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How “Watchmen” Ruined “Batman V Superman”

It took me a while to put it into words, but I figured out why – to me – “Batman V Superman” doesn’t work.

It comes down to director Zack Snyder and what he thinks he is trying to do:

  • Yes, he is trying to tentpole a franchise
  • Yes, he is trying to rationalize how “Man of Steel” would give us characters that might not love the carnage a Superman brings with him
  • Yes, he has to show us how these disparate personalities would have to learn to work together.
  • Yes, he has to try and follow beloved (?) storylines.

The problem becomes, when he made “Watchmen”, he discarded roughly one-third of the story (the Tales of the Black Freighter) and told the basic plot. This allowed him to construct a narrative that was at least consistent from beginning to end. People, including Alan Moore, may have hated his style choice, but at least he got a consistent movie out of that decision.

Plus this. This was all good.

Here, it seems like he decided to keep every little nugget he could from each origin story he came across. We got Batman’s AGAIN. There was a little bit more of Superman’s, including a story from his dad. Doomsday’s was altered from the comics, but we still got a full story that fit this narrative. We only got an oral version of Lex Luthor’s, spread out over the first two hours.

Bryan Cranston would’ve needed just 10 minutes. Just sayin’.

Luckily, Wonder Woman’s getting her own film, so we only got a clue about her origin story. I liked the subtle treatment they gave her reveal. It actually should be a better movie.

As to the other JLA members, HERE’S THE FLASH! HERE’S AQUAMAN! HAVE YOU HEARD OF CYBORG?!?! ENJOY THE WAIT!!!

Once the guts of approximately 14 different comics had been spilled, and a meandering plot involving Holly Hunter that could have taken five minutes and less subtlety, it was time for BIG FIGHT #1!

“But first, Jar Jar, here’s how the Senate works…”

The actual Batman V Superman was, I thought, actually pretty good. Nice action plus storyline plausibility…

You could argue he’s wearing Hulkbuster armor, but why nitpick?

…until Lois shows up, points out their similarities, and tells them about why they must knock it off and fight a common enemy. Then it falls apart for a little bit, while they go through a sober version of a drunken Irish, ‘I LOVE YOU!” back-and-forth before – oh yeah – Doomsday is coming.

And he’s got Pink Eye!

This gives us the big Wonder Woman reveal. as I said, I like her, and think it’ll be a fine solo movie. It’s a good fight, and it takes the three of them to finish him off, the conclusion of which gives us the direct walk-to for the solo movies and the inevitable JLA conclusion against Darkseid.

Once the action finishes, there’s about three or four “Return of the King” false finishes before the actual ending, which again drives you to madness because it reinforces every belief that they could have shaved 30-40 minutes off of this film and made it work a lot better.

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In case you’re into fantasy booking, this is your best matchup.

Viewability scale: (Theatre-full price / Theatre-half-price / Stream / Wait for TV / Nope / Eye Cancer)

Because I have misguided faith that the other movies in the series will be better, watching it without commercial interruption, and from the comfort of home, will provide you the most enjoyable experience with this film. I went to the theatre because my wife was doing the easter baking, and being allergic to cocoa meant I had to go out to avoid a reaction. So, I guess, what I’m saying is that this movie was better than anaphylaxis.

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Always Wear the Brown Pants

Full disclosure: I’m from Vancouver. They shot the movie here. I went in wanting to love this movie.

So, Deadpool came out on Friday. I went and caught the early show, figuring it would get packed closer to the evening. The theatre was about half-full.

Long story short:

  • First third: awesome.
  • Second third: kinda slow
  • Last third: satisfactory conclusion

The opening scene to the movie is most likely the best part. From the credits through the use of soundtrack (Juice Newton’s gonna be surprised!), the movie hits every point a comic book movie needs in order to keep the audience through to the rest of the film.

Just let this play while reading.

