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The amount of heart in the first JW is what made the movie so suprisingly awesome. Chapter 2 doesn’t really have that, but the story is still interesting, engaging and–ultimately–fulfills its purpose: to give the protagonist a reason to shoot people in the coolest way possible. Fans of the first JW should definitely check out the second and–like me–will inevitably  look forward to the third.

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Hard to believe he’s gone. His energetic performances trasncended film and worked their way into pop-culture lexicon.  My heart goes out to his family.

suicide-squad.0.0.jpgPerhaps it was because of all the changes Suicide Squad had at the last minute, but the dialogue really felt off-rhythm a few moments in this movie.  As a result, you would often have long, awkward pauses punctuating some of the wedged-in humor.

Don’t let that keep you from the movie though.  It’s still fun and getting the chance to see a live-action Harley Quinn is worth the price of admission alone. Just don’t go in expecting a dark action comedy on the level of Deadpool.

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I know this is probably for his upcoming role as Gordan but–whenever I see it–I can’t help but think J. Jonah Jameson is getting ready to put the beat down on the wall-crawler …

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batman-v-superman-dawn-of-justice_bb788b6f.jpgFinally got to see it last Saturday.  I went into it with one eye shut, simply because of the harsh criticism that’s been leveled against the movie for a while.  A large part of the Internet actually seems to be enjoying reporting the declining percentages in ticket sales, week after week.  Before I get into spoiler territory, let me just say the movie wasn’t bad.  Nor was it mediocre.  It was a good Superhero romp that delivered a lot of interesting ideas and wrapped them in a cool package, full of spectacle and bold artistic choices.

Now, into spoiler land …

In much the same way BvS was a reaction to the Man of Steel, I think a large part of my opinion about the film came out as a reaction to the critics.  A reaction that didn’t seem to surprise Zack Snyder one bit.  But the dude made it for his own inner fanboy which, in the face of such a passionate audience, demands respect from at least an artistic standpoint.  Even if you don’t agree with his choices.

A Batman and Superman that kills people is nothing new.  Keaton’s Batman did it.  So did Reeve’s Superman.  Nobody thought anything about it then. And if you don’t dig this spin on these characters, that’s cool.  Just do what I did when Andrew Garfield put on the Spidey suit: skip it.  Go back to the stuff you enjoyed.  Nobody’s taking that away.  These characters are myth and the thing about myth is that they’re going to be reinterpreted again and again, long after all of us are gone.

Character motivation was also a common problem people had with the film.  The motivations are there for everyone.  They’re just complex in the case of Superman and Batman.  Really simple in the case of Wonder Woman.  And … well, even though we thought we knew Lex’s motivation, we find out in his jail scene that we really don’t.  Not yet.  Which leads to the biggest–or at least loudest–criticism against the film: it being a commercial for future movies.

Like or not, these shared universe flicks are becoming more and more like the comic book counterparts–an ongoing serial.  And serials need hooks.  They need something to maintain interest while story tellers get to work on the next thing.  The major pro is that we always have something to look forward to.  The major con is that, essentially, it’s always act 2.  These stories are never going to finish.

All of this isn’t to say that the movie is perfect.  No story is perfect.  All you can do is tell the best story you can in the amount of time you’re given.  But I think BvS deserves more respect than it’s getting.  If you dug Man of Steel, I would at least give BvS a shot.

If not, just wait.

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Deadpool recently broke an opening weekend record for an R-rated movie.  That firmly puts it in Watchmen territory–not in terms of ticket sales (I don’t think Watchmen performed so well at the box office). I’m talking about the same territory as the comic Watchmen.  The one that ‘grew up’ the medium.  Which is what Deadpool has done for Superhero films.  The movie has firmly drew a line and said, “Hey, this stuff doesn’t have to be all family friendly.”  I can’t help but find it ironic, given that Deadpool and Watchmen are polar opposites from each other … which means they have mature appeal for two totally different reasons.  (In a Deadpool-style aside, I can’t help but wonder what an Alan Moore Deadpool story would be like …)

As far as the movie itself.  What can I say that you haven’t already read somewhere else?  It kicked ass.  It kicked ass even more than the first Kick Ass, and that’s really saying something.  The movie had a unique personality that it never strayed from.  Some critiques have been hammering the movie for its one-note villain.  On the one hand, I can understand the criticism.  On the other, given the villain more screen time would have slowed down Deadpool’s stuff.  And that’s really who I came there to see.

Deadpool is a great movie.  If you’ve read or heard something positive about Deadpool, it’s probably true.  If you’ve heard that it’s crude, vulgar, and slapstick, that’s definitely true.  But the movie has a surprising amount of heart that, at worst, I would say balances out all of the other stuff.  And at best, I would say even heightens it.

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