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Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi [NO SPOILERS] Review – The Force Is Strong With This One

Rating: 8.7/10

“Rebellions are built on hope.”

This quote from Rogue One, the last Star Wars film, is relevant now more than ever in the wake of The Last Jedi (hereby referred to as TLJ), which picks up from where The Force Awakens ended and guides the series into uncharted territory. The idea of ‘hope’ being the most valuable asset in the battle against the dark forces has been central to the entire Star Wars saga, its inception in the very first film, naturally titled A New Hope. And through the years the idea has been faithfully kept alive, through the narrative, the characters and the uplifting opening main theme of the saga.

In TLJ hope carries forward the last remains of the Resistance (led by General Leia Organa) trying to escape the clutches of the First Order (led by Supreme Leader Snoke and commanded by his apprentice Kylo Ren). It is ‘hope’ that pushes them to reach for their first victory, as Poe leads a near-suicidal assault on an enemy Dreadnought. It is hope, on Leia’s part, that drives Rey to go find the self-exiled Luke Skywalker and try to convince him to (re)join their cause and later, to submit herself to Kylo Ren in hopes of turning him. It is ‘hope’ that sends Finn and Rose to a risky self-conceived mission that attempts to facilitate an escape route. And it is nothing but hope that impels Vice-Admiral Holdo to undertake an unforgettably radical course of action, one that provides for the film’s most spectacular shot and a true visual treat. Even as towards the end, cornered by the First Order, Leia despairs “The galaxy has lost all hope”, they find strength through an old ally and inside them, a new hope. To survive, to fight and to resist darkness.

 

 

“You must have a thousand questions.”

“Where’s Rey?”

TLJ is more of a character-driven film than its predecessors. Opposing the traditional style of characters being guided by the plot, in TLJ more often than not the plot progression serves to build up character moments; such as Rey’s self-discovery, Kylo questioning his own allegiance, Poe becoming a mature leader knowing when to back-off and be smart instead of going full-bore offensive all the time et cetera. Adam Driver shows his talent in a few critical sequences despite being a bit too wooden for the most part, which doesn’t always pay off; while Daisy Ridley too seems to have very few expressions to choose from mostly, except for her scenes with Driver where they both live up to their fullest potential.

And it is again the veterans who probably deliver the best, despite having lesser screentime, as both Carrie Fisher and Mark Hamill dish up phenomenal performances which are quite possibly their personal bests in the entire series. Benicio Del Toro, bursting with personality, does a rather good job in a role that’s too thinly written for a talent like him. Rounded off by an excellent score from John Williams, the film’s technical pros overshadow its cons by a mile. And even though the mineral planet Crait, with its rich red soil, feels like a fabricated addition to obtain incredibly beautiful cinematography of a ‘bleeding battlefield’, it just works out all too well for anybody to complain.

 

“What are you looking at me for? Follow him!”

– Leia telling others to follow Poe’s orders

On a symbolic level, the film’s primary theme has been one of change, from the old to the new. Especially during the film’s climax which also turns out to be a head-on battle between the Old vs the New. And we find the Old calmly embracing the end, making way for the New. As Rey remarks, it was a death with peace and purpose. The same theme plays elsewhere as we see a changing of the guard for the Resistance; as Poe evolves from a danger-seeking volatile hero to a level-headed leader and Rey returns with newer insights about the war and the Force. It is evident that in the next film it is these characters that will be taking charge of the Resistance, along with loyal companions like Finn and Rose.

 

 

“Hope is like the Sun. If we only believe in it when we see it, we’ll never make it through the night.”
– Vice-Admiral Holdo (quoting Leia)

The director Rian Johnson is known for directing episodes of the television giant Breaking Bad, among them being Ozymandias and The Fly. The former hailed as the finest episode in the series(and one of the very best in TV history) and the latter the most controversial one, with critics lauding the offbeat experimental journey yet audiences worldwide rejecting it outright, unable to fully comprehend the episode’s genius and its place in the show.

And it is a similar trend that we see with TLJ, with most critics praising its unique take on the mythos of the saga and a style of direction that subverts traditional Star Wars space opera tropes while reinventing others, while audiences mostly negatively receiving the stylistic departure from their old favourite films. The allusion-driven narrative, scenes like the multiple Reys at the island, frequent adept uses of self-deprecating humour and strict refusal to leave clues about the sequel have made Johnson a rebel in the eyes of both the audience and critics alike. But if you were to ask me, maybe all we need to do is to welcome change and find some hope, for this rebellion in space opera filmmaking to build on.

