Justice League Trailer Breakdown


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Let me tell you a story. After failure of Batman v Superman DC exes sat down with Zack Snyder. They asked Snyder to analyze why their movies get so much bashing while Marvel keeps winning. The same MARVEL THAT ONCE HAD A PLATHORA OF MEDIOCRE CHARACTERS AND THEIR ONLY TOP PERFORMING CHARACTER WAS SPIDER-MAN.

Snyder thinks, he tells the execs – ‘I think it’s the jokes,’

‘Marvel has a lot of jokes in the movies,’ Snyder continues, ‘I think we should add more jokes and shoot a major chunk of the movie during the daytime.’

And hence we got Justice League.

DC is desperate. The early trailer at SDCC proves that the company is trying to gain the trust of the fans one more time. Only this time they have added the element of humor and jokes in their trailer. Finally they have joined Marvel in the line of making funny trailers, on which the fans used to take pride in one calling ‘our movies are dark and serious’ and ‘we don’t make funny movies like Marvel does.’ They can proudly join the bandwagon of DC loves fun and humor.

My only problem is that these jokes are on the level of Green Lantern.

Despite all the hate, I have learned to hold my horses. There are parts of the trailer that made me feel intrigued and like every DC movie that has disappointed me in the past, I am going to watch this movie as well.

Here is my analysis for the trailer

Meet Aquakhal

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Probably the worst addition to the team, Jason Mamoa’s casting was happened in a time when DC was ruled only and only by Zack Snyder. He thought Mamoa will be as dark and brooding character like every character in DC universe. Only then time changed, now he has to be a fun character and it simply doesn’t come out. He looks out of place Old Spice model. Everytime he shows up in the trailer is a cringeworthy moment, but I’ll talk about the cringiest moment later.

A Motherbox

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We move to another scene where we see an ancient king buying a secret. Somehow I hope that he is King Arthur and this leads to a Justice League Dark movie. He and his army men bury something deep underground that looks like a mother box. Either this is the same mother box that gave Cyborg his exoskeleton or it is one of the hidden one that Steppenwolf is seeking on the Earth.

Wonder Woman in action

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If Aquaman is the worst part of the trailer than Wonder Woman is the best. Gal Gadot is the Wonder Woman personified, whether she is in her costumer or not. In the trailer she looks fierce and battle ready. She stares at a foe out of focus from the scene as Diana emerges from behind the shield.

An Alcoholic Aquaman

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If he was not forcibly trying to be dark and brooding, he is also a drinker. We will get to see some tragic backstory may be in a very Snyder style.

Meet Cyborg

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I have never seen Ray Fisher act. We get to see his character before he met with that horrific accident. Here Victor Stone is the high school football player studying at Gotham University. His collage’s name can be seen on both his jacket and in the background. This scene may be a flashback as we have already met a fully transformed Cybog in Batman v Superman.

Meet Barry Allen

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We get to see the best part of the trailer. We meet Barry Allen, Erza Miller is Barry Allen defined on the screen. A confused, one liner cracking superhero who has his own issues. He needs friends.

Now this is the part that worries me. While the scene looks a lot similar to Tony Stark recruiting Peter Parker in Civil War, the jokes are simply out of place. A dialogue sounds forced and the ‘I need friends’ part creates a very Green Lantern’esque nostalgia in my mind. I hope his dialogues are better than this.

Otherwise Erza Miller is the Barry Allen personified, with a sequence he wins the whole trailer.

Justice Four in Action

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Finally we meet the first four of Justice League. Cyborg’s suit looks unfinished while I am still wondering why Barry has an armor suit. They head into an underground tunnel to fight something unknown. Aquaman is not here, he’ll be saved for the final battle to emerge has the king and tell everyone, ‘hey look I am here to help you peasants.’

I am more excited to see Superman with a ponytail. I hope they don’t spoil that in the trailers.

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Just what I feared, there are a lot of worries regarding Aquaman already. I hope they don’t make him a joke in the team. Right now he sounds like a character who his forcibly trying to be serious but his teammates don’t take him seriously.

I can just hope that Aquaman’s baddassery is shown to the audience and we get to see Jason Mamoa wearing his golden armor and in blonde hair.

