I’ve seen this trilogy before, actually in the days when I used to go to the cinema, and I remember really liking them… although I think that was driven quite a lot by the enthusiasm of the friend I went with. It’s been a long time, though, and I wasn’t sure it would live up to that nostalgia - and I was right, it didn’t. But I did still enjoy it and for a lengthy film with two more to come, it didn’t feel too boring.
Generally speaking, this is actually an okay movie - there are some interesting themes in there, and it’s a different take on the normal superhero, secret identity, saving the world stuff. But it does have problems. The biggest is clearly the tone - what film is it trying to be? It lulls you into thinking it’s a kids movie but then has someone thrown out of a skyscraper window and a monster bite someone’s head off. Then there’s some larking about and school bullying shenanigans and back to kid’s movie, and then they start swearing. It’s jarring and not in a good way.
Once again, my expectations were low for this. Jason Mamoa didn’t have that much to do in Justice League although what we did see was kinda fun. And in the words of Raj Koothrappali ‘Aquaman sucks.’ But actually, in his own, standalone adventure, he didn’t suck. It wasn’t a great film overall - there were far too many legends, quite a few plot holes, and that awful ten minutes of pointless CGI towards the end.
I recently finished watching the second series of Home Before Dark, an Apple TV+ show that is a mystery adventure following a family in a small town. When you try and describe this show in any more detail than that, it starts to sound a bit odd: Well, there’s a ten year old girl who thinks she’s a reporter and digs into a cold case when her family moves back to the small town her father grew up in.
My expectations going into this one were quite low because, well, because we have watched other DC movies. But of course also because Zack Snyder was so unsatisfied with the job JW did that he had to make a four version instead. But you know what? I thought it was okay. It’s not a patch on any of the Marvel movies but actually as a collection of DC heroes fighting a big bad, it was alright!
This was better than I thought it was going to be but it took a really long time to get going. The first half hour or so introducing far too many characters was kinda dull but also a lot to process at the same time. And doubly annoying when it seemed like we were only supposed to care about two of the characters anyway. The movie picked up once the action did, and the interactions between Quinn (Margot Robbie absolutely stealing the whole movie, no wonder she got her own spin-off) and Deadshot were good.
Okay, I’ll put my hands up and admit that we couldn’t even get to the twenty minute rule with this movie. There were seven minutes of credits. SEVEN. It’s only a short film as it is, and 7% of it was taken up with opening credits. If you’re doing long credits, they need to serve a purpose: being entertaining, filling in back story, or just dazzling with creativity. This was I think supposed to be a bit of backstory but it felt like an endlessly boring Powerpoint presentation.
I didn’t know anything, if I’m honest, about Van Morrison going into this - other than vaguely knowing some of the bigger hits. none of them are on this album, and boy, does VM go off-piste here. It’s like a kind of rocky jazz, where he doesn’t stick to any of the known rules of music. I didn’t really like it, although I did manage to get through it twice without too much pain.
It took a minute to adjust to the chill Lorde that is on display in this album, I was secretly hoping for another anthem like Green Light and there is none of that on here. But what is included in the album is great, on the second listen I was really into it. Great lyrics and a nice flow, you really do have to be in a relaxed mood but once you’re on board it washes over you in a glorious summer-time style.
At first, I thought this movie might be okay, it wasn’t really making a heap of sense but it was really well shot and good to look at, and there seemed to be some proper moral debates at work. But it soon descended into nonsense and there is no better way of describing it than The Guardian’s review: ‘Batman v Superman is 153 minutes of a grown man whacking two dolls together.’