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Justice League Dark (2017) | Batman’s Inclusion As Pointless As His Grunts

After seeing Justice League Dark I wasn’t surprised why the movie was chosen to hit videos instead of theaters. Magic is yet to find its place in the DC universe, even though Doctor Strange has achieved that so effortlessly without lifting a finger in Marvel. That too with a gargantuan theatrical venture. Justice League Dark only picks pace during its visceral ending where a good climax lurks, otherwise it stretches owing to its jaded plot and exhausting conversations.

Pages of Time

I was introduced to the world of Constantine by the Keanu Reeves movie first. I had heard about him before but with that infamous heroic act of his, a benchmark was set. Despite countless comics of the mouthy occult detective doing the rounds, the TV series was yet another area that had piqued my interest. Matt Ryan was a perfect pick but the story-line and the gravitas took a backseat there. He is badass! End of discussion. But the fact that DC always comes with flaky stories to bolster him, that’s what bothers me.

Even though Justice League Dark tried to show him in a cool heroic light, they tried to aggrandize him with that Justice League tag. As a result we have the World’s Greatest Detective Batman in the front-line. But given how he didn’t have a good plot to bite on, Batsy is left administering grim “Hmmmmm….” remarks which was supposed to be funny, but ends up becoming very irritating.

image of etrigan the demon in justice league dark movie

We get to see Etrigan the Demon origins here which was a good story per se. To cater its multiple plots Justice League Dark tried to run the Etrigan-Jason Blood plot parallel against the cardinal Ritchie Simpson and Felix Faust plot. It was good nevertheless and helped in giving the story a good side plot to bank on.

Theme of Justice League Dark

The main story starts off really well when humans all across the world begin to fall under the clutches of an incantation that forces upon them visions turning everyone into monsters. Justice League intervenes and tries to insinuate magic involvement which Batsy refuses to accept. At home, Deadman tries to overpower Batman, fails of course, but implies him to meet John Constantine.

To grab hold of him, Batman meets Zatanna only to find Constantine holed up in the House of Mystery. That’s where a team is formed to investigate the face behind all those mysterious worldly magical happenings. The team keeps expanding with the inclusion of Jason Blood who is looking for his Dreamstone, another subplot where we are told about Destiny a sinister magician’s fate.

It is up to the newly formed team then to find the root cause of the main problem, figure out and tackle paranormal and mystical inhibitions that come along their way and of course to win the occult war which the JL is incapable of winning by themselves.

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The Inevitable History

John Constantine is a notorious exorcist. Wherever he goes he has a history with someone. So to detour the story every time we are forced to go past a conversation where John doesn’t back down, and someone else is forced to intervene. We can see that happening with literally every character in the movie. At one point it becomes really exhausting.

All that magic puts Batman in really awkward shoes. You can’t help but feel sorry for him. Writers try really hard to still show him in a light that doesn’t degrade his awesomeness. At times they succeed, but really there are some instances that are downright vexing. Like how could a mortal like Bat sense the shrouds spirits of death around and say “Boo!” to them? And you can’t help but shake your head when they respond to that too. Batsy scares death! Newsflash!

The Final Verdict

If it weren’t for the final twist the movie carried nothing, and I mean nothing. There are conversations that bore you to death and magical fights that feel akin to a childish hocus-pocus. Apart from the out of the world feel that is hard to put a perspective to, Justice League Dark runs only because it had a curious flicker of a plot for its culmination point. That’s it.

Screenplay isn’t exciting either. At times made good by droll Constantine remarks, but that’s about it. You can still watch it if you are big Batsy fan and smirk at the thought of him playing second fiddle to a story that wasn’t his to run. Constantine fans are going to rejoice to find him do cool stuff, and own the show. Because primarily it is a Constantine movie and not what its misleading title says.

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Suicide Squad Review (2016) | Entertaining But Falls Bland

A whole lot of bang with no deafening noise to cover it all up. Suicide Squad might not be that DC movie you have been impatiently waiting for, and it is highly probable that we are never going to hit that old Nolan high ever again, but it still manages to rope you in with entertainment galore. What is important that we are joining DCEU pieces together, and trying our level best to build something beautiful in the long run. Aren’t we really looking up to it?

