Joe’s Random Movie Review:  5 Things “Justice League” got right.

So far the films released by the DC cinematic universe are either a hit or miss. Fans either love them or they hate them. Probably the most poignant example so far of the series with an outcome like this was the film “Suicide Squad”. In spite of having the lowest box office income of any of the DC film so far, Justice league has a similar result as far as the fans are concerned. Bear in mind that this is still just an introduction story and so not all things the fans would like to see what happen within this film . In spite of how people felt about it, I personally feel that this film get some things right.



1. Character Arcs 

 One thing that Justice league did excellently, were the character arcs presented for the film’s particular storyline. It actually makes enough room in the storytelling for each character to have a short enough development to not make them or the film too dull. From Superman’s resurrection, Batman learning how to work with the team, Wonder Woman make yourself known to the world, Cyborg rediscovering his humanity, the Flash learn to interact with others, and Aquaman becoming less stubborn. Writing like this in the story with multiple heroes is not easy, but this film actually did it pretty well.

2. Further introductions to.the DC Universe.

Justice League, being an introduction story, further expands the DC Universe, bringing more familiar characters. Besides Jeremy Irons’ return as Alfred Pennyworth, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, another familiar face from the Batman mythology is J.K. Simmons’ first appearance as Commissioner Gordon as well as Joe Manganiello making a cameo appearance as Deathstroke.

3. The film’s length.

At just short of 2 hours long, Justice League is the shortest film in the DC Cinematic Universe so far. This creates a swiftness in plot that allows for both the characters and for the action to be entertaining, without being too overbearing. In short, in keeps the film from being boring.

4. No more Aquaman jokes.

Jason Momoa’s first official appearance as Aquaman has given the comic character a much needed revitalization. For years, Aquaman has been the butt of many comic jokes, but it’s not the case anymore. Great introduction to the character, and a good performance from Momoa. This leading into the Aquaman solo film coming soon.

5. Steppenwolf

 In choosing to have a not so well-known comic book villain as the primary villain for this movie. It actually aids in the further character development of this films multiple protagonists. What are the flaws of superhero films in the past is that if they have a villain who is very popular it can overshadow the hero, or even become more popular to a point . Much like Heath Ledger’s performance as the Joker in the infamous 2008 film “The Dark Knight.” One of the advantages of Steppenwolf as the main villain, is that we’re not interested in his backstory. We’re not interested in his character development, we’re only interested in his motivations and how he goes about them. This allows for a much easier flow of the storytelling.


The Hellraiser franchise

I just saw the trailer for the latest Hellraiser trailer. The movies are getting pretty horrible. Bad acting, writing, etc.

I think it could be saved a new story is explored though.

Here’s an idea:

A prequel about Captain Elliot Spencer surviving WW1, and his quest to find the Lament Configuration. The events leading to him becoming the demon Pinhead. Possible title: “Hellraiser: Fallen”

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Shining” (1980)

​One of the scariest elements of “The Shining” is it’s ambiguity. You’re not sure if the ghosts are real, or a product of Jack’s mind. The answer is actually in this small scene. Stanley Kubrick mentioned how important this scene was, in fact his first draft script ended with this scene. You see, up until this point in the story, you can think of the ghosts as imaginary. Jack is locked in the pantry, and speaks with the ghost Grady. But here’s the thing:

Grady lets Jack out. This is important because A) It confirms that there ARE ghosts at the hotel and B) it’s practically the only time in the entire movie that the supernatural world physically interacts with the real world.

It’s also worth noting that this scene was the final scene in Stanley Kubrick and Diane Johnson’s first draft of the screenplay.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Truman Show” (1998)

Early in the film there is a large container of Vitamin D on the table.

Why does Truman need to take it? He probably didn’t know. It was because he’s never been exposed to the Sun in his life.

Bringing characters back……

​As much as I love the show Supernatural, one of its biggest flaws is that characters keep coming back from the dead. Suddenly, death is no longer a threat. And if that’s true, it kind of gets rid of any risk in the story. It’s like that great quote by George R.R. Martin on Gandalf’s death in Lord of the Rings.
“Much as I admire Tolkien, I once again always felt like Gandalf should have stayed dead. That was such an incredible sequence in Fellowship of the Ring when he faces the Balrog on the Khazad-dûm and he falls into the gulf, and his last words are, “Fly, you fools.” What power that had, how that grabbed me. And then he comes back as Gandalf the White, and if anything he’s sort of improved. I never liked Gandalf the White as much as Gandalf the Grey, and I never liked him coming back. I think it would have been an even stronger story if Tolkien had left him dead.”

-George R.R. Martin 
That’s one reason I love prequels. They’re a more legitimate way to bring deceased characters back. That and prequels themselves can be entirely made of exposition. Explaining details that make more sense when you watch or read the original source material.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “The Wrong Man” (1956)

​Alfred Hitchcock famously had cameos in all his movies, but he personally felt that the story was so personal, and so important, that he decided not to have a cameo. Instead, he introduces the movie in a prologue. This marks the only time in any of his movies where he talks to the audience.

Joe’s Random Movie Trivia: “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” (1977)

This is one of the first films of actor, Lance Henriksen.

"The test of a work of art is, in the end, our affection for it, not our ability to explain why it is good." -Stanley Kubrick