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EPIC REVIEW: Justice League

Howdy ladies and gents, its time for another review and today I get to talk about one of the biggest films of the year, Justice League. Now to say that the lead up to this film has been rough would be an understatement, with the mostly negative feedback to Batman V Superman and Suicide Squad and the success of Wonder Woman, the odds were stacked against this film. Add on top of that the fact that Zack Snyder left the film because of family tragedy, Joss Whedon had to step in to finish the films and since then there were numerous conflicting reports about what had changed, and how much of the film was changed because of Whedon’s involvement. Anyway, the film’s out, the reception’s been mixed and now its time for me to throw my thoughts into the mix! 🙂

So the plot can be described as the following:

“A new evil force comes to Earth threatening to bring about the end of the world, and so Bruce Wayne and Wonder Woman work together to find and recruit a team of special individuals including Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash to stand against this newly awakened threat.”

So the plot of the film was good, not great, but solid. Firstly I liked the backstory involving the main villain, different races and the Mother Boxes, that along with certain dialogue about locations, history and characters helped flesh out the world and create mythology that was interesting and intriguing, it not only built on what we got in Man of Steel, Batman V Superman and Wonder Woman, but helped make this film more engaging and left the door open for future films to build on. I also appreciated how the story was simple, yet layered with themes relating to teamwork, death, leadership, moving on from the past and finding courage in the face of uncertainty. There was also some wonderful references to the comics with certain scenes and dialogue which made me smile a lot too. That being said there were some issues, certain scenes dragged or felt boring, there were some tonal inconsistencies, and some of the humour was good and some of it fell a bit flat and ill-timed. And some of the plot decisions were a little basic and certain dramatic or important elements were resolved quickly without enough time to simmer.

As for the cast, I liked them, some more than others. Let’s start with Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, now some people like him as Batman, some hate him, I fall into the former category. Affleck’s portrayal of Batman was one of my favourite parts of BvS and he’s put to better use in this film. I liked how Bruce was strong-willed, focused, yet reckless and uncertain. Gal Gadot was quite good as Wonder Woman, it was interesting her in the modern world, dealing with issues not only with her past but also with some of the actions of her teammates too, Gadot has certainly found her groove with this role and besides being super beautiful, she’s confident, strong and smart. Ezra Miller as The Flash was a worry for me before watching this film because of my love for Grant Gustin’s version, but I did like this cooky, strange and lighthearted guy, he was mainly there for comic relief, but he some serious and smart moments too, and Miller’s charisma was magnetic. Jason Momoa as Aquaman was cool, he’s this serious, yet chilled out and funny kind of guy who does the right thing when the tie is right. The real surprise was Ray Fisher as Cyborg, I thought he looked like the most boring character from the trailers and he ended up being one of my highlights of the team with his attitude towards the way he was created, his interactions with the team and his importance to the plot, Fisher’s portrayal was quite engaging. The team as a whole had a wonderful dynamic filled with humorous and aggressive tendencies which made their eventual formation and scenes on and off of the battlefield nice.

CiarĂĄn Hinds had a nice intimidating presence as the voice as Steppenwolf, unfortunately, the villain was a little on the generic side. I also liked Henry Cavill is definitely in the film and he was quite good (not a spoiler, it’s in the trailers), Jeremy Irons as Alfred was just as fun, as he was in BvS offering insightful information while providing some good jokes here and there, seeing the return of Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, was welcomed, Amy Adams and Diane Lane was fine as Lois Lane and Martha Kent, Joe Morton as Silas Stone was fine, but I thought it was more interesting that he was the guy from Terminator 2 in this film haha, and Amber Heard’s introduction to this world as Mera was cool. And finally, J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon was good and liked his version of the character, I just wish there was more of him, there wasn’t enough! 😛

When it comes to the presentation it was good for the most part. Visually the film was nice, the was some lovely attention to detail with the way certain shots were framed and the cinematography the action sequences were a mixture of creative and fun scenes that ranged from the heroes fighting the bad guy, to the heroes fighting each other and many others, and it looked great. But there were a few moments where following the action was a little tricky, the GCI was also a little dodgy with certain faces, body movements and locations lacking in detail. The music from Danny Elfman was something I was paying attention to from the beginning and I quite enjoyed it. Elfman’s score is one that has a presence, it is full of impact, drama, triumph, playfulness and while it isn’t as memorable as some of his previous work, the way he worked in the classic Batman and Superman themes, from Batman 89′ and Superman 78′ was delightful.

