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It Is What It Is, with The Jackass! Episode 73: Royal DC Problems

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Screw the Fan boys!

One of the greatest debates of all time, has, and always will be, who would win in a fight, *Insert iconic name here* and Batman. More times than not, the answer are Batman, because he is Batman. But the greatest of these arguments has always been what if the iconic name being inserted was Superman. The last son of Krypton. Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive. Able to leap a building in a single bound. Is it possible, for The Batman, a man with no powers, to defeat Superman? I have always said yes. There would be a way. And now, we finally, for the first time, see these two iconic heroes on screen together. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice has arrived, and is here to answer the debate once and for all.

Plagued with hatred from fans from not only the polarizing ending of Man of Steel, but for the casting of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Gal Godat as Wonder Woman, and most notably Ben Affleck as Batman, BvS has had its share of haters. Most unwarranted, seeing as none of these haters had seen the film. Disagreeing with casting is one thing, but declaring the film would be terrible because of it is another. I have disagreed with the casting of Gal Godat since the beginning, but I went into this film tonight in the hopes that she would prove me wrong. And did she? We will find out soon enough.

Batman v. Superman follows the events of Man of Steel. Fearing the actions of a Superman left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman (Ben Affleck) and Superman (Henry Cavill) fighting each other, a new threat, is created by Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg). It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman (Gal Godat) to stop Luthor from unleashing certain doom across Metropolis, and the world. The film is directed by Zach Snyder and also stars Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Holly Hunter, and Jeremy Irons as Alfred.

I went in to BvS with high hopes, checking my reservations on Godat and Eisenberg at the door. And right of the bat, pun intended, I was bored as hell. The entire first hour is GAH-BAGE! It drags, and has the choppiest editing I have ever seen. We open up with the Wayne’s dying, again, and damnit, I get it, The Wayne’s died! We go into a world building scene that really did work building on the finale of Man of Steel. And that was cool, it was, but then it’s gets choppy, and has no pacing what so ever.

Zach Snyder over uses his slow motion early on, completely takes me out of the film. While they take the time to try and build the relationship between Lois and Clark, it has no heart to it. I don’t care about their relationship. Maybe it is because I just don’t like Amy Adams as Lois Lane. On the other hand, there a little sprinkle of Godat’s Wonder Woman that was done well, and the relationship between Wayne and Alfred. But no other chemistry hits.

The story itself is all over the place. It makes no sense at times, and jumps into Amazing Spider-Man ish of set ups. Some that were pretty cool, but had you scratching your head like Hot Thor Time Machine from Age of Ultron. There are plot points that seem to happen, just because, and have no real reason, or explanation.

It is not all bad however. Like I said, Batman is freaking awesome. Ben Affleck is freaking incredible and looks badass as The Bat. He is on point as Bruce Wayne, and insane as Batman. When he is not on screen I found myself waiting for him to be back. Jeremy Irons is as good as the new Alfred. Definitely a new take on the character and it works. Batman legit is a different character then we are used to. Because Batman legit murders some fools. Yes they deserve it, but he just killing folks.

I even liked Eisenberg as Luthor. He is a little out there, he is not so Gene Hackman genius mastermind Luthor, little more of “I’m crazy let’s be a bad guy” And it works a little, and perhaps it will grow into a great character. Gal Gadot is functional. They used her great, and her intro was awesome. I still don’t think she can carry her own film.

I also feel the score, was God awful. The only buts of music I enjoyed were the small samples of the Man of Steel theme, and Wonder Woman’s theme. And if you disliked all the destruction in Man of Steel, I am pretty sure Snyder is giving you the finger in this. All in all, the film needs a lot of work. Maybe the extra 30 minutes of R rated footage will improve it. However what this movie did do right is give us the best Batman I have ever seen, even if he doesn’t care about the lives of the bad guys. I’m giving it a score of 2.1 with a .4 bonus for Batman. That gives us a Jeebus Score of 2.5. But what say you Jackass Nation? What are your thoughts? Who is your favorite Batman? Sound off in the comments below, and remember, It Is What It Is!

The Jeebus Score explained

The Jeebus score is out of a possible 6 points. Films are giving a max of 1 point each for Entertainment Value, Story/Writing, Performance, Direction, and Casting. There is also a possible bonus up to .5. Any film between 2.5 and 4 is considered a good film. 4-5 is a great film. Anything over 5 is an incredibly amazing film. To get a perfect score of 6.5 a film will pretty much have to be The Empire Strikes Back or The Godfather.

Batfleck v. Superman: Gone Girl Justice

Gone Girl, the David Fincher directed film based on the 2012 book of the same name written by Gillian Flynn. The film stars Batfleck (Ben Affleck), Rosamund Pike, Tyler Perry, Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), and Carrie Coon. Gone Girl has been one of my most anticipated films of this year. I have been looking forward to it ever since the announcement. Though I have not read the book, this movie made me want to.

Gone Girl tells the story of Nick Dunne(Batfleck) who returns home early on the day of his 5th anniversary only to find what seems to be that someone has broken into his home, and his wife Amy(Pike) missing. As Nick’s life is in a frenzy, a media circus begins to turn the case upside down. The police and public begin to question Nick as the more in the spotlight he is, the more of his shortcomings and deceitful behavior come to light. Which leads everyone to ask the frightening question, Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

Gone Girl is a riveting tale with twist and turns around every corner. And like I said, I never read the book, but watching this film, I got the feeling it was playing out like a book, and makes me want to read it. The story has you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Trying to figure out what’s coming, thinking you are about to take a right, then the film takes a left. I could never predict what was happening next, nor could I take my thoughts away from this film. The run time on the film is 149 minutes, but there’s not a single minute that you feel it. When it ended I hadn’t even realized I had spent 2 and half hours in the theater.

The stars are definitely on par. For the record, I am huge supporter of Batfleck, not just for him as Batman, but his career over all. I know he did Gigli, get over it. He also did The Town, Changing Lanes, Argo, Good Will Hunting, and besides, Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms yo! So that said, he is at the top of his game this go around. Hopefully the haters will finally be silenced by his performance. If you called it right now, I’d have to say I’d give him a nomination, it would probably be in the 5th and final spot, but I’d say he gets one. On that note, Rosamund Pike takes the statue this year. No doubt. She steals the show. I don’t know the girl very well, a matter of fact, I don’t know that I’ve ever even see her in anything else. But mark my words, she takes the statue for Best Actress. And Barney, well he kind of once again plays Barney, a much calmer, and kind of creepy Barney, but I still saw Barney. That’s nothing against NPH, he is very good in the film.

So needless to say, Gone Girl is amazing. I gave the film a Jeebus Score of 5.2, with a .1 bonus, now the bonus would have been more, but it actually took me out of the film. There is a cameo, all though I guess it’s not really a cameo, more of just a roll that went to an actor. But, the actor, is Minkus from the early seasons of Boy Meets World. Played by Lee Norris, he nothing more than a bit part cop with a few lines, but I loved Boy Meets World! And Minkus was great! So even though it took me out of the film for a second, I’m still giving it a .1 bonus, bringing the Jeebus score total to 5.3, Multiple Viewings Required.