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

Fan Expo 2013

If you like any of the pics you or your friends are in you can now purchase that photo (original, no watermark) for $1 or have it edited your in a fashion you’d like with the original for $5 (no watermark) (NOTE: THIS GOES FOR ANY OTHER PICTURE THAT I’VE TAKEN AND OR POSTED)

Enjoy!!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #42

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In Antarctica, five researchers are frantically running away from what appears to be some kind of monster.  Out of thin air, arrives Skeets in a fully developed sphere form (season 10 had it as just a voice… budgets are a hell of a thing) informing the researchers that Booster Gold is coming to save them. The researchers insist on having Ted Kord’s “Kid with the bug on his back” a.k.a Blue Beetle, to save them. Suddenly the monster’s presence is upon the group and Booster is off to the rescue. As Booster begins his assault on the monster, his Legion Ring begins to alert him about “Legion Protocol six” before shutting down by noticing he isn’t a Legion member. As he falls, he’s quickly swept into a more hands-on fight with the creature, luckily for him; Blue Beetle arrives and saves the day. As the researchers thank BB, BG talks with Skeets who suggests he sees someone more understanding of this protocol. In the apartment of Clark and Lois, the two are showering and discussing her trip to Africa for her article on the “Angel of the Plateau”. As his protective side begins to take over, Lois reminds him of how Franklin Stern won’t allow him to leave for extended periods of time. She asks if he will be okay though given the most recent loss, he says he’ll hold up. Clark gets an alert about a fire, gives a kiss to Lois and darts off. Sometime later, at the Daily Planet, Cat Grant beckons at the arrival of Clark and shows him to the guest in her office, none other than, BG. The two go to the rooftop where BG hands him the ring and transports them to the 31st century, where a statue of Superman is destroyed and air/space ships own the skies. Clark definitely isn’t in (his) Kansas anymore… To be continued.

I enjoy that they, or just Bryan, are keeping up with the series’ side stories. Even to the minor detail. Having the researchers from Ted Kord, WayneTech and Michael Holt’s companies was a nice nod to ongoing readers. This issue definitely felt like a “next chapter” or phase was really starting. To what end obviously remains to be seen, but Miller seems to really be good at writing the first chapter of arcs. All of them to date have a great balance of character introductions and cliff hanging endings. The manner in which Lois and Clark make up for lost time and push the PG boundary is greatly appreciated to acknowledge the children who might read this and the adults.

jk0002NEW ARTIST ALERT Daniel HDR sounds like a media file name but either way it’s not bad as far as art work goes. It’s still early but it seems pretty dope. I was intrigued by the HDR part, mostly because I love the technique and try to use it when I can. The HDR style is evident as best as one could hope for I’d think for a comic book. It’s not crazy strong but it is there. Given that we’re headed to the 31st century, it’s a nice touch to have a bit of a up to the times style. Its no Steve McNiven or Jim Lee, but given everything it’s a nice step forward in quality, let’s see how long this lasts.

Rating 4.7/5

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4.7 out of 5,
  • Art: 3.3 out of 5,
  • layout: 4 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.8 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week! THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace”. Your eLEWsive Thought Provided by: The “LEW System” – Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #35

Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 00 Smallville - Season 11 033 (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 01Haunted: at a Metropolis bar, Otis is  greeted with the presence of Lois Lane, who just finished talking Psimon in his cell. The reporter, begins to ask Otis questions about his now former boss, Lex and what he knows about Tess being in his head. Met with a unhelpful answer, she leaves to find someone who is more comfortable to him to speak with. Barbara Gordon in Gotham, is now up and about since her alien attack, (click link for more details) and is willing to help Lois with her investigation but not as Nightwing, but as herself, who just so happens to be Bruce Wayne’s assistant. Barbara rushes off to Metropolis by bat-plane to meet Otis, in Las Vegas, Clark is gradually getting faster and faster, which he needs to, in order to get the attention of the “Black Flash”. In doing so, he’s preventing the “Speed storms” from claiming any more lives.
In a “hail Mary” move, the Black Racer, tries to weaken the fake Eifle Tower to fall from its foundations and on top of the innocent bystanders, but that was a job for Superman to take care of. The two begin battle as the story moves back to Jay Garrick & Bart Allen who have a mini, if you will, a Flash to Flash moment.
Then Bart races off to finish the fight he never asked for… to be continued