In conclusion, what can I say? I liked Justice League, it was much better than I expected considering my low expectations, and while this film doesn’t reinvent the genre or does anything in an amazing fashion, it was pretty fun with some good action, good characters and solid music. Besides issues with the story, tone and villain, the film was certainly a step in the right direction for this cinematic universe,

So have you seen Justice League and if so what did you think of it? Was it better or worse than you expected? Also, how does it compare to the previous DCEU films? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below and I’ll see ya in the next review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2017 in Film Reviews, 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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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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Man of Steel Video Review

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Alrighty then well Man of Steel is out and I’ve already done my written review a little while ago. But in case you’re not keen on reading I’ve done a video review for you lot to have a look at if you’re interested. Please check it out as I would like a few more views please! 🙂

Here’s the link below:

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Review

Okay then, now it’s time review what is probably the biggest film of the year, Man of Steel. There has been a lot of hype and marketing promotions going around to make sue that people know that this film is coming out. It has been suggested many moons ago that this would be the film of the year. So now that I’ve seen it, is Man of Steel the triumphant return of Superman? Well I can say that this is finest Superman film that’s come to exist since the original 1978 film.

The premise for this film is as follows:

“Clark Kent is a humanoid alien who after being transported to Earth from the dying planet of Krypton, was adopted as a child by Jonathan and Martha Kent. Raised with the values of his adoptive parents, he feels alienated because of his unique super powers and struggles to find his own place in life. When the world is attacked, he becomes the hero named Superman to protect Earth and its people.”

The story in this film definitely was different. In comparison to the previous Superman films it is a lot more serious, realistic and modernized from the original source material. We get to see more of Krypton, learn Zod and his crew and have more for Superman do too. The film’s overall narrative works though it doesn’t always feel cohesive at points. This film finds a way to tells Clark’s story through flashbacks and for the most part it works, though sometimes it doesn’t work as effectively. In truth I found the first half of the film not as interesting as the second half, some points just felt like they dragged or didn’t properly connect, but eventually the film finds its feet and gets really cool especially towards the end.

Also for those who have seen Superman 1 & 2, you’ll notice the similarities to the previous films and how some of these story elements or characters have been updated/changed for this film. Some of it works a lot better in this film whereas some of it works in the classic films instead. I can’t go into spoilers so watch the film and then you’ll see what I’m talking about.

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When it comes to the characters of the film the cast do a great job of bringing these characters to life.

Let’s start with Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman/Kal-El (he has many names lol). Cavill shows that he has true star power as he gives us probably our best version of Superman. I like how this version of the character is conflicted, isolated and a little more serious and had a good sense of justice too. I guess my only nitpick would be that Cavill was a little too serious and wasn’t too jolly and that’s something I missed from the Reeve version of the character. Then there’s Amy Adams as Lois Lane, I like Adams as an actress and I thought she was good in the film, all I need to say really. Now to talk about Michael Shannon as General Zod. I really was looking forward to seeing Shannon in this film because I’m a massive fa of his and while he was good in the film, I guess he wasn’t as epic as I thought he’d be (believe me he can be even more intense than this.

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Russell Crowe as Jor-El was definitely different and had a more active role than Marlon Brando back in the old films, I did like this version of the character Crowe did it was cool. Also Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent were awesome, I loved their portrayals of the characters, they were active in Clark’s life and offered some great advice and life lessons for him and I felt like this was the best version of the characters I’ve seen so far. Laurence Fishburne was as Perry White but I wish I’d seen much more of him. Antje Traue as Faora, one of Zod’s followers, she was pretty badass in the film but I didn’t really care for her character as much as Superman and Zod. And lastly Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van was lovely as Kal-El’s mother, she had a much more active role than the actress in the first film and I liked how this film made her feel a lot more relevant.

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When it comes to the presentation I can easily say that it’s the BEST aspect of the film. This film looks amazing, the cinematography is great, the look and style of the film was nice and the CGI was great. The visual feats crafted in this film was nothing short of amazing. This film finally gave us a film where Superman looks and feels like Superman. His powers were beastly and really came to life in this film in ways the previous films couldn’t do (like Superman’s laser eyes, they were perfect in this film). Plus we get to see Superman fight people IN ACTUAL COMBAT AND IT WAS BADASS. The scenes were intense, epic in scale and great to watch. As for the soundtrack, it was handled by the brilliant Hans Zimmer and I really liked it. Obviously it was a tough challenge to follow-up the iconic score and themes created by John Williams, but Zimmer does a great job at giving us some beautiful and dramatic that sometimes sounds similar to Inception on occasions too.

