Now Geek This! The Return…

At last, I have returned!  What had originally intended to be a short holiday break turned out to be an extended hiatus due to, well, reasons.  I’m sure in that time, many might have forgotten me, but I am back in full force and ready to spread my geek love once again.  Some of you may have been listening to me on the We Be Geeks podcast in the interim, so you know that I have at least been alive and well during my writing hiatus.  Enough of that though, let us move on to the nitty-gritty meat of my latest article, shall we?

I think I shall begin with a quick recap of the gems I missed discussing over the past couple of months or so.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

What can I say about the latest installment of my favorite movie franchise that hasn’t already been said.  Some fans loved the movie, and others were not happy with J. J. Abrams’ journey to a galaxy far, far away.  I, personally saw the movie four times, and I loved it each and every time I saw it.  The movie for me perfectly captured the feeling I had when I saw Star Wars as a kid while successfully introducing new characters and bringing the franchise back where it belongs.  I was very happy with the movie, and I can’t wait to see it again.

DC’s Legends of Tomorrow

There has been a new show added to the CW line up of shows based on DC comics properties that fans have been eagerly waiting for.  Legends of Tomorrow, a show based on time travel starring some of the DC/CW secondary characters like Captain Cold, Hawkgirl, and Firestorm traveling through time with legendary Time Master Rip Hunter to track down and stop immortal villain Vandal Savage before he can amass enough power to destroy the world.  Legends started off a bit rough at first, with a cheesy and over-dramatic pilot, but the show quickly found its footing to become a fun show that is really worth watching.  If you have been holding back on watching Legends, I recommend giving it a shot.  Just, don’t take the show too seriously, and I think you will find enjoyment in it.

Deadpool

I have one single statement to describe Deadpool.

Deadpool is the perfect comic book movie.  Period.

There, I said it.  Go ahead, disagree if you want (if you can), the facts speak for themselves.

First of all, Deadpool is the best interpretation of the source material you will find in any comic book movie.  Ryan Reynolds was flawless in his performance as Wade Wilson/Deadpool, and I defy you to name any actor who came closer to their comic book counterpart.  Certainly Robert Downey Jr. comes in a close second with his portrayal of Tony Stark/Ironman, but it is still Downey’s version of the character while Reynolds actually seemed to transform himself into Deadpool.

On top of Reynold’s performance, the film itself perfectly captured exactly what Deadpool should be on the big screen.  The movie was non-stop fun, continuously hilarious, and unapologetically vulgar and crass, just like Deadpool himself.  Yet, as madcap as the movie was, it still managed to have a heart as well.  Deadpool has easily climbed to the top of my list of favorite comic book movies of all time.

10 Coverfield Lane

As the spiritual successor to the original Cloverfield, I had high hopes for this movie.  I am pleased to say that this movie lived up to my expectations and turned out to be an excellent movie with a thrilling story, and an excellent cast.  The movie kept me guessing the entire time I watched it, and I was glad to see that 10 Cloverfield Lane led me exactly where I wanted the story to go.  The last ten minutes or so of the movie perhaps went a bit further than I would have liked it too, not to the point that it affected my enjoyment of the film.  10 Cloverfield Lane is an excellent movie that may have slipped past your radar as it fell between Deadpool and Batman vs. Superman.  If you missed this movie when it originally opened a few weeks ago, I highly recommend you give it a view.  I think you will find it interesting.

Daredevil, Season 2

Season two of the Netflix/Marvel Series Daredevil was released on March 18th, and as with the season before, all thirteen episodes of the season were released at the same time.  I have only watched 8 of the thirteen episodes thus far, yet I can safely say that season two is just as strong as the first season of this amazing show.  This season introduces Marvel characters Elektra and Punisher to the Daredevil mythos, and both characters have been a joy to watch on the screen.  I am very excited to see what the rest of the season has in store for me, and I am thoroughly enjoying this second season.  If you enjoyed the first season of Daredevil, I think you will love this second season.  If you have not yet seen the Netflix Daredevil show, then now would be a perfect time to catch up.  Daredevil is an excellent show that any fan of Marvel, Daredevil, or even comics in general should be watching.