 

Villain of Choice for The Flash Movie


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Flash, hits to the theaters in 2018. With an impressive rogue gallery, there are a lot of interesting villains to choose from.

While most of us want this to be a time travel movie with Reverse Flash/Zoom as the main villain, I personally want the movie to be centered around Barry and Central City.

I for one don’t want Reverse Flash in the first movie. I want him to be working behind the shadows and coming out in a future installment as a full fledged villain.

As per my understanding, Flash has been a superhero for a while in DCEU and when we see him in the movies he’ll already have a few enemies.

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My suggestion is to keep Rogues as the secondary villains with Captain Cold, Heatwave, Weather Wizard and Mirror Master teaming up to defeat Flash. These are the villains who Barry defeated in the past and sent them to jail. They meet and decide to take him down for once and for all.

But then The Rogues have a code of honour and are big fans of flash. They have helped him save Central City on a few occasions and this is where the primary villain comes into play.

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Gorilla Grodd is a hyper-intelligent telepathic gorilla with the power to control the minds of others. At one time, he was nothing more than an average ape, but after an alien spacecraft crashes in his African home, Grodd and his troupe are imbued with super intelligence by the ship’s pilot.

We can have a formidable villain who mind controls most of Central City. The final battle takes place as Barry teams up with the Rogues, beats Gorilla Grodd and saves central city.

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I’d suggest the filmmakers to show Thawne during the after credit scenes or show up in the final battle. That will make the ending more impactful and keep the interest in the future films going.

Do suggest your ideas in the comments section.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition Review


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Batman v Superman’s extended edition came out last week and I got a chance to watch the much hated and criticized version of Zack Snyder’s epic failure on the box office. I long time back I told you that why a Justice League movie in bound to fail. I was then called a bully by many. But I guess my predictions were almost true after all.

Batman v Superman is as heartbreaking as my last breakup. You wait for something for two years, as the time goes by, you cannot stop talking about it. Then comes the day when it turns out to be a lousy move and you leave for your home, alone and heartbroken.

So who is to be blamed, for the movie (not for my breakup). After extended edition, it turns out that it was totally Warner bros fault who decided to cut down the movie at important parts. No wonder it turned out to be so badly edited. While a lot of things make sense, most of the things don’t. Lex’s plan and how he obtains the files is still unknown, Batman and Superman’s rivalry and that cringe worthy Martha scene are things leave you baffled in the end.

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The best part of Ultimate Edition is that it makes Clark Kent an actual character. The greatest improvement to the film comes from Clark’s expanded story. The biggest problem with theatrical cut was that it shorted Clark Kent/Superman’s real story. The theatrical version didn’t give Clark a whole lot to do while the Ultimate version gives him so much more. Clark has to consider the consequences of his actions throughout the movie and Batman becomes his dark mirror.

There’s a scene prior to the car chase sequence where Clark meets with the wife and son of one of the criminals branded by Batman. All of a sudden the entire sequence and why Superman needed to confront Batman starts making sense. Because of lack of these sequence, the Batman Superman fight scene feels like a random moment in the theatrical cut.

We also get some Superman moments that make him seem a lot less like a cranky and mopey persona and more like a responsible hero. There is a huge sequence after the Capital bombing where we see Superman helping survivors as the carnage of the aftermath unfolds.

The expanded opening gives us flamethrowers scorching bodies which implicates that Superman killed the African warlords. We also get a lot more insight into Lex’s overall scheme and get actual confirmation of every implication about Lex’s responsibility for the bombing of the Capitol. The extra scenes make this plot point feel a little more fleshed out. It’s not perfect, but then things start making sense.

Han Zimmer’s Man of Steel theme does more for the character than the actual performance does. The piano melody is solemn, lonely, but hints at an abundance of hope. Although not the bombastic and powerful ballad given to us by John Williams, it does tease the old theme throughout the soundtrack, and the newer theme is a strong piece that makes up for some of the character’s flaws to create a feeling of greater depth.