What I found unique is that, because they assume about half the people are already read up on deadpool before going, they put the origin story (for the most part) in the middle. So you start with action, then get the exposition and character development, and then get a conclusio to the whole story. If they had pieced this together chronologically, it might have sucked, but shifting the tradition a bit helped make this movie work.

I think the thing that sticks out to me is how the movie was shot. For those who don’t know, Ryan Reynolds is a homer – he loves Vancouver, and it loves him right back. From the time he shot Van Wilder out at one of my alma maters – UBC – Vancouver will forgive him his missteps because it knows he does far more good than bad. Plus, he brings jobs and exposure to the local industry. Kind of like Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg; they’ve made a couple of duds, but then they shot “The Interview” here and all was forgiven & forgotten.

Everyone knows the story about how Deadpool had a tight budget, and shot as much as they could up in Vancouver and then CGI’d other shots into the sequences. You get a lot of bang for your buck when each dollar you spend gets an extra 40 cents added on. For example, the big freeway fight scene was mostly shot in downtown Vancouver, but because we lack the overpasses, they FX’d in the additional lanes. No muss; no fuss.

They closed a major bridge into downtown for 10 days, like it was no big deal. FYI: BC Lions play in the left stadium; Ice Liouns play in the right.

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If you’re from here, you recognize the locations and architecture. Most people, if they look hard enough, can spot this as a Vancouver-shot movie. It’s not as bad as “Rumble In the Bronx”, where Jackie Chan fights bad guys in the shadow of NYC’s mountains, but you can tell if you’re looking. For the most part, it works, so why bother? Hell, in one of the key plot scenes, they turned our most famous strip club – the No.5 Orange – into an actual location in the movie; they even kept the name. They sure did clean up the alley, though.

[Fun fact: one of my former students is the No.5’s DJ, and thanks to his SAG card is in the movie!]

Even the X-Men location tie-in came relatively cheap, since the “Xavier School” is actually a provincial landmark called Hatley Castle, a 90 minute ferry ride away in Victoria. And (spoiler) while he’s not in the movie, they sure do have some fun at Hugh Jackman’s expense.

This movie isn’t just a sausage-fest. The female roles have great weight. When it comes to the action, both Gina Carano (Angel) and Brianna Hildebrand (Negasonic) play their roles straight-up, and Morena Baccarin is fantastic & fantastic looking in the movie. If he wasn’t already married to Blake Lively, she and Ryan Reynolds would make very beautiful babies.

The “R” rating helps. The swearing seems mostly natural to the settings, but not like they took Tarantino dialogue and threw it into a superhero movie. In other movies of the genre, it usually seems more awkward when a character in an X-Men fight scene doesn’t swear. Plus, the rating allows them to be more graphic & direct with the double-entendres. You see actual breasts in the strip club! Reynolds butt, for the ladies! Not having to write around a PG-13 rating let more creative control go into the action. The violence is actually violent. You see brains, and flesh, and bodily fluids, in their proper context.

It’s the new “Scanners” gif!

Most people know if they are going to want to see this movie. As a guy who owns even the Jessica Alba “Fantastic Four” movies on DVD, I was in the can for this movie from the start. Plus, I’m a homer for supporting the local kid, because films like this help keep people I know employed. I accept there’s a confirmation bias in my watching this movie, but I think I can be objective.

Viewability scale: (Theatre-full price / Theatre-half-price / Stream / Wait for TV / Nope / Eye Cancer)

If you’ve seen most of the Marvel Universe (to this point) on the big screen, you owe it to yourself to see this there as well. It will show very nicely on Netflix, but seeing it large makes a difference. That’s what tips me over to that one side. If you wait to see it on TV, there’s about 20 minutes that are going to have to be cut, and lots of dubbing for language.

Next review: I dunno; whenever I feel like going next. Since I’m not a paid shill and #UpForWhatever, I can pick & choose, or just not go if nothing catches my interest. That might be more damning.

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