A bit of an “unserious” post at times. It’s Wednesday. A brief change of pace.
We sat through Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, on Sunday night.
I like science fiction. I like superheroes. I like being entertained.
But while watching too often I found myself asking: What the heck is going on?
The film is based on the characters from the famous comics, of course. As I watched, it dawned on me as well that lots of books today are also rooted in the supernatural or the essentially “unbelievable.” The number of indie authors alone who write fantasy – and often really good stuff, too – is enormous.
As you may know, I don’t write magic and the “unbelievable.” I would probably do an unintentionally hilarious job if I even tried. I confine myself to us all too vulnerable – and realistic – humans.
I’m also not particularly squeamish. However, as I sat through the film, it hit me once again how sci-fi/fantasy on screen currently seems based on the default template requiring slaughter on a gigantic and industrial scale. The murdering of the “faceless” has reached the point of absurd, and is now even “dull” and utterly predictable.
In turn, with Batman v Superman, we have yet another film with stars who are also essentially invulnerable gods, or at least god-like.
Yet with that combination, where exactly is any story tension? Even if it was supposed to be “cartoonish,” it struck me as much too intense – and far too long – for under 15s and especially under 13s. By the same token, as an adult viewer it was borderline laughable.
The only “highlight” to me was when…
***PLOT SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ ON IF YOU CARE!***
…Wonder Woman appeared.
Surprise! Something! As the rock group Heart also sang thirty (Good grief, THIRTY!) years ago, “There’s The Girl.”
That Heart reference probably came to my mind because I have been listening to this recently, and that song is on here:
#Goodevening! Time for a cup of tea with an "oldie" playing on the brand new iPhone: "Tall, Dark Handsome Stranger." (Which is, ahem, me, of course. 🎸🎼🎤📱😂) #iPhone7 #kitchen #tea #coffee #photo #photography #1990s #writers #authors #music #rockmusic #Heart #entertainment #humor #Hertfordshire #England
Anyway, back to Wonder Woman. No laughter about my observing her there, please. I mean it in this context: her appearance was actually sorta unexpected – about the only “surprise” in the film.
The film was full of excellent actors given nothing really to do but perhaps supply the human faces on a huge “video game.” They played off and were largely relegated to “second-tier” to all of the wow ’em computer-generated visuals and special effects mass carnage that are the norm today in action films. Special effects are supposed to enhance a story, not overwhelm it or attempt to conceal the lack of one.
Cut out the ridiculously overlong fight scenes and other tech-generated filler, and what little plot there was could probably have been produced in its entirety in less than 45 minutes on screen. A book that drags, or is overly and unnecessarily convoluted plot-wise, is likely to be put down unfinished by a reader. Yes, people do turn off even mediocre or poor films, but since watching films is a passive experience unlike reading, bad films, particularly action ones, are often stayed with to the conclusion in the simple hope the film has some ending that will SHOCK you.
And I stayed with all of Batman v Superman in that hope. All 146 minutes, and there was no real shocker. However, to end here on a positive note: it was Shakespeare compared to the onscreen nonsense passed off as “deep” filmmaking that was Mad Max: Fury Road.
Have a good Wednesday and Happy film-watching! 🙂