Zack Snyder’s Justice League (2021)

It may seem long on paper, but 242 minutes divided into parts, with superb cinematography and interesting story make the film a fun watch.

The super heroes have the advantage of their rich back stories but still provide little glimpses for the audiences’ sake. They come together slowly and work together wonderfully.

There’s plenty to keep you hooked and look forward to. Watch it for an unforgettable cinematic experience and expect the unexpected!

4/5

Enola Holmes (2020)

A refreshing film which balances many themes, it is relevant and appropriately paced.

Young Elona Holmes has an extraordinary life and education from her mother, which takes an unexpected turn when her brothers become her guardians.

Based on the first book on a series written by Nancy Springer, it has a unique approach and vision. Many cases and subplots unravel as the story progresses, which entertain and intrigue in equal measure.

Wonderful performances from the cast and especially the young decipherer in the making, excellent production values and enough twists and turns make it a joy to watch.

3.5/5

Batman vs. Superman : Dawn of Justice (2016)

The story of 3 orphans turns into a series of disjointed scenes and effects, making the proceedings boring and stretched.

The story was set up to lead to a battle, and developing an annoying parallel negative character, who we could not take seriously. The biggest flaw in the film was the lack of tension and presence of a believable agenda.

Director Zack Snyder presents an empty movie with a few scenes that leave a mark, leaving a disconnected and frustrated audience to endure a senseless fight.

The only ‘justice’ served was that the film finally ended.

1/5

Man of Steel (2013)

A character created in 1933, is still going strong 80 years later. In this reboot, we see the story of Superman told with rich visual detail from his birth till date. His journey from Krypton to Earth, and most importantly the rationale for that, is well developed. The motive of those who oppose Superman, or rather, what he and his Krypton family stand for, is also appropriate.

The visual effects of the film tend to get too dramatic. Though they are of superb quality and precision, it gets a little draining for the viewer to take in all the 3D detail. The sequences which we see remind us of a lot of films in the past, and though they have achieved a good mix of all of them, it is still too much to digest.

The film tends to unfold like a video game at points, but that is not its only flaw. While the world is at stake, it seems the action is between Superman, the Daily Planet, the American Army vs. the Krypton Army. Its over simplified for an issue which threatens the genocide of the entire planet.

Henry Cavill fits the part of Superman very well, and so do the other artists who play his younger selves. His form gives him a real quality one can aspire towards, rather than an unreal super hero. Russel Crowe as his father, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner & Diane Lane as his Earth parents, all lend credibility to roles and also support a younger actor like Henry. This was probably missing from the earlier ‘Superman Returns’ starring Brandon Routh.

The action and the slow drama scenes were entertaining but the film as a whole leaves you wanting the same dish served differently. It could have worked better if it was of shorter length, and not too over simplistic. Its strength was the flashbacks which kept us informed of the development of Superman.

It is a Summer special effects bonanza with the Nolan, Snyder and Zimmer names attached to it.

2.5/5