Joker (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 1
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 5/5

 
PROS –
1) Some actors like Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey are born to play the role of Joker. They could nail this role anytime with a good director. Heath Ledger gave an everlasting performance thanks to visionary Christopher Nolan. Joaquin Phoenix’s performance reflects his hard work and dedication. Seeing his body of work, it’s not surprising to get such performance from him
2) I’ve always considered Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) as the ultimate lonely man. Even Gotham City in this movie looks like a decaying NY. He was always one step away from being a super-villain like Joker and he kinda became one. The personality of Arthur Fleck has a stark resemblance to Travis Bickle from Taxi Driver (1976) and Rupert Pupkin from The King of Comedy (1982). The presence of Robert De Niro completes the circle.
3) Batman’s original universe is built around Thomas Wayne being a saintly figure who died trying to redeem Gotham. Here he appears as a negative character with the possibility of being Joker’s father.
4) Interestingly, Joaquin Phoenix was part of a weird controversy in David Letterman’s show. Now after this movie, any late-night show host would think twice before inviting him.
5) All in all, it’s a decent origin movie for both Joker and Batman.
6) Songs: “That’s Life” and “Rock and Roll Part 2”.

 

 

CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE
Arthur Fleck: Is it just me, or is it getting crazier out there?

Preacher (Season 4)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
N/A

 

CONS –
1) So far the worst season of the series. There was not a single sub-plot in the entire series worth watching. I’m clearly done with Preacher now.
2) The climax was rushed and unfulfilling.

 
QUOTE –
God: I made you in My own image.A little thanks would be nice.
Preacher: Thank You? For what? Kids with cancer? The Kardashians?

Batman vs Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

 

VERDICT – 2/4

 

PROS –
1) Batman vs Shredder opening fist fight.
2) Bane ended up breaking his knee trying to do a “Batman: Knightfall” on Donatello.
3) End credits-roll with all Batman/TMNT crossover comic-book covers.

 

CONS –
1) Suitable only for younger audiences.

 

QUOTE –
Joker: Better listen to the bat, turtle boy. Take it from me. One reptile to another.

Suicide Squad (2016)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 1/5

 

PROS –
1) Batman and Flash cameo
2) Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn poured her heart and soul in this role.
3) “Sucker for Pain” (Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons.

 
CONS –
1) Putting iconic songs randomly throughout the movie is not a great move, it’s rather annoying.
2) Bunch of bad guys on a govt. mission to stop an ancient witch with powers on par with Dr. Manhattan.
3) So Enchantress can teleport from one part of the world to the other within seconds, destroy satellites in space and cut warships in half with her magical powers but can’t beat the Suicide Squad in hand-to-hand combat? She can read anyone mind and disillusion anyone into believing the impossible but she wasn’t able to know Harley Quinn’s mediocre plan to backstab her?
4) Jared Leto as The Joker: let’s forget this ever happened in DC Universe.

 

QUOTE –
Harley Quinn: Love your perfume. What is that? The stench of death?

Shazam! (2019)

STORY – 1
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 1

 

VERDICT – 4/5

 
PROS –
1) Finally a good DC movie. DC found it’s PG-Deadpool.
2) Mark Strong as Dr. Thaddeus Sivana: A supervillain with a strong purpose.
3) The movie got a charm last seen in Sam Raimi’s Spiderman Trilogy.
4) Jack Dylan Grazer as Freddy: The boy is a revelation playing the most delightful character of this movie

 
CONS –
N/A

 

QUOTE –
Freddy Freeman: What are your superpowers?
Shazam: Superpowers? Dude, I don’t even know how to pee in this thing!

Justice League vs the Fatal Five (2019)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 0
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 0/4

 
PROS –
1) Tharok, Persuader, and Mano – one helluva trio of super-villains

 
CONS –
1) A boring animation movie with Jessica Cruz / Green Lantern in the lead.

 
QUOTE –
Superman: You really kept your cool in a dangerous situation.. But next time, it’s okay to run.

Aquaman (2018)

STORY – 0
DIRECTOR – 1
ACTOR – 1
MUSIC – 0
CULT – 0

VERDICT – 2/5

 
PROS –
1) Formulaic super-hero origin story saved by CGI and well-choreographed fight sequences. All credits go to director James Wan.

 

CONS –
1)Run-of-the-mill plot with well-known twist and turns. The movie belongs to the same category of Black Panther (2018) and Wonder Woman (2017).

 
QUOTE –
Orm: Are you invoking the Combat of the Kings?
Arthur Curry: Call it whatever you want. I call it an ass-whooping.