Friday, December 29, 2017

Act 242: Anna Nicole Brown Simpson

Frankie G's family stops in for some Masked Libs before he, Masked Blogster, and Kevin deal with a drunken disruptor who claims to have some Hollywood connections. Also, is there a Mr. Mrs. Blogster? Listen to find out!

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Friday, December 22, 2017

"Star Wars: The Last Jedi" SPOILER FILLED Review.

The resistance is scattered, the Jedi are all but extinct, the First Order is a dominating presence in the galaxy and the Skywalker family is front and center in this story which is the 8th of 9 films in the saga. So, does “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” deliver on a story that’s both fresh and familiar or should we blast this film like Alderaan? Let’s dive in and take a look in this SPOILER FILLED review.


The story, unfortunately, wasn’t paced very well. The beginning sprints to tell us who the major players in this film will be. Then it slows down while Rey and Luke are on the island together. There’s also a hacking sequence that takes place with Poe, Finn and (newly introduced) Rose where they must travel to find Maz Kanata’s special hacker on a distant planet. That entire planet sequence, by the way, felt like it was ripped right out of the “Fifth Element” movie. It’s all plot building but also it’s not because this film doesn’t conclude like the typical second of a three movie story arc. This movie ends and it almost feels like that’s the actual end and we could get 3 more films to explore where this one leaves off. Also, this film tells us that Leia knows how to use the Force more than just to communicate across the galaxy with Luke but there’s no explanation in this movie for how she’s come to wield this power. Only a musical cue that lets us know force wielding is about to happen.



Speaking of Leia… one of the worst scenes in the film involves her death, or lack there of. Carrie Fisher died in real life and people wondered, rightfully so, how that would, if it would at all, play into this story. At the very beginning of the film, the bridge of the ship she’s on is blown to bits and she’s cast into the void of space to die. I sat in my theater seat with a smile on my face because the story made sense so far and it also answered the big question, “which of the main 5 characters left will die?” And, it was answered at the very beginning which means we can enjoy the film without the worry or concern of, “WHO’S IT GONNA BE??” But then, it back tracks that decision in a very peculiar way. She doesn’t die, because, well, the Force?



Luke’s return was fantastic. However, so much screen time is wasted on his character it confused me. I don’t need to see Luke spear fish on this secluded island. Or milk an alien and then drink that milk from a thermos. Let’s move the story along. However, he had the most enjoyable moments from his introduction to the end of the film. Mark Hammil delivers on a performance that shows incredible emotional range and I couldn’t have been happier with his performance. However, the ending of the film was beyond frustrating. At the end, we see him enjoying a sunset which I took to be a metaphor for the end of his old ways and the beginning of something new, because of his conversation with Master Yoda, which was probably my favorite moment in the movie, FYI. The realization he comes to that in order to lead you must instruct and educate on success and failure was leading me to believe it would be important later on. For it is in the understanding of both, that balance is brought and fulfilled learning can be accomplished. But no. Not even close. He just dies staring at the sun. No muss. No fuss. No clean up on aisle Jedi. He just passes on into the Force. I was so upset I could’ve walked out of the theater. Leia gets to live, miraculously, without explanation, but Luke dies? Shut your face. This is ludicrous.



