This is not a bad movie… not in the least bit, but it has been done before and it’s been done better than this. I’m sure that, if you’ve never watched Teen Titans, you’d find this a perfectly fine movie and have none of the qualms that I did, but to me, it’s like watching an imperfect clone of something that was already imperfect.
It’s an origin story and you all know how much I love superhero origin stories (I don’t). In this case, since it’s a story we haven’t seen properly told before, I gave it a pass for that, but it did fall into the superhero origin trap of holding off on all superhero action until the final act and thus, “Power Rangers” becomes more along of the lines of “Five Teenagers Bonding Featuring a Cameo by the Power Rangers.” It’s so frustrating that these movies do that to us so much.
When a magical threat threatens the Earth and the Justice League can’t deal with it… even though they’ve clearly dealt with magical threats before many many times, it’s time for Batman to recruit John Constantine, Zatanna, Deadman, and Jason Blood as a new team called Justice League Dark… even though it was Batman himself who told the Justice League that there was probably no magical threat in the first place.
Honky ass crackers aside, Doctor Strange in an immensely enjoyable addition to the MCU. A veritable kaleidoscope of weirdness and confidence shining a spotlight on a little known Marvel superhero and, from someone who knew very little about him until I watched this movie, allow me to say, it’s a pleasure to meet you, Doctor.
Suicide Squad has everything that Man of Steel and Batman v Superman has been missing: Fun, thrills, and characters who aren’t complete assholes. Let that sink in… Superman has been a bigger asshole in the DC Movies than Killer Croc, Harley Quinn, and Deadshot. That alone should make Zack Snyder combust in shame.
When it’s good, it’s very good but the problem is, it doesn’t spend a lot of time actually being good. For such an iconic comic book story, this puppy is bungled embarrassingly and dropped right on its head. Someone needs to do an fan edit on this film pronto.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows sticks close to the source material, has no problem being a live-action cartoon and, when so many movies actually seem embarrassed by the source material… this is surprisingly refreshing and a sugar-induced joy.
As far as the X-Men pantheon goes, this is hardly a franchise-destroying disaster, but it is below the bar set by the recent movies.
This isn’t the story of two superheroes being dicks to each other… it’s a story of hard choices, gray areas, and no road home. This is a story of divided loyalties, undying friendship, and problems with no real solutions. Realistically, you can side with either Tony or Steve in this movie… both of them are right, both of them are wrong.
Once again, sadly, animation has effortlessly kicked the crap out of the live action DC movies.