Warner Brother’s The Watchmen, director Zach Snyder – my review…

Warner Brothers, the company that gives our children Bugs Bunny and other entertainment, has gifted this world with a depressing piece of paid for garbage, under the mask of being a “super-hero” flick.  Undoubtedly, kids across the nation have seen this film, and as a result, have been horribly scarred by the visual horrors and underlying themes of defeatism.   I doubt many movie-goers enjoyed their popcorn with the ever-flowing lakes of glistening blood and horror – and some of you thought the early Halloween movies were bad…

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I am simply amazed that such a piece of garbage film would make it to the theaters without a [level-basic]cigarette type warning label, Warning – this movie is unhealthy for children and adults – take it in at your own risk.

Director Zach Snyder was quoted as saying by Borys Kit, “I’m proud of the movie. It does everything I wanted it to,” .  I wonder if Snyder has an agenda to numb the nation to horrors of death and dying, to numb the youth into blurring the lines between right and wrong, to question all authority or to succumb to certain defeat?  Hmmm, perhaps that is what he meant…

 

To Parents: If you do not mind exposing your child to very visual effects of a person taking an axe to the head repeatedly, in full color – send your children to this film.  If you do not care that your kids develop many messages that there are no right and wrong, that super-heroes and police and all of the system is bad, then by all means buy them this dvd.  If you think there is value in programming kids whose frontal-lobe is not yet fully developed to believe that the only way to solve problems is violence, then this is the ticket.  If you don’t mind your kids seeing a blue “super-hero” walking around in full nudity, with it swinging in the blue lit wind, go ahead…no wait, actually don’t.  That would be wrong.  Geez…

To Warner Brothers: Is it really that bad in your industry that you have to stoop to shock our children and even adults?  Seriously, was there a boardroom meeting where you determined to keep the axe scene in?   Was it determined that this would be “home movie entertainment”?  Oh wait, your staff probably took a corporate trip to Russia to hunt live humans – that’s my guess anyway.  And without any scruples whatsoever.  One would have imagined that such a wholesome company would at least file a separate DBA labeled Cutting Edge Entertainment or something similar.  Nope, just brutal honesty and the “we don’t give a f**k what people think” decision to put out such garbage.  Now, parents and those who care about children and other family members, (yes kids older than 11 – 25 who could watch your film) will be encouraged otherwise when the label says “Warner Brothers”.  ANY film labeled as such.

To Zach Snyder: We have not met but I must give you my congratulations.  I forced myself to watch this movie, to get past the first 20 minutes in order to effectively write this review.  Throughout it, I kept waiting for the film to melt, the camera to cut away to a bright lit stage where a well-dressed director would walk out and apologize.  To shed a tear and say sorry.   Zach, you can do better.   I must say that even the artistic value of the film was a stretch.  You could have eliminated many scenes and made this a watchable film.  Now, parents us like us will have to avoid ALL films directed by Mr. Zach Snyder.  Your talent is better than that.  I envy the opportunity you have to correct this.

Watchmen (by Warner Brother’s standard) is a horrible waste of cinematic investment.  My 17 year old son who was allowed admission, had sense enough to walk out 3o minutes into the film, call his dad and say, what a bunch of garbage.

Out of the mouth of babes…

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Batman Dark Knight movie review (Imax, the hype and the plot)

Batman Dark Knight movie review.

Batman the Dark Knight movie review

Well what do we have here? I feel so strongly about this new movie that I had to write this Batman The Dark Knight movie review, it is worthy of a blog post.

I loved Batman Begins. It was a pleasant surprise to see a movie with a well-thought plot, believably high-tech toys and the lack of the Men in Black type humor (humor, said with strong sarcasm). Christian Bale played a great wealthy tycoon trying to find his true soul in the world and struggling with demons that that the audience could quickly grasp. It made sense watching Batman Begins.

Batman Dark Knight is not a film for a minor. I think that needs to be repeated on the likes of CNN, Fox News and other media outlets. My son of 13 went to see the film before me and frankly, I feel I have let him down; exposing him to early and unnecessary horror. The face, or lack of face of [level-basic]two-face (Harvey Dent played by Aaron Eckhart) was not only over-exposed horror, it was something that the producer Christopher Nolan felt he should focus on for long periods of time. Shocking to the average adult, this movie is abuse of a minor and should shock the conscience of the adult soul. Is this what our fine movie industry has stooped to for sales? Its obvious, the answer is a resounding yes.

When my little brother was electrocuted for hours, his face was horribly disfigured from the current. I insisted on seeing him before burial, despite objections from those around me. I still saw my little brother and rubbed his face one last time. His jaw looked like the depiction from wonderful Hollywood in this movie – a painful reminder of what damage can be done to the human body. Being an adult and former Marine, I can handle it and am reasonable when I say, I can separate the two when watching a movie with similarities. But what they did in this movie, without warning to the younger viewing public is very, very wrong. It makes me seriously try to imagine how Aaron Eckhart faces his family with this brutal lack of conscience other than to plop a big check on the table and say, sorry… Many, many innocent children are being exposed to something that NO children should ever have to see in their lifetime, ever. Children hoping to see Batman…

In addition, the thumping moral of the story is that good is bad, bad is good, good can be really bad, bad can sometimes be great and necessary and everything that is supposed to be good is probably mostly very bad – and should be assumed so. As an adult, I came away with one solution for all problems, hit someone, hard… I cannot imagine what our youth will grab and set as compasses for their lives from a movie like Batman, the Dark Knight.

Having ranted about the moral blemishes and lack of true film rating, I can move on to the plot. The movie is not worthy of tons of text, my time is simply too valuable for that. However, I will bullet the good vs. bad of the film.

The Good of Batman Dark Knight movie review

  • When Heath Ledger’s performance of the Joker was good, it was great. There were times in the film I actually saw the word Oscar, but with a caveat (see below).
  • Imax spectacular views of aerial shots of Hong Kong
  • Imax incredible jump from skyscraper was breath-taking
  • Great logo!

The Bad of Batman Dark Knight movie review

  • Truly unbelievable scenes pushed the envelope to B-rate status
  • The plot carried several open-ended items that left the movie-goer wondering, what??? Really?
  • The Joker was spectacular one minute and downright ridiculous the next, can anyone top Jack Nicholson’s joker?
  • The joker, despite being punched in the face, thrown into walls and glass and physically tortured by the good-guy Batman, lacked any swelling, blood or real damage whatsoever.
  • The media playing this to be a great motivation for the public in bad economic times…lol
  • Men in black type humor peppered throughout. A police officer sees a helicopter start to crash…that’s not good he says, the helicopter drops in his vehicles path and burst into flames, that’s really not good…argh.

The Ugly of Batman Dark Knight movie review

  • Horrific scenes of two-face’s burned face, muscles, tendons and all showing.
  • The overall morals of the story leave adults wondering about law, order, good and bad.
  • The crowds leaving the theater, obviously confused, let-down and wondering if one should speak up to another and actually say, what the hell was that?

Want to read the specifics about the illogical faults of the movie, visit http://thedarkknightsucks.com/. I could not have outlined it better than random posts from some movie-goers.

Would I go see this movie again? Without hesitation, no. Would I recommend the movie, again no. Wait for the dvd, actually wait for the free viewing on regular tv/cable – perhaps the censors will wash some of the visual grossness of two-face (i doubt it). Many of you will go see it, we are generally sheep when it comes to following fads or doing what the crowd will do, I did.

I can close with one certainty, the producers of Batman – The Dark Knight, got one thing right – the “Dark” part.