of Batman would make me even more excited for this film than I was before. I make it no secret that I’m more of a Marvel fan than DC fan, that being said I love me some Batman and I feel like that is the key aspect that has me interested in this film. No offence to Superman, but Batman is friggin Batman, the dark knight, caped crusader, creature of the dark and all-round badass and in this trailer I got that vibe from him.

This trailer pretty much gives off a “these are the dark days” kind of vibe, from the voice overs and imagery on-screen, it looks like things have not progresses well since Superman’s last outing. What this trailer does well is that it helps illustrate what the state of the world is in the DC film universe and world after the events of Man of Steel, people question Superman’s existence, and ask things like is he a saviour? Is he doing the right thing? Looks like Superman these days is subject of controversy with some who like him and some who hate him, the guy even has a statue made in his honest but it has the words “false god” on it, so yeah Superman has a lot on his plate these days. I also love some of the lines from some of the voice overs like:

  • “Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
  • “Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power.”
  • Lex Luthor: “Devils don’t come from hell beneath us. They come from the sky.” (clearly Jesse Eisenberg sounding pretty cool and Luthor-like from this line of dialogue)
  • Alfred: “That’s how it starts. The fever, the rage, the feeling of powerlessness that turns good men… cruel.” (This is my favourite quote, it is very classic Alfred and Jeremy Irons says it with such style and poignancy.

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The imagery for this film looks very nice and distinctive, it reminds me of the style of Watchmen (but then you could argue that it is the same style that Zack Snyder does in all of his films). I don’t know if it is just because it is because of the way the world looks or if it is because of the inclusion of Batman, but this film seems bleaker and more grey than Man of Steel. There are more dark clouds, extra emphasis on the lighting and shadows, with shots in the daytime that look pretty bright while shots at night are dark but have plenty of light sources to highlight the action (like lighting, fire, explosion, artificial lighting, etc). That shot of that man reaching to the sky towards Superman’s direction, it looks very fantasy-like, like he really is reaching out to god-like being with Superman almost silhouetted by the sun, that is a pretty shot. Oh and that shot of Batman (I assume) inside that building (that reminds me of that place where Superman killed Zod in Man of Steel), it looks very dramatic and the use of smoke, lighting breaking through the window and the colour blue really makes the scene look cold and dramatic. I can tell that the film will have a lot of special and iconic-looking shots in its cinematography.

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Oh but the best thing about this teaser is inclusion of Batman, period. For me the main selling point of this film is the introduction of Batman, I know it is a sequel to a Superman film, but he’s not really as interesting or cool as the beast that is the Batman, and thankfully he looks frigging badass, we get a few looks at him and even get to see Ben Affleck outside of the suit as Bruce Wayne too.

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Just looking at this image above, Affleck really looks cool. Even though Affleck has a very recognisable face and screen presence, here he really looks serious and badass and I am feeling a Bruce Wayne vibe from him. It is that look in his face and his black shirt that just feels very Bruce Wayne-like and leads me to believe that he will kill it in this role.

But what is more impressive is the Batman costume. For a while now, I’ve always said about each of the live-action Batman films that my only nitpick is that the Batman suits have never looked comic book accurate. I know that with adaptations things have to change and there were limitations with certain films because of the different points in time. For me the Tim Burton suits were the best and closest to the comics, while the Christopher Nolan suits were interesting variations but not very accurate to comics. This new suit, DAMN, now that’s what I call badass! It is very close to the suit from The Dark Knight Returns, it also retains that iconic Batman looks from the cowl to the cape to the grey coloured suit underneath. And that shot of Affleck in the suit as he rises up looks so beast! He looks like a frigging tank and you see him in this suit and you;re like, “Bloody hell, I don’t wanna meet that guy on a dark night.” That is the look of an imposing anti-hero and I love it. Oh and another thing to note is that shot of Batman on top of that building with his cape blowing in the wind looks really cool and again really taps into that comic book style.

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And then there’s the final scene with Batman and Superman (which some of us had scene last summer from the Comic-Con trailer), the two stare each other down, one from the sky and the other from the ground, all the while with the rain, thunder and lightning, and then Superman comes down to the ground, and that’s pretty much the point before the fight will take off. I really like the way Batman’s armoured suit looks, it is very cool and sharp, but this scene is mainly notable for the quote that Batman drops: “Tell me, do you bleed? You will” That is some hardcore words there, and fan across the internet are already freaking out about it.

DctHud3 uEXT4xJOh man, it looks like things are about to kick off yo. The rain really reminds me of a Matrix Revolutions type of battle (I know, bad film to make a comparison to but it had to be done).

In conclusion the first trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks pretty cool. I can tell that this film will be something to talk about for ages after it comes out if any of this footage is an indication of what’s to come in the final film. From the very pretty visual style to the shots of the batwing and batmobile and seeing Superman in this god-like manner, it feels like it is tapping into the comic book material and is making fans happy for sure. It is super dark, moody and very atmospheric and Batman looks frigging awesome. While this trailer blow me away personally, it was a lot better than I was expecting and I can’t wait to discover more about this film later on in the year.

So what do you think of the teaser trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Are you over the moon and freaking out about it or are you disappointing or just okay with it? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to drop them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next review. Laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 18, 2015 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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