Reign of the Supermen – Review

There’s a whole world of Superhero movies you probably haven’t heard of and that’s the DC animated series. The cartoon movies immortalised DC’s greatest heroes such as Batman and Superman in some pretty impressive outings such as The Mask of the Phantasm and more. More versed comic fans enjoy these outings regularly and some iconic voice work has been at play in these brilliant movies. (Fun fact: The Joker is consider Mark Hammil’s second iconic role through the work he’s done in animated series and movies of Batman.)

Of course, those who aren’t novices into the hand-drawn antics, this could be a window into a brand new world of Superman. However, this is probably not the best film to start with…owing to lots of exposition coming from the previous films.

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Directed by Sam Liu, Reign of the Supermen is set some time after the events of The Death of Superman which, as the title suggests, saw the death of Superman. The world and Lois Lane are dealing with the grief of losing their greatest hero. However, shadowy figures have started to appear across Metropolis’ skyline. All of them have super-powers and all of them resemble the Krypton alien in some manner. However, is there something sinister happening?  Could someone be out for the ultimate revenge.

Aforementioned, the plot of Reign of the Supermen relies heavily on your knowledge of The Death of Superman. Though the film does attempt to bring you up to speed on the lore, it really helps seeing the events first hand that led to Superman’s demise. The plot, however, can get confusing and whilst the beats of the story hit emotional strides and has an imposing villain, it fails to make complete sense for the DC layman. There are also twists and turns which keeps the view invested and a brilliant comic book villain.

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The animation is great and scenes of action are crafted with colour and intrigue – with some scenes set in space. The character designs are questionable with Superman having the smallest head to muscle ratio I’ve ever seen and Lois Lane and Wonder Woman having the same features (though, would definitely watch a spin-off series of the pair. With mainstream animation making great strides with movies such as Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and The LEGO Movie, the fluidity and movement in Reign is somewhat stilted.

The film also has great voice work from the likes of Jerry O’Connell, Rebecca Romijn, and Rainn Wilson,

Reign of the Supermen feels like it was crafted for super-fans. That’s not necessarily a bad thing and for those who enjoy the red and blue super-hero flying through the sky, Liu has made a good film. For others, this is best left alone.

 


Reign of the Supermen is out on DVD, Blu-Ray, & Digital Download now! 

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile – Brand New Trailer!

Movies about real life murderers have always been part of our cinematic diet. And now here’s another one about the most sinister of them all…

Starring Zac Efron, Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile follows the life, arrest, and trial of serial killer Ted Bundy.

A lot of people have mentioned the unusal bombastic tone. The fear is that it will glamourise Bundy but maybe it’s needed to see how much he charmed and swndled. What do you think?


Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile is coming soon. 

Vice – Review

The world is in an horrendous political climate. It is, for want of a better word, a hellscape. With the rich and powerful well and truly in charge, it’s fun to explore just how horrendous it all is, has always been, and how bad it will be in Adam McKay’s brutal new movie.

Vice revolves around the life and career of Dick Cheney. For those whose extent of knowledge on Cheney doesn’t extend beyond this vince, Cheney found up in charge of some shady political stuff. Following him from his humble beginnings, the story shows how the bureaucratic Washington insider became the puppet-master behind a lot of wars and soon became Vice-President to George W. Bush. The film shows the implications of the dastardly deeds that are going in the White House. All the while, the film is narrated by affable soldier Kurt.

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Adam McKay has had a long history of comedies from Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy to Academy Award winning The Big Short. For those who enjoyed the latter, a gimmicky drawl of a movie that uses celebrities to part financial exposition, then Vice is more likely to appeal to you. Certainly, the film is a lot funnier than The Big Short, and a lot more darker too. Yet McKay’s over-reliance on his shtick becomes over-bearing. Flitting between news-reel footage to fishing metaphors to restaurant metaphors, Vice derails it’s own narrative and it crashes out early on.

The problem with having so many gimmicks is that it becomes dull really quickly, which has the opposite effect of what the film is aiming for, especially as it twirls off into many different tangents. Vice feels like your drunk friend on a night out trying to tell a story but can no longer keep their place. Burping, slurring, and jabbering on, the end product is a mess of a tale you are no longer interested in. That’s exactly how Vice feels.

Christian Bale does his usual trick of morphing into the despicable lead character and also does well enough to echo some sort of empathy for the guy. To the extent where he feels human and, therefore, feels more horrendous as a person. As mentioned, Bale doesn’t use his make-up or “fat-suits” as a crutch and implements enough realism to make you intrigued.

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In fact, all of the players here are brilliant. Steve Carrell is particular sadistic as Ronald Rumsfield and Jesse Plemmons makes a great turn as the affable narrator Kurt. Amy Adams, in a year when Hollywood wasn’t filled with other exceptional performances, would’ve been the leader for Best Supporting Actress. Truth is, she is more terrifying than Dick here as Lynne Cheney. She’s an immediate “ball-buster” and her steely reserve helped propel our lead to power, asking the question as to who really was the mastermind from the beginning.

Vice has a lot of interesting components but it is a narrative mess that wastes a good Nicholas Britell score. That being said, there is something ultimately enjoyable about McKay mining the absolute bastardy about people in charge.


Vice is out 25th January 

Wild Rose – Brand New Trailer!

Jessie Buckley’s star is already on the rise. The Irish actress and singer has wowed us, particularly in recent dramatic movie Beast – earning her a BIFA award and a BAFTA nomination.

Now she returns in the eagerly anticipated film Wild Rose.

Leading alongside Julie Walters, Wild Rose tells the story of a Glaswegian tearaway and mother who dreams of stardom as a country singer in Nashville.

With absolutely incredible reviews, we’re excited for this one. What do you think?


Wild Rose is out April 19th!