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In conclusion Man of Steel wasn’t a disappointment by any means, I guess I just expected more because of the critics who hyped this film up to the heavens. I had absurdly high expectations and I guess some of them weren’t met. That being said, Man of Steel is the definitely a good modernized and dramatic take on the classic character and its also most action-packed DC film I’ve seen for a while now. While I’ll probably have to see the film again before I can truly tell whether I love it or not, most people will fall in love with it straight away. Go check this film out, it’s finally a Superman film that works in the present realm of superhero films.

Rating: 7/10 (The most epic Superman film that’s come into existence)

So what did you think of Man of Steel? Did it met your expectations or were you let down? Do you agree with me or think I am mental for my score? Whatever your thoughts drop them below and I’ll see ya one the next film review yo! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 14, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Trailer #3 Review

Alrighty then here we are in April and Man of Steel is set to come out in 2 months so what better time to bust out a new trailer. Now as you might have seen across the internet there’s been a lot of news, images and new footage showing up for this film and I haven’t been blogging about it. There’s a reason for that. Up until now as much as I’d like to see a good new Superman film, nothing Man of Steel has shown me so far has gotten me overly excited. But now we have this trailer and for the first time I’m genuinely feeling hyped up. Check out this beastly trailer below:

We open the trailer with a familiar scene to those who know Superman’s origin story, the destruction of Krypton and seeing baby Superman being set off in his space pod to Earth. This new version is nicely handled and features some lovely dialogue like when Lara Lor-Van (Ayelet Zurer) says “They’ll kill him.” to which Jor-El (Russell Crowe) replies “How?” That was just some sweet ass dialogue yo. So then we cut to a lot of scenes we’ve seen before in regards to shots of Clark when he’s younger running around with his cape to the scene when he saves the kids on the bus. And then there’s this lovely scene between young Clark and his foster-father Jonathan Kent where Clark discovers his alien origins. We also get a voiceover from Louis Lane (Amy Adams) where it sounds like she’s possibly looking for Superman and states that he’s been moving from place to place and has performed acts and feats that’s made people aware of his presence. and then after a nice monologue from Jor-El with footage of Superman in the icy location the cool stuff starts to kick in.

There’s also scenes of the city of Metropolis is under attack and there’s all these big ass alien stuff causing havoc and we even get to finally hear Michael Shannon as General Zod and he sounds epic. “I WILL FIND HIM!” Jesus, no that’s the sound of a man on mission and Shannon sounds almost as scary as he is in Boardwalk Empire. We also get to see Superman fly around, save people, get taken prisoner and get interrogated by Lois  Lane we she asks him about the ‘S’ on his chest and he’s that it isn’t an ‘S’ and it is at this point where she’s about to call him Superman but it cut off by the man in question. And then just in the last part Superman seems to be dealing the damage to someone in some high-speed punching in the air and that was sweets as hell.

Even though there’s still a very emphasis on Superman’s origins, he’s alienation from the human and all that talk of him being a saviour, there is also a lot of action and that’s what I’ve been looking for. For a while I’ve wanted to see what kind of cool ass stuff Superman could do in this film and what kind of threats he’d face and finally we get glimpses of that here. Superman seems pretty damn fast, way faster than before and literally moves from places to place at a speed where if you blink you’d probably miss him! And that is cool. Visually some of these action scenes, sequences and set pieces look insane! But since it’s a Zack Snyder film that’s to be expected. I’m loving the scale of all this destruction and chaos going down, it looks just as big as the New York invasion in The Avengers!

I guess the only thing I didn’t like about the trailer was the music, it came across a bit lame and didn’t have that right sound to it. I mean some could argue it has some degree of epicness, hope and maybe even a heroic side to it. But for me it came across a bit meh, it was just there and a little bit cheesy.

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Overall this is the first thing I’ve seen since the teaser trailer that’s actually makes me want to watch the film. Man of Steel is finally looking like a badass Superman film that I’d want to watch, I just hope that it’s ‘grounded and realistic’ approach doesn’t take too much away from the comic book source material, I don’t need another Dark Knight styled film.

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Man of Steel Trailer #2 Review

I technically would have reviewed this yesterday, but I didn’t feel completely compelled to talk about it. Anyways, Man of Steel is the new Superman film coming out next year and the second trailer came out yesterday. By now you should have had enough time to see it, if you have yet to view it, check on the trailer below:

Okay now let’s review this trailer!