The writing was also a weird blending of what felt like a Marvel movie (with regards to humor) meets classic Star Wars. In fact, the opening of the movie where Poe is trying to talk with Hux pulled me out of the film. I actually thought, “This isn’t Star Wars… I’m not sure what this is right now.” There were some jokes that landed. I particularly enjoyed the first time Luke gives Rey a lesson in the force and tells her to reach out. That did get an audible laugh from me. However, that didn’t feel like Star Wars as much as it could’ve been a joke in the British sit-com, “The I.T. Crowd.” I imagine that dialogue would’ve been played out by the characters Roy and Jen. Star Wars, as a franchise, has always been more serious and dire. The characters that bring humor do so naturally because it’s built into the construct of who that character is. Again, this felt like an odd blending of forced and natural humor. Finn and Rose had some great natural comedic moments because I believed that their characters would do and say certain things. Also, Benecio Del Toro plays a hacker named D.J. who is basically a tech mercenary. His allegiance is to money and not a particular side. While his character is very minor it did elevate the tension of the film towards the end of the second act. Also, since this paragraph is about the comedic moments, the manner in which he spoke reminded me of the guy who’s hit by lighting 66 times in the movie, “The Great Outdoors.” His stutter really took me out of the film because I kept laughing at humorous moments from “the Great Outdoors.” However, it’s believable that his character might stutter if he’s been electrocuted so many times from hacking various items, ships, etc.



Snoke is completely useless. Another major frustration for me. He’s built up in “The Force Awakens” and this film until he’s easily sliced in half. We have so much story building with Snoke and Kylo. As Yoda said in “Star Wars: Phantom Menace”, “Always two there are, no more, no less. A master and an apprentice.” So, by killing Snoke, now there are not two. It all feels thrown away because he’s killed. Also, there’s still no explanation on how Snoke got to Kylo Ren while he was training at the Jedi Temple with Luke. The story just keeps mentioning that it was Snoke who convinced Ben Solo to become Kylo Ren. We don’t know how… still… after two movies… and now Snoke is dead.



The biggest positive for me was the writing. Stay with me. This film is unbalanced which makes this a difficult review to give. There are a few films that have an altered structure for telling the story. Instead of Act 1, 2 and 3, we get Act 1, 2, 3.1 and 3.2. Minority Report is an example of a movie that felt like it was ending but kept going just a little bit longer to give us more and to really give a strong ending. That was this film. While I hated the fact Luke dies and Leia lives, the ending works in this story. And because of this ending, we get an incredible lightsaber battle which has another great lightsaber battle just before it. Plus, there are some awesome spaceship explosions in this film. One of which is done very creatively and, in both viewings, got an audible *gasp* from the audience.



“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is in your local theater now! I’m recommending a big screen viewing. It’s a really great looking film. While the story doesn’t deliver 100% it’s still worth your time and hard earned dollars. There’s some big writing issues for me in this story but the overall movie works.  Also, I’m still trying to decide who has the best single line in the film. Is it Luke when he’s speaking to Rey and then again when he is speaking to Kylo? Or is it Rose, when she’s speaking with Finn about how the resistance/rebellion will win after having saved his life. Go see this movie!!



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Act 241: Disrobed


Masked Blogster, Mrs. Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Kevin discuss some people wandering in their bathrobes, trailers for some big 2018 movies, The Last Jedi, the new additions to the MCU, DC TV shows, and more.

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Roman J Israel Esq. - Movie Review

The combination of talent in this film was enough to peak my interest. All the previous work I’ve seen from the individuals involved in the making of this movie made me believe that this could be an Oscar worthy film if the story delivers on what the trailers suggested. So, does “Roman J. Israel. Esq” deliver on a thought provoking, emotional, legal thriller or can we simply throw the book at this film? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


Denzel Washington is talented enough to get my attention when his name is attached to a movie. Add Colin Farrell and Dan Gilroy and I’m both curious and excited to see this story unfold. In all, the story becomes a bit challenging to itself. The story examines the life of Roman J Israel, Esq. and his time being a lawyer. It looks at his personality. How he operates on a day to day basis. His strengths, his weaknesses. The story suggests that Roman might be a legal savant (which comes with certain challenges in dealing with people face to face). However, because of his unique personality, the ending of this film isn’t as shocking as it is sad. The trailers also don’t paint an accurate portrayal for who this character is at his core. We (or at least I did) receive someone different and more complex.



