Movie Review: Justice League (2017)

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Plot: Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy.

You can say a lot about the lackluster of appeal the majority of movies DC has eked out has, but I do admire how devoutly DC sticks to Zack Snyder. Whether it is detrimental or genius or blindly devout, they are sticking with this guy and we must all just deal with it. Patty Jenkins did a fantastic job with Wonder Woman, and she’d be a strong contender for any DC material out there, but I guess these guys are just not ready to let a woman do the job she’s certainly qualified for and choose a lesser able man to do it.

BUT, despite what the internet is telling you (Seriously people, you don’t have to hate everything just because it’s fun to smack down films), Justice League qualifies as one of the better DC movies. Certainly second to Wonder Woman, but compared to the joke that was Suicide Squad (which I didn’t hate completely) and the absolute disaster that was Batman vs. Superman (I’d like to forget that one completely), the Justice League is nearly Oscar material in comparison.

Snyder, who I’d like to say at this stage it can’t all be his fault, has a distinct modus operandi. The excessively dreary dialogue and repressive atmosphere that makes you question why you ever liked movies, the irritatingly long fight scenes (remember Zod vs. Superman? FML), the monumental and recurring and completely unnecessary GCI. It’s exhausting, but up until this point DC has not suffered at cinema. They have likely noticed how much more popular their competitor was, and it was a really good decision to attempt some lightheartedness while also keeping the signature dark style.


However, only one of these irritations became a reality. The fight sequences were handled ridiculously quick compared to Batman vs. Superman as well as the drawn out Superman film in 2013. There were attempts at humor, which worked for the most part. The story was less cluttered and the dialogue had a clear direction. The CGI was the main culprit and was horribly abused. Since Henry Cavill is on the poster, it can be safely deduced that he’s in the film, so that is not a major plot spoiler I’m giving you now (or if it is you lack deductive skills). Followers of Cavill on Instagram will know that he’s sporting a moustache for an upcoming Mission Impossible film. (He, and maybe Tom Selleck, remains the only men to successfully WERK the moustache) He was contractually obliged to keep said moustache throughout shooting, and when Justice League reshoots clashed with the ‘stache, the powers that be decided to CGI the shit out of Cavill’s face. The results are startling, leading many people to wonder if he is, in fact, Human Shrek. The scene where his face is altered is clearly visible and terrible work – I can’t imagine how that got approval. His resurrection is fake and devoid of feeling because of CGI-Superman. I was confused in cinema – his face was distorted and it looked terrible. I sat in the second row of the cinema (was fully packed), so got a very close up and disturbing view of CGI-Superman. Even knowing now why he looked like that does not make it better in any way.  He had a whole lot more teeth than what is usually visible on his beautiful and talented face. That said, Cavill is a superb Superman – he has the gravity required for the success of the role and certainly looks the part. It also takes a whole lot to convince me that Jason Momoa is the second prettiest thing on screen.


Justice League is miles, and I mean MILES, better than Batman vs. Superman. Ben Affleck has become more comfortable as Batman, he has some believability in the role now, and manages to inject some humor and sarcasm into his portrayal that was desperately needed. He has injected a humanity into his portrayal that was absent in BvsS, something that made him that much more a success of a character. There are also multiple mentions to the fact that the reason he’s a superhero is because he’s rich, which got some chuckles from the crowd. Ezra Miller is a great Barry Allen – he’s so hilariously young and awkward and he is responsible for making the movie more lighthearted. I’ve been pained by Miller in the past – his usual roles are so weird and whiney, but he was an excellent choice for this role. I could have done with some more backstory on Allen, as well as with Cyborg (also an excellent casting choice in Ray Fisher), and the delicious Arthur Curry (Momoa). They showed enough of him to make me excited to watch Momoa as Aquaman for that origin story. It struck me that it was the first time I heard Momoa actually speak English (his other native tongue being Dothraki), and for his major return to the spotlight this seems to be a great role for him.

