Watchmen is a polarizing film, just as it has been a polarizing graphic novel since its release in 1986. The only graphic novel to make Time Magazine’s 100 Best Books of All-Time, Watchmen is a dense, dense piece of work that lends itself to multiple readings. It has so much happening in every panel, on every page, that a movie adaptation of it was never going to please everyone. Despite my problems with Zack Snyder recently, I happen to think he did about as good a job making a film out of Watchmen as is humanly possible (with the exception of casting Malin Ackerman as Silk Spectre, because she is painfully awful). HBO is going to adapt the series in a much more decompressed format, and that may please more people, but I really admire Snyder’s film. HBO is going to be hard-pressed to find a better Rorschach than Jackie Earle Haley.
The graphic novel spans generations and one of the most brilliant things Snyder did was, after the iconic opening murder of The Comedian (Jeffery Dean Morgan) was to have this five-minute credit sequence that traced the entire history of The Minutemen from their glory days to the current status quo. It sets the tone for the whole film and contains SO much information SO efficiently handed out to the audience, that even though Watchmen is an extremely long film (depending on what cut you’re watching), this probably shaved 40 minutes of exposition off of the theatrical cut. Also a little Dylan never hurt anything. I can’t think of another film where the credits are my favorite scene, but in Watchmen, they are just that brilliantly done.
I was really hoping that WB would release an extended cut of Justice League to flesh out the film, and perhaps refine some of the issues with the theatrical cut. At the very least, I was hoping we’d get more deleted scenes than are being offered, but this seems like a pretty boilerplate blu ray release. Oddly, their big selling point is that if you can play the 4K version, it’s more colorful than the theatrical release was. However opinions may vary, I don’t think the color palate was something that a ton of people were hyper focused on after the film came out.
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment has officially announced that it will release on 4K Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray, and Blu-ray Zack Snyder’s blockbuster Justice League. The three releases will be available for purchase on March 13.
Justice League has seemingly been on the way forever and has endured one of the more tortured roads to the screen of any blockbuster in recent memory. First it was two films; then it was one. Then backlash from Batman vs. Superman changed things; then success from Wonder Woman and input from the always meddlesome WB demanded reshoots. Then director Zack Snyder’s family tragedy caused him to drop off the picture. Then Joss Whedon (who was already on-board to do the reshoots) took over the picture and cut the running time by 50 minutes, and then the tone was changed to be more in line with the hopeful note set by Wonder Woman. Take a second to breathe. So after all of that, what is the dominant impression walking away from Justice League? There isn’t one. It’s a film that makes no impact, has no presence, or lasting punch. So many cooks have been in its kitchen that the final product is just an average, bland waste of an opportunity. Continue reading Movie Review: Justice League (2017) *Just Mediocre*→
The five Justice League trailers over the last 18 months have been wildly divergent in tone, reflecting the turmoil in making the film, but the last two have been really solid. This is a bit of a “greatest hits” of the trailers we’ve seen with new footage thrown in to whet out appetites. I’m really looking forward to this, and that is something I was not feeling at all a few months ago. I have a lot of questions about the future of the DCEU (not the least of which is we are going to get more Justice League films that lead to Darkseid, right?), but I think WB knows they have to nail this film to keep the momentum going from Wonder Woman (because there isn’t another DCEU film until Aquaman a year later, so the impression from this is going to last). Justice League will open November 10, 2017. For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #5 (2017) “Justice is Served”→
There are a few new bits, but this is essentially a streamlined version of the preview fans got last week at SDCC. This looks really good. I mean…really good. I’ve gone from dreading this to being there opening night. Justice League will open November 10, 2017. For a full plot summary, read below. Continue reading Justice League Trailer #4 (2017) “All In!!!”→