The one line of dialogue that is spoken enough to make me believe its importance in the overall theme is, “mitigating circumstances.” At different trials and meetings Roman requests to have “mitigating circumstances” taken into account. So, it feels like this story is about a single mitigating circumstance (Israel breaking the law and his reasons for doing so) than it is a complete indictment against the legal system in America. Since this movie deals with lawyers, Gilroy decided to write a story that paints a picture of our current legal system being less about justice and more about numbers, win/loss percentages and why most cases never go to court. And while his views are delivered in a thought filled manner it’s the ending that gave me pause.



The movie begins with Roman losing his legal partner and friend. We also find out, as I stated above, he’s socially challenged but highly intelligent (which is common for savants). He’s also a man with a big heart for people and the law. He’s a social justice warrior but the death of his friend and the closing of his legal practice turns his life upside down and he finds himself in unfamiliar waters and situations. It’s during this time he breaks his personal code of honor (as well as the law) to create a moment of street justice that turns out to be his undoing. From there, he experiences a different life until his life is taken from him. I believe the ending of the film was meant to shock us an audience.

*SPOILER ALERT*



Roman is shot in the head by street thug who has a friend in prison because of Roman. However, the fact he is shot in the head made this film more sad for me than shocking. Knowing that he is socially challenged and unable to process things well in stressful situations made the ending a bit glum.  He, as an individual with his social disability, was a mitigating circumstance. It made the story go from a guy who turned on himself and the system and is then rewarded with a bullet in the head, to a mentally challenged person acting out from a lack of support and supervision to being murdered. If this feels confusing that’s because the story felt confusing. Imagine Dustin Hoffman’s “Rain Man” breaking the law and then being shot in the head. Roman J Israel, Esq. isn’t at the level “Rain Man” was however it’s that type of personality and mental state his character appeared to live in.



Roman J Israel, Esq.” is in theaters now! I’m not recommending this film as a big screen viewing. This can be enjoyed equally at home from the comfort of your couch, recliner or bean bag chair. The story gets a bit muddled. The ending doesn’t deliver the way I believe was intended. However, there are some scenes that really examine the legal practice in America which may make for good after viewing discussions. As always, Denzel and Colin both deliver on performances worthy of the caliber actors they are but that’s not enough to save this film. Maybe Redbox this one for a dollar once available.


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri - Movie Review

The local police and one deeply troubled mother are at odds when her daughter is murdered and nobody is arrested. The situation worsens and everyone involved is doing all they can to put an end to this tragic and horrible situation. So, does “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” deliver on the dark comedic tones promised in the trailers or should we lock this film up and throw away the key? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


First, let me start by saying this film is not what the trailers hinted at. The overall story is darker than anything else I’ve seen this year. In fact, it’s so dark, I’m not even sure the comedy lands to provide temporary levity from an otherwise disturbed and well acted movie. While the trailer paints a more comedic look at a mother at her wits end, we don’t get the truest sense of why. From the trailer we know her daughter is murdered. However that’s just part of what takes this film into bleak and lightless territory.



Mildred Hayes (Frances McDormand) plays a completely wrecked mother on a war path for her idea of justice. Her daughter was murdered, and while dying was raped. Sheriff Willoughby (Woody Harrelson) discovers he’s dying from cancer and so he puts a bag over his head and shoots himself through the brain while his family is asleep in the house. And Officer Dixon (Sam Rockwell) is the town racist who beats up and tortures minorities as well as a timid and shy billboard salesman (who he almost kills by throwing him out a second story window). Finally, there’s “James” the town midget (Peter Dinklage) who’s only real purpose seems to be an alibi for Hayes when she sets fire to the police station, almost killing Dixon and definitely permanently scarring him. This film is layer after layer of pitch-black story. While the acting in the film is superb you will not leave the theater feeling any sense of positivity. This movie sucks all the energy out of us as an audience and delivers on a thought provoking, albeit tenebrous, story of characters that are well developed, well written and constructed. Each individual in this film is believable and while other films reviewed this year had performances that felt more cartoony, these did not.