Wow. That was a terrible scene between the two Flashes. Bart feels like he’s always alone and then Jay starts saying the speed force, “isn’t just what fuels us, it’s what binds us”? Really?! That’s so out of the blue. Why does Bart feel like that is my first question. He has no need to. Granted, I don’t know the man’s story but come on. I think that’s where this arc gets me annoyed. That one scene. For the most part, this one has been the series best (so far), but that scene ruined a lot of the hope for that. Otherwise a just below average written issue by Bryan Q. Miller. And I mean below average of the size equal to the space between the stem, and the dot of a lower case i. I mean that in terms of the words on paper mind you, because the look of each scene is pretty incredible.Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 05 Smallville - Season 11 035 (2013)

My favourite moment that Jorge designed is when Superman saves this dude and gives him a list of instructions. Just a well designed look to the character. This wasn’t his own best showing, but it’s far from his worst. I also very much enjoyed the look of the Barbra Gordon scene. The style was very appropriate.

Disclaimer:… I know I’m late… I’m sorry, but I will be caught up by Aug 22nd

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 2 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.2 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Video Of The Day: Batman Vs Deadpool

It’s not likely these two would ever actually be in a fight. Deadpool would win simply because he can’t die and even though Batman can endure almost ANYTHING… he is still in fact human. Another Bat in the Sun film hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. PLEASE NOTE: the winner is based off of fan votes.

BATMAN vs DEADPOOL

The series is produced by Aaron Schoenke, Sean Schoenke and Nikolay Zamkovoy.

The concept of the SPBD web series is to take two super powered legends and make them battle! Every month we will release a new episode, where viewers will be able to vote to determine the winner. The show is hosted by Marisha Ray, with three debaters, Damian Beurer, Andy Liegl and Jennifer Wenger. Together they battle with their sci-fi/fantasy knowledge and comic wit to see who they think the winner will be.

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Man Of Steel: Movie Review

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Were you not entertained?

Henry Cavill
Amy Adams
Michael Shannon
Diane Lane
Russell Crowe
Antje Traue
Harry Lennix
Richard Schiff
Christopher Meloni
Kevin Costner
Ayelet Zurer
Laurence Fishburne
Dylan Sprayberry
Cooper Timberline
Richard Cetrone
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(There’s actually a lot of actors and characters from Smallville which Zack is a major fan of.)
The last time we saw Superman it was on “Smallville” on tv, then before that in “Superman Returns” Now he is the Man of steel brought to you by Zack Snyder and Executively produced by Chris “The Dark Knight” Nolan.

Superman represents many things and those elements are very well explored here. He’s the ultimate immigrant, hero/saviour, “American” and the greatest symbol of hope (to be better) we humans can create. From the early stages on Krypton the “Hope” is the focus of this movie, but not the Theme.  It’s actually a little hard to say EXACTLY what the theme is.  The tone and feel of the movie is much like the show Arrow. If you watch Arrow then you kinda understand. It’s actually surprised me how engaging it was for a movie that was 2.5 hours in length.

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Only three colours used

Art direction isn’t something I touch too much on for my reviews. But this movie had GREAT art direction. In past Superman movies it was very much about ice and crystals but now with M.O.S. they legit took on the steel aspect. From homes, to technology, even the suits of Kryptonians (I still don’t like the look of Superman’s costume, invulnerable people don’t need armour). It lends to the point that this isn’t anything related to the Reeves/Routh Era of Superman Movies.

Michael Shannon as Zod was amazing. I loved his character right to the bitter end. Zod was a calm Nazi in Reeves’ Superman 2, here he’s very much a man on a mission to save what he loves. He has a real conflict and has only one absolute solution. Conflicts and hardships always make characters interesting, and hero’s are apparently defined by who they face.

This brings me to Henry’s Cavali’s portrayal of Clark Superman. The Story of his character aside (I have mixed feelings with it) he does superman justice. In Smallville we watched Superman become Superman and as well as the disguise of Clark.

This was kind of the same idea. IT’S NOT THE SAME STORY AS SMALLVILLE but just the idea. It’s kind of more like how “Superman: Earth One” makes Superman become Superman via forceful desperation.