Wonder Woman returns to Gotham, and her work is questioned by Batman, who displays into the White Man syndrome fantastically. He queries why she hasn’t been a beacon to people, never considering that she gets to make that choice herself. All her actions are basically only to show how strong her male colleagues are, and when Aquaman (Jason Momoa) sits on the Lasso of Truth, her beauty is complimented whereas Superman, Cyborg and The Flash have their abilities complemented, a sure sign that a male director called the shots. I love Gadot as Wonder Woman, and it is an unquestionably the better film. I’ve seen some unhappiness by the Amazonian’s decidedly smaller costumes, and it’s true – Themyscira underwent a troubling fashion change at the hands of Snyder.

I cannot stress enough how good the casting is in this film. Ezra Miller impressed me to no end, and he has a quirky banter with his team mates. He even manages to be endearing. Momoa is well, Momoa, big and manly and tough. The glimpse into the underwater world we will get to visit in Aquaman was beautiful, and I can’t wait.

A not so good thing about Justice League is the utterly forgettable Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds). He’s poorly introduced, and for all the hard work in keeping the “boxes” safe, he just smashes through all lines of defense. He is also yet another CGI villain from DC. His vampirish followers are slightly scary. His end is ridiculous and leaves room for so much open ended questions. Where did he even go? That end is also preposterous – as my friend pointed out we have all these super-humans battling Steppenwolf and the second Superman pitches everything is saved? What is the point of the Justice League then? How about the incredible Cyborg? The warrior Wonder Woman? The Flash that is seemingly only as fast as Superman, eliminating the need for him almost entirely? Aquaman that saves the team from certain death by water?

I’d love seeing a more realistic villain – this guy was so vague about his purpose and half the time he was a secondary focus point. Can we maybe have less CGI villainy and more real-human villainy? I hope with Lex Luthor in the credit shots we are going to have that the next round.

I enjoyed JL – it is not without flaws but it is the first real attempt DC made to correct their ensemble films. It’s been a good year for these guys and I’d love to see what they conjure up next year.

Have you seen Justice League? Leave your thoughts below

Rating: 7/10

Movie Review: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)


Plot: The adventures of writer Newt Scamander in New York’s secret community of witches and wizards seventy years before Harry Potter reads his book in school.

Rating: 6/10

If I could rate this movie purely on how pretty it all looked I would have rated it at an 8/10  – it looks pretty and the magic is impressive. I have a great love for the magically conjured umbrellas, it looked simply beautiful. Humour is readily available by the movie clown Jacob Kowalski (Dan Fogler), an unfortunate human caught in a magical mess. I enjoyed seeing Colin Farrell in a film again, I feel that he has completely slipped off the radar in later years and hope this beckons a return for him. However, I am not supportive of the move of magic to America – talk about people needing a pat on the head to feel included. I really hated the No-Maj term – just NO – it lacks originality and sounds and looks stupid. Eddie Redmayne generally impresses me when I see him in something, but I was not a major fan of his work as Newt Scamander. He was twitchy and strange and lacked confidence completely. Ezra Miller was CREEPY – that is an achievement of the film as that would probably stay with me forever.


The biggest flaw was the lack of story – Newt lands in America by BOAT – since when are we not apparating, folks? And somehow is careless enough to set loose some beasts which he tries to capture in. Throw in a female magical president (and a thorough dose of shade to the current American political landscape), Gellert Grindelwald, a badly plotted love story and some new magic terms, and you end up with a queasy mess that isn’t even close to what Potter originally was. As for the two major plot twists? The one is obvious from the very start and the second surprised me – I won’t go into detail for those people who still wish to watch it.


Sadly, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them wasn’t that fantastic. I think I love Potter too much and notice anything that doesn’t jibe with the original works. However, it looked pretty and is well acted out, which should not be ignored.

Have you seen this film? What did you think?

