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Review – Batman: The Killing Joke


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The Killing Joke is one of the most popular Batman graphic novel that is even playing a huge role in shaping DC’s mythology till date. When it was announced that this classic tale will be adapted in a animated movie there are no reason for comic book fans to get excited. This 28 year old graphic novel has been one of the finest works of Alan Moore.

Batman: The Killing Joke, centers around Joker and his dark psyche that makes him one of the most popular villains in comic book history, The movie dwells deep into The Joker’s life (Played by Mark Hamill). We meet him as a struggling comedian, to his encounter with Batman (Kevin Conroy) that changes their lives forever. The Joker escapes from The Arkham and now wants to prove that one bad day can make anyone as crazy as him.

Bruce Timm uses killing joke as a foundation of the DC Animated Universe created by him in the 90s. He explores the mythology of Batman Beyond and how Nightwing finds out that Bruce slept with Barbara Gordon. Honestly, I felt that the 30 minutes of backstory does no justice to Batgirl. She could have come out as a strong character, but instead we meet a reckless teenager.

Apart from this backstory, this movie gives you no reason to complain. The moment Joker comes on screen you know that this is where shit is going to get serious. The movie does justice to the Joker’s character and Mark Hamill proves why he is and will always be the voice of The Joker. So many segments of this film had made me feel Goosebumps: Barbara being paralysed, the emotional and sympathetic flashback segments, and the final, immortal panels of the comic brought alive by director Sam Liu,. Also full credits to the voices Kevin Conroy and Mark Hamill, no one could have done a better job. Trust me when I say that these moments make Batman: The Killing Joke worth watching. Mark Hamill simply outshines Heath Leadger’s joker, because he is so brilliant.

There are a couple of moments that could have been a lot better. Barbara waking up in hospital could have been a lot emotional but she sounded like as if someone reading a book.

Batman: The Killing Joke is awesome if you forget the first half of the film. If not then I hope that it doesn’t repeat again with any other character in future.

Rating 3.5 out of 5

Movie Review – Suicide Squad


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What happens when you hire a director known for his colourful cinematography and ask him to make a movie set in a dark sadistic world? A world where colours don’t exist and daytime is on an average of 8 hours, where everyone goes to work after the sun goes down and the only time people saw the light of day was when a man in blue and (a little bit of) red suit demolished a city to the ground.

What happens when a director with so much creative control is later decided to tone down because a competitor movie studio is successful and well know even with the lighter tone? So what do they do? They decide to reshoot some key scenes and add jokes to the movie.

I think you guessed it; the movie is Suicide Squad (I mean that is the title of the blog.)

Ok so what is suicide squad? Suicide squad is a movie that Warner Bros decided to make because an animated movie called Assault on Arkham got such rave reviews that fans actually demanded for a suicide squad live action movie. Suicide Squad is 40 minutes of flashbacks and 30 minutes of gunfight against monsters (because it makes so much sense). Also Suicide Squad is a movie where Batman and Joker show up in the most abrupt ways without any sense or context.

Suicide Squad suffers the same problem of Batman v Superman, unnecessary cuts and one of the most poorly written villains makes the movie simply intolerable. The soundtrack is really good but at times it doesn’t go with the sequence of the events.

The movie went through unnecessary cuts and the audience was left to understand the chain of events happening one after another by themselves. The film could have been way better if David Ayer was given some creative liberty.

I personally didn’t like Harley Quinn’s costume, while Deadshot, Boomerang and Katana were totally awesome. I was expecting to see Deathstroke in the mix but I am happy that he didn’t show up in the middle of everything that unfolded. I hated how Killer Croc was turned into a comic relief material. Amanda Waller is probably the best part of this movie, she is a dark brooding character and the way she is portrayed really gives a reason for her motivations and mission.

One of the standout characters in the movie for me and for everyone else was Diablo’s character. Jay Hernandez handles his role of a pyromaniac who is seeking redemption very well. I don’t understand why filmmakers go through so many attempts to make a character fan favorite only to kill him in the end.? This is like a growing trend only to get boring in the coming future.

