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OH MY GOD.
"It's not very effective".
That should've been the title of the fucking review godammit.

Johnny Novgorod:
OH MY GOD.
"It's not very effective".
That should've been the title of the fucking review godammit.

"Johnny Novgorod faints."

Johnny Novgorod:
OH MY GOD.
"It's not very effective".
That should've been the title of the fucking review godammit.

You watched the Pokemon movie?

Samtemdo8:

Johnny Novgorod:
OH MY GOD.
"It's not very effective".
That should've been the title of the fucking review godammit.

You watched the Pokemon movie?

I bet it was Digimon.

Samtemdo8:

Johnny Novgorod:
OH MY GOD.
"It's not very effective".
That should've been the title of the fucking review godammit.

You watched the Pokemon movie?

Yeah, wrote about it in the previous page.

Got around to Watching Avengers Endgame. No spoilers. I'll just say that while it was a pretty good film with some great fanservice, Infinity War was better but considering all the moving parts and such this film was working with, it did a pretty good job of providing a satisfying conclusion.

6 infinity stones/ 2 Thanos.

The Avengers: Endgame (5/10)

Well, Marvel's done it. They've made my new least favourite MCU movie, and done it in a way that me just saying that is completely irrelevant. I mean, granted, what I say anyway is irrelevant, but I can accept that I'm in the minority critically, and the commercial success means that even if this was critically panned, it would still mean nothing. But that said, no, I don't like this film. I think it's a mediocre film. And if I'm an angry man yelling at a cloud, I'm at least going to make the cloud hear me.

So, quick question - why does this film exist? Like, from an in-universe and literary sense, why does it exist? I commented last year that I'd be more inclined to rank Infinity War higher if I wasn't under the impression that everything in said film would be undone. But what we have here is a world where, when you get down to it, not much has changed. Half of all animal life is gone (despite out of universe statements, we never see any plant life disappearing). So, while the film actually does a good job of conveying the grief involved, on both the character and societal level, I'm left to ask why it needs to be reversed at all. The world hasn't collapsed. Society's still continuing. Less humans on Earth is good for the planet. So why am I supposed to be so worked up about this? Because I want my favourite characters back? Yeah, sorry, if character deaths mean nothing, there's no reason for me to be invested.

So what we have is a time travel story, one that can't abide by its own rules, When it takes potshots at better movies with better time travel mechanics/plots, I'm left to think about stones and glass houses. And "stones" really is the operative word here considering that they've got to get the Infinity Stones to use space magic to wish everyone back to life. So, cue time travel story. And by time travel story, I mean "excuse for fan service." Because that's what the second act of the movie is - fan service. And fan service can be nice, but fan service is like sugar - sweet, but insubstantial, and bad for you in excess. So while I don't doubt that there's people who appreciate this fan service, good fan service hides its nature as fan service, and this film doesn't. Like, at all. Any semblance of time travel rules is almost immediately disregarded, because the movie can't seem to make up its mind on the importance (or lack of it) of the cast interacting with their former selves. Are they altering the timeline? Creating a new timeline? Does the timeline reset once the Infinity Stones are returned? I'm left to ask why time travel was even necessary as a plot point since Far From Home establishes that alternate realities are indeed a thing. But when past Thanos travels into the future, and dies in the future, does that mean that Infinity War can't happen and gah! This is what happens when you try to explain time travel and can't keep to your own rules.

Also, Black Widow dies. And while I don't particuarly care, I can't help but ponder that the film isn't even hiding the expendability of the runts of the Avengers' litter. Because on one hand you've got gods and Hulks and power armour. On the other, you've got...Russian spy girl?

