Celebrities, Movies

Justice League…my thoughts


So the other night I went to go see Justice League with my nephew because I had promised that on this vacation I would go to that movie with him. We are all big Marvel and DC people so it’s something we all enjoy talking about and going to see together. I will admit that I am a HUGE Marvel fan so you may see this review as biased but I’m trying to make it as unbiased as possible. I am also a big lover of Batman and Wonder Woman so please don’t think I completely dislike the DC universe. I just never got as into DC as I did Marvel. With that being said I’m going to start off by going through the main characters that are in the film and what I thought as honest as possible.

Batman: As I stated at the beginning of this post I am a Batman fan. By that I mean I have literally seen every single Batman movie that has been put out. That means I’ve seen all of the actors that have played the beloved character in live action films. I maintain that besides Michael Keaton the next best Batman portrayal was when he was played by Christian Bale. I will admit I like everyone else was very skeptical when I heard that Ben Affleck was going to be playing this character. My initial thought was that he was a bit old for the character. That thought remains true in my mind. I understand though that this version of Batman appears to be older and that is part of the character. Amidst rumors that they are replacing him, that does not surprise me. However, now that this was his third outing I did not completely hate him as Batman. I think he just needed to grow into the character. I was a little less against it this time around but I’m still not in total agreement of the choice of actor.

Wonder Woman: Now this casting I completely agree with. I know when they first announced Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman people immediately and may I add very sexist went into she doesn’t have big enough breasts to be Wonder Woman. Why her breasts had anything to do with it is beyond me. It should be her acting ability that lands her a role not whether or not she was as chesty as Linda Carter. Gal is incredibly beautiful and she was the perfect choice for Wonder Woman. The world agreed as is apparent in the fact that she was in one of the highest grossing films of the year. I really enjoyed how this movie was kind of the way to get her out of her shell. It addressed that she has never fully moved on from Steve’s death. I enjoyed how by the end of the film she was embracing her gift and coming out into the light instead of hiding in the shadows and only coming out when it was absolutely needed to save the world.

The Flash: This character was very hard to accept. I think part of the issue is that fans of the DC universe have now for 4 seasons gotten used to one actor that was playing him and now have been introduced to an entirely new actor. Not to mention the character in the movie is very different from the character on the show. I admit I do not watch the flash so my opinion of this character is totally unbiased. I did not enjoy this character at all. I felt that they made him seem way too childish and juvenile for my taste. I understand he is supposed to kind of be the new kid in town but they could have done that without making him seem so much like a lost child. My nephew did not enjoy this character but his perspective was based off of watching the show. He knows a lot about the character and was not at all impressed with how they portrayed him in this movie.

Aquaman: I don’t know a lot about Aquaman so I don’t have anything to really compare this character to. I can say that I am only familiar with Jason Momoa because of briefly seeing him in scenes in Game of Thrones (which I do not watch only saw a few scenes of him online). This was one of the characters I actually really enjoyed in this movie. He did a good job for the role that he was given. I thought he played the character well and believable. At first I was kind of like who is this person that they picked to play this guy but then it actually worked out that he was the right fit for the role.

Cyborg: This was besides Wonder Woman my favorite character in the movie. I thought he did a great job and he really fit into the role he was given. While the chracter is obviously what his title says a cyborg. He was once human and they really captured that aspect of him in the movie. They capture his attitude about how he used to be human but also embracing what he really was towards the end of the movie. At first he was that volatile mad at my father for doing this to me kid but then at the end he embraced his “duty” to being part of the team and protecting the world from dangers.

Superman: I am from the age group that grew up with the Christopher Reeves version of superman. So yes in my eyes no one can do it as well as he did but I think that Henry Cavill has done a fantastic job the past years as this character. I have really enjoyed seeing him play this character and watching him grow into the character. That being said I found this outing to be very dull. However, I in no way blame him for that as I think it was a product of the story line and how his part was written. His character is obviously for most of the movie dead so we find out that he really did die at the end of Batman V Superman. I just felt that the way they portrayed him once he was brought back from the dead could have been more. At the beginning it made sense for him to volatile and unsure of himself but then he just became so dull compared to how he was. I know that Clark is not normally a super exciting character but the past few movies he’s at least been more exciting to watch. That being said I am still a big fan of how Henry does as Superman and I hope he continues to do so.

Summary: in summary I think this was a good attempt at making a successful movie. I have no doubt it will make a lot of money because of dedicated fans. I just think it was a let down and I’m sure it wasn’t just me that felt that way. I felt like some of the actors just didn’t connect to the characters the way they had before or how they had to now. The plot was there but it wasn’t as strong of a storyline as you would think it would be. Don’t let me be the judge though. Go see it for yourself. I’m just sharing my opinions.


Stop doing remakes…

Has Hollywood run out of ideas? I feel like every other day I’m reading a story of yet another remake happening in the movie world. I feel like there are just some great movies that absolutely need to be left alone. Stop making bad sequels and stop rebooting series that have already been rebooted before. Last night was the perfect example of why you need to leave some great movies alone. ABC decided they wanted to do a reboot of Dirty Dancing and it went terribly wrong in all ways.

They adjusted the story line and left out some pretty iconic moments that were in the original movie. The casting was completely wrong and there was no chemistry between the two actors who were playing the main roles. In dancing it’s all about chemistry and the fact that there was none really ruined it. The acting was just bad all around and the way that they did the film was just bad. I could go on and on about everything that was wrong with it but that would take up far too much of your time.

It just has me thinking why are they spending so much time rebooting old movies, or making sequels to movies that don’t need sequels. There are plenty of up and coming writers and talent in Hollywood that they could be making new and exciting movies. This weekend Pirates of the Caribbean 5 is coming out and I feel like that series could have easily ended at the third movie it didn’t need two more sequels. Why are we keeping series of movies going that have long passed their time of being popular? It’s as bad as why they decided to do Independence Day Resurgence and now they are making a third one of those. That is one movie that never should have had any sequels as the first one was good enough.

Last night after watching the first hour of that dreadful thing I was saved by Law and Order SVU. Then as I was googling things before writing this post I saw that Elizabeth Banks wants to do a reboot of Charlies Angels. So that brought up more of why do they keep doing this? They tried to reboot Charlies Angels before and it was a flop. The original Charlies Angels face it is just something that is so iconic it will never be out done. I’m not saying that Elizabeth Banks is not talented because we all know she was the mastermind behind the Pitch Perfect franchise. I just feel like there are some good things that need to be left alone.

That would be like if someone ever dared to try and remake gone with the wind. I would be up in arms about that because that is one movie that definitely and absolutely should be left as it is and not touched. We as fans of these movies want to see the good movies that we fell in love with be left alone. We want to remember the stories as they were originally told and not deal with seeing them retold time and again. I think it’s time that Hollywood starts trying to go back to original content instead of this remaking and retelling of old stories in different and new ways. That’s just my opinion but I think a lot of people share that sentiment based off of how fans reacted last night to that dirty dancing catastrophe.