Actually, Han Zimmer and Junkie XL did a great job with the soundtrack. With Batman’s Suite we hear hints of Danny Elfman’s take on the character. Some of the music is drowned out in the mix early on in the film, but some songs come through quite powerfully. Namely ‘Is She with You?’ the Wonder Woman Theme, which is an onslaught of heavy war drums and gritty guitar riffs. Well done.

Other tracks are more operatic, perhaps more in line with the great opera Zack Snyder attempted presenting us with. The Lex Luthor theme is whimsical and maniacal all at once, much like the character portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg.

The Ultimate version doesn’t fix everything. If you’re looking for any clarification about the strange dream sequences (aka the ‘Knightmare’), then it still doesn’t make sense. Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is still badly written character. The bit where Superman says ‘Martha’ and they become best friends: still there. Nothing here helps lighten the overall dark and philosophical tone of the film. The editing becomes better, the direction is still bad so you’ll still have to sit through the three hours of bad filmmaking.

In any case, the “Batman v Superman” Ultimate Edition will be a nice thing to have going forward into the DC Extended Universe. It’s not the best possible version of the movie, but it’s better than being saddled with the theatrical cut forever.

 

Movie Review – Deadpool


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I went to watch this movie with expecting a slapstick comedy with superheroes. The promotion was impressive but given Ryan Reynold’s two previous ventures into comic-book movies I was a little less hopeful.

Deadpool is a satire on comic book movies. As a comic book character that breaks 4th walls, he is the parody of everything superhero. Deadpool is the brilliance of Marvel comics and shows their balls to take jabs on their work. The movie might have been directed by Tim Miller but the truth is that Deadpool belongs to only and only Ryan Reynolds. As the movie is concerned, Deadpool breaks all the rules of Superhero and adopts only those jokes and gags that draw out the most amount of ‘WTF’s from the crowd, and in doing so, gives us one of the most faithful comic-book adaptations to date.

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Deliciously meta and embracing the irresponsible, and goofy persona of its superhero (as well as the actor who portrays him), Deadpool is the kind of superhero that no matter who tries to make it with another character, you are not going to get as faithful as this one. It was a unique creation when it came to Marvel Comics in 1991, and succeeds in gleefully shocking cinema audiences in 2016.

Created by Rob Liefield and Fabian Nicieza as a parody of DC Comics’ Deathstroke, Deadpool is Wade Wilson, expert swordsman and mercenary who came out the other end of cancer with a regenerative mutation. He is armed with the Wikipedia of pop culture references and is the one who never plays by the rules. In Tim Miller’s cinematic take, Wade (Ryan Reynolds) falls in twisted love with Vanessa (Morena Baccarin) – a match made in heaven. Wade hangs out at an assassin’s bar run by Weasel (T J Miller), the closest thing he has to a friend. Then one fine day, when cancer comes a-knocking at his door, so does a mysterious man with the promise of curing his ailment in exchange for being part of a superhuman experiment. We all know what happens next.

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As a movie it follows  a plot which is pretty straight-forward, but what makes Deadpool  magical is how it gets the beat of that narrative. A large part of this is owed to Ryan Reynolds, himself born to play the Regenerating Degenerate, who has almost single-handedly resurrected the character from Origins: Wolverine hell, marking it as his own to play with. The movie has everything to offend you. The dick jokes, the fourth-wall-breaking, and the delightful references – he’s got it all down to the dot, and we’re along for the ride, which is as entertaining as it can be. This is an incredibly self-aware film, perhaps even the most self-aware one there is, landing meta punches right from the opening credits and not letting up till the protagonist shoos you out of your seats in the post-credits scene. Tim Miller and Ryan Reynolds could not have asked for better timing with this film, as 2016 cements the superhero genre in the future of cinema for years to come. Deadpool manages to pick on the obvious trends that plague the genre today, from clichéd hero landings to franchises that birth confusing timelines. Are the villains pretty generic? Yes. Does the plot hit all the usual beats of a superhero film? Yes. But it doesn’t matter, since it’s how Deadpool reacts to each of these things that make this film a masterpiece.