So, we get our fan service, and move into the, um, endgame. Which is basically excuse for "battle sequence fan service extraveganza." Well, least the fan service here feels slightly less clunky, but you're trying to cram in so many character moments it barely matters. Also, dear Captain Marvel, if you want to keep the gauntlet away from Thanos, fly AWAY from the battle, not THROUGH the battle in a moment of girl power. Oh, and Nebula's killed her past self (Grandfather paradox? What's that?) And Thanos is almost as powerful without the gauntlet as he was with it, so Infinity War's fight seems redundant. Like, even more redundant, as Thanos was killed at the start of the movie, in what was actually an interesting piece of subversion, but now feels hollow. I've got to say, I like the Infinity War Thanos fight better, because due to its smaller scale, it's far more intimate. Though speaking of size, I can't help but wonder how quickly everyone went from "yay, we're back!" to "let's go through these portal things." And couldn't Strange bring in more of the world's military? Meh, fanservice.

And Tony dies. Which sucks. Because while this is really subjective, an act of self-sacrifice doesn't feel like an ending for his character, especially when he's got a daughter now. If anything, I'd have Cap do the self-sacrifice and Tony get the family ending, but instead, the film not only reverses my expectations, but shows that it's absolutely lost the plot when it comes to time travel, or alternate realities, or logistics, or...whatever. Oh, and y'know how Thor's arc in his trilogy was learning to be a leader and coming through for his people? Well, screw that, because now he's joining the Guardians of the Galaxy, after saying "yeah, nah" to all that leadership nonsense. Valkyrie's leader of Asgard now, despite never having led anything at all before, and not having any kind of character arc that's built on leadership, but hey, what do I know? I do know that not!Gamora is missing, and that Peter and co. are after her, and I can't help but think that this is another case of Farscape doing it first, and doing it better, but Guardians gets all the credit for it and gah!

So, yeah. I don't like this film. It's dull, it's plodding, it makes no sense, and I don't see why it's even needed, why Infinity War needs to be overturned when the world's continued on. Based on what we know of Far From Home, it seems less like a conclusion at this point, and more an excuse to introduce alternate realities. And I don't like how it's on track to becoming the highest grossing film of all time, but hey, who said we needed justice in the world?

So, no. Don't like the film. And that means nothing. :(

Spider-Man: Homecoming. 7/10.
Enjoyable movie to see once.
Biggest problem of the movie is Peter Parter being an attention whore for Tony Stark.

Hawki:

So, no. Don't like the film. And that means nothing. :(

That's where you're wrong. It should mean something. That's something, or in this case, someone is you. While I disagree with you on your opinion on the movie, at least you backed up all your problems with it. You don't sound like a contrarian who has to go against the flow just for the sake of it, or to pretend as if you're the underdog going against whatever's on top. Your opinion will matter to others dislike the film. Not the entire population anyway. And even some who like the film. Don't sell yourself short. Even though you dislike endgame, there is some good that could come of this influence. The next film marble or not they do things better than Endgame.

In Fabric (2018)

"In Fabric" is a relatively low budget comedy/horror with a dash of British "kitchen sink" drama, set in the 70s/80s and very much styled as if of that era. The basic idea is an ensorcelled dress that is to die for - literally. It's directed by Peter Strickland, who's clearly a fan of classic Italian giallo horror (which also featured in a previous film of his, "Berberian Sound Studio"). It's quite an "arty" movie, directed with lashings of style, excellent attention to detail - like the centrepiece dress being described in a catalogue as "artery red" - and well acted. It's not a particularly scary despite being a horror, and there's some absurd but often effective humour that manages to fit in quite well indeed. The department store from whence the dress originates is staffed by hilariously, deliciously weird occult staff - I mean, anyone sane would surely suspect something dodgy is going on. It's full of imagery of advertising of the era, and is undoubtedly something of a satire of commercialism. It's main downside is that it feels quite long at 2 hours, and probably could have been a touch shorter.

This is quite an oddball movie, and it will undoubtedly be well critically received but little watched when it eventually has full theatrical release later this year. But if you do like your offbeat films and it turns up at your local cinema, I seriously recommend it.

Hawki:
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Good thing I stopped at Age of Ultron.

Detective Pikachu (5/10)

Hawki watches Detective Pikachu. It's not every effective.