There’s an inherited value/moral of doing and being good from Jor-El – who by the way, Russel Crowe, did an amazing job as well. The story allowed for a more explained fall of Krypton, Jor-El and Zod’s relationship and just how much like Clark, Jor-El is and vice versa (the son becomes the father, and the father the son).  Amy Adams playing Lois was very much a strong woman through and through. Her look was solid, and she didn’t entirely come off as just a damsel in distress. She got the essence of the character down minus the red hair.

Hans Zimmer does an incredible job. He’s no John Williams but that’s OK. This is the new era of Superman movies. So there SHOULD be a new sound. Hans Zimmer does just that. Personally I didn’t hear a catchy Superman song like in past motion media depictions. But thanks to the new sound, it carried the movie along nicely. It added more desperation to scenes that were dire to the story as conflicts arose. It sounds amazing and just made all the action scenes epic… and there are a lot of them. Hans is the man.

Zack Snyder does WICKED ACTION SEQUENCES look at all his previous work. All badass. He may not get the greatest from his actors but honestly, he had a great cast with experience to do anything. The fight scenes were nothing we’ve seen before. They were creative, they had a lot of the different powers Kryptonians have under our yellow sun, and they were more realistic than what was in Superman 2, in terms of exposing a weakness. The angles are great and even though it’s in 3D, in IMAX, and all intense, it was easy and clear to watch. You see everything, which is SO GREAT! The latter half of the movie is basically strictly action and it’s all just as beautiful. The action is what makes it worth watching in IMAX.

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Bottom line: This is now my favourite superman movie. It’s hard to say that it’s better than Superman: The Movie but it’s not meant to be. The freedom of creating a new reality is promising. Rumour has it this is the seed to a Justice League movie. The ending fight is the strongest point. the only issue I didn’t like is that there wasn’t entirely a complete reason as to why he became Superman or no real lesson taught prior getting his costume. Lastly DONT BE THAT PERSON to say this is better or worse than Avengers  They’re TOTALLY different (but Avengers is a more complete movie). There  – not really spoiled.

(MAN OF STEEL Easter Eggs and DC Comics References You May Have Missed)RATINGS!!!!

Ratings for all movies will now be out of ten

  • Overall rating of the movie: 9.8 out of 10,
  • Cinematography: 10 out of 10,
  • Editing: 10 out of 10,
  • Audio: 10 out of 10,
  • Acting: 9.5 out of 10,

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

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Smallville Season 11 #30

Smallville - Season 11 030 (2013) (Digital) (K6 of Ultron-Empire) 00Back to the hunted story line, where Lex is in his own mind, talking to Tess. He tells her that they’ve pinpointed the exact location of where Tess’ consciousness lies. With that said, he gives her an ultimatum, “… Let me know everything you know about Superman…. Or I give myself brain damage.” Meanwhile at S.T.A.R. Labs, Dr. Hamilton tells his crew plans for the night, one being to help Impulse, the other being they want to re-purpose the technology during the Hank Henshaw incident. Back at Luthercorp, Lois has infiltrated the building, and as Otis and Lex pass by, she steals Otis’ swipe card. As she gets to where she’s going, her cousin Chloe stops her by turning out the lights to show her it has a higher security system than meets the eye. And as Lois confesses how much she misses Clark, Chloe tells her they took the machine brain machine Lex was using to talk to Tess. Back at S.T.A.R. Labs, Superman and Impulse begin to race on a machine that allows Superman to reach the needed speed that allows Bart to see the “Speed Demon”. When Superman does, he’s booted and vows to save Bart from it… To be continued

Smallville Season 11 029 (2013) (Digital) (K6DVR-Empire) 01It’s very interesting to see how desperate Lex is. He really wants the secrets that are seemingly locked in his brain. Which actually, besides the main story, is one of the reasons I’m still reading this book (that and cause I’m legit a fan of the show). Miller is handling things very well, I really think that this is the best arc, in terms of development of both character and story. There isn’t much that happens, but for what is, it’s a nice balance.

One thing I usually couldn’t stand in the show, was there was never a real reference to previous episodes in a direct way. Here and there yes, but not common in the slightest. With the Lex story there’s a lot of that and I think it’s helping.

