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Batman and Superman finally meet on the big screen (Lego Movie aside) and fight… for about two minutes in a two and a half hour movie.

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Batman V Superman is a superhero film that forgets it has superheroes. The first three-quarters of the film we see drawn out conversations, pointless dream sequences and lots of political and religious talk. But almost nothing of the heroes… the film has almost no action for a long time so by the time the characters actually come to life you just don’t care.

During the final act of the film when the action actually begins the film drastically improves with Ben Affleck impressing in scenes when he’s Batman, but being increasingly dull in scenes as Bruce Wayne – how an actor can give both a great performance and bland one in the same film I don’t know… but somehow Affleck does it. It’s just a shame that the bat is given little screen time.

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It is also lucky that the film has two saving graces from the lack of tension between the two title characters. Coming in the psychotic Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) and the mysterious Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot). They both make their roles entertaining and add a real spark to the film, with Gadot particularly carrying the final set pieces of the film.

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The entire experience is a disappointing one as the film doesn’t deliver on it’s title, there is never really any sense of hatred created between the two leads and therefore when they actually fight it feels pointless. The fact that the fight between the two is ridiculously short before they become friends also leaves you feel let down as one of them doesn’t seem to really struggle at all (I won’t say which).

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What the film does deliver on though is the subtitle ‘Dawn Of Justice’ as the filmmaker seg in videos of Aquaman and the Flash before a lengthy speech about making a team. Whereas Marvel spent years carefully crafting their team it seems DC are doing it in one move and at this point I’m unsure how it will turn out… but if Wonder Woman returns then so will I.

6/10

 

 

Junebug is your typical dry indie ‘comedy’. Unfortunately this particular film forgets to include an interesting plot and any jokes.

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The film tells the story of Madeleine (Embeth Davidtz), a big city art dealer who has recently married. When she has to visit a newly discovered artist in the American south, she and her husband take the time to visit his kooky and eccentric family. Including his pregnant sister-in-law Ashley (Amy Adams).

It is a typical ‘outsider’ tale that is overly reliant on the awkward relationship between Madeleine and the family. The problem is that this relationship is not so awkward as boring. There is no one in the film to back and many of the scenes are just drawn out. The entire film just feels pointless. It doesn’t move anywhere, doesn’t make a real point and doesn’t even really explore the environment. It is just scene after scene of Amy Adams being dumb whilst Embeth Davidtz apologises and acts posh.

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The film also has a horrible mish-mash of characters… it seems that every character either makes no sense or changes personality on a whim, it just makes the entire thing difficult to watch. I’m all for films of this genre containing quirky characters, but when their quirk is they talk a lot about pregnancy (Amy Adams) or simply stand around looking glum (Scott Wilson as the father-in-law) I just don’t find it either entertaining nor amusing. I’ve read reviews saying that a lot of this film is given in the hidden meanings and subtleties of the performances and whilst I can understand how this might appeal to some… but not this reviewer.

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Junebug is a boring film that probably has some sort of hidden message, I’m not one to watch a film with no plot three times to maybe understand a minor characters motivation.

4/10