Movie Review- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

What is it about?                                                                                                                     After the massive destruction caused by Superman and General Zod in Man of Steel, (for those of you that don’t know, Zod vowed to destroy Superman on Krypton when Superman was born, but after its explosion, he came back to Earth to face Superman as an adult. But in doing so, a LOT of destruction was caused and many people died in the fight between Zod and Superman) the Gotham City vigilante Batman has established a new form of justice, but a more ruthless one. He thinks that the world can’t trust Superman after all the destruction he caused and the potential destruction he could cause. Which leads to the fight people have been waiting to see on screen for so long- Batman v Superman. Meanwhile, a new and very dangerous enemy rises: Lex Luthor (the most famous Superman villain ever).

How is it? 3.7/10                                                                                                                             Despite what critics are saying, Batman v Superman is pretty good! But if you’re not familiar with DC mythology, then some really good parts may not make sense. I would recommend familiarizing yourself with the main Justice League characters before watching this movie. The plot is a little messy, and the first half of the movie is very slow, but it definitely picks up by the end. The movie, while it makes sense, does not do a great job of making the plot clear, and it seems even convoluted at times. The new Batman, played by Ben Affleck, and the new version of Lex Luthor are awesome! Also, the new Wonder Woman, played by Gal Gadot, is really cool, although not in the movie for that long.

How is the action, humor, and special effects? 4/5                                                 The action in Batman v Superman is breathtaking. It has a few quite impressive sequences and the new brutal incarnation of Batman is a large part of these. The special effects are amazing, building up near the end, including a destructive (CGI) monster created by Lex Luthor. Finally, there is no humor in Batman v Superman. Unlike other superhero movies, like those in the MCU, Batman v Superman has no humor and is very dark and grim. This is one of the negative aspects of the movie, as without humor, the slow parts are not very interesting to watch.

Overall, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a GREAT movie that is very dark and humorless, but has awesome action and special effects.

 

Movie Review- Star Wars: Attack of the Clones

What is it about?                                                                                                                  Set 10 years after The Phantom Menace, separatists are threatening the galaxy and the Republic. An assassination plot to kill Senator Amidala is taking place, and it is up to the Jedi to stop it and protect her. A mysterious clone army, and much more is discovered by the Jedi, which leads to the Clone Wars and destruction of the Republic. Attack of the Clones is an awful movie not worth your time.

How is it? 2.25/5                                                                                                                          Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is a 2-and-a-half-hours long blob of nothingness. It is extremely boring, terribly acted, and the romance between Anakin and Padmé is dry and just plain creepy. The few decent fight scenes there are cannot compensate for the terribleness of Attack of the Clones. The only one thing I can give it credit for, and for all the prequels, for that matter, is world-building: George Lucas, although he created these dry, stiff, and flat-out boring prequels, still managed to add a ton to Star Wars lore, and we would never look at the saga the same way without the prequels.

How is the action and special effects? 3/5                                                                    Like its predecessor and sequel, Attack of the Clones has overused CGI (computer generated imagery) and the action is scarce. The last battle of Geonosis is exciting as well as the battle between Count Dooku (the villain) and Yoda. However, the action does not make up for the horrendously acted, terrible first two-thirds of the movie.

In conclusion, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones is even worse than the Phantom Menace and isn’t worth the time watching.

 

 

Movie Review- Star Wars: the Phantom Menace

What is it about?                                                                                                                     Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is the first of the infamous prequel movies in the Star Wars saga. New fans to the franchise don’t need to know anything about the Star Wars universe to watch this movie, for it is the beginning of the saga. The Trade Federation has cut off all passages to the planet Naboo, so Jedi knights Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn go to fix the dispute. Along the way, they meet Anakin Skywalker, a promising young boy who grows up to be the feared Darth Vader, and encounter the (not-so-interesting) villain Darth Maul. If you are looking for a good, exciting movie filled with action, The Phantom Menace is not for you.

How is it? 2.5/5                                                                                                                       Overall, The Phantom Menace is a boring movie. It’s villain, Darth Maul, is terrible and speaks two lines(!) throughout the movie. It is unlike the other Star Wars movies and lacks the elements of adventure and excitement: who wants to see a Star Wars movie about trade? However, if you want to watch it, you do not need to have seen any other Star Wars movies.

How is the action and special effects? 3/5                                                                The action and special effects in The Phantom Menace are not amazing, but not terrible. The little action that exists is choreographed wonderfully, and is exciting to watch. However, the lack of it will bore viewers. The special effects, like the rest of the prequels are overused and ruin the effect.

Overall, Star Wars: the Phantom Menace is a terrible movie that is not worth watching.