The R Rating of the movie was a risk but it turned out to be the biggest blessing. Being a character notorious for his unmatched ability to creep out the likes of Wolverine and Spider-Man, the red-clad prankster cannot be done justice without crossing the lines. However, the R-rating isn’t here to simply service the crass humour, but to stay true to Deadpool’s other character essence – his gleeful bloodlust, showcased to the maximum in the highway sequence toward the beginning of the film. Above and beyond his regenerative mutation, what makes this wise-cracking antihero a force to be reckoned with is his way with guns and swords, coupled with a conscience that is the polar opposite of Batman. Deadpool makes full use of the faculties of its protagonist and delivers to us meaty, excellently directed action scenes that blend gore and comedy so well that it’s impossible to take your eyes off the screen.
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You’ll also no doubt have heard that Deadpool has become the biggest grossing R-rated film (that’s the US equivalent of our ’18’ certificate, though curiously Deadpool only has a ’15’ rating here) ever released, and was shot on a budget of approximately $58million, about a quarter of the budget for the last X-Men film, Days of Future Past, opening up some interesting possibilities on a series of lower-budget comic-book movies – something which must be tempting for studios.

Ryan Reynolds’ acting persona can be a bit marmite, but he embraces that here with enthusiasm and sufficient self-depreciation that ought to win over even his most harshest of critics. Reynolds’ turn makes the film, his personality barely concealed by the leather suit and deeply infectious. His campy stylings throw his enemies and warm viewers; they also hint at a sexual ambiguity present in the character. Deadpool is on record as having a fluid sexuality, something that sets the character out further as part of the alternative counter-culture, though this film does tend towards heteronormative relationships.

Ed Skrein makes for an engaging foil, even if he is the latest in a long line of British bad guys in American movies. There’s a sparkle to his playoffs with Reynolds which reminds us of the childlike quality of many cinematic squabbles.

The female members of the cast remain somewhat underused – Morena Baccarin makes for a feisty love interest, but Brianna Hildebrand (Teenage Negasonic Warhead) and Gina Carano (villainous Angel Dust) are powerhouses, but effectively mute making them little more than tools. Considering recent conversations about female characters in sci-fi and fantasy (eg. the Star Wars: The Force Awakens debacle) one would have expected better – particularly as there’s a clever moment of concealment during a fight with Angel. The writers clearly know what’s going on, but while they call it out, they’ve yet to redress it.

Ultimately though, Deadpool is a rich text, and the most interesting comic adaptation in years, rewarding multiple viewings, which has buoyed the coffers of the studio. Deadpool 2 is eagerly awaited, but has much to live up to.

 

 

Movie Review – Captain America: Civil War


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Like the previous Captain America movies, “Captain America: Civil War” continues the tradition of a great superhero movie. It is a great action/thriller with a nice blend of humour. Before The Avengers came to the theatres, many wondered that how would one manage bring so many different superheroes together in one film and have it feel both cohesive and coherent. Then the movie ended up delivering in a big way and in the wake of its success it almost seemed foolish to have doubted the proposition in the first place.

The Russo Brothers and their amazing under-appreciated Screenwriters have done an amazing job with the film. It is not just Superhero movie, but pure entertainment film. They prove that they are true fans of the source material, making changes that needed to be made for the transition to the big screen.

The story is changed from the comic but in a way that the Marvel Cinematic Universe needed so badly. This film changes every relationship for the worse. We travel around the world and new characters enter the fray. Black Panther/T’Challa is the most prominent of these and Chadwick Boseman nails the character, leaving you wanting more for the future and longing for his standalone movie.

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There are many big ideas in the film and it attempts to turn expectations on the head in some ways. Tony Stark as the Steve’s counterpoint is presented in a beautiful way, and the film explains how and why this is the case by exploring his background. The script, by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, touches on something that comic book films have been accused of–showing mass destruction without the consequences. Civil War deals with a long time issue with comic book movies. The issue of collateral damage. When heroes fight villains, a number of innocents are hurt and die. Secretary of State (William Hurt, reprising his role as Thunderbolt Ross) presents the Avengers with a choice; sign an accord that makes them agents of the U.N., or retire. While Iron Man supports the accords,  Captain America opposes it calling it a means to turn Avengers into a weapon of war.