Overall, this film wasn’t what I expected but it delivered on all the aspects of story telling. From beginning to end, we understand the characters, their motivations, the reason(s) the plot is moving and why, plus we get a few ancillary characters to build on a sense of realism for this particular town and the primary folks driving the plot. However, there is no escaping the fact that this film is dark and depressing. I feel you have to be in a certain mindset before watching this movie because there is no joy to be found in this story. It starts of dark and ends with a possibility of diving further into the well of despair.



Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” is in theaters now! If you are the type of person who can watch shows like “Law & Order: SVU”, “True Detective” or “Dexter” and still smile and cook a pizza afterwards, than you might enjoy this film. If you don’t mind seeing a well written, wonderfully acted movie that is dark and depressing, you’ll enjoy this film. It’s not for everyone but no movie really is. I enjoyed the overall movie despite its bleakness because all the actors do an incredible job in their roles. Check it out and be sure to have something happy to enjoy afterwards to boost your spirits.



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Sunday, December 17, 2017

Wonder - Movie Review

Life can be challenging. One aspect of life that makes it so complex is how four people can see one thing four different ways. Now, add Chewbacca, lightsabers, Darth Sidious, Emperor Palpatine and we’re working towards a story as unique as the boy telling it. No, I’m not talking about the Star Wars franchise.  I’m talking about the movie “Wonder” and we’re gonna dive into this film, right now.


The trailers will lead you to believe this film is about a boy with a facial disfigurement and while that is partially true, the trailers do not deliver the essence of what this movie truly is. At its core, this film explores the belief that being different doesn’t make you better or worse, instead, it makes available the opportunity to bring something unique and special to the lives of those around you. It shows us that, by simply being ourselves, if we are brave enough and strong enough to accomplish this, in a world of imitators, we open up the possibility of forever altering the perspective and feelings of the people who long to understand. We can make a lasting positive impact in the lives of strangers, family and friends simply by following our hearts and leading with kindness.



The story looks at one particular time of life for the Pullman family. Auggie (played by Jacob Tremblay) is starting 5th grade and will no longer be home schooled. As one would expect, a boy with a facial disfigurement will be met with some surprising, rude, comedic and touching moments from his classmates. What is unexpected is the method of storytelling used to deliver us this movie. We get to know the characters in Auggie’s family. We understand their back story, their role in the family and how love keeps them united. Auggie’s parents (played by Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson) are dedicated, thoughtful, attentive and nurturing parents. Their onscreen chemistry was a concern for me walking into the theater based entirely on the impression the trailer gave me. Once the movie was up and running that concern was alleviated. They do not portray passionate lovers, or bitter partners staying together only for the sake of the children. Instead, they both deliver a performance that shows us they are supportive best friends who love each other and their kids. I found this portrayal of marriage particularly refreshing. I don’t recall offhand another recent film where the married couple came across as best friends as well as lovers. The squabbles they had were believable and I was pleased with their performances.



The story also dares to look at change. The situations that occur in this film occur for specific reasons and, again, the storytelling shows us that there’s two sides (maybe even three or four) to every story. As the movie progresses we get to see multiple viewpoints as each character gives opinions on specific events that occur in the film. Do friends move forward in life without us because they’re mean or is there a specific reason that hasn’t been shared? We get to know all about each character because of this method of storytelling. This makes each individual onscreen much more complex, real and shows great depth. There’s always more going on in the mind and hearts of people than we may be privileged to know. This movie does a great job reminding us of that fact.



Wonder” is in theaters now! I adored this film. This is easily in my Top 10 favorites films of 2017. We still have a few more movies to hit theaters before New Years but this film is so real, touching, heartfelt and honest that it might remain Top 10. I definitely recommend a big screen viewing of this film. It’s family friendly too. This is a well written, well acted and a well delivered story about how even the smallest among us can inspire change with the right attitude and an open heart. I can’t recommend this film enough. Go see this movie!