...right, now that I've got that joke out of the way, and rubbed salt in Johnny's wound in the process, let's get to how and why this movie is a normal type.

So, let's get something out of the way first - despite what the trailers might have you believe, this is a children's movie. We get a few adult-orientated jokes from Reynolds, but these are the exceptions, rather than the rule. It's a children's movie in dialogue, in characters, in action, in clothing, etc. Now, okay, this is a franchise that's geared towards children primarily, but the movie does seem to want to attract the adult audience as well. Which is fine. But the problem is that unlike, say, Pixar or Studio Ghibli, there isn't that much substance for adults to get into here. A few winking jokes don't cut it when the plot's as basic as it is (though I kind of lost track things towards the end).

So, let's get into the adult thing. We have three actual pokemon in the film that could be called characters - Pikachu, Psyduck, and Mewtwo, though that could arguably be stretched to six (Ditto, Mr. Mime, and Snobulfett). All of these, bar Snob, are Gen 1, and the majority of background pokemon are Gen 1 as well. Yeah, we get a horde of Greninjas (because of course we do), but the sense I got is that this film is really trying to harken back to those who were introduced to pokemon way back in the day. The first pokemon we see in the film is a doduo. The pokemon our protagonist tries to catch is a cubone. He meets a lickatung on the train. We don't get a Gen 2 pokemon until at least 20 minutes into the film. Now, for someone who's never seen pokemon, this isn't an issue, and as someone who HAS seen/played pokemon till the end of Gen 2, it isn't technically an issue either. But it is noticable. It's pandering. And I'm fine with being pandered to in this sense actually, but it's pandering all the same. It's telling that our protagonist is basically a lapsed pokemon fan.

Also, we get only two actual pokemon battles in the movie. Boo.

So, let's get to the characters. They're stock. Very stock. Reynolds as Pikachu is easily the best of the bunch, even though as a "world class detective," there isn't that much detective work, he and Tim (the human protagonist) just kind of wander from one area to another, and get information delivered to them via holograms and exposition. Like, I wasn't really expecting this to be some kind of mystery movie that rivals Sherlock Holmes or Agatha Christie, and the movie never sold itself as such, but when we're told one thing, and not shown that thing in action, it comes off as hollow. But the human characters are nowhere near as engaging. I thought at first when we first see Lucy that it might be parodying archtypes (reporter in over her head, only she can see what the higher-ups can't, fight the power while wearing weird clothing), but no - they're archtypes, because this is a children's film, and children's media uses archtypes. The villain is an archtype. The board member is an archtype. Tim is an archtype, even though he gets a bit more depth by virtue of being the protagonist, even if his backstory and situation is a bunch of cliches. Also, Lucy. She has no reason to be in this film. The plot doesn't demand her presence, and she doesn't actually accomplish anything, because while she tries to warn the people about the villain's plan, she fails at that as well. FFS, her psyduck actually accomplishes more than she does. Now, I do get why she's here (she's the FRI), but that's about the only reason. Well, that, and we get a few good jokes about how clueless Tim is with women and...wait.

Tim has a Pikachu and is clueless.

Lucy has a Psyduck and is a bit funny in the head.

...oh my God, they're Ash and Misty!

Think I'm joking? Look at the end credits and see the artistic style applied, then shift your gaze a bit.

So, that's that. A kid's film with live-action pokemon that don't even always gel with the realistic setting. There's minor bits (it's kind of implied that the film is in continuity with the games or anime, but it isn't specified), and some good laughs, but make no mistake - Reynolds is the one carrying the film. I can't entirely blame the other actors/actresses, they have to work with what they've got, but even their acting seems off a fair bit of the time.

So, question is, is this a bad film? No. Not at all. But it doesn't break the supposed videogame movie curse, because a) that curse was broken by Tomb Raider, and b) at its best, it's simply average. And there's no shortage of videogame movies that are average, and better average movies than this average one.

Samtemdo8:

Hawki:
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Good thing I stopped at Age of Ultron.