 

“How do we rebuild the Rebellion from this?” Rey asks Leia.
“We have everything we need”
she answers holding Rey’s hand in hers.

The film ends with a little slave boy on Canto Bight looking up to the stars, hoping that someday his heroes shall save him from his miserable life on this planet. Thus as Leia assures Rey, she knows that despite their dwindling numbers, they still have hope.
Hope in the form of dedicated future leaders like Rey and Poe.
Hope in fearless soldiers like Finn and Rose.
Hope in the light, the good side of the Force and all those who strive towards it.

After all, rebellions are built on hope.

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Justice League – A movie about what could have been [No Spoiler Review]

 

Zack Snyder’s Justice League is Warner Bros’ first attempt at a superhero team up movie based on the DC Comics characters. This League, and Superheroes in general, has come a long way since its first appearance in DC Comics’ Brave and the Bold (1960).

    This is supposed to be the biggest movie based on DC Comics’ characters.

Justice League is a movie about its heroes. From the beginning, we are introduced to a world without Superman. From Lois Lane to Bruce Wayne, all feel the loss of Superman in a major way. It seems that the world is without hope – the symbol of the Last Son of Krypton. The opening few minutes of the movie is well shot with classic slow motion sequences and low light scenes, a style which is now synonymous with Zack Snyder. Leonard Cohen’s Everybody Knows, performed by Sigrid, plays in the background.

Parademons and Steppenwolf. Credits: Justice League

As the plot thickens, we are introduced to the threat of the otherworldly Parademons, and their general – Steppenwolf. Batman and Wonder Woman feel the necessity of gathering the other ‘metahumans’ as teased in the movie Batman V Superman. From here onwards, we meet The Flash, Cyborg and the Aquaman.

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen/The Flash
Ray Fisher as Victor Stone/Cyborg

Ezra Miller as the Flash, is the comic relief of the movie. With complaints about the DCEU being all dark and grim, Flash provides some hilarious gags but a few times, the jokes felt plain and force-fed. Jason Momoa as the Aquaman, is a tough cookie. He makes sure that the League understands that he is special and is not to be meddled with. Ray Fisher’s Cyborg provides the emotional bond in the league as well as the tech support. Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman leads the team, and continues her hit run from the solo movie.

Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry/Aquaman

 

Some of the action sequences are brilliant with Steppenwolf squaring against the Amazons, being a notable one. The soundtracks are good but not as brilliant as the modern master Hans Zimmer. Composer Danny Elfman manages to bring his classic Batman theme as well as John William’s Superman tracks to beautiful effect. But one stills laments over the lack of a perfect theme score for the League as a whole.

Now coming to Superman, there is not much to tell about him without spoiling. Comic book readers may be disappointed at the manner of his return, but Henry Cavill does a brilliant job in his short time. This movie shows the full might of Superman, after taking some heavy blows from Batman and Doomsday in BvS. One seriously underdeveloped character in this movie is the villainous Steppenwolf. His intentions or actions aren’t explained properly, and his only claim to fame is namedropping his nephew – the tyrant ruler of Apokolips.

Steppenwolf (Ciaran Hinds)

 

Now let’s come to the faults. Justice League is a let down on many fronts but one glaring flaw is the editing. The movie credits 3 person – David Brenner, Richard Pearson and Martin Walsh – for editing the movie, which feels disjointed and rushed. Multiple scenes from the trailers were absent. This is the third time, this has happened to this franchise after Batman v Superman and the disastrous Suicide Squad. Jos Whedon’s reshoots were apparent in a movie which provided unnecessary comic relief in tense moments instead of character development. Though the screenplay was tight, the dialogue seemed pedestrian. Overall, I felt the movie can be summed in one word – Rushed.

 

As this movie looked to undo the errors created in the first few movies, the studio chose an expendable villain to mount a weak challenge against our heroes. This movie is thus a collection of what it could have been rather than what it is.

Justice League

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Spider-Man: Homecoming – Swingin’ Back To Place

Review with minor spoilers. 

Let’s get the obvious out of the way, first. Spider-Man: Homecoming is the first great Spider-Man movie in the last 13 years, and a worthy opponent for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 as the best feature film about the character.