I hope this is the dawn of the age of darkness in DC movies and I hope they have understood the fact that their films need hope and colours rather than silly jokes. If this issue is not resolved quickly then they are going to fail their universe disappointing a lot of fans in the process.

 

5 Good and 5 Bad Things about X-Men: Apocalypse


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The latest entry to the never ending Saga of X-Men Franchise failed to make the same impact like its predecessors. There was hardly any buzz during the release or any impact after. I got to catch up the movie a lot later. It might be one of those underrated movies that you end up watching after renting home video and realize it could have been a lot better in the theaters.

Here is what I liked and disliked about the movies

The Good

  1. Apocalypse’s story – This movie seems to have done judgment with Apocalypse’s backstory. His arc is fairly dealt with and he comes out at a formidable villain with his own agenda to cleanse the Earth and give a fresh start. He is not presented as one of those sympathetic villains with a tragic backstory that a lot of movies are going with. He is evil, pure evil.
  2. Introducing Xavier’s institute – Xavier’s institute is introduced as if it has come straight out of the comic books. Cyclops is recruited and as he enters the compounds of the institute he goes through the same experience that Wolverine went through in the first X-Men movie.
  3. Meeting Weapon X – When Wolverine comes on the screen, for the first time he seems to have come out of the pages of the comics. He is feral, vicious and in the most animalistic way you can imagine him. The way he cuts and slashes through the armed guards and goes on this rage mode is something that I was dying to see for a long time now.https://i2.wp.com/www.cosmicbooknews.com/sites/default/files/x-men-apocalypse-hugh-jackman.jpg
  4. Justice to Phoenix – If Wolverine was well dealt with then we also got glimpses of phoenix when Jean Gray gets in the battle with Apocalypse. We see her in Phoenix mode of which I can hope that is done justice to in some future installment.https://i1.wp.com/static.srcdn.com/wp-content/uploads/X-Men-Apocalypse-Jean-Grey-as-Phoenix.jpg
  5. Quicksilver – The X-Men universe Quicksilver is seriously OP. He saves an entire school in a few seconds. What other franchise can think about doing the same with their speedsters?

The Bad

  1. No impact on status quo – X-Men: Apocalypse makes no impact on the status quo of the X-Universe. The school is destroyed and repaired again. Magneto becomes good and then leaves, the world is almost destroyed and then the movie pretends that nothing happened. Think about other cinematic universes, Superman is dead, The Avengers are disbanded, we know the impact these events are going to make. Fox faces a problem of no actual paradigm shift in their universe.
  2. Underused Jubilee, Psylocke and Angel – Why was Jubilee present on the promo material when they used her just for a shot? We didn’t even get to know if she was alive or dead after the mansion exploded. Same with Angel, he is criminally underused. His arc is written just to serve as a member of the Four Horsemen otherwise he serves no other purpose. I hope Psylocke gets a better role in X-Force movie.

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  1. So much Mystique – Mystique holds the same status in the X-Universe that was once held by Wolverine. Without any character development she clings as the center plot point of most of the story. Her presence is simply irritating and feels forced upon the audience.
  2. Cringy Second Half – While the first half is the strongest point of the movie , it becomes dull and forced in the second half. Evil villain and his evil plan, mass destruction and good guys win. As predictable as it can be.
  3. Timeline still confusing – The X-Timeline still leaves us with many loopholes. If Wolverine was captured by Mystique masquerading has Trask then how did the actual Trask got hold of him? What happened to Sabertooth and rest of Wolverine’s crew? What timeline do Deadpool, Colossus and Negasonic exist? Can’t they simply hit the reboot button and start afresh?

The only reason Apocalypse failed to make an impact despite being a good movie was that people have stopped caring about the franchise at all. It needs a shift in the status quo or some collaboration like Sony did with Spider-Man. The world is changing, we all know that the mutants exist in ‘everything gets right by the end of the movie’ and no one is interested in knowing that.