DIRECTION OF SUICIDE SQUAD

The problem with David Ayer’s direction is that he doesn’t retain focus. The guy wouldn’t let you pivot on anything. His direction gallops like a speeding steed, and by the time you are trying to put sense into something he canters around to imminent frames to cloud his shoddy direction, without caring about how spectators feel. That’s where he goes wrong. What we need is depth, a gorgeous profundity to hold onto something serious, so that we have something to reflect, and possibly tag along to a frequency that keeps us on our toes to meet those elusive frames. Sadly, Ayer doesn’t have that tranquility and he storms like Usain Bolt.

BEST THINGS WE TAKE

Without wasting any time, let’s delve into the good the flick had to offer. The best thing about Suicide Squad is hands down Harley Quinn. A one woman show that swallows everything in its wake of perversion. Margot Robbie does justice to our good ol’ Harley successfully creating a stunning persona that is probably the most cherishable character we take from Suicide Squad.

still of margot robbie as Harley Quinn in Suicide Squad movie

Another powerful one is that of Will Smith’s Deadshot. He has some of the best lines and he delivers too. But still I wished he was built as memorable as the animated character in Batman: Gotham Knight. Watch out for that one man army show though with his unmissable headshots.

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag was a confident affair too. He carries a comportment that will have you believe things were actually serious. Amanda Waller was magnificently built with Viola Davis placing things in perspective. But she melts into immaterialism with a vapid story to back her.

THE JARED LETO JOKER

David Ayer fails to stun us with a Zack Snyder like theatrics when it comes to depicting fighting sequences, but he still manages to create memorable bits keeping Joker under the wraps. There are cameos of him that are absolutely dazzling, as Jared Leto masters that notorious Joker laugh, thrilling every frame with his occasional presence. There are theatrics entailed, no doubt, but I wished he was given more screen time to create an enchanting scene all for himself. His occasional visits with hooligans in dramatic veils sizzle the screen with pizzazz nevertheless.

still of Jared Leto as the Joker in Suicide Squad movie

Enchantress was gorgeously carved in the beginning. The part where Amanda Waller introduces her will have you mesmerized by her ghastly transition. But then as the movie progresses on its thinly built plot, she loses the charm and dread of enchanting us, and withers away like a dead flower. The worst part is when you see Cara Delevingne actually dancing as she performs her bewitching acts. Terrible!

Another good part was ephemeral Batsy cameos. Wish he had some more unexpected eye-popping bits at odd hours and we would have the whole hall erupting with his occasional presence. The part Zack Snyder shot for Flash was there too and will have you bite your nails for that Justice League movie build up.

FOCUSING ON OTHER ASPECTS

Other characters in the movie have not been helmed properly. They fall like dominoes without having a proper focus on their abilities except for Diablo played by Jay Hernandez, who gets to have his proper super-villain moment. Incubus walks in strong with his outrageous annihilation in the beginning, but where it all mattered, he succumbs to one of the easiest victories ever.

still of jay hernandez as diablo from suicide squad movie

I am afraid, the screenplay has nothing much to offer. There were moments inscribed wherein you would be impatiently waiting for a funny one-liner, and then end up realizing it was already advertised in the trailers before. Side stories to the tale were like inevitable bits that didn’t have us feeling sorry for the characters. Those were the things that were highly plausible, and don’t reek of enough melodrama to sieve things in perspective.

For the better half of Suicide Squad, we have songs that play in the backdrop, that we all have been forever accustomed to. The flick has limited score strewn across that will make you feel how steep the fall really is, coming from Hans Zimmer’s gorgeous music in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Suicide Squad has fabricated bits too. Like that scene when Harley takes the elevator. It seems a deliberate attempt to create just one scene. To be honest, we could have lived without.

Killer Croc and Boomerang get shadowed beyond limit. I can’t believe they made Captain Boomerang so forgetful here when in animation he was so superbly sculpted. I can’t forget these memorable lines by Harley for him till date.

Anyone who throws boomerangs has some real issues letting go.

Slipknot is literally added just for one scene. Is he that expendable?

To put it out there candidly, you should watch the animation to witness how beautiful comic helming is done. To experience what the original Suicide Squad was capable of doing you must read the comic or watch the Batman: Assault on Arkham version.

Introduction to characters fell far away from the tree as well. It felt sped up as if you were playing some kind of game, and that time was the key factor. With such teensy moments to spare, there was a whole team to cover and it is understandable too. But really we needed some calm there too.