There you go, that’s the verdict. Now we get to the parts I am more interested in talking about: what makes the movie so special, what works and what does not.

From the production side of things, Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t really unique, being a movie produced by Marvel Studios, Columbia/Sony and Pascal Pictures. Marvel has, on numerous occasions, co-produced movies featuring characters owned by other studios, although partially and not something completely owned by a different company. (Almost the entirety of Marvel’s Phase 1 was co-produced with Paramount Pictures, with the exception of The Incredible Hulk, which was co-produced by Universal Studios).
What is indeed unique about this movie is how fantastical and grounded it is, at the same time and how director Jon Watts has excelled in recreating a John Hughes vibe.

Tom Holland as Spiderman. Image Credits – Marvel/ Sony.

Spider-Man: Homecoming features Tom Holland as Peter Parker and Spider-Man, and Holland is undoubtedly the best rendition of the character put on film, and also one of the best parts about the movie. This entire movie revolves around him trying to impress Tony Stark, played by Robert Downey Jr., to become a full-time Avenger while juggling his life as a student. His character is a good kid trying to do some good, while also slowed down by the burden of approval from his mentor, and not having his priorities straight sometimes.
Downey appears for a very limited time, so it doesn’t really become anything more than an extended cameo, so the movie never becomes Iron Man 4, as many fans feared.

A part of the cast.

The movie stars Michael Keaton as Adrian Toomes/The Vulture, Zendaya as Michelle, Marisa Tomei as May Parker, Jacob Batalon as Parker’s best friend Ned, Laura Harrier portrays Liz, a senior, Parker’s love interest,  Tony Revolori as Eugene “Flash” Thompson, Parker’s rival and classmate, and Jennifer Connelly provides the voice of Karen, the A.I. in Parker’s suit.  Bokeem Woodbine and Logan Marshall-Green both play different incarnations of Shocker, portraying Herman Schultz and Jackson Brice respectively; and are accomplices of Toomes, and Martin Starr as Mr. Harrington. Michael Chernus plays Phineas Mason / Tinkerer, and Michael Mando appears as Mac Gargan, and more, but let’s just stick to the almost major ones.

A standout among these is Jacob Batalon’s Ned, based on Ganke from Ultimate Spider-Man’s Ganke, with the name from a classic Peter Parker roster character, who is the “guy in the chair” for Miles Morales in the comics. His dynamics with Holland’s Parker is excellent and you buy the bit where they are close friends. The entire high school vibe of this movie is on point, and not a forced aspect as it happens way too often with movies.  Tony Revolori’s Flash embodied the modern day intellectual bully, and not the stereotypical jock not really a part of the system much nowadays. Another thing that makes the movie so different is that it’s not very showy. While it is jam packed, it doesn’t have many moments that make you cheer in the theatre. However, there are moments that get to you, emotionally, such as a recreation of a classic Ditko era page. Oh, and there are also some references to Raimi’s trilogy.

Image Credits – Marvel

Keaton’s Vulture, while not a great villain, is a good one, and he certainly shines among all movie MCU villains. You get his motivation, you get his loyalties, priorities and understand why he does what he does. Coming back to Peter, he embodies every good quality of a hero, few have. The movie doesn’t dumb down neither the hero, nor the villain, for plot conveniences, which is an excellent move.

Michael Keaton as Vulture. Image Credits – Marvel/ Sony.

My only problems with the movie are the use of Liz Allen as a device instead of a character, or not using her much and Zendaya. I could get behind the treatment of Liz, as she really was a one movie deal to begin with, and the movie had things going on without having to worry about her. Zendaya, on the other hand, has to work a lot to become the character she is supposed to become, because frankly, right now, I am not impressed at all with the direction of her character. There are some minor continuity issues with the movie, but it is so good, you will look past it.

Overall, this was an honest, feel good, coming of age movie that Spider-Man fans deserved. It reminded us why Spider-Man is Marvel’s crown jewel and I loved this movie, and personally, I place it up there with Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Iron Man, and as a Spider-Man fan, I couldn’t be happier.

 

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What does an Indian Woman feel about Wonder Woman?

The hype and the excitement for the movie was so piqued and real that I travelled almost 200kms all the way to Kolkata from my hometown because the later didn’t have any screenings of the movie (unbelievable, right?) but man, it was worth my every penny, time and energy!

Diana Prince. Image Credits – Warner Bros.

