Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox Review

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“Accept the things you cannot change, have the courage to change the things you can, and the wisdom to know the difference.”

That quote, which is said early on in the feature, generally sets the tone for the remainder of the movie. It’s a pretty powerful one and to my knowledge isn’t one often explored in the comic medium unless it’s a time travel story. Luckily for us it’s that and a lot more.

The Flash is someone who is well known character to the DC universe and this story shows us why. Being able to break the time barrier similar to how back to the Future does with speed. One of, if not, the defining moment for The Flash is that he ran too slowly to save his mother and then later carried that guilt to become the hero he needed to be. In the movie, it’s clear that he is being a hero by saving her. I think any child would do anything to save their mom from impending danger if even by means of time disruption. The interesting side of all this that the villain of this story begs the question the how much of a hero are you really when all you did was save your mother. You didn’t try and stop 9-11, you didn’t make Hitler stay in art school, instead, and you took personal happiness instead of greater good. Not to cross brands here but, that is exactly the point to “with great power comes greater responsibility”. You have to wonder, especially if you are of the total of people who believe in a higher power… Do bad things happen to us as individuals and as a whole people for the betterment of each and every one of us?

FlashPoint-e1368306709117The story of the characters aside, the theme story is where it’s worth watching and it’s great for both young and old alike. The violence however… That’s for teens and up. One thing I will always say about DC’s direct to video collection, they aren’t afraid to show some blood, have a little cursing and do it to compliment the story overall. This isn’t any different. Given that the core of the story is surrounded by an impending Armageddon war, everything is a little more dire than normal for the characters to succeed. So in a way a lot of characters do need to “die” so that they can bring an extra level of emotion. And the emotion really is brought to the next level. All I will say is Batman steals the show at the end.

The animation felt very much like the Batman year one in the way they moved but maybe a little more fluent than the former. I don’t know much about animation, but I noticed whenever there’s a fight… They always seem to have a fight in a circle. Nit picking sure, but as I thought about it, it kind of took me out of the story… Or at least the full enjoyment of this thing.

Bottom line: If there’s ever really going to be a Flash movie or show they should take some tips from this(which they sort of did in the Arrow episodes before the holiday break). It’s a great Flash story, it’s a great for anyone new to the character and or familiar with him and or the other heroes featured, but don’t expect great great things past “The Flash“. I would love to see that final moment with Flash before the credits in a movie though. It’s a great addition to the collection of DC direct videos. Above all else, blame the Flash for the “New 52″

Final moments with Flash

Rating :

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 4.6 /5
  • Art/Animation: 5 /5
  • Voiceover Work: 4.6 /5
  • True to the Source Material: 3 /5

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Superman vs the Elite Review

300px-Action_Comics_775Based on the DC comics story : “What’s so funny about truth justice and the American way” by Joe Kelly and Doug Mahnke with Lee Bermelo. This is a great story with the post 9/11 world we live in that mirrors the Superman Earth one Vol. 2 story/theme of power.

Superman Vs The EliteSuperman is a character that has become known as the Boy Scout, the do-gooder, the guy who doesn’t want to get his hands dirty. He’s been one of the characters who symbolize the best of what we’re all capable of. This story tests what he is and the strength of his morale by asking if the Superman of old can still hold up in the world we live today.

“Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear… until my dream of a world where dignity, honour and justice become the reality we all share — I’ll never stop fighting”

Off the bat, I will say that the animation/art style is terrible. But after it’s all said and done, I think the reason for the design of each character, in particular Superman, was to mirror a character that is child friendly and furthermore, to mimic the Dave Fleischer animated series from 1942. As the story progresses however, the animation does get better especially towards the end the climactic battle on the moon.

The  voice acting in this picture, is actually pretty well done they brought back Superman’s long time voice actor, George Newbern, and it is helpful to have a familiar voice, but the actor they chose for Manchester Black was actually the best acted. He really captured the essence of a “punk rocker” fresh from the mother country. Surprisingly there are a lot of female actresses to play the younger roles in this feature.

The content itself, is pretty adult themed. Light enough for children, I’d say from 10 and up, not for younger ones. It’s not a convoluted story where you need to think a lot about what is going on. It’s pretty fast paced and easy to follow which is very helpful, because not everybody is a political science expert. If you care about life or even the neighbour beside you, then this story make sense.  One thing I’ve always appreciated about the DC animated stories, is that they’re not afraid to have a little bit of cursing in the movies. They don’t overdo it to the point where it’s childish and offensive but one here and there, never hurt anybody.2401740-superman_mad_3

As I’m writing this I have to say that this is probably my most favourite Superman animated feature to date. It has a lot of the stuff that should be in the Superman story and leaves you wanting more. The theme is even more relevant today with recent news stories like the Boston bombings and the guy who kidnapped and held captive the women in Ohio for a decade. These are the kind of people we want to see suffer slowly for their crimes, and rightfully so, but who really wants that kind of blood on their hands? Once a person breaks that barrier what is to stop them from killing someone who steals for a noble reason like feeding his child. This is not to say that stealing is right but is killing for safety just as acceptable? This is the type of stuff that should be in a Superman story.

Rating :

The rating system is as follows. The 1st rating is what you really want, the rest is just what I thought of each other category as it’s listed (art/animation is how the movie translates the art from the book in animation).

  • Overall: 3.5
  • Art/Animation: 3.3
  • Voiceover Work: 4
  • True to the Source Material: 3

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” . Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: “LEW System”

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW