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Batman: The Killing Joke
4 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

The long-awaited adaptation of the celebrated Batman story by Alan Moore & Brian Bolland is more of a dead joke than anything else.
The non-sequitur preface by Brian Azzarello not only kills the tone, mood, characterization... with a misguided attempt to stuff down the viewer's throat with a version of a sassy Batgirl (who acted more like a female Jason Todd, if you ask me) and the worst depiction of Batman of all the DC feature animations. And this is 60% of the film. It's not in the same ballpark as Year one or The Dark Knight Returns.

In the part where the comic book is actually adapted things don't get better; in fact they seem to double down with a musical bit. The animation gets notably bad and the CGI, cut-outs and the cartooning don't really come together.

I just felt it was an uninspired, underwhelming mess and a transparent effort to sell Batgirl as an "edgy & supercool" character to new female fans. It wouls have been better if they focused d in the generic addendum and completely steered away from The Killing Joke.

X-Men: Apocalypse
6 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I'd say most of the problem is in the production department. The X-Men movies have had the same problems since after X2; they are more about Mystique and Magneto, not the actual X-Men, perse. Yes, Wolverine drove the stories, but it's always reacting to M&M. And yes, I understand they used to be less confused about their status as the baddies, but still the same characters with the same conflicts over and over again. Also, Wolverine as the guy driving the story shifts the attention away from the X-Men since he is a rogue character who does his own thing, so the X-Men, the team I paid to see, have always been a secondary character in their movies.
The only difference in the new trilogy is that now M&M became de facto the main characters; the same characters with the same internal struggles yet again.
Also, the lack of a definitive team results in two things: not knowing who to root for and three movies setting up a team for the next film that never materialized. Yes, there's M&M, Xavier and Beast, but they are not a team, and certainly not an X-team. Charlie's guys are like recruiting scouts in the three goddamn movies, trying to convince M&M to play nice in the three goddamn movies.
There's no goal or direction and no semblance of an X-Men team

Another aspect was the very deceptive marketing. It sold us characters that were basically a bunch of cameos (Jubilee, Psylocke...) as if they were going to be crucial to the story. They were in the cover of magazines! And they were so not developed and so not crucial to the story they could have easily been replaced by almost any other character in the licensed package.

I actually enjoyed the film (not as much as Days though, in spite my favorite X-Woman, Psylocke, been in it and not characterized as crap as in The Last Stand), but I'm TIRED of watching the same non-X-Men movie over and over.

Captain America: Civil War
7 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes
½

I've watched Captain America: Civil War twice already. It was an experience as strong as the first Avengers and overall I liked it lots; phenomenal acting, editing, strong dialogues, it never feels forced in spite of the massive character list...; it certainly deserves the hype, but it will surely not please as much hardcore Captain America: The Winter Soldier fan, though.

*SPOILERS AHEAD*

The film is half a Captain America film and half an Avengers one. I did want to watch a very down to earth thriller with a serious tone, which it has at the beginning and at the end of the film, but the middle part with the fighting scene, which is awesome by itself, is basically an Avengers movie just sprinkled there.
Granted, even if it is out of place, it doesn't feel like it and it manages to come organically, but it does take away the urgency and blurs the main theme of the film just when it needed to remain present; the flaws within are what will divide and make all fall if you are not aware of them. I think this has led to write off Zemo as some stupid villain, and I am not saying he was an evil mastermind. That was the point. He only had to focus the attention of the Avengers to the flaws of their team mates, but in an effort to build the big fight fan-service scene, this plot point was made too complicated and blurry to work properly.
I like to call this plot point cramming the Game of Thrones Complex; the medium falls short when you have to show so many arcs, it makes the momentum of the original arc to evaporate. From episode to episode in Got when you first gain the momentum from a couple of arcs and in the next episode you don't follow them up and it gets lost because the attention is shifted in to different arcs with different characters. Both GoT and Civil War do a decent job managing this, don't get me wrong, but the only way to achieve the level of intensity The Winter Soldier had, you need to focus with Captain America´s story. Scenes and transitions can only do so much, like a comic book page. My analogy is, when War Machine hits the ground is like when Ned Stark loses his head in Got; after that, you have pretty much lost the impact from the walkers plot. I would rather have a story punch me in the face than pinch me like a mosquito.
Also, like Age of Ultron's source of intelligence, the main narrative makes no sense since the Avengers were sanctioned by SHIELD and a panel of international leaders in every event they mentioned except Lagos. The Sokovia pact or whatever is basically what they have been doing most of the time, and it was imperative for us to know what's up with Fury's SHIELD after Ultron to better develop the conflict in this film. That was a BIG NO-NO, like The Amazing Spider-Man 2's story structure.
And even though all the action scenes are superb, sometimes the Crank-like shaky cam took away from them.
I also didn't like Tom Holland as Peter Parker, and his scene was the lowest point in the movie. I did like him as Spidey, though I still prefer Garfield (he was just so perfectly Ditko).

Jay & Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

Easily the worst film out of the View Askew endeavors. I'm a big fan of Kevin Smith's work, but when he misses the target, he pisses on his face.
The adaptation of the comic book is vague, the script is what you's expect from a 15-year-old burnout, and the animation is godawful, even for amateur YouTuber standards. The fan-made Clerks/Marvel Heroes mash-up was better animated than this piece of shit.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
8 months ago via Rotten Tomatoes

It looks and feels like most Snyder films, made by a team of people who might love what the characters look like, but only understand superficially the source material.

There's lots of fan service all around; it tries to mix plot points from Injustice, The Dark Knight (the comic book series), Death of Superman, Justice League; War, Watchmen... all at once in a single movie. That strategy might work in TV format where you can have multiple seasons and series, but it only results in absurdly complicated stories and weird pacing in film form, like disjointed scenes from different films randomly thrown together

No character here really has a clear motivation constructed inside the movie. We are supposed to take their archetype at face value, but at the same time they want to move their superhero paradigm in another direction, and we know what happens when one serves two masters.

This comes as no surprise, we saw all of this mess in the multiple trailers. Movies made for the sake of competition in the market are doomed to fail even if they are about the most iconic characters in pop culture.