 

So now, the movie starts with the present day Diana Prince who gets a couriered photograph from Bruce Wayne. The photograph takes her down the nostalgia road to the beautiful and picturesque Themyscira, where Diana was born and raised. Strong and fierce amazons habituate the island unknown to mankind, carefully hidden from the rest of the world by Greek god Zeus. As Diana mentions, it’s their sacred duty to protect the world, so we see women training everywhere under General Antiope. Everything looks good and engaging till now but I just wish Gal had a better entry, though. The queen of Themyscira , Hippolyta and the mother of Diana is extremely loving and over protective of her child and still lives in denial about the return of Ares, the god of war. Diana trains under her aunt Antiope but in secret. Robin Wright delivers a commanding performance within the short amount of screen time she was provided with. She’s super  intense and powerful. Now, let’s talk about the most inspiring and empowering scenes of all times where we witness the amazons defending their land from some invading German soldiers. It took the world 75 years to create and bring something as powerful and unique as that scene. All the amazons are actually played by strong female athletes in real life and that’s what makes it so special. The women are able to kill off all the men but the fight convinces Diana that her brother Ares has returned.  The young woman prepares to leave with an American spy, Steve Trevor who she had once saved from drowning. She believes her brother, Ares is behind the world war and stopping him will bring peace to the world.

Image Credits – Warner Bros./ DC Comics

 

Steve brings Diana to London where she is introduced to ice-cream, appropriate women’s apparel and etiquettes. Diana takes time to blend in and this gives the director ample chance to bring a few funny and light moments into the movie. There is this scene where Diana saves Steve from some disguised, crooked German goons, which is a clearly a tribute to the 1978 Superman movie starring Christopher Reeve. Pretty cool, right? Meanwhile, Steve takes a notebook which he had earlier stolen from the German scientist Dr. Maru and hands it to his senior Sir Patrick Morgan who is planning a negotiation of armistice with Germany. They decode the notebook with the help of Diana and learn that Dr.Maru with the aid of General Ludendorff plans on releasing a deadly gas at the warfront. Morgan shows sympathy, secretly agreeing to help Steve and provides him with some money. Steve and Diana form a team with few of Steve’s associates and they move towards Belgium. The movie loses it pace and starts to lag here and there.

Image Credits – Warner Bros.

Diana and her mates become local heroes where she breaks in to No-man’s land and they are able to free a village. Steve and Diana bond later in the evening and share a passionate kiss and spend the night together.  Later we come to know that there is a gala held by Germans to celebrate their supposed victory and Diana comes to believe that Ludendorff himself is Ares and goes after him. She engages in a fight with the General eventually killing him but the war does not stop.

Ludendorff . Image Credits – Warner Bros.

The climax is pretty obvious and Ares had disguised himself as Morgan all this while. Diana tries to kill him with the sword, but Ares destroys it and tells Diana that she is the real Godkiller. Meanwhile Steve’s team destroys Maru’s lab and fight the Germans and Steve sacrifices himself trying to detonate a bomb. Ares tries to misuse Diana’s anger and rage but inspired by Steve’s love and ultimate sacrifice, Diana finds the strength within herself and kills Ares which finally leads to the end of the war. And the world finally gets the Wonder Woman it actually deserves.

Ares. Image Credits – Warner Bros.

 

Gal Gadot and Chris Pine deliver top notch performances. I’ve always been a fan of David Thewlis (who plays Ares) but they should’ve found somebody better suited for such a role. I’m tired of Danny Huston(who plays General Ludendorff) being constantly typecast in villainous roles. Patty Jenkins has given us one of the best movies of the DCEU (not at all underwhelming and the strong nod to feminism) so far and I hope the sequel will be as good as it’s predecessor. I had a huge smile on my face while I came out of the movies and if it were possible I’d watch it at the theatres again.  The super heroine has come a long way (earliest comic books included a lot of bondage which was later toned down) and I hope she continues to inspire young girls (and boys!) with her patriotism, love, strength and bravery.

 

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‘Logan’ review – A fitting swansong for Jackman’s Wolverine

“In the real world, people die.”

Logan, the latest film in the Marvel-Fox X-Men franchise, promised us that it will be rooted in reality. And it lived to its promise. Hugh Jackman and Sir Patrick Stewart’s swansong X-Men movie is a healthy departure from the usual formulaic superhero movies with crossovers, ensemble team-ups and computer generated rubble.