That was not a good movie: film-making by numbers. In fact, the entire Marvel Universe was in the doldrums around this period. Sure, they're all glossy and competent and tick certain baseline blockbuster boxes, but there's also something empty, formulaic, and even slightly impenetrable (when over-reliant on having to have seen others) about them.

Agema:

Samtemdo8:

Hawki:
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Good thing I stopped at Age of Ultron.

That was not a good movie: film-making by numbers. In fact, the entire Marvel Universe was in the doldrums around this period. Sure, they're all glossy and competent and tick certain baseline blockbuster boxes, but there's also something empty, formulaic, and even slightly impenetrable (when over-reliant on having to have seen others) about them.

And this whole movie cinematic universe is getting way too bloated for me? Who the fuck cares about Ant-Man right now except for the hardcore fanboys?

Finally saw Aquaman. I have to say, this movie is stylish, over-the-top ham & cheese fest that is phenomenal. This might be my favorite solo DC Universe movie now. I need to watch this again!

Man of Steel=Aquaman(though it has better pacing)>Wonder Woman>Justice League>Batman V Superman>Suicide Squad

Samtemdo8:

Agema:

Samtemdo8:

Good thing I stopped at Age of Ultron.

That was not a good movie: film-making by numbers. In fact, the entire Marvel Universe was in the doldrums around this period. Sure, they're all glossy and competent and tick certain baseline blockbuster boxes, but there's also something empty, formulaic, and even slightly impenetrable (when over-reliant on having to have seen others) about them.

And this whole movie cinematic universe is getting way too bloated for me? Who the fuck cares about Ant-Man right now except for the hardcore fanboys?

He was great in Endgame.

Samtemdo8:

Agema:

Samtemdo8:

Good thing I stopped at Age of Ultron.

That was not a good movie: film-making by numbers. In fact, the entire Marvel Universe was in the doldrums around this period. Sure, they're all glossy and competent and tick certain baseline blockbuster boxes, but there's also something empty, formulaic, and even slightly impenetrable (when over-reliant on having to have seen others) about them.

And this whole movie cinematic universe is getting way too bloated for me? Who the fuck cares about Ant-Man right now except for the hardcore fanboys?

I didn't see the Ant Man film prior to Civil War and just figured he was a comic relief character. Watching Ant Man and the Wasp more or less solified that opinion for me but I don't mind him being in endgame. I just see him as being one of the C listers.

CoCage:
Finally saw Aquaman. I have to say, this movie is stylish, over-the-top ham & cheese fest that is phenomenal. This might be my favorite solo DC Universe movie now. I need to watch this again!

Man of Steel=Aquaman(though it has better pacing)>Wonder Woman>Justice League>Batman V Superman>Suicide Squad

If we're playing the rankings game:

7) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

6) Suicide Squad

5) Justice League

4) Aquaman

3) Man of Steel

2) Wonder Woman

1) Shazam!

Dalisclock:
Watching Ant Man and the Wasp more or less solified that opinion for me but I don't mind him being in endgame. I just see him as being one of the C listers.

Poor Scott. Everyone wants a selfie with the Hulk. No-one wants a selfie with Ant-Man. :(

Saw Detective Pikachu this morning. It's a full price if you're a casual or hardcore Pokemon fan. If you're not a fan, it is still watchable, you might have harder time following how the world works and miss out on the references. Speaking of references, I am glad they did not go overboard with them. Ryan Reynolds is a riot and Justice Smith does a great job. One of the best movies based off of a video game, and has set a way higher bar as far as I am concerned. Do not miss out on this film.