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Friday, December 15, 2017

Act 240: Wipe Up Afterward

Masked Blogster, Mrs. Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Kevin talk football, seeing Justice League, wrestling jobs, Post-It Notes, and more.

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Friday, December 8, 2017

Act 239: The VaJessie Monologues

Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, and Kevin participate in a very special Masked Lib presented by Frankie G. They also discuss TLC, unwanted groping, Justice League, Kevin Smith's Hit Somebody, and more.

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Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Coco - Review

Dia de los Muertos is a tradition enjoyed by many in the latin culture. It allows those among the living to remember those who have passed on. It also carries a hope that the spirits of the ancestors might visit the living to see their family still remembers them (which may provide some level of comfort for them in the afterlife). Also (for the living) it provides additional time to mourn the loss of family, grieve and possibly laugh and smile as stories are told recounting the cherished moments of time once spent together. So, does “Coco” deliver on the customs and traditions of this culturally important holiday or should we send this film off into the movie afterlife to only be forgotten? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.



The design of this story is vibrant. It’s a colorful journey that explores the land of the living as well as the land of the dead. The two worlds don’t look identical either which makes for a pleasant visual experience at the movies. Normal life is a bit subdued with more plain tones, like tans, browns, etc. The afterlife is bright reds, greens, orange and more. The worlds are easily identifiable to us as viewers which made the overall presentation of this film enjoyable.



The story (in typical Pixar fashion) does pull, or attempts to pull, at your heart strings. The overall message seemed to revolve around family. We must love and cherish the family we have and the family we had. We must be understanding and supportive of each other while also still seeking out the blessings of our loved ones if we are to follow our hearts into unfamiliar avenues. The driving message of this film revolves around family and it does so quite well.



The movie doesn’t conclude as strongly as it begins unfortunately. It’s a boy who wants to be a musician but his family forbids it due to his great great grandfather leaving the family for life as an artist. So, instead of music, his family makes shoes. So the boy sets out on a journey to “seize his moment” and become the guitar player and singer that his great great grandfather was. And the whole movie revolves around him trying to be a musician, and his family saying no. Even after he finds his way into the land of the dead, his dead family doesn’t want him to have a life in music. For more than a single reason, he needs their blessing to follow his passion. By the end of the film we discover that his family is not who he thought they were and shoes are not the only means in which they’ll now be making money. However, the story of family, pursuing your dreams and honoring the dead suddenly takes a back seat to karma. The ending pivots and takes the movie in a completely different direction. The ending shows us that all will be made right in the end, and even death is not great finale. However, death after death is possibly the very end? This was the emotional part of the film that punched most of the people in the movie right in the feels. I was too busy thinking about where this story was going and how we got to this shift in story.



Coco” is in theaters now! I’m gonna recommend a big screen viewing for this film. While the ending felt separate from the story of a boy wanting to be a musician and needing his families blessing, everything leading up to that moment is great fun and worth while. In all, by the time the credits rolled, it felt like this story wanted to tell more than it was able to and because of that I left the theater slightly perplexed on what story specifically they wanted to tell. However, the musical numbers and the score are entertaining and there are some heartfelt moments sprinkled throughout. I enjoyed a few hearty laughs as well. Also, definitely keep your eyes on the visual design of Miguel as he travels through the land of the dead and becomes more translucent. The attention paid to his transformation was impressive and the team responsible for his transformation deserves a high five. Check this film out (maybe even in 3D)!



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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

"Daddy's Home 2" - Review

The boys are back in town and they’re full of holiday cheer. Christmas is fast approaching and the dads, step dads and grandads are all coming together to make this Christmas one to be remembered. So, does “Daddy’s Home 2” deliver a festive and humorous Christmas tale or is this film being put on the naughty list? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


It’s been two years since “Daddy’s Home” and while the story leads us to believe there’s been some improvements or changes to the relationships between dad/step dad, it didn’t come across on screen. Dusty came across as someone who needs anger management because he seemed to be repressing anger instead of dealing with the issues. Brad felt more confident but only until an actual issue arises in which case he reverts back to who he was in the first film. So, in all, the two leads didn’t do much to show that any time had passed between stories. However, for the majority of the film they did get along better than the original.