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

The setting for a film is the near future, where the world is almost free of Mutant-kind and ever-changing timelines. Wolverine and Professor X are hiding from the world with their mutant powers – a scruffy dystopian world from the outset. Charles Xavier, the magnanimous nonagenarian, is ailing and unstable with a pained Logan to look after him. Logan himself is scarred, grizzled and visibly old with his healing factor nowhere in its prime. Their lives change when a young girl comes amidst them – Laura.

 

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

Director James Mangold, who previously has worked with Jackman in the hit movie The Wolverine (2013) – the second movie in the Wolverine ‘trilogy’, had voiced his concern about poorly written superhero plots. With Logan, he perfected what he began in 2013.

This film is the best from its genre since the great The Dark Knight

The movie is meditative and minimalistic – with blood splattered gore whenever required. The movie is R-rated and it doesn’t shy away from showing some clawed awesomeness with Laura and Logan in tandem. Dafne Keen is wonderful as the young Laura, X-23 if you may, – A sweet little girl with serious blood splattering tendencies.  Sir Patrick Stewart brilliantly portrays Professor Charles Xavier with all the rich experience behind him. The rest of the cast – Boyd Holbrook as Donald Pierce and Richard E. Grant as Zander Rice is straight out of the comic books, with their involvement in the Weapon X program and ambition of controlling the mutant world. Stephen Merchant as Caliban is a sore sight and a reminder of the pain the Mutants endure in this dystopian world. Old Man Logan, comic series from Marvel, reflects beautifully in this movie – the inspiration for James Mangold.

The film is such a fitting finale to the fine actors – Jackman and Stewart, one imagines how it would have been with a certain Sir Ian McKellen’s Magneto in the middle. The fanboy in me is pained to imagine that Hugh Jackman never donned the iconic yellow costume in this Universe. Wolverine will never be the same. The iconic blades should rest now.

 

Image Credits: Logan (20th Century Fox)

 

The movie ends with a heart wrenching scene for comic book lovers – a tribute to the iconic X-Men.

Logan is running in the theaters. This one is a must-watch.

 

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Why Ben Affleck’s decision may be a blessing in disguise

Ben Affleck has stepped down as the director of the Batman solo movie, which he was supposed to star in.

The movie will be produced by Warner Bros and will be under the DC Extended Universe (DCEU). Though the news came as a disappointment for the DC fans and Batman lovers, it was not a shocker since we were getting reports of the script not being in place for the movie.

Ben Affleck is an accomplished actor and an equally competent director, having won the Golden Globes and the BAFTA for Argo (2012), a movie which won the Academy Award for Best Picture. Not to mention the Academy Award he received in Best Original Screenplay for the movie Good Will Hunting (1997), which he co-wrote.

 

Having said that, Affleck stepping down may just be a blessing in disguise for the studio and the DCEU. Here’s why-

1) No more Multitasking

“There are certain characters who hold a special place in the hearts of millions,” Affleck stated. “Performing this role demands focus, passion and the very best performance I can give. It has become clear that I cannot do both jobs to the level they require. Together with the studio, I have decided to find a partner in a director who will collaborate with me on this massive film. I am still in this, and we are making it, but we are currently looking for a director. I remain extremely committed to this project, and look forward to bringing this to life for fans around the world.”

Ben Affleck at Comic Con 2012

Given the demand from the studio and fans to churn out quality movies every year to establish the cinematic universe, the triple responsibility of script writing, acting as well as directing would have been hectic.

 

2) Getting the script correct

The movies in the DC Extended Universe have often received a lot of criticism for its gritty and dark portrayal of the superhero stories, which is a diametrically opposite to that of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

2016’s big release and much ambitious movie Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was panned by critics for the flat plot, whereas Suicide Squad was a mess in terms of the script. Getting the script right, therefore, would be Warner Bro’s top priority.

Chris Terrio and Ben Affleck

When this article was being written, we got reports that the initial script for the movie was rewritten by Chris Terrio, who improved upon the work done by Affleck and Geoff Johns.

 

3) Learning from failures

Live by Night. Image Credits: Warner Bros

Ben Affleck’s recent directorial adventure Live by Night, produced by Warner Bros was a commercial disaster with the studio set for the loss of $75 million. Thus, the studio may have lost some confidence in the acclaimed director.

