Saturday, 16 April 2016

Batman v. Superman A Movie review

Wassup peeps. Last week has been a bit busy, so this is a little late. I meant to watch and review this movie earlier than this but even though I did manage to do the watching part, I did not feel like reviewing it. Why you ask? Because they messed up a potentially epic movie.

Starting off Batman as a seasoned crime-fighter is great. It gives us a perspective few super-hero movies do. However, even though they make him a grizzled veteran, they cannot but help show his origin story of parents dying and falling into a cave of bats. Make that the first scene and we are already into 15 minutes of logos (yeah, call out to cinema sins) and a story shown in a much better and detailed manner in Batman Begins a decade ago. Batman is portrayed decently by Ben Affleck, who has found his acting chops since the horror known as Daredevil- the movie. Thankfully both Affleck and Daredevil seem to have moved on to bigger and better things.

As far as Superman goes, I have never liked Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and I did not like the movie either. I am glad they kept continuity from the movie and turned the mass destruction of Metropolis into a plot point but the story feels hollow even with the bone-structure of a great movie. Superman is conflicted but not conflicted enough to hang up his cape. Lois is ever present and irritating (I cannot believe I said that about Amy Adams) and is supposed to be his human anchor but again feels forced.

Luthor - well...sigh. While they alluded to the fact that this is Alexander Luthor not Lex Luthor, I wonder why they would not pull the trigger on one of the most iconic villains of all time. With the story backdrop, he would have been perfect as a foil to bring down Superman. Instead, we get a Joker ripoff trying to build Doomsday and kidnapping Superman's mother to goad him into a fight with Batman. Talk about lame and cliched.

As far as the fight is concerned, it is a good fight but the end of the fight is contrived and guessed it...forced. I mean, who in their right mind would say, "Save Martha", instead of  "Save my mother"? I want to slap the guy who came up with the cool realization that both Batman's and Superman's mother share a name and would be a cool plot point to use that to stop their fight.

The only breath of fresh air is Wonder Woman who is mysterious and understated and her reveal is very well done. She looks every bit Superman's equal in the fight against Doomsday. The fight was well done and Superman sacrificing himself was a good twist...except that it wasn't.

Everyone and their three next generations know a Justice League movie is coming and Justice League cannot not have a live and flying Supes. Ending the movie without showing his casket move would have been brave for the new Justice League. Let it be formed without Superman. Let him join in a dire hour. Make his return monumental. But nah...DC has no cojones.

And as far as the random teasers for the Flash, Cyborg and Aquaman sprinkled throughout the movie, they feel ...gah...yes ...forced and unnecessary. They could have just mentioned their names without having video trailers for each of them. Learn from Marvel, Thordamnit!!

Anyhow, I am disappointed even though I never had much hope to begin with, which shows how poor a job they have done. And I am forced to stop myself from ranting.

Signing off,


Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Daredevil Season 2 Full review

Yeah, yeah, I know, this is a little delayed but I have been doing a bunch of things and I have several things to write about. Besides, I needed to rewatch the entire thing again because...well, I don't need a reason, do I?

The second season was grimmer, darker, bloodier and edgier than the first, which is saying a lot.

Let me break the 13 episodes down into three separate arcs, although the line between them is kind of blurry.

1. The Punisher arc - As I said before, what this series does amazingly is the tease before the introduction of a major character- Punisher in this case. The Punisher is bloodthirsty, crazy violent and when you meet him, you either feel like yeah, we need this kind of a badass who hunts down criminals like filth or woah, keep that deranged lunatic behind bars for life. Essentially, it deals with Daredevil tracking down the Punisher after Frank Castle goes on a rampage eliminating all drug dealing gangs in Hell's Kitchen. The only piece of humanity the Punisher shows is when he shoots Daredevil in the head (yeah, that's human) purposely on his helmet, in a sniper-like way just as a warning shot, when he could have killed him. Doesn't stop him from laying a beating on our hero, yo! The end of the arc is with the Punisher getting arrested thanks to Daredevil saving him from an Irish mobster who captures him and giving him up to the police to account for his crimes. My only gripe is the reveal of Punisher's past via a typical crying monologue. It fits the character to a tee but I still expected something more...unique.

2. The Elektra arc- Unlike the other characters, we are introduced to Elektra straight away in Daredevil's apartment. A departure from the tested route but well done. Telling Matt Murdoch's and Elektra's college romance story in flashbacks is well done but again cliched and in my opinion takes away from the gripping present story where Elektra baits in Matt to play Daredevil (revealing his secret identity is no secret for her) and also making him feel like he missed fighting alongside her all the while. The brilliant part is that Daredevil fails to juggle his normal day job as a lawyer and a vigilante by night, which screws up his relationships with his friends and colleagues. Why this doesn't happen to more superheroes is beyond me! If I was away saving people/world half of my office time, I would get fired and rightfully so (cue Superman). Elektra is trying to hunt down plans for a mysterious organisation and the arc ends with Elektra leaving having failed her mission.