The introduction of new characters wasn’t great either but I believe the writers weren’t focusing on the introduction of the grand fathers as much as they were trusting that we’d get to know their personalities as the movie unfolds. On a positive note, the on screen chemistry between Mel Gibson and John Lithgow was a delight. In fact, as I watched the story I wanted to see a spin off film of just those two. They are polar opposites in personality type and it worked when they were on screen together. We also get to see that by the end of the film, a spin off story might be possible. I’d be fine with a short feature of 30 minutes or less before “Daddy’s Home 3” if that gets made.



Daddy’s Home 2” is in theaters now! This film has so much Christmas in it that if you want a comedic look at dude parenting in the modern world this might be a fun holiday movie to see in a room full of strangers. There’s plenty of Christmas movie tropes as well. Walking through forests for the perfect tree, Christmas light decorating gone wrong, and even a Christmas musical number at the end that talks about the meaning of… going to the movies at Christmas? Yup. That happens. A short Public Service Announcement about the importance of movie watching at Christmas. That aside, I had more than enough laughs and I was reminded of the importance of not allowing just anyone to adjust the thermostat. Check it out!



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Monday, December 4, 2017

"A Bad Mom's Christmas" - Review

It’s been one year since we last spent time with three mothers who are trying to balance their schedule, their kids schedule and everything else involved in being a modern day mom. The Christmas season is in full swing for these ladies and their families when one surprise after another occurs ushering in new challenges and obstacles leading up to Christmas. So, does “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” deliver on the merriment and ho ho ho’ing we’d expect as a sequel or is this film getting coals in its stocking? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


This story over delivers on Christmas. In fact, there’s so much Christmas in this movie I’m surprised it was released as early as it was. This film might have enjoyed more positive feedback had they released it after Thanksgiving or the first weekend in December when there won’t be much competition, if any, for new movies. However, a more appropriate release date won’t do much for a drab, predictable and overly decedent film about Christmas gone off the rails. The biggest issue I had were the moments where the ladies are unhinged. The entire scene at the Mall where they’re getting drunk and partying felt so out of place in this movie. However, the bar scene where they’re watching male strippers dressed as Santa compete in a “dance off” felt appropriate for the characters involved. So, the wild and zany moments the girls have to relieve the stress of being a modern mom did and did not work. In short, the writing wasn’t great for this film. It’s unbalanced and predictable. I knew when a joke was being set up and what the punch line would be. I did enjoy a few laughs but the majority of this film left me with eye fatigue from one eye roll after another.



The characters also felt more like caricatures. The leading ladies all represent a personality type and their mothers over exaggerate the personalities. If Amy, Kiki and Carla are the personification of stereotypes of modern moms, then Ruth, Isis and Sandy are the hyper exaggerated versions of their daughters. In all, the screen time is split between characters that felt authentic and cartoonish versions of the idea of what personality types might behave like.  This was a mixed bag of enjoyable on screen interactions and noticeably terrible on screen chemistry.



A Bad Mom’s Christmas” is in theaters now. If you’re a drinker, female and need a girls night out this might be the film for you. Perhaps you hop into the group chat you have with your girlfriends and suggest dinner, drinks, this movie and then more drinks. It’s not a completely abysmal film because it did elicit some sniffles and tears from the girls that sat around me. Some of the points and themes of motherhood struck home with the ladies in the movie and for that I won’t completely disregard this film. It knew its demographic and was able to land a few key moments that paid off emotionally for the females around me. When I saw “Bad Mom’s” I was the only single guy in my showing. “A Bad Mom’s Christmas” I was the only dude in the theater. Gentlemen, you have been warned about this film. Enjoy the movie, ladies!