Alrighty then, now this is a very interesting trailer, the look, the tone and style is completely different from the Superman films of the past. There seems to be a heavy emphasis on Superman’s life prior to donning the suit, we see scenes of him as a kid where there’s an incident involving a school bus falling into the sea and I assume Clark saves them. But it seems like his actions don’t have those good heroic outcomes and instead make him come across as an outsider, forcing him to keep his powers a secret. There was some cool moments with Superman walking with his cape flying around towards the camera and there’s this beautiful moment where Superman is just about to take off, stones start to levitate and the air around him starts shift just before he flies off into the sky. I really like the look of this film, the use of colour is interesting because most of them are all muted and there seems to be a heavy use of greys and darkness similar to Watchmen in my opinion. The CGI looks up to scratch and the dynamic camera angles make me feel like this film will have the action sequences covered too. Man of Steel really seems like it’s got a heavy focus on the alienation of Superman from the rest of the world and how the people of the planet will eventually come to accept him at their hero. This trailer really didn’t give anything away and after watching it there are still many questions about the film that you want to learn about.

My only issue with this trailer is besides a few cool shots of Cavill in the uniform and seeing Michael Shannon as General Zod, the rest of this trailer does exactly make me scream like a little girl and make me want to scream towards the heavens in excitement. I mean when I watched the trailer for Iron Man 3 I blew up and even the little teaser trailer for Star Trek Into Darkness was enough to send me into a crazy state of excitement. I am still interested in the film, don’t misunderstand me, I just hope the second trailer that comes out a few months down the line will be able to make me stupidly hyped for Man of Steel like everyone else on the internet seems to be at the moment.

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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New Image of Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel

All the images I have seen of the new Superman outfit have been hidden by shadow or seen in boring set photos. The first picture looked interesting, but there still hasn’t been a proper good looks at the suit. And while this new picture doesn’t give us a full-body image it does give us a slightly better look of the suit. The following article is brought from the ever reliable superherohype:

“Henry Cavill has landed on the cover of Studio CinĂ© Live magazine in his Superman outfit. The cover made its way online today and you can check it out below!

Directed by Zack Snyder, the film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner.

Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy.”

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The suit does looks a lot better in this photo, we get a clear look at Cavill’s face and hairdo as Superman and it does look pretty nice, and the suit, while not as bright in colour as it was before, it does have some new and interesting patterns in this new design. This is probably the best photo of Superman released in relation to Man of Steel, though I’m still waiting for an awesome film poster with a full-body shot of the suit.

 
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Posted by on December 8, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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The New Man of Steel Poster is Here!

It seems like this is the time to release new information on new and upcoming films because the news hasn’t stopped recently. Just yesterday the poster for the new Superman film came out and had a bit of the internet in a flutter. Here’s the article I read from superherohype:

“Two weeks ago, Warner Bros. put up the promise of an Exclusive Reward from Man of Steel in conjunction with the home video release of The Dark Knight Rises and it’s finally here. Below you’ll find the brand-new poster for the film!

Henry Cavill plays Superman in director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. The film also stars Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, and Laurence Fishburne as her editor-in-chief, Perry White. Starring as Clark Kent’s adoptive parents, Martha and Jonathan Kent, are Diane Lane and Kevin Costner. 
 
Squaring off against the superhero are two other surviving Kryptonians, the villainous General Zod, played by Michael Shannon, and Faora, Zod’s evil partner, played by Antje Traue. Also from Superman’s native Krypton are Lara Lor-Van, Superman’s mother, played by Ayelet Zurer, and Superman’s father, Jor-El, portrayed by Russell Crowe. Rounding out the cast are Harry Lennix as U.S. military man General Swanwick, as well as Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy. 

Man of Steel is coming to 3D, 2D and IMAX 3D theaters on June 14.”

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Now I know a poster isn’t really anything to work with when it comes to judging what films will be like prior to their release, but some posters do give you a decent idea of what you’re getting into and normally should excite you and get you hyped up. However in the case of this poster I am not feeling the hype at all. Now I know this is a different take on the character and we should expect some new and unexpected things, but this poster doesn’t invoke anything ‘cool’ or ‘exciting’, it doesn’t even make think “Oh this is interesting.” I also don’t like how blurry the picture is, I know its part of the poster design, that doesn’t sit well with me with a hi-res poster of a film, and I feel like the clarity should be much sharper. Well it’s not like I’m excited for Man of Steel, I am hyped for it and the teaser trailer looks badass, I just hope this film will give us a great story with solid characters and most importantly proper action sequences!

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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