Brightburn
the initial premise is probably the most interesting part of this predictable, uninspired dull film. the premise of course being "what if Superman boy origin story, but evil." hell yeah, why not? I'm up for that kind of spin! however, the end result here is far closer to your typical mainstream spin-off "horror" shtick involving well-off white family with the weird obsession on a mother figure who either adheres to the Naomi Watts casting template - blonde (if it ain't blonde, it gets fucking dyed blonde or else...), soft feminine face that is also youthful because of course, and slim to the precise measurements that all Hollywood haunted mothers absolutely must confine themself to - or they're actually just Naomi Watts. this trivial detail perhaps wouldn't be as annoying if I hadn't recently watched Girl on the Train which had like three of these bastards in one small setting (that was still a better film though). the husband figure can vary a little, but usually doesn't stray from dark-haired mid-hansome wholesome fellow

digressing from mere shallow casting observation, the beats are entirely predictable, unoriginal...it's very familiar feeling throughout if you've watched any sort of ghost haunting/Frankenstein-esque story, except with the bonus of a Superman origin coat of paint. the direction is competent but nothing more. however the greatest disappointment is the score, or lack of in this case. a distinctive, atmospheric soundtrack could've really elevated this above mediocrity. too many underestimate the power of audio, especially for horror. but that wouldn't fix the lack of character given to everyone here. Oh, almost forgot the stupidity! people be stupid, and yeah, while I'm personally often fine with handwaving idiotic behaviour in times of visible stress (unlike internet nitpickers who appear to believe every character should be thinking as clearly focused as they themselves are while they're sitting all comfortable in their safe theatre seat), there is a moment later on where a character evidently premeditated an action that they'd already shown earlier were aware would not bloody work, then goes to try that same action again right after it blatantly didn't work...jesus effing christ! all round, the characters don't appear to harbour much intelligence either. the surface level they're given is blander than a dry pasta sandwich too

I'm mostly disappointed, but not entirely surprised to be honest, the trailer did give an impression of a typical by-the-numbers horror with the sole gimmick of shithead superboy. on the upside, can appreciate the restraint from jump-scares and an ending that isn't completely facepalming. it'll maybe appeal to those who enjoy all the conjuring spin-offs, or who desperately need an alternate evil Superman kid film that deploys a bit of gore and murder, as it's competent enough to fool those filthy baby-stealing casuals more likely to spend their money on a paranormal activity sequel than anything outside the comfort zone. If I had to guess, this feels like a short expanded into a feature film, it shows all the trappings; single gimmick idea, lack of character exploration or personality at all, small collection of mildly interesting "moments" (set pieces?) that appear strung together as if previously more condensed, but when pulled apart, someone forgot or couldn't work out what to fill the space with so resorted to stock/placeholder putty instead. just a guessy feeling, so could be wrong. hopefully there'll be better attempts at this sort of idea in future, but unfortunately not a great start

Gonna be watching Detective Pikachu with my niece. Will discuss it when I get back.

Came back from Detective Pikachu......yep, they should have just made this Pokemon movie your traditional Pokemon Trainer's Journey to the Pokemon League and be the very best.

This was just.....boring.

Neurotic Void Melody:
Brightburn
the initial premise is probably the most interesting part of this predictable, uninspired dull film.

Ooh, thats a shame, I'd been looking forward to that one. Thought it might be a bit more of a character exploration on what exactly a child would do if he wielded unstoppable power, shame it sounds like he goes straight to "well he be evil"

John Wick 3.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YEEESSSS!

YES!

AKA, John Wick: Raid Edition! Definitely better than the 2nd movie. Do not miss out on it.

John Wick 3. It was good. I still hate 'Secret powerful societies that hide despite clearly having no reason to' though. Like, are there even any regular people? Seems like EVERYONE in the world is an assassin or in the pocket of the assassins.

Also the villains are stupid and are just burning down their own house just to kill a fly. JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE AND HE WONT KILL YOU! Its really that fucking simple.

I went with friends and we all were laughing hysterically at the knife throwing scene. Just us, the rest of the theater wasn't. I guess that is why we are friends?

The fight with the dogs seemed like an apology to everyone who was upset by the dog killing. Lot of crotch attacks. Also that place was fucking just MADE of peon guards to kill apparently.

