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Justice League (2017)
Justice League does have enough cool and fun moments sprinkled out through its two hour long run time for it to be an entertaining film, but overall, Justice League is a disappointing entry in the DCEU.
It's strength lies in the characters. The chemistry between them works, and despite some of them not being as developed as they should have been, the characters work. Particularly Gal Gadot and Ben Affleck have some great moments, while Ezra Miller and Jason Momoa offers some comedic relief. Actors like Amber Heard, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and J.K. Simmons are more or less wasted though.
Justice League is however brought down by ugly visuals and awful CGI. It does actually look unfinished at times. There's also occasionally some sort of tonal crash, this most likely due to parts of the film being reshot following Zack Snyder's departure and Joss Whedon finishing the film. While Whedon's influence shines through in some of the better scenes, it also makes the film tonally inconsistent. It goes from somewhat dark to goofy in a finger snap.
The plot is ridiculously simple and forgettable, with Steppenwolf being a contender for one of the worst villains in superhero history. The action is something taken straight out of a video game and everything is quite simply a mess. Yet, it's enjoyable for what it is. But it should be better.
Man of Steel (2013)
Man of Steel didn't live up to my expectations. Not because it was humourless. I don't need every superhero-film to be a fuckings comedy, so I was cool with that. But because the first half of the film is really struggling. It constant change in time feels awkward, as it doesn't really explore anything of how Superman ends up as being Superman. It's mainly just big action set-pieces with forced, obvious poetic dialogue that tries to find the beauty in humanity. It doesn't work as very few of the things we see gets enough time to sink in. Making Superman feel like a generic superhero.
But with that said, I was entertained. The last half is one big, entertaining action scene. Zack Snyder is a true master when it comes to creating spectacular visuals and Man of Steel is no exception in that department. But Mr. Snyder needs to learn that there's more to films than visuals.
This is a refreshing zombie film, despite being a remake. People might say that slow walking zombies are scarier, but I would argue with that and say that it's scarier when the actual zombie is faster than you. Slow walking zombies is more of a comedy thing.
So, Zack Snyder provides a film that's quite unusual when compared to everything he's directed, but it's an effectively entertaining zombie film that he's dished up and among his finest work.
This film is a mess. If it's a good or bad mess is entirely up to you. It's going to be an extremely divisive film, but one can not change the fact that this film is a mess. It's a film that throws so much at you that it ends up being a slightly disjointed experience. There are ingredients and material here enough for almost four or five films alone. So it's very choppy and thus the main event of the film doesn't get as much attention as you would probably hope for and expect, despite it being the main plot of the film.
I did like this film. I did enjoy the various parts of it. I really loved all of the scenes with Batman/Bruce Wayne. Ben Affleck really nailed that role and his interactions with Jeremy Irons as Alfred are wonderful. There's a scene in which Batman goes up against of armed hostiles that is arguably the best Batman action we've ever seen on the screen. Superman is also handled well, and there's a lot of emotional gravitas around him. Much of it doesn't necessarily get the attention it deserves, but it's still fascinating. Wonder Woman looks cool. She's not that much in it, but at least she looks cool. I even liked Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. He worked well for what the film wanted him to do.
The one thing we really want from this film is to see Batman go up against Superman, and once that fight finally happen, it's indeed glorious. Even if you don't like the rest of the film, it's worth the ticket of admission simply for that fight. Zack Snyder continues to struggle a lot when it comes to crafting a fully complete narrative that perfectly mixes action with emotions and character development, but there's no point in denying that he's a master when it comes to creating a visual spectacle. For all of its faults, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a very entertaining fireworks show. It's loud and overblown, but it is pretty damned spectacular and entertaining.
It's slightly disappointing that the film itself is not as good as I dared to hope for, but to say that I didn't have a really good time watching it would be to lie and deny myself of the pleasure it was watching these two go up against each other. The film spends some time setting up for the Justice League film. I'm excited for it, but maybe there's time to find a director or writer that can piece together the story a little better.
If there's something that's perfectly suited to Zack Snyder's visual style, it has to be 300. A glorified, bloody, CGI macho fest. A film for the manliest of men. It's dumb as a rock, and filled with caricatures of character's who's only reason is to spew out one-liners, but it's nonetheless thoroughly entertaining.
Watchmen keeps growing on me, and if anything, this is Zack Snyder's swan song. A visually striking film that accurately represents its graphic novel. It's a refreshing film to have in the superhero genre, as most superhero films are rather black and white in their depiction of the world. Watchmen works more in the gray area of that, and is in terms of ideas and themes one of the most interesting films in this genre.
One of the coolest aspects of the film is the character Rorschach, boasted by a strong performance by Jackie Earle Haley. The whole film-noir element that surrounds his character is top-notch filmmaking, and something that is right my alley.
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