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Favourite moment in this issue

Rating:

  • Overall rating of the comic: 4 out of 5,
  • Art: 4.2 out of 5,
  • layout: 4.2 out of 5,
  • True to character dialogue: 4 out of 5,
  • Story: 3.9 out of 5.

Thank you for reading feedback is always helpful. Enjoy your Week!

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Batman: The Dark Knight Returns Part 2

The second chapter to the “Batman: The Dark Knight Returns” saga concludes with this story and it’s all kinds of amazing (see what I did there?) Loaded with great themes and even a poster to Christopher Reeves Superman.

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Batman sure can take a beating at the old age of 55. Starting out right where the last left off with the Joker now becoming aware of his surroundings, he gets the Batman to lose control in the eyes of the public… To which point Superman is brought in to stop him.

The themes from the last one are reintroduced, and then put into practice. One being the story of Pearl Harbour as told by Jim Gordon to Ellen Yindel of how that event sparked a nation to get behind sending troops to World War 2. That’s probably the most paramount theme in this half story. It has the most weight to it aside from the propaganda that may be in the book/movie.

This one, I remembered more, and loved that I either registered more scenes from the comic or the animators used more. The joker scenes were the best, (see above) whereas the ones that seemed to be flat were the Superman scenes right after the nuke explosion. I think that scene was better in the comic whereas you get to read it versus seeing it without the narration.

One thing I didn’t mention in my part 1 review was the actors. Peter Weller as Batman for 99% of this movie is incredible. The breakthrough performance however was the Joker. Just for the way that he was drawn in the book and how he is known to act was superbly presented through the work of Michael Emerson. Andrea Romano, the voice director, is way past “infinity and beyond” in terms of greatness (if I’m ever so lucky to work with her, I will have to first not act like a crazed fan) the only one I felt could have used more, was Oliver Queen’s actor: Robin Atkin Downes.

Another thing I didn’t mention in part was the use of music. In the Nolan directed Batman saga, Hans Zimmer was the man who made everything seem even more epic in those films, notably the best batman movie, T.D.K. Here, the work of Christopher Drake captures a great essence to carry you through the hour 15min motion picture. It’s very close to T.D.K. in terms of how to explain it, especially with the Joker scenes. A lot of the reasons why I like this one, is because of the music.

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: 4.5
  • Art/Animation: 4.8
  • Voiceover Work: 5
  • True to the Source Material: 4.8

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

Lobo’s Christmas Special

A few years back there was a rumour Guy Ritche was to direct a Lobo movie. One way or another it fell through and there’s been more news about a Lobo movie being made… but until we have some ACTUAL facts like a release date or something, I bring you this:

 

 

Smallville… A Look Back

2001 saw the start of something that’s been done over & over. We were introduced to a population of about 45,000! and it was just like any other day.. Well.. Sort of. It was the home coming to the crows, the local high-school team for the small midwestern town. Of course if you don’t already know, I’m talking about Smallville– The home of the worlds (soon to be) GREATEST EVER SUPERHERO!

A quick run down of the seasons.

Se1- meteor freaks. Seasons end conflict: freak tornado.

Se2: the story gets deeper and we learn more about Clark’s origins and what affects him. Seasons end conflict: Clark leaves after causing his family pain with the aid of Red Kryptonite.

Se3: Clark returns, but at a price. His dad (Johnathan Kent) makes a deal with Clark’s father, Jor-el. Lex goes crazy.

Seasons end conflict: Jor-el wants back his son to do his bidding.

Se4: Clark returns, Lois shows up, and Jor-el sends Clark on a treasure hunt. Flash/Impulse is introduced. Seasons end conflict: Clark has to stop another meteor shower and erect the fortress of solitude.

Se5: Time to become super. Clark becomes human and finally gets with Lana. Brainiac arrives, and wants Zod to make Earth the new Krypton, but ifrst he needs a human host. Johnathan runs for senator, Lionel Luther confesses to a secret that ends up killing Johnathan. Aquaman and Cyborg are introduced.
Season’s end conflict: Lex gets possessed by Zod’s entity and sends the boy scout to the phantom Zone.

Se6: Clark fights his way back to his loved ones, and as he does, his world isn’t so small as he first thought, as “Green Arrow” is introduced and the justice league is formed. (Don’t ask..) As Clark is about to finally start his training with Jor-el, he gets reports that when he came back the Phantoms, from the Phantom Zone are on Earth.

