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JUSTICE LEAGUE :: ACTION :: 051

Posted in Action, Fantasy with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 04/10/2018 by joycereview

Justice League (2017)

Usually when people see a review for a film that gets 3 out of a possible 10, and is one with a Hollywood budget of $300 million, they immediately ask, “How can this be”?

For one, it starts with the tagline, “You can’t save the world alone.” Obviously they are trying to build a team that rivals the numbers of the Avengers, however, the tagline should be…

“You can’t save the world without Superman.”

I don’t want to hate on Zack Snyder because he DID give us Dawn of the Dead, 300 and The Watchmen but ever-since that point his movies were made with an overuse of CGI, and a desire to appeal to studio executives and kids obsessed with constant action. Please let it be known that I don’t fault Zack Snyder entirely as I do notice the occasional spark of genius.

What I’d really like to know is whose fault it was to CGI Superman’s face at the beginning and ending clips of the film? Fake and unforgivable. I heard from somewhere that Henry Cavill had to keep a mustache for another project, and for those two scenes, they simply CG-ed it out, quite unsuccessfully.

The scourge of this story rests largely on the fact that the villain is a CGI-generated alien invader named Steppenwolf. Though Aquaman is interesting, there is no time to get the audience to understand and form attachments with the characters the same way that Marvel did with the Avengers. It all felt rushed.

I thoroughly enjoyed the portrayal of Barry Allen (aka The Flash) as he added the much needed levity to the film. Even though this was almost a “copy and paste” team introduction (see Spiderman’s intro into the Avengers) his presence made viewing the Justice League bearable. Way to go Ezra Miller!

There were many things that went wrong with this movie and it rightfully won an award for the Golden Schmoes’ Best Disappointment of the Year (IMDB). It would be hard for me to believe that anyone above the age of 20 (just picking a number) would vote this any higher than a 5… because it just isn’t made for an adult audience in my opinion.

But enough of me… what did you think? Did you have a favorite part? Who’s your favorite character and why?

* Slight Spoiler *
When Superman returns from the dead, there’s a momentary, psychotic episode whereby he takes on the Justice League single-handed and wipes the floor with them! My favorite part of this is as The Flash is trying to encircle Superman, and Superman is grappling and restraining the others, his eyes are tracking him, slowly. This made for an eerie yet humorous moment and a great display of just how incredible Superman’s powers are.

I sit here and wonder… will villains always be computer-generated and must directors continually try to top the other films with more fighting, greater explosions, and extra carnage? I pine for the Donner/Lester Superman I and II – the villains Lex Luther and General Zod.

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BURN AFTER READING :: COMEDY :: 027

Posted in Comedy, Crime, Drama with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on 12/11/2009 by joycereview

Burn after Reading is just another Coen brother’s film that begs the questions, “Does Joel and Ethan ever make a bad movie?”  It’s obvious once the credits roll that it doesn’t have the re-watchability of say, Fargo or The Big Lebowski, however, it has a special, quality all its own.  And I mean “special” both in, like, “it has a warm place in my heart” and in the fact that is was cute, you know, in a slightly handicapped sort-of-way.  Hmmm… is that too insensitive?

This film reminded me of a story I heard as a child about the blind men and the elephant.  You ever heard it?  You know, the story where each blind man was given a side of the elephant- one got the tusk, one the side, and the other the rear.  The one sightless chap at the front thought it was a spear, the visually inept guy #2 thought the side was a wall, and the final, sightless scoundrel thought the tail was a rope.  The point of the story was not that these blind men were morons (oh no), but that they had a different interpretation of what they thought was reality… and they were all wrong!

Osbourne Cox (John Malkovich- Of Mice and Men, Being John Malkovich) begins to construct his memoirs after being fired by the CIA.  His wife Katie (Tilda Swinton- The Chronicles of Narnia) is messing around with Harry (George Clooney- Solaris, Up In The Air), a State Department marshal, and they bed-talk about divorcing their “other halves.”  A compact disk of “highly-sensitive CIA shit” is found by local fitness gym employees Chad and Linda.  Chad (Brad Pitt- Interview with a Vampire, Fight Club) is the high-energy, affable HardBodies trainer who goes in cahoots with Linda (Frances McDormand- Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There), a woman who’s bent on using the disk to fetch her some elective cosmetic surgery money.  When Chad and Linda’s sales pitch blows up in their faces, they decide to take it to the Russians.  And from there… you could say things get pretty loco.

The fun part of this movie is that everyone is eccentric, going mach 5 in the wrong direction.  Brad Pitt is at the top of his game (not that he’s a great “game-player”), in a role that I can easily say, “you’ve never seen him in before.”  He is a complete cartoon of a character, but one that is so darn like-able that you can’t stop grinning.  And boy does he have some good lines!- my favorite being when Chad calls Osbourne Cox.

[ Chad on the phone] Osbourne Cox? I thought you might be worried… about the security… of your shit.

It might not read (right away) as funny, but much of the movie is situational – it’s people trying to get away with stuff, it’s false accusations, it’s misconceptions…(sigh)…it’s a fun time is “what it is!”

Burn After Reading definitely has the Coen brother’s signature idiosyncrasy, similar to O Brother Where Art Thou, but with a meandering story-line and (what seemed to me as) a premature ending.  Following one of my favorite films of 2007, No Country For Old Men, it seems that Joel and Ethan were not just looking to return to their comedic roots, but were wanting to “get moronical.”  Ben Stiller shouldn’t have the monopoly on that!  And since I’m kinda tired of his movies, it’s nice to be able to sit down with another film, a different film, and not have to think much.