Batman vs Superman Review

I don’t tend to do reviews unless it’s for a movie that I’ve been really looking forward to. In the case of Batman vs Superman, however, this wasn’t the case. I was no fan of Man of Steel, but after seeing all of the hate being thrown at this new movie I had to see if it really was as bad as the critics were saying.

All I can say is that this movie is by no means great, but it’s also nowhere near as terrible as it’s being made out to be. In fact, I have to say that I actually enjoyed the movie. Critics have been slamming the storyline, (it doesn’t  deserve any awards that’s for sure), but it was pretty easy to follow. One of the main complaints was that this movie doesn’t make sense, I have to disagree (except for one scene that I won’t spoil) the plot was pretty easy to follow. My main complaint of the story is that some aspects weren’t very well explained in the rush to set up the next action scenes and the Lois Lane character was definitely underused (needing to be rescued 3 times…really?)  Not quite sure why the critics have been so negative about it, I thought it was a pretty solid movie that did well to set up things to come. I think now that this movie is out of the way and the foundation is set the DC universe could do well.

The action scenes and special effects were pretty great albeit a bit short and rushed. The titular smackdown between Batman and Superman lasts about ten minutes if that! Naturally our heroes set aside their differences to take on Lex Luthor.  The critics have crucified Jesse Eisenberg for his take on the character, but again I have to disagree with that. I thought that Lex was a pretty solid villain, a rich kid with severe parenting issues and a strange obsession with man killing god. The way he sets the two heroes against each other worked well and despite looking a bit too young he managed to get across a sense of maniacal menace.

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Ben Afflecks Batman was a brutal take on the character, a man who has been fighting crime for 20 years and who has suffered a lot. I liked this take on the Bat and the movie hinted at some pretty interesting plotlines for possible future movies. Wonder Woman, however, in my opinion, steals the show near the end. She’s a mysterious character who it is revealed has lived for a really really long time.

Overall I’m not quite sure why the critics have been so negative about it, I thought it was a pretty solid movie that did well to set up things to come. I think if they use a bit more humour and maybe a brighter colour palette in the next movies (missed opportunities such as taking the mick out of Batman in the end fight,or Lois being a bit worried about Wonder Women) they can pull this off and make them just as enjoyable as the Marvel ones.

My score – 7/10

Star Wars The Force Awakens (Spoiler Free Review)

Well…what can I say other than that I left the cinema with a feeling of euphoria. J.J you magnificent bastard, you did it. You made a Star Wars film that fully captured the magic of the original trilogy and gave us a story that has left me dying for more. Now, I’ve seen some reviewers moan that the Force Awakens is a remake of A New Hope. To them I say what nonsense. Sure there are similiarities, but then again there are also massive differences. This film introduces us to new characters that were likeable (Daisy Ridley (Rey) is awesome as is John Boyega (Fin) and Adam Driver (Kylo Ren). There was humour, fantastic set pieces with at times seat grabbing special effects and a plot that has raised a hell of a lot of questions.

As we all know the movie is set 30 years after the original trilogy so a lot has happened in the galaxy since the end of Jedi. I wont spoil anything, but needless to say there is enough to satisfy fans of the expanded universe (and to those of you bitching, you’re idiots, the EU became a convolted mess once the Yuuzhan Vong showed up).

The story was exciting, mysterious and oh boy is it tragic. The Skywalker saga continues and the Dark side is resurgent. Harrison Ford returns as Han Solo and when he appeared on the screen I was so happy. He was a bit greyer sure, but Ford recaptured everything that made Solo such a likeable character. Carrie Fisher too was immense as General Organa and when Luke appears…well lets just say I was in nerdy heaven. What I will say is that one of the predicitions I made in this post was spot on.

The action is spectacular and nothing beats seeing X-Wings blasting Tie Fighters out of the skies in dogfights.

All-in-all I have to say that the Force Awakens fully captures the magic of Star Wars. The magic that has made me a lifelong fan and inspired me to write novels in the first place. (It’s a dream of mine to one day be able to write in the Star Wars universe).

All-in-all I give Star Wars The Force Awakens 10/10. I loved every second of it. Episode 8 cannot come soon enough.

Also check this out, it’s great 😀

My Take On The New Star Wars Trailer

Unless you’ve been living under a rock there is a very good chance you’ve already watched the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (I’ve watched it dozens of times btw).


As a lifelong fan of Star Wars I have to say that it blew me away and I’m not afraid to say that I was even a tad emotional. All the fears I had when the movie was first announced have been blown away. Classic characters from the original trilogy, the music and Han Solos words literally sent a chill down my spine ( a good sign!). Check out this fan made trailer –


 My plot Theories

The trailer was incredible in a variety of ways not just because of the epicness of it all but also because it revealed so little of the plot and was so gripping. Most modern movie trailers often show all of the best scenes and basically shows the entirity of the movie.

So what do we know? We know that the villain is a guy called Kylo Ren, a guy who reveres Darth Vader and the Darkside. Whether the knights of Ren are Sith is impossible to tell at this stage but perhaps they are simply dark jedi (the two are different).

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My theory on Ren is that after Return of the Jedi, Luke Skywalker embarked on a mission to reform the Jedi order. Along the way he failed, perhaps he told his pupils of his father and the Darkside and Ren fascinated by the stories looked into a little bit too far. He fell to the Darkside, taking other pupils with him. Luke, horrified at his failure is either defeated by his pupil or chooses voluntary exile due to shame or to meditate on the force for answers. Personally I don’t think Luke will make an appearence until the end of the movie. I don’t buy the speculation that Ren is Han and Leia’s son, I think it will more Ren is Luke’s pupil.

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Who is Rey?

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Now this character I think is either the offspring of Han and Leia or a Skywalker. The first words in the new trailer however make me think that she perhaps isn’t a solo. Leia asks ‘who are you?’ if she was her mother you would have thought she would know her own daughter. It’s not known if Luke has been apart from his freinds and sister for 30 years, but if he has been absent could Rey not be his offspring?

This is all speculation of course but either way I am way too excited about this movie! Let me know your theories in the comments. I will leave you with this fun little video 😉