Saelune:
John Wick 3. It was good. I still hate 'Secret powerful societies that hide despite clearly having no reason to' though. Like, are there even any regular people? Seems like EVERYONE in the world is an assassin or in the pocket of the assassins.

Also the villains are stupid and are just burning down their own house just to kill a fly. JUST LEAVE HIM ALONE AND HE WONT KILL YOU! Its really that fucking simple.

I went with friends and we all were laughing hysterically at the knife throwing scene. Just us, the rest of the theater wasn't. I guess that is why we are friends?

The fight with the dogs seemed like an apology to everyone who was upset by the dog killing. Lot of crotch attacks. Also that place was fucking just MADE of peon guards to kill apparently.

Actually, my theater was laughing at it as well.

I have mixed feelings on John Wick 3.

Wick fighting for his survival is a nice evolution of the movie. Seeing a man touted to be that invincible frightened for his life is an interesting take.

But at points, the movie boarders on the supernatural. From the seeming teleportation of certain characters to the last shot (and I mean that literally). We go from someone who's just that good, who has a plan to take everyone else out to actual characters seeming like they are from the Matrix.

But I had fun for most of the movie. So it's a popcorn movie watch for me. But I've also been playing so much Mortal Kombat 11 (both on the Switch and PS4 pro) that I think I've been so desensitized to everything. Everyone in the theater was cringing to the Library scene, I was thinking I do that every day with Jax.

Hmm quite the turn around after John Wick 2?

I heard the second movie was garbage.

Palindromemordnilap:
Ooh, thats a shame, I'd been looking forward to that one. Thought it might be a bit more of a character exploration on what exactly a child would do if he wielded unstoppable power, shame it sounds like he goes straight to "well he be evil"

Same here. Was interested to see how they'd explore the idea and was hoping for something memorable. But they don't lean into it anywhere near enough or explore anything beyond a basic premise. When the kid was first presented as a normal boy, it tricked me into thinking there'll be an intriguing transition, but no. Not sure whether it would even count as a spoiler as the film really doesn't seem to care about it any more than an obligation that's promptly ignored the rest of the run time, but gonna put the mind blowing transition in spoiler anyway;

Samtemdo8:
Hmm quite the turn around after John Wick 2?

I heard the second movie was garbage.

The second movie was perfectly fine. It was a typical sequel. Basically the same as the first movie, only longer, on a bigger scale with a bigger budget.

PsychedelicDiamond:

Samtemdo8:
Hmm quite the turn around after John Wick 2?

I heard the second movie was garbage.

The second movie was perfectly fine. It was a typical sequel. Basically the same as the first movie, only longer, on a bigger scale with a bigger budget.

^This. The Wick films do exactly what they set out to do: bloody spectacle. It's not like they set out to make Citizen Kane and got derailed somewhere along the way.

For those of you who've seen Brightburn, without spoiling anything, can you clarify how gory it is?

I've always understood it was going to be a horror flick, but I've seen reviews that are basically equating it to a slasher. Now, I can take horror, but I've never been one for excessive gore.

Edit: Okay, now I'm seeing tweets comparing it to torture porn. And sorry - I draw the line at torture porn.

Hawki:
For those of you who've seen Brightburn, without spoiling anything, can you clarify how gory it is?

I've always understood it was going to be a horror flick, but I've seen reviews that are basically equating it to a slasher. Now, I can take horror, but I've never been one for excessive gore.

Edit: Okay, now I'm seeing tweets comparing it to torture porn. And sorry - I draw the line at torture porn.

You and me, both. It's why I stopped watching the Saw movies after 5.

Hawki:
For those of you who've seen Brightburn, without spoiling anything, can you clarify how gory it is?

I've always understood it was going to be a horror flick, but I've seen reviews that are basically equating it to a slasher. Now, I can take horror, but I've never been one for excessive gore.

Edit: Okay, now I'm seeing tweets comparing it to torture porn. And sorry - I draw the line at torture porn.