Pee Wee’s Big Holiday

Big Holiday is a Netflix exclusive movie that brings the fan favorite character, and one of my all time favorite characters, Pee Wee Herman back into the spotlight.  Big Holiday is a fun romp of a movie that sees Pee Wee leaving his small time life to head out on a journey of self discovery on his way to New York to attend the birthday party of his newest friend, Joe Manganiello, who plays himself in the movie.  Though it could never live up to Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (what could really?), Pee Wee’s Big Holiday was fun, light-hearted, and as wacky as you would expect a Pee Wee movie to be.  I found myself laughing and chuckling often as I watched Pee Wee’s exploits, and I recommend all you Pee Wee fans out there watch this movie.  If you are not a fan, this movie will do nothing to convince you otherwise, so you will most likely want to skip the film.  Everyone else, however, should find Pee Wee’s Big Holiday fun and enjoyable.

Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice

This is actually one of the hardest reviews I have ever had to write.  In fact, it has taken me several days of mulling over the film to make a final decision on my feelings towards Batman vs. Superman (or, as we know it on the We Be Geeks podcast, Batman Hearts Superman.).  Let me preface my review with a couple of statements that will give you an idea where I am coming from in regards to this review.  First of all, I am a huge fan of Batman and his universe.  I think that Batman has perhaps the single best rogues gallery of any superhero, and I love reading my Batman comics each and every month.  On the other hand, I have never been much of a fan of Superman overall.  I enjoy reading Superman in team books like Justice League, but as a solo character, I have always found Superman uninteresting.  On another point, I have had very mixed feelings about Dawn of Justice leading up to the release of the film.  Some things I have read and seen regarding the film I have found very interesting, while other things have caused me concern that the movie would be, to put it bluntly, awful.  Watching Batman vs. Superman was a bit of a roller coaster ride for me, some good parts, and some bad parts, that left me with mixed emotions about the entire film.  I think the best way to talk about the movie would be to separate the movie into the good, the bad, and the meh.

The Good

To begin with, I can say that Ben Affleck did an excellent job as Batman.  I am happy to have Affleck play the part of the Caped Crusader for as long as he chooses to play him.  On a similar note, Gal Gadot did an excellent job as Wonder Woman, and every time she was on-screen, I found myself thoroughly enjoying her in the role.  I am also happy to have Gadot be Wonder Woman for the foreseeable future.  The fight scenes between Batman and Superman were well done, and were very enjoyable to watch.  It was nice to see the Justice League being set up, and I am excited to finally have the League on the big screen.

The Bad

The worst part of the movie for me was Jesse Eisenberg in the role of Lex Luthor.  I am not a fan of Eisenberg in general as an actor, and I knew going into the movie that I would not like his version of Superman’s main villain.  Alas, Eisenberg did nothing to change my mind, and I found his version of the character to be ridiculous, far too over the top, and confusing.  It was never made clear what exactly Luthor’s motivations were, and I found myself not caring about his character at all, which is a shame because I have always been a fan of Lex Luthor as a villain.  Another problem I had with the movie is the way that Batman’s ‘visions’ and ‘dream sequences’ were placed in the movie.  I understand the purpose of these scenes, but I felt that they were confusing, unnecessary, and pulled me out of the movie each time they happened.  Another thing that bothered me about the movie is that the first half of the story felt far too slow, plodding, and long while the closing scenes of the movie seemed to drag on as if they were never going to end.  I found myself thinking at one point that I wish the movie would just end already, and that is never a good sign.

The Meh

The actual story of the movie itself was boring and felt contrived, as if it was quickly hashed together to force Batman and Superman into their fight rather than letting it happen organically.  On a similar note, the actual plot device used to end the fight between the two heroes felt unnatural and borderline ridiculous.  The main monster of the final act was boring and one-dimensional, and did not feel at all like the menace he is in the comics.  Even the big surprise finale of the movie lacked any kind of emotional impact, and was not a surprise by any definition of the word.

I could go on, but I think I have said enough about Dawn of Justice to make my point.  My overall opinion of the movie is that, though it was not as horrible as I feared it would be, it was not anywhere near as good as I would hope it would be either.   Batman vs. Superman is a purely average movie, and nothing more.  I may watch the movie again some day, but I would also be perfectly fine never seeing it again as well.  To be honest, I would expect more from a movie starring two of the most iconic characters, three if you count Wonder Woman, and the fact that this movie is not as great as it should have been is very disappointing.

That’s all for this edition of Now Geek This!  Tune in next time for our next exciting adventure.

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