THE FINAL VERDICT

It goes without saying, DC has a lot of ground to cover. Whilst Suicide Squad might have come out a dud, it was entertaining nevertheless. At the end we still wait with dilated eyes to see what DCEU has in store for us in future.

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Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Review (2016) | Adrenaline rush

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is as dark as it gets. The world reeks of a Batsy who isn’t afraid to decimate, a misunderstood Sups trying to prove himself to the people, and a psychotic villain Lex who has bigger roguish plans in mind.

You are not brave. Men are brave.

Zack Snyder tries to delve into an era that began it all. He had so much to cover in a screen time that allows only a part of our life to be fantastically miracle-struck. There were so many characters to visit in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. So many criticalities to maintain without messing too much with the originality. So many action sequences to be covered, villainy to visit and a big gravitas to partake upon! Is he able to deliver? Yes! The end result is outrageously awesome!

DCEU Capes Have Come

Lo! Behold! The DC Extended Universe has finally unfurled, with a proper pledge to hold the ground this time around with Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. Zack has found a firm understructure that promises to write some impending tales of badass. We are left with open strings that are yet to find their knots and storylines that are about to become exceptional DC stories that will rummage out all extraordinary ideas in the open.

still of Jesse Eisenberg from Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

We have finally found the Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that we have been waiting for so long. Jesse Eisenberg nails a taut Luthor who is deranged, unhinged, has the right words in the mouth, crooked and who always seems to stay ahead of the curve. He has all the features that we expect to see in a LexCorp promenade. Watch out for his screenplay! Totally owns the show!

Nod to Batfleck

Ben Affleck walks in with the right mien right from the start as he keeps finding himself reasons to hate Superman more. The dread in his voice is real and he makes Batsy scarier and better. A nod there to Ben! Ye have been accepted!

still of Ben Affleck as Batman Batfleck in darkseid story rogue superman parallel dimension

Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is brilliant too. Her entry chimes with superheroic pizzazz.

Visuals and Score

Taking the levels of action-notch up a notch are Batman v Superman’s enthralling visual effects. A mind-boggling presentation that Zack scores with just the right angles! The bombardment and the annihilation come trundling from the graves of the extraordinaire. Adrenaline finds a new high!

Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL nail the flick’s music to perfection. Watch out for areas where the notes reach a new upbeat high, and tranches at alluring lows. Complements all frames magnificently!

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Spoilers Ahead

Even though there were ignorable bits in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that try to mess with the regular flow, the consequence ups the stage of all benchmarks set prior for action movies. The Bat fighting seq that we see portrays an action akin to the video games franchise. He is ruthless and isn’t afraid to bring the house down spearheading with sheer chaos, brings complete destruction with his fighting moves.

still of Batman delivering a superpunch at a hooligan in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Downsides of Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

Things that the movie missed out on are in creating the right air for the Keefe preparation. The editing went shoddy there, as Zack fails to cash in on Scoot McNairy’s character, a talented actor who gets lost in an epic tale. Also, the parallel dimensional vision, even though a tad self-explanatory, I have reason to believe people might not have understood the reference. I could have used one step at a time rather than a hotchpotch.

Another bit, where Diana spends hours to see what is going on in the metahuman department as daft references were made through video frames, was unnecessary and we could have lived without. One step at a time, again! Also, the scavenging for Kryptonite seemed a wee bit forced, primarily to make the superheroes encounter each other.

Then there is that weird Martha moment that seems to have been badly played. Batman is too quick to forgive Superman when he hears his mother’s name. That is possibly one of the biggest flaws in the movie. It is oddly enacted and doesn’t feel right.

Knight vs Day

The big battle between the two in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice doesn’t match the levels of what we have already perceived in comics and animated series. But it is still very good as Batsy keeps acing his blows with expert lines.

still of doomsday from batman v superman dawn of justice

Doomsday makes things even better with his presence. But I feel he deserves more screen time taking into consideration the kind of villain he is, and what he means to the comic world. We meet the popular Kryptonian end in this one, but we already knew how that was supposed to pan out! Didn’t we? 😉

Highly recommended for all DC lovers and action buffs! I choose to ignore Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie’s flaws for the sheer fact that I am a loco DC buff. So good, I am going to watch this flick again.

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