Review: Justice League Dark

Justice League Dark is an animated movie that focuses more on the mystical and magical side of the DC universe that never really gets to come front and centre. When law abiding citizens start murdering people because of hallucinations, the Justice League can’t figure out what’s causing it but conclude that it must be something based in magic. While a skeptic, Batman (with a little convincing by Deadman) seeks out John Constantine, who is more equipped at dealing with this sort of threat. 

A team is formed to try to figure out who or what is responsible for these acts and consists of Constantine, an occult detective, Zatanna an actual magician, Deadman a ghost who can possess any living being, Jason Blood/ Etrigan the Demon who is, well as demon and Swamp Thing, a humanoid plant elemental creature. Batman is also along for the ride here but this is the movie for the lesser known, mystical characters to shine. 

That’s something I felt this movie handled well, they had Batman in there so it could be more accessible for people who otherwise might not know and might not care about this movie bit it was really outside his level of understanding. It was really Constantine that was leading this mission. The dynamic between all these characters was really interesting, there was history between them all and it got you up to speed with it all without interrupting the flow of this story.

The animation and action were very impressive. The battles could have been messy and confusing with all the magical energy and mystical stuff flying around but it was all very smooth and easy to keep track of. The locations and settings all looked beautiful too.

What surprised me was that this was a pretty dark movie. It showed quite a few innocent people dying and dealing with some dark themes. The heroes weren’t invincible either. There were genuine stakes and anybody could have met their end in this story.

Now for the negatives, first of all while the story flowed well, and even though it was dealing with characters and mystical things not often seen it hit some very familiar story beats. There were things that have been seen a million times before in other movies. Another thing was some of the voice acting seemed a little off. Not that the performances were bad, just that the voice didn’t seem right coming out of how some characters looked. And sometimes the personality didn’t quite match the characters story I felt. But that was just my thoughts as someone who isn’t all that educated in all these characters.

Overall this was a highly enjoyable movie with some great action and I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s interested in the more obscure and out here comic book characters. I give Justice League Dark a 7.5/10.

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Review: Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 (non- spoiler)

I’m not going to go to in depth with this, I’m really just going to give some quick thoughts about the movie itself and talk about it more later when the rest of the world has seen the movie. 

This movie had a lot to live up to after the first movie absolutely crushed and went far beyond people’s expectations. Guardians of the Galaxy is my second or third favourite MCU movie so I had high expectations for this and I’m still digesting it and waiting to see where it’ll sit for me. As of now I’d probably say I liked the first one more but this is definitely a worthy sequel. There are negative reviews out there calling the story out for not having a story and really it doesn’t but not all great movies do. Not only did I not mind the lack of overall story I ended up being happy about it. It isn’t about the story in this movie it’s about the characters. All these characters we fell in love with in the first movie go through some serious self reflection and have to look at their inner demons and how they affect the way they treat the people close to them. It’s such a tight and self contained movie that I can’t really say much more without spoiling anything so I’ll leave it for now. I give Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 an 8.5/10.

Also with any MCU movie there are of course mid-end credits scenes. There are indeed 5 of them so stay to the very end. I’ll talk about them in my spoiler talk later on but I’ll give my vague impression of all of them.

1. Pretty funny. 2. I’m not sure what it’s about but intriguing I guess. 3. SO FUCKING EXCITING IF YOU GET WHAT IT IS!!!!! 4. really funny 5. An extension of a fun earlier scene. Something people have theorised for a while now and they made it cannon.

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Review: The Lego Batman Movie (probable spoilers) 

Director: Chris McKay 

Starring: Will Arnett, Zach Galifianakis, Rosario Dawson, Michael Cera, Ralph Fiennes

The Lego Batman Movie is a movie that released to the rest of the world in February but was held back to the end of March here in Australia. You can read my thoughts on that in a previous blog post. 

The movie is about The Joker (Galifianakis) getting tired of Batman (Arnett) dismissing him as his greatest villain. So Jo,error hatches a plan to prove and make Batman admit that he truly is he greatest villain he has ever had to face. The concept of the story there is nice and simple and that’s what it should be, so it can leave room for the characters to really blossom. That’s what happens in this movie, the surprisingly deep and fleshed out characters are the driving force for the movie, instead of the story forcing them into unearned growth.

That was my favourite part of the movie, how well the characters came together. Will Arnett of course reprises his take on Batman from The Lego Movie which he was fantastic in. There could have been a Jack Sparrow problem there where you’re taking an incredible secondary character from a movie and bringing them front and centre and it doesn’t quite work but in this movie he only elevated his performance. Arnett brought his hilarious brand of humour and added in a real level of pain and loneliness to Batman which really hit well. 

The rest of fhe cast did a great job too. Galifianakis brought a lot of fun and insecurity to his Joker, Rosario Dawson was a strong and smart Barbara Gordon who was perfect for keeping Batman in check. Ralph Fiennes was great as Alfred, trying to make Batman grow up and Michael Cera made for an adorable Robin.

Something else I loved is how much they celebrated the history of Batman and paying homage to his other live action outings, paying extra service to the 1960’s Adam West Batman. They went for some deep cuts from the comic books too utilising one off villains that never in a million years would have made appearances in any other movie such as Calendar Man and Condiment King.

Now for the negatives…. At a stretch I would say it’s maybe a little longer than expected. That being said it never really drags, but for a kids movie it is quite long. There are also little nitpicks I could probably pluck but no movie is absolutely perfect and they would be so inconsequential to the enjoyment of the movie. 

I really enjoyed this movie and was blown away by how much more smart and coherent the story was and how much more emotional weight it held than last year’s offerings from DC, Batman v. Superman and Suicide Squad. I give The Lego Batman Movie a 9/10.

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Thoughts: Legion first episode

Legion is the new TV series based on the Marvel Comics character Legion a.k.a David Haller a.k.a Professor Charles Xavier’s son. The series stars Dan Stevens in the leading role.

First of all, before going into this I wasn’t at all familiar with this character so I was going in dry. I honestly didn’t know what to expect from the show. I watched it right before I had to go to work so I had time while I was working to let the show simmer in my mind, let me think about it and stew on it. So after all those hours thinking about it I had one burning thought in my head…… WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

I want it to be known that I don’t at all mean that in a bad way but WHAT THE FUCK DID I JUST WATCH?!?!?!?!?! This show is a mind twisting head fuck and I dig that. I watched this episode and but the end of it I have no idea where this guy is, what he’s doing or who’s around him. I feel that way because I don’t trust any of it. What’s real and what isn’t? That’s a great thing about this show is the character of David Haller suffers from a number of mental illnesses and it does a great job of taking you on his journey as he experiences it and as an audience member I am confused and frightened.

Something that concerns me though is that I hope it doesn’t go down the same path others before it have. Let me explain. I watched Lost every week for its first two seasons, then just fell off. I lost interest because they kept throwing twists and secrets and questions all over the place and I just stopped caring. Too long of not knowing what’s happening and I just couldn’t care anymore. I dont want that to happen to Legion. I dont want this show to shove it’s head too far up its own arse. Hopefully it doesn’t and I can’t wait for the next episode.

So in conclusion I’d suggest checking this show out just for the sheer weirdness of it alone. Thanks for reading this and keep it breezy.