 

4) A fresh approach to the Universe

Joe and Anthony Russo

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) was rejuvenated  by the Russo Brothers, with their movies Captain America: Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2012). Marvel Studios and Disney have thus recruited them for steering the Universe and direct the Infinity War movies, the culmination of the grand live-action franchise. This comes after some pretty weak performance from Jos Whedon’s two Avengers movies in term of plot.

The DCEU may also be heading towards a similar fate, and we are quite excited at this prospect.

 

The next question arises- Who will be the right man to lead the Batman movies?

Zack Snyder directing Affleck in the sets of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice

May be George Miller, Darren Aronofsky or the studio may even entrust Zack Snyder to comeback. Only time will tell.

 

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Green Lantern Corps: Our take on Hal Jordan’s casting

DC has lined up a Green Lantern Corps movie starring both Hal Jordan and John Stewart and the casting is on its way. Recently a list of actors for the role of Hal Jordan in the story written by David Goyer and Justin Rhodes has been released and we can see a lot of exciting choices. The US Air Force Pilot from Coast City would be possibly played out by one of the following actors and we get into an analysis of each.

  1. Tom Cruise
    Tom Cruise

    We have seen the actor in a lot of action movies like the Mission Impossible series and The Last Samurai and Tom Cruise could pull it off. But it would not be wise to cast a character who will have to replaced in the near future (age issues),  though the casting of Ben Affleck does defy that logic. The actor who could have been in The Matrix instead of Keanu Reeves is an outside contender as the Green Lantern.

    Our take: Poor casting

  2.  Ryan Reynolds
    Ryan Reynolds

    The actor got massive fame from his portrayal of the Marvel character Deadpool. Although he is lesser known for his previously performed Green Lantern, which failed miserably at the box office. While the actor had also voiced the Lantern in the video game Green Lantern: Rise of the Manhunters, it is better for him to stick to Deadpool 2 rather than continuing Green Lantern.

    Our take: No chance

  3. Bradley Cooper

    Bradley Cooper

    In 2014, Cooper provided the voice of Rocket Raccoon in the Marvel Studios film Guardians of the Galaxy and is set to reprise that role in this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The actor is also famous for his role of an American SEAL in the movie American Sniper and an FBI agent in American Hustle. While Cooper could give a gritty look and feel to the intergalactic police officer, it is quite unrealistic to imagine him as Hal Jordan as Rocket Raccoon is set to feature in Avengers: Infinity War.

    Our take: Difficult

  4. Jake Gyllenhaal

    Jake Gyllenhaal

    We have seen the actor take up roles in The Day After Tomorrow and Brokeback Mountain. He was a top contender for Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman Begins(2005), Spiderman in Spiderman-2(2004) and Frodo Baggins in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but lost out. Let us see if the actor can finally grab the role of the Emerald Crusader.

    Our take: Outside chance

  5. Joel McHale

    Joel McHale

    He has appeared in films such as Spy Kids: All the Time in the World (2011) and Ted (2012). He has also played an NYPD officer in the supernatural horror film Deliver Us from Evil. We expect a comedy-filled version of Hal Jordan from this person if he is cast.

    Our take: Surprise inclusion in this list

  6. Armie Hammer

    Armie Hammer

    He was once picked by George Miller to star in Justice League: Mortal set for 2007 as Batman/Bruce Wayne, after a lot of searches. Miller himself would have directed the film, but the project was abandoned. He is back again, now to be set as the protector of Space Sector 2814. Having voiced an array of characters in many animated series and games, we can hope a decent performance from him. He recently gave fans a cheer when Joe Manganiello (Deathstroke) congratulated him on Twitter.

    Our take: Strong chance

  7. James MarsdenJames MarsdenJames Marsden has been a hot property since his portrayal of Teddy Flood in HBO’s massively hit Westworld. He has got the boyish charm of Hal Jordan and also the strength of carry off Green Lantern with his acting skills. He is no stranger to superhero movies as he has played Cyclops in the original X-Men movies. He also had a supporting role in the movie Superman Returns.

    Our take: Great casting

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‘Power Rangers’ – Trailer and discussion

 

Lionsgate has debuted the new Power Rangers trailer, and it highlights our beloved characters in suits.

Saban’s Power Rangers follows five ordinary high school kids who must become something extraordinary when they learn that their small town of Angel Grove – and the world – is on the verge of being obliterated by an alien threat. Chosen by destiny, our heroes quickly discover that they are the only ones who can save the planet. But to do so they will have to overcome their real-life issues and band together as the Power Rangers before it is too late.

