Review: Justice League a mirror-view of modernity 

Despite all the negative reviews I still had some hopes of this being at least an entertaining movie. I was surprised to like Ben Afflecks portrayal of Batman in BvS, Wonderwoman was kind of ridiculous but quite harmless, and I have always liked Jason Momoa (especially in Game Of Thrones). So I knew that there would be some likeable characters in this film and with its giant budget I didn’t think it could end up as a total disaster, boy was I wrong. Except for the already mentioned characters given their worst performance yet, the other characters, the super smart black robot-guy, the Asian kid as the flimsy and cowardly Flash (did I forget anyone?) all these acted so bad that for a second I thought I was watching the Disney-channel. 
Then for the “bad-guy” by the ridiculous name Steppenwolf was like watching a mix of Gargamel and the mafia boss in The Mask. I understand these movies are based on cartoons, but this character was so cartoonish it felt like I was watching something out of Scooby doo. The plot was a sort of cheap derivative from The Lord Of The Rings (which many others have pointed out) but without the epicness and with an extremely forced script. The story is so flat and simplified that you could skip an hour in the middle of the film and it wouldn’t matter, you could still get the plot. Of course there is also the part of Superman, but there isn’t much to say about it, his storyline serves as a short intro that start of with the memory of his death, and his resurrection in the end that finishes the movie of, there is no depth or deeper meaning to his character or his role in the story. 

The whole film serves as a modern myth that rips of most of its ideas from much older stories but without the deeper meaning and depth (just like most popular culture). Its modern in every meaning of the word and not in a good way. The multicultural cast without substance or any chemistry between the characters. A giant budget used to create some stunning visual effects, that still falls flat because of the lacking script. Neither the story or the acting makes you care about the different characters or what happens to them. Everyone are dressed up in their best-looking suits, they deliver some funny one-liners (like the whole film is a long string of commercials for another Film) and everyone just seems totally disengaged, there is not one single line in the whole film delivered with conviction, maybe even the actors felt deep down that this whole show was a big commercial scam .

I hope the makers of this film learned some lessons from the reception of this movie, most importantly that its not enough with a bunch of famous actors, cool special effects and relying on nostalgia of known movie-characters. Learn from great superhero-movies like Nolans The Dark Knight-trilogy, The watchmen and The Hulk. Movies with character-development, enemies with complex motives, and innovative stories that makes you engaged in the plot and care about how the story develops. 

Annonser

The Walking Dead – a traditionalist view!

This show started of as a good psychological horror and a great thought-experiment, and it ended with Left-wing propaganda and bad writing. What would happen If civilization was wiped out and the world was overrun by zombies? In the first seasons you could relate to many of the characters and understand the tensions between them. 

Life in these newly formed tribes started to resemble life before the modern civilization, the women took care of the children, laundry and so on, while the men guarded the tribe and went hunting. There where racial tensions with people like Merle that wasnt a complete douche, and killing of both the living and the undead became a natural necessity in daily life to survive. 

Of course some episodes were unrealistic, but hey its a show about zombies, but If you suspended your beliefs enough you could still find some value in the psychological progressions of the characters. But as the show went along somewhere after the third season, the characters started to act so irrationally and the action started to resemble bad action-movies from the 90s, it became to unrealistic even for a fantasy show to enjoy. 

Most of this was connected to the political message they so obviously were trying to push, the old fragile woman became super-granny that could take out whole enemy villages by herself, every couple had to be mixed, it started with a good-looking white woman choosing a feeble asian guy that is the weakest of the group, and we all know how irresistable puny asian guys are to Western women right? Then came the gay relationships, first with lesbians then with gay guys making out in every scene. 

In the last episodes of season 8 they also started to push a pro-Muslim message with Carl meeting a peaceful traveler who spouted cute quotes from the Quran (they must have been hard to find), then in the final episode suddenly a chubby black woman with a hijab started to join the action (with the good-guys ofcourse). 

Almost all the black guys are on the good side, and most women become fearless fighters (often more brave than the men). And almost all bad-guys are white patriarchal men that also are mentally disturbed sadists, like the governor and Neegan. I have come to expect the leftist narrative in everything that comes out from Hollywood, but they could at least try to be a little more subtle. 

I still continue to follow the show, mostly because its one of the few series both me and my girlfriend somewhat can enjoy, but also to see how the writers will try to salvage the remains of the mess they have created with the last seasons of the unrealistic leftist-narrative and implausible actions of the main characters. It doesn’t bode well, but at least its still funny to watch, like a train-wreck. 

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