Season’s end conflict: Bizzaro.

Se7. The fight continues as Clark & Bizzaro try to figure how to beat the other. Kara-EL, Super Girl bursts on to the scene. A secret society, Veritas, has always known & had plans for a traveler, who happens to be Clark.
Season’s end conflict: Lex kills everyone who is aware of the existence of “Veritas”, to get the answers he’s been wanting since the first meteor shower.

Se8: Lex is rumored to be dead, and Clark feels ok with that. He finally starts taking the right steps to become the legend, but first he’s gotta deal with Doomsday and a stupid blonde headed friend. Lana says her final PAINFUL Goodbye. Season’s end conflict: Doomsday.

Se9: The Orb that Lex found in se7 comes alive to reveal clone of the not yet General, but Major Zod. It’s a game of wits and lies and questions. Clark & Lois finally get closer to being together. Season’s end conflict: Major Zod and his Kandorian Amry.

Se10 (the final season): It’s Time to become legend (If you read Marvel’s Civil war, DC’s Final crisis, then you kinda understand what I’m about to say). The U.S gov’t wants the “heroes” to register and be an army with an agenda, and an Anti-life equation that sweeps metropolis. Bringing Darksieds “Apokolips” to Earth. Clark gets ready to wed Lois. And well, just watch the series finale.

The saddest thing about this is, this may have been the ONLY TIME we get to see Clark in any real “Superman” outfit or remotely close to one that isn’t CGI (though many believe this was a cgi S shield)

I can’t spoon feed you everything, just know that if you watch it from start to finish you may bust a tear.

I was like 12 when this show started and was mad crazy about Superman (I’ll get into that later), so this show was great at the time it came on. I was a preteen figuring out emotions, feels, wants, and having people I didn’t know trying to control me (for better or for worse…). Everything this show dealt this seemed to some how come back to me. Be it a theme or an exact replica of an event. There’s this thing that draws you to this show especially come season three. I don’t know what that thing is exactly, but I’m glad it did. There’s so much about Superman here in this show its crazy, he has been around since the 1930’s. There’s so much that the character has gone through from marriage, a few reboots, like 5 movies, a death, and a bunch of cartoons. But this show may have been one of the best takes on superman. Well, up to season 7, then it was just watching to see what they ruined. As good as the series finale is, it leaves too many questions for both the on/off screen moments. None the less, this is the start of my *Season 11 comic reviews… I’ll try and do them more frequently. So enjoy! (See next post)

 

P.S. just for you viewing pleasure: 

The Dark Knight Rises Review

Cast overview:
Christian Bale
Gary Oldman
Tom Hardy
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Anne Hathaway
Marion Cotillard
Morgan Freeman
Michael Caine
Matthew Modine
Foley
Alon Aboutboul
Dr. Pavel (as Alon Moni Aboutboul)
Ben Mendelsohn
Daggett

Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham’s finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. – imdb.com
Runtime: 164 min

Director: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Jonathan Nolan (screenplay), Christopher Nolan (story/screenplay) David S. Goyer (story)

Well its over folks. The “greatest” batman movie run is over (though, lets be honest, as long as he didn’t have bat-nipples and ass shots as he got into costume it would have been better). This is the longest running of any batman movie, and the longest of the 3..It even feels longer due to the story. They dragged the HELL out of this movie. You can’t blame them entirely since, they put this movie 8 years to the day (in the movie world) into the future from the previous “The Dark Knight” movie (Stupid idea in my opinion).

[Spoilers start here]

I get that the story had to explain what happened in the 8 years that followed, but there were things I felt could have been left out, and or introduced to set up “potential” future instalments or as I said in my Amazing Spider-Man review, nods to the fans of the comics from a picture, right down to someone obviously saying something (like Tony Stark’s life model decoy joke in the Avengers). The story, however, did give you a solid send off as it progresses. There’s homage moments, and a sense of nostalgia seeing the rebuilt “Wayne Manor”. The best moments are from Bane and Batman as the will in both of them is cool. I will add, they ruined his origin story to make it all come full circle to the first movie in my opinion. Because of that it felt like the writers and the powers who made this movie didn’t actually have a real idea in mind to make this movie. Recently there was what felt like a global, if not just a North American “occupy” movement that if I’m not mistaken, was started on New York’s “Wall Street” and it was basically saying lessen the gap from the those who have and those who have not. This kind of plays into the movie’s first half and is what kind of makes the movie drag on. There aren’t many questions you’re left with but maybe three at the end which is a part of good movie making, but can also ruin a movie as well.