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Friday, December 1, 2017

Act 238: Nice Guys Finish Oily

Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy, Frankie G, and Kevin Moyers talk Punisher, Eli Manning, replacement singers in bands, Stranger Things 2, a hot Thanksgiving, girls joining the Boy Scouts, and much more.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

Act 237: Sorry, 2017

Masked Blogster, Mini Mandy and Jessie have a Thanksgiving podcast at Kevin's house to discuss what is or isn't appropriate in today's culture and whether or not they've crossed the line. This follows a Masked Lib with a very unfortunately placed adjective.

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Justice League (spoiler) Review

It’s time to unite the seven or more accurately the 5 or 6 if we trust one hero won’t be dead the entire movie. At any rate, some of the biggest heroes that DC Comics and Warner Brothers has to offer are coming together on the big screen for the very first time. The production was troubled almost from the beginning as story after story appeared in the news signaling this long awaited film will be a disaster. So does “Justice League” offer up an entertaining story that will make fans of these characters happy or should these super friends have called in sick? Let’s dive in and take a look in this review.


The story is brief but written in such a way that, surprisingly, it offers the viewers a chance to think for themselves without being spoon fed every single detail. We get backstories on each of the heroes and we understand (at least I was able to) their motivation for joining together to stop the villain. We are shown brief moments of bonding between the heroes as they become familiar with each other. Also, each hero has a moment to showcase their special ability and what they bring to the team. Finally, we get back story on the villain, his henchmen (the Parademons), and his motivation for world conquest. Each of the main characters is given enough screen time separate from the team to show us who they are and the world they come from. It’s quick paced but it was enough to get the point across in my opinion. However, because of these facts, we don’t get much character development which is a mark against the film. It’s the necessary information only and it worked for me, surprisingly, even though I would’ve enjoyed a bit more on Cyborg & Flash.



The special effects and visual graphics in this movie are not great. They aren’t terrible either. Some moments, like Flash running so fast it looks slow motion, were done well I thought. The way Cyborgs body restructured itself depending on the situation or threat also looked believable. However, the end scene where the villain is defeated and a nuclear wasteland is suddenly transformed into a bizarre garden that looks like it was pulled from Tim Burton’s “Alice and Wonderland” movie was noticeably bad. Also, the big battle scene that takes place to describe who the villain is and why he’s on earth looked awful. However, in that scene we did get to see Amazons, Atlanteans, Humans, Greek Gods & a Green Lantern all fight together which was pretty nice for the comic fans like myself. The Green Lantern appearance was a great surprise and I loved that Easter egg. That alone though is not enough to save the film from the bad visual effects that are prevalent from almost beginning to end.



In all, this film felt like they envisioned 130% of the story and delivered 75-80% on screen. As I watched the plot unfold I felt like the writers had written back stories on back stories and then edited everything down to just a basic understanding of the overall concepts. I imagine the conversation sounding something along the lines of, “We have 5 hours of incredible story written down… here’s all of that in a tweet.” Ok, maybe that’s a gross exaggeration on my part but I do believe the story had so much more depth than what we get on screen. I’m curious to see the “Extended” edition once it’s available on BLU-Ray.



Justice League” is in theaters now! I am going to recommend you see this on the big screen. It’s a quick paced, brief story, that delivers on the basic concept of bad guy fights good guys and loses. That is not to suggest the manner in which the villain is defeated is ordinary. One positive, if not my favorite, aspect of the movie was the clever method used by the writers to end this movie. After battling the Justice League (individually and collectively) it’s the bad guys own fear that sends him reeling back to his home planet surrounded by his minions who feed on fear. I loved the fact the good guys didn’t beat the larger and more powerful villain by sheer force & number. Instead, the villain beat himself. It was quite poetic. I definitely give credit for creative story telling and surprising us with an offbeat ending that definitely worked. Also, some of the humor in this movie really lands well. Go see this filmed stay for TWO post credit scenes!!



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