3. Punisher + Elektra arc - This arc is amazingly built up from the previous two with the Punisher arc going from a short courtroom episode to the baddie from Season 1 - Wilson Fisk getting Punisher in jail to do his dirty work. That is how you use a villain! You don't forget him once he is put away because he is the BIG BAD, who obviously will try and get out of prison. There is a brilliant yet horrific scene where the Punisher kills a block full of prisoners and it is amazingly choreographed. I usually snort at scenes where one guy takes out 15 men alone, but it seemed completely realistic and believable here. The Elektra part is more to do with the slight turn of Daredevil to the dark side to be with Elektra and Elektra's redemption to be with him. There is an introduction to the mystic arts (probably a shout out to the upcoming Iron Fist series), whereby the shady ninja organisation has developed an immortality solution (again not an elixir - more like a bloody blood draining evil contraption, which looks like it takes away your soul). The twist at the end with Elektra's death and exhumation of her body by the ninjas to bring her back to life was a tad predictable, but again well done.

Final impressions - A very good season 2. New characters were handled superbly, specially the Punisher since it is very difficult to pull of a bloodthirsty vigilante with just enough morals. However, as you might have noted in my review, it didn't surprise me as much, probably because I'm holding it to an impossibly high standard. I still believe Jessica Jones season 1 is the best among the three Marvel Netflix TV series out as of this date.

But still if you haven't watched it, slap yourself for not doing so and go watch it!!

Signing off,


Monday, 4 April 2016

Wrestlemania 32 Review

Ha, betcha you didn't know that I am a wrestling fan! But why are you surprised? Didn't I say I love fantasy? This is the ultimate scripted fantasy where mere mortals act as superhumans. Don't believe me - this is from yesterday, where a man jumped from 20 freaking feet and through a table. Oh and he's 46 years old and seems to be alive and well. If this isn't superhuman, I don't know what is.

So, for the uninitiated, Wrestlemania is like the annual Superbowl/World Cup of Wrestling from WWE, which showcases the best (they think) they have to offer. Sometimes, it is grand and breathtaking, sometimes it is boring but it draws people to watch anyway. Last nights attendance was a whopping 100,000 people. Let that number sink in. Armies can be formed from the people in that stadium!

Anyhow, the show was broken into two parts - the pre-show and the main show. I didn't watch the pre-show, so I won't write about that but the main show was about 4 hours long, so that took some watching. I won't review all matches or in any depth whatsoever but these are my impressions from the show.

The first ladder match had seven men climbing a ladder to grab a title belt dangling above (the Intercontinental Title). Yeah, they also wrestle and fight. It isn't just seven men climbing a ladder at the same time, fastest feet and hands wins. The match was exceptional with people jumping and dropping from ladders and on one occasion breaking a steel ladder in half! Yeah, like I said, as scripted as pro-wrestling may be, it is still amazing and real. They went with a true underdog, who wasn't given a chance - ZACK RYDER. The guy is a self-made wrestling star, literally and deserves all the kudos. The explosion of noise when he won was amazing.

The next moment of interest was the Women's match, which was amazing because all three of the competitors - Charlotte (Champion), Becky Lynch and Sasha Banks are amazing wrestlers. They put on heck of a match and what made it even more interesting was the fact that the winner Charlotte got the Women's Title instead of the pre-existing Divas title and received a Champion's celebration (the same as men). This is a great move for WWE, where traditionally Women's division was treated as an afterthought. Hopefully, the tag team division gets the same treatment.

I won't speak about the Undertaker-Shane McMahon match because all you need to know is in that 1 minute clip above.

The title match between Triple H and Roman Reigns was a great match. But as expected the evil Triple H was cheered by the crowd while the hero Roman was jeered and booed (yeah, we wrestling fans are weird). The match ended with Roman winning and being booed out of the stadium.

So, as a complete show review, it was quite good. WWE pulled out quite a few swerves I didn't expect (Zack Ryder yo!) but stuck to the safe routes with the big matches. Shout out to Baron Corbin for an amazing debut, Shawn Michaels, Mick Foley and Stone Cold for an interesting interlude and the ROCK for setting his name on fire, literally.

All in all, a fun watch but and there's the but, it didn't blow my mind, which it may have given its potential.

Anyways, I have a few blog posts to write - more on the normal books and TV series, so you'll be home! But as me and Brighton say, what's life (or a blog) without some craziness.

Signing off,