The acting… Michael Caine.. He is so damn talented, sadly his role was limited. But he has such a charm as a 78 year old man that during the movie, you kind of wish he had more screen time. Morgan Freeman… Well..he was Morgan Freeman. The best actor/ess this time around was the addition of Anne Hathaway. She had the best take on Selina Kyle/Catwoman there has ever been. If you remember “the Batman Animated Series” (which to most comic fans is regarded as the best ever cartoon series based off comic books) then you will see that similar take here. She was introduced the best in all 3 movies. Tom Hardy is hard to say if he really acted, because he has a mask. Acting is so much facial expressions as it is, vocal performance. On top of his natural accent (which is, I believe, is a U.K. one) he put a variant of an irish one. Where this becomes a bad role for him is the part where he can’t be understood. He can for the most part, but I feel like at times, he was totally inaudible more than once which makes this a major short fall for the movie. Chris Bale as Batman felt as he looked as Bruce felt (method acting), but still braver beyond his limitations. I know many don’t like the voice he puts for Batman, but its so needed as to have a difference between the two ego’s Bruce has. On top of that, the range in which he’s able to carry that is impressive, he yells, whispers, intimidates, etc all with this growl like voice which I can only imagine how hard that is. Marion Cotillard’s performance seemed flat and her last moment is the worse thing I’ve seen in a movie since…. well since bat nipples.

The music was fantastic but some of it did seem like it was borrowed from the last film. I won’t lie, a lot of Hans Zimmer’s music kind of has the same tone, but its sick when its needed, and the one time they don’t have music in the film is probably my most favourite moment in the movie.

In terms of the effects and audio, I have to seriously question how the people got the job. The flying “bat” glitches like crazy (yes… I noticed it) then, again, BANE’S VOICE… how do you have a movie of this magnitude, with such a villain and then have it come across as bother-some that his voice couldn’t be heard in every scene? There wasn’t a single WOW moment in this movie. You remember THE DARK KNIGHT? That entire movie felt like a WOW moment (mostly the Jokers truck attack scene where an 18 wheeler is FLIPPED OVER). Or even the first time we see Batman in that film. The only wow moment here, is catwoman’s performance, and the brute style of Bane.

Come the end of this movie, Wayne’s story is complete. Which is a very good thing. It is a perfect send off , and if WB does want to continue this version of Batman to do their pending Justice league movie then this is where they could pick it up from. I felt that Nolan tried to do something grand. He NEVER WANTED A TRILOGY, but for one reason or another he made one. Even though its a good movie, they didn’t get Batman right from the first movie (Batman doesn’t fail to save someone if even by not directly saving them, he saved the Joker all the time). Batman in this movie is challenged beyond what we’ve seen so that’s new, but I felt they tried too much for the Oscar than to make a TOTALLY satisfying movie (not that I won’t add this to my collection but I’m in no rush).

I shall leave you with this.. after seeing the teaser for the new Superman movie (dubbed “Man of Steel”) all I kept saying was this would have been solved in 3 minutes had Superman been contacted and, even better, Brian Michael Bendis (a Marvel Comics writer) said the next honest truth I said at the end of this movie:

“everyone is thinking it, so i’m just going to say it: the problem with the dark knight rises is that the Avengers could have had that shit wrapped up in under 10 minutes. including shwarma break!”

If you were expecting a review where this movie is praised, look at friend and fellow bloggers review @Mr_STiXX’s review

If you were wondering which comics inspired this movie: “Knightfall” and “No Man’s Land”.

  • Overall rating of the movie: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Cinematography: 3 out of 5,
  • Editing: 3 out of 5,
  • Audio: 2.5 out of 5,
  • Acting: 3.7 out of 5,
  • Theatres or wait for the blu-ray? The movie theatres on a cheap day in Imax. Blu-ray to complete the trilogy only.

THAT’S IT! Cheers: “To Peace” and May the Force be with you!

– Xavier – @CoolyoNgeLEW

*Feel free to discuss the movie in the comments*