Power Rangers assembled. Credits: Lionsgate

 

Megazords in the new Power Rangers trailer. Credits: Lionsgate

Power Rangers is a worldwide phenomenon with the series being watched and like in various countries around the world. This movie will be the first of its kind movie to be made in Hollywood.

Bryan Cranston as Zordon. Credits: Lionsgate

The Power Rangers cast includes Dacre Montgomery (A Few Less Men) as Jason the Red Ranger, RJ Cyler (Me and Earl and the Dying Girl) as Billy the Blue Ranger, Naomi Scott (The 33) as Kimberly the Pink Ranger, Becky G (Empire) as Trini the Yellow Ranger, Ludi Lin (Monster Hunt) as Zack the Black Ranger, with Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live) voicing Alpha 5, Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) as Zordon, and Elizabeth Banks as villain Rita Repulsa.

Directed by Dean Israelite (Project Almanac), the movie releases on March 24, 2017.

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Oscar and Razzies – Who got nominated?

A good time indeed for the fans of comic-books and on-screen fantasy for a plentiful of these films have been nominated for the prestigious Academy Awards, or as they are more popularly known as – ‘Oscar’ Awards.

The Oscars

Here are they:

It didn’t come off as a surprise when Doctor Strange won a nomination for Best Visual Effects, along with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Rogue one further bagged a nomination for the Best Sound Mixing.

Courtesy – Marvel
Courtesy – Lucasfilms

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the Harry Potter universe prequel spin-off got the nomination for Best Production Design as well as Best Costume Design.

Courtesy – Warner Bros.

Star Trek Beyond and Suicide Squad have been selected as contestants for Best Makeup and Hairstyling.

Courtesy – Paramount Pictures
Courtesy – DC Comics

 

Although, a disappointment for the DC fans, and especially for those who liked Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, as this movie has received nominations in eight categories in the 37th Annual Razzies – otherwise known as The Golden Raspberry Awards.

Courtesy – DC Comics

 

(Please note that the nominations covered in this article belong to the genre which The Noob Knows adheres to. There were other nominations too.)

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JUSTICE LEAGUE DARK review [Contains Spoiler]

Justice League Dark, directed by Jay Olivia, released today digitally and the movie continued the trend of quality work in the DC Animated Universe.
The movie which is based upon the characters from the Justice League Dark issues of The New 52, had earlier received an R rating.

John Constantine. Image Credits: WB Animation

The movie put light on DC comics’ occult and offbeat characters, while dealing with the mysteries of the magical world. Featuring Batman (voiced by Jason O’Mara) and the members of the Justice League Dark – John Constantine (Matt Ryan), Zatanna (Camilla Luddington), Deadman (Nicholas Turturro), Etrigan the Demon (Ray Chase), and Swamp Thing (Roger Cross), the movie focused on supernatural threats and dangers, handling which is deemed unfit for the traditional Justice League.

Etrigan the Slayer. Image Credits: WB Animation

 

The following paragraph will contain Spoilers for the movie. So if you haven’t seen the movie, progress on your own risk.

Then story starts with cases of public hallucinating and seeing ‘demons’; a situation which is alien to the members of the Justice League. Situation goes out of hand when a man threatens to kill his wife and children (after being possessed by magical entities). Batman pays a visit to John Constantine at the House of Mystery, who were then joined by Zatanna, Deadman and Swamp Thing.

House of Mystery. Image Credits: WB Animation
Swamp Thing. Image Credits: WB Animation

 

We see the origins of Etrigan the Slayer, Jason Blood and we had a look at Merlin. The team first came up against Felix Faust, who was defeated by Zatanna using her powerful magic. Later,they faced off against Destiny, who had been defeated 500 years ago by Etrigan and Merlin, and was looking for revenge.
In the final showdown, Destiny faced off against Zatanna, Etrigan and Swamp Thing in the busy streets of Metropolis. When they were being overpowered, Deadman manages to possess the villain and finally Constantine was able to defeat him.

The story was more or less linear, as we have seen in the other movies animated movies based on The New 52. The animation team and the voice cast have done a great job, while the length of the movie at 1hr 15mins was just perfect.

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Justice League Dark will see a physical release on DVD and Blu-ray on February 7.
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