A lot of stuff this week, like the Justice League Review, Ant-Man answers fan questions and more! Check it all out!
Justice League Review
Justice League is finally out and the biggest superheroes of DC Comics are united for the first time ever on the big screen!
So, how is it?
It's... good. Pretty good. Mild spoilers ahead.
Overall JL reminds me a LOOOOT of Suicide Squad, as both movies clearly have been meddled with HARDCORE and are pretty far removed from what the director probably intended, but they both entertained me a lot and make up for their weird Frankenstein nature with a lot of amazing high points that I loved. I can't say I LOVED JL as I LOVED MoS or BvS. It is clearly a lesser movie in every way. It is by far the cheapest looking DCEU film to date (it looks like the budget was lower than Squads, but it actually was double of that), the story is as middle down the road as you can get and scenes don't have nearly enough time to linger and work themselves out. Reshoots are immediately apparent by Affleck's fluctuating weight, Cavill's CGI mouth and some very Whedon type humor. The humor does work mostly tho, but there are one or two scenes where I had to groan to myself, as the humor felt very forced. Nothing as bad as Thor in Ragnarok knocking himself out with a ball to the head, so no worries.
Stakes are still here, heroes are being taken seriously, people die and when it gets dark it gets relatively dark. BvS dark? Never. Maybe not even MoS dark, but at least more serious some of the more goofy MCU releases like Ragnarok and Ant-Man for example. People die and bad stuff happens and there are no jokes to make light of any of that, which I appreciated.
The Danny Elfman musical score is quite horrible and took me out of the movie a few times (like for example when we see the robbery that WW stops from the trailers, Elfman chose to use funny "fat guy falls down" circus music while the guys enter and kill people), plus the weird choices of using the 70s Superman theme and the 80s Batman theme for me are horrible ones (If no one else does it I will edit a version of the movie and replace the whole score with the MoS and BvS scores).
The movie does have legitimate DCEU highpoints though. I won't spoil scenes, but lets just say that Superman fans will get the most out of this film. In that sense it is the perfect end to Superman's trilogy.
Batman has a cool scene at the start but is kinda useless the rest of the film. I can feel Affleck disinterest in almost every scene he is in. Flash is obviously the comedic centre of the film and to me it worked VERY well, but I love Ezra Miller as an actor and don't mind the type of humor he goes for. He had me in stitches quite a few times.
Aquaman is awesome, BUT we have almost already seen his best scenes entirely in the trailers. He is the most wasted character in the film to me, which is a shame, since what is there is cool, but its just not enough. Cyborg is a surprise, especially from the acting standpoint. Rey Fisher nails the performance and shows some layered emotions of a man who isn't sure if he is still human or not!
My biggest problem, next to the score, is that certain scenes end way too quick, due to the mandated 2 hour runtime by the studio and that... quite frankly... the action is not great. If you people hope to see something that will upstage the action from MoS or BvS, you will be disappointed, in my opinion. No idea if they cut stuff out, or whatever... it looks like large parts of the final fight have been reshot entirely by Whedon, so who knows how epic Zack's version might have been... but overall the action is only ok to good, not mindblowing. There is nothing on the level of the warehouse scene, or a MoS like Zod vs Clark battle. There is ONE standout action scene, but there its amazing because of the emotional stakes and not because of the amazing action choreography.
Steppenwolf is kind of a one note villain, but like with Suicide Squad, its not about the bad guy, but about the team coming together and that stuff works super well.
Visually it has scenes that look like a Snyder movie, but overall, compared to MoS and BvS it's also not on the same level. The whole movie looks way smaller than it should and the CGI is sometimes really bad. If you thought Doomsday in BvS looked bad... hold on to your butts, because its gonna be rough.^^
You can also see how much they adjusted tone and feel after the BvS backlash. Characters we have seen before don't behave like they did in the older movies, but more like they are in the comics for example (I won't say who, but it was someone who got a LOT of undeserved flak from fanboys for example). I feel the movie as Zack probably made it could have been great. As it stands its just pretty good, mainstream popcorn fluff. I was still pleasantly surprised overall and had a lot of fun OH WOW moments, but it doesn't wow me as much as BvS did, for example. Certain scenes did, but the whole movie didn't. MoS and BvS felt like a piece of art coming from one guys vision and JL is way more of a product, made to be enjoyed by as many people as possible. There is nothing really left to debate or chew on after this, as it is as straight forward of a "good guys fight the bad guy" story as it gets.
Overall it is a fine, entertaining movie, which will probably be much more exciting for people who disliked Man of Steel and Batman v Superman, but for me as a huge fan of those two first movies it was ultimately a bit of a let down.
Fired Han Solo Directors Talk
Phil Lord and Chris Miller, makers of the 21 and 22 Jump Street and the Lego movies, were fired midway during production of the Young Han Solo movie for Star Wars. There had been rumors going around as to why that was and now the two, super talented directors talked about it for the first time with Vulture:
“We had the most incredible cast and crew and collaborators. I think in terms of us leaving the project, I think everybody went in with really good intentions and our approach to making the movie was different than theirs. That was a really big gap to bridge, and it proved to be too big.”
After their removal Ron Howard took over, which will probably bring us a more cookie cutter Star Wars film than whatever Lord and Miller were going for. As a huge fan of the two I am really disappointed by that choice, but we have to wait and see how the film is turning out.
HBO featured Ant-Man Paul Rudd in their Night Of Too Many Stars, a star-studded event benefiting NEXT for AUTISM. The actor answered fan question from set while in the new Ant-Man suit! Check the video out above!