Movie Review: Perks of being a Wallflower (2012)




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Recommendations to watch a movie don’t always deliver on their promises, but I received enough to take a chance and watch this. It was a quiet Sunday night and being as it was only 1 hour and 45 minutes meant it went quickly and enjoyably. Amazingly enough the story is so well developed and everything gets explained in such a short amount of time. The cast isn’t exceptionally famous – Emma Watson and Dylan McDermot lead in that department, but the support cast were amazing and contributed towards the success of the film.

Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a shy teenager who is nervous about becoming a freshman in high school. He is so shy that he the only person he talks to on his first day is his English teacher Mr Anderson (Paul Rudd), who immediately notices his potential in the subject.

Charlie eventually makes friends with two seniors, Sam (Emma Watson) and her stepbrother Patrick (Ezra Miller). They become friends when they take him to a diner and Charlie even manages enough courage to join them on the dance floor at a school dance. At the house party afterwards, Charlie smokes weed and then tells Sam that his best friend committed suicide the previous year. It is one of the many sad things that surround Charlie and Sam and Patrick introduces him to their misfit friends.

Patrick, who is gay, tells Charlie about his relationship with Brad (Johnny Simmons), a popular and supposedly straight athlete. Charlie agrees to keep it quiet because Brad is terrified of his own homophobic father finding out. Charlie also starts helping Sam with preparations for retaking her SAT exams so that she can become a student at Pennsylvania State University. Sam kisses Charlie one night even though she plans to date someone else, and tells Charlie that she was molested as a little girl and also about how troubled her life was before she changed herself.

Charlie starts to date Mary Elizabeth (Mae Whitman) for a bit but eventually her overbearing nature leads to a breakup that Charlie handles extremely poorly. All his friends are furious with him for kissing Sam in a game of Truth or Dare (he had to kiss the prettiest girl in the room) and afterwards Patrick tells him it might be better if he steered clear of them for a bit.

Charlie’s condition worsens and he keeps having flashbacks to the car crash that killed his favorite aunt Helen (Melanie Lynskev).

Brad’s father finds out that he is gay when he catches Brad and Patrick having sex. He beats Brad as predicted and Patrick and Brad breaks up because of him. In the school cafeteria there is an altercation and Brad refuses to stand up against his friends to protect Patrick. Patrick hits him after Brad calls him a faggot, and Brad’s friends immediately start beating him up. Charlie comes to his rescue and saves Patrick, but can’t remember how he beat so many boys that were all larger than him. Afterwards he is reunited with his friends.

Sam finds out that she has been accepted into University and that she needs to leave immediately. She and Charlie kisses and when she touches his leg he immediately moves away because it triggers childhood memories.

The following day Charlie keeps having flashbacks of his aunt and calls his sister. He tells her that it is his fault his aunt died and she immediately notices that Charlie is suicidal. She calls the police and Charlie is taken to a mental healthcare facility where he starts recovering. His doctor finally gets him to tell that his aunt molested him as a child, and when his parents find out they are heartbroken. He is eventually able to go home, and when his friends return for vacation he and Sam kisses again.

Rating: 8.5/10

Perks is a beautiful, beautiful movie. It has been a while since I’ve seen a movie of this quality. It manages to address so many issues in society: depression, sexuality, molestation, and guilt and peer pressure. It reminded me to be kinder towards teenagers – not only do they have all these issues to deal with but they are also locked up with another 1000 bunch of walking hormones for eight hours a day.

Charlie was such a sad and powerful character. As more of his past comes known your heart just continues to break for him. Eventually when I found out what really happened to him I was so angry and sad.

Emma Watson, post Hermoine Granger, is entertaining to watch. From the days of the Philosopher’s Stone she has developed exponential acting abilities, and I would be the first to say that her previous franchise didn’t use it correctly. She is sweet as Sam, a nice girl who has had rough patches in her life. As an actress Emma should stick with these quirky, intelligent roles, it really suits her.

This is definitely the best coming of age film I’ve seen ever and I highly recommend it. It is a good enough movie for older people to watch even though the movie is about teenagers.