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There are more characters–the Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen) and Vision (Paul Bettany), who in the comics got married and I think they’re going in that direction in the films, even though he ends up imprisoning and cooking for her. The major action piece is full-blown battle at the airport. We even get Ant-Man turning into a full fledged Giant Man, and meet the new Spider-Man (Tom Holland, who makes Tobey Maguire seem like an ancient history.

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Captain America: Civil War shows that how a great balance between gravitas and humor can be achieved. Something that the D.C. films struggle with. When Downey Jr. is approached by a mother (Alfre Woodard) whose son died as collateral damage in an Avengers fight, you can feel the pain and emotions as you know the backstory. Evans plays a much less nuanced character, but he is terrific, and the film is full of cameos, such as Martin Freeman and, amazingly, Marisa Tomei as Parker’s Aunt May.

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From here how Marvel takes their films over the next couple of years is going to be intruiging. If anything, we probably won’t be learning the fallout from the events of Civil War right away. The next couple of films in the franchise either introduce a new character and new corners of the cinematic universe (November’s Doctor Strange) or appear to take place off-Earth (next year’s Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2). It probably won’t be until 2018’s Black Panther that we get to see what comes next in the studio’s grand plans for these heroes.

Rating 4.5 out of 5

Is Captain America really an Agent of Hydra?


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In last 10 years, Steve Rogers has been dead, time displaced, given up his mantle to Bucky and lost his super soldier abilities. For the last few months, Falcon has served the mantle of Captain America while Steve Rogers spent his time monitoring Avengers as a wrinkly old man. After the events of Avengers Standoff, we hoped that Captain America will return again, but like always there was a twist. Marvel turned Captain America an agent of Hydra.

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In an unexpected turn of events, we found out that Steve Rogers has been a sleeper agent of Hydra all this time. His mother used to attend secret Hydra meetings. Rogers was prepred to become an agent of Hydra all his life and something triggered (?) it.

Now, while the internet is outraging, it made me wonder why Marvel would do so. The Peter Parker of this universe is driving a Spider mobile and is founder of a startup called Parker industries. In the past, the internet outraged when he was mind swapped with Doc Ock in Dan Slott’s Superior Spiderman’s run. I always have hopes from twists like these, Iron Man has always been some sort of anti-hero and Bruce Banner is too cool to not give a fuck about it.

 

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The post Secret wars Marvel universe is filled with some interesting twists. We have met the sentient version of Tesarract or cosmic cube. We have met Kobic, the living cosmic cube with the power of altering reality. While all this time it was hinted that she belongs to the good side, but who knows that someone like Baron Zemo or Red Skull who have been after the secret of cube for so long have learned how to control it.

What if they finally realized that it is not Captain America they need to defeat but the idea of being Captain America?

What if they made Kobic alter the reality and time?

It will be interesting how his allies will bring the Steve Rogers back to his senses.

 

Blu Ray Review – Fan4stic (Fantastic Four)


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How would one dare to review a movie called Fan4stic after watching it in theaters? How could have one ever dared watch this movie in theater? It is simply beyond my comprehension.

It took me 30 minutes to finish one and a half hour movie. Fantastic Four Reboot is not bad if you watch it thinking that you are watching a documentary called ‘what not to do when making a superhero movie.’ This movie is a in your face parody of what could have been a billion dollar hit if the same was made in the 90s.

It really takes a man’s job to cast a team of actors who are best in the industry, Kate Mara who had just returned from her brilliant stint on House of Cards, Michael B. Jordan who went ahead and gave a brilliant performance in Creed and Miles Teller to name a few. I never had a problem with a black Human Torch. The problem was this is not the Human Torch I was looking forward to. Such cheap CGI!! The entire movie seems to have been shot in a studio and no matter what part you skip the story still remains the same.

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Every superhero movie these days is divided in three parts, the part where they get powers, the part where they learn to deal with and the part where they win the conflict within. Fantastic Four reboot is one streamlined movie with no such conflict or storyline. It just starts and ends. The actions scenes are very bland and the climatic fight scene is just The Thing pushing Victor Doomashev back in the particle reactor.

In short Fan4stic is a movie with bad script, bad storytelling and bad example on how to make a comic book movie. Only if Fox had not been so much egoistic and have let the franchise slip to Marvel we could have been the luckiest nerds in the history.

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