Hmm, whoever said that is exaggerating a fair bit. There are two scenes that fall into the uncomfortable squirm category, and they're both essentially the result of environmental harm the kid causes. I'm no fan of torture porn, it's shallow exploitation with no payoff. But this film isn't really that. I'd guess maybe the reason they're saying such things is due to the film not having any other emotional resonance, so those scenes naturally elicit the strongest emotional reaction and remain the sparse few elements that linger in the mind afterwards.

Brightburn (5/10)

Meh.

If I had to sum up this film in one word, that would be it - "meh." Also, if you've seen any of the trailers for this film, you've pretty much got every plot point. And if you haven't, I can sum up the plot as "Superman, but he's a sociopath." Use your imagination.

Actually, that does bring me to one of the gripes of this film, and it's a major one, least in as much to how much it hobbles the plot. Thing is, our protagonist, Brandon, may or may not be a sociopath. Because a lot of his socipathic tendencies begin after his spaceship (which his parents hid in the barn, because of course they did) summons him and puts him in a trance, causing him to utter "take the world." Now, you may be saying "wait, you're saying that he's evil because the spaceship told him to be?" The answer to that is "kinda...maybe..." To be honest, I think this is a case of the film shooting itself in the foot, because it's never completely clear how much of Brandon's actions are attritubale to his own nature, and how much is attritutable to his ship. I feel the film should have either committed to one or the other - either argue "the kid's a sociopath, because some people are just naturall evil" or frame the film as a tragedy, where a normal (in terms of personality) boy is driven to do terrible things because of fate. Melding the two together just doesn't work. Likewise, when he says "I want to be good," I'm left with the options of a) he's lying, or b) something was left on the cutting room floor, because as soon as he gets powers, he immediately starts using them for selfish reasons. Not like Shazam, where Billy's actions don't do any real harm to others bar the bus, he instantly goes from stalker to murderer.

Moving onto other things, I've seen some comments pertaining to the film that I just don't agree with. No, it isn't torture porn - in fact, some of the kills are downright brutal, like, not so brutal that I was that uncomfortable, but brutal enough that I could enjoy the gore (so, think Mortal Kombat for instance). But that aside, I've seen some people state things along the lines of "oh, if only people had been nicer to him, he wouldn't have lashed out." However, that doesn't hold up. His mum and dad are nothing but supportive right up to the point where he starts lashing out, he has a caring aunt and uncle that care for him as well. The only "humans are dicks" angle can come from some kids picking on him, but this doesn't go beyond name calling. Like, okay, bullying sucks, but it's not nearly enough to be considered thematically relevant. Also doesn't help that the girl who IS nice to him is the girl he stalks, the girl whose hand he breaks, and the girl whose mother is murdered because of him. So, no. Brandon's a dick. The humans in this film aren't.

Other point is that I've seen some claiming that the film is commenting on rural American poverty, but I don't see it. There's nothing to suggest that Brightburn (the town) isn't functioning as it should economically, except maybe one offhand line that could be attributed just as easily to not having the money for an extra actress. Oh, and it appears to be setting up a cinematic universe at the end, because, yay. That's what we need. Another superhero universe.

So, is Brightburn bad? No. But it is functional, and little more. I say "evil Superman," you think "evil Superman," and what you get is exactly what you'd expect from that premise. So considering that evil Superman has already been explored in Elseworlds territory, why is this even here apart from putting it on the big screen for the first time? I guess at the very least, when people accuse Man of Steel of being grimdark, I can point to this film as an example of what grimdarkness actually is. Oh, and speaking of MoS, some of its motifs are used in the film's score, or thereabouts. Personally, I think it's a nice touch.

So, again, "meh."

Saw Detective Pikachu the other day and loved it, thought that might be my lifelong Pokemon fandom talking. The acting from our two leads was solid, and the special effects were decent (by my standards, anyway).

The story was interesting enough to keep my attention and had a few neat twists... though I saw the final twist coming because I'm genre savvy like that.

Still, I give it a 9/10.

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