Saturday, November 18, 2017

Justice League short review with spoilers

Ya know even when it comes to movies I'm really interested in I still generally don't care for reviews that go on beyond a few paragraphs. Write ups that last much longer then that generally start to become too tedious for my taste so with that being said here's what I thought of The Justice League. It was pretty good, not quite Avengers Civil War good but still good. Now I say this as someone who thinks Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was better then most people gave it credit for. It's biggest failing in my opinion was the long running time, I think having taken out a minute here and couple minutes there from various scenes in the movie that lasted a bit too long would have gone a long way to making the story line move at a better pace and make the film over all more concise. Where as when it came to The Suicide Squad that was a complete fucken train wreck, there was nothing to build on for a better sequel unlike with Dawn of Justice.

So getting back to Justice League, no problem with the pace of the story line in this one. At least as far as it being too slow, if anything it might have even felt a bit rushed here and there. If you watched all the trailers for the movie you actually got a pretty good idea what to expect from most of the characters but there are some surprises as well. Although Ezra Miller (Flash) is the primary source of comedy relief we do get quite a few funny lines from Ben Affleck (Batman). Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) and Jason Mamoa (Aquaman) were about what you would expect as seen in the trailers and I say that in a good way. In some ways I thought Ray Fisher as Cyborg was the stand out character. As the least well known of the DC characters used in this ensemble cast they did a good job of developing him in fact there were times where he almost felt like the adult in the room during some of the team in fighting moments which we get a few of. Jeremy Irons was also great as Alfred Pennyworth. And yes, Superman does make a come back and it's handled fairly well.
Information wise the movie throws a lot at you. Those who are familiar with the Justice league story lines and characters from the comics will have an easier time catching all the details, references and Easter eggs. The CGI got to be a bit heavy handed at times. Steppenwolf works ok as the villain in the movie even though they took a lot of liberties with the character from what I could see. Same goes for the parademons and motherbox. No Darkseid in this one and I'm not really sure if we can expect to see him in the next Justice League installment. But they were pretty clear we'll be seeing more DC heroes added to the team that's for sure. Despite whatever problems it had it's certainly worth the price of admission you'd be a damn fool not to see it at least once while in theaters.

P.S. The Blade Runner sequel was an all around disappointment but Thor Ragnarock turned out to be better then I expected despite the problems I had with it.

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Saw these at the store right after the movie. I really love seeing cool 80s retro stuff on store shelves and racks these days. Brings back so many good memories!

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Thanksgiving Day update: I'm posting this panel for my blog bro Dale over at Apparently Sports Master and Task Master from the Marvel Universe have
the same "photographic reflexes" power hence forth I think that would have made for an interesting match up between the two.

November 25 Update: So just last night I was doing some shopping at a Target store when I spotted a single Justice League movie Batmobile from Hotwheels. It was the only one on the rack in the 99 cents Hotwheels section so ofcourse I grabbed it even though I wasn't on the look out for it specifically. It's just one of those things when you see it for a buck you just get it. Just like when I saw the Batman vs Superman Dawn of Justice edition on a toy rack in a grocery store of all places a couple months ago. Clearly in each case they were missed by those asshole dealers that go around to stores on shipment days and buy up all the shit you can hardly ever find but wish you could. As you can see the main difference between the two is the color and the extra gun emplacements including a turret that actually swivels.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Awesome classic Ragman fan art

Absolutely bad ass! This is some top notch fan art, the figure composition, the colors and even the detail in the costume. And ofcourse I love the extra added touch of Ragman tearing up a nazi flag while also sporting a Magen David (star of David) pendant. All very appropriate for our "clothe golem" Jewish avenger. And in case you were wondering, this is where I found it

Too bad we never got to see this in the old DCU it would have been epic!

November 11 Update: Saw this from Hot Wheels at a local Toys R Us and on a whim decided to grab it. It was the only one that they had and I think it must have been missed by those asshole dealers who usually show up at Toys R Us stores right before they open on the days they get their shipments and buy up all the hot items so they can then double the price at cons. I actually used to have the original one from Ertl that came out in 1989 but I always hated how they had the bat symbol painted on the roof I never understood the point of that. It's like yeah we know this is the Batmobile already Ever since I saw this version of The Batmobile at that vintage car show in Hayward (go back a few postings) recently I had it in the back of my mind to hopefully own a nice replica again some day with out getting ripped off.