The Problem with Marvel vs DC

If you’ve been anywhere on the internet, and recently especially, you see this ever growing and ever expanding feud between Marvel and DC comics fans. There is a constant and pretty ugly back and forth between these fans just about anywhere they can have confrontations. The real problem here however, is two fold.

Firstly, while it might seem noble to have a real fervent fandom and loyalty to a property that you love, and to a degree it is, but what these fans fail to realise, is that this idea of only one can survive does only damage to the genre as a whole. This point also relates to other IP holding studios like Sony and Fox. The idea here is that, a rising tide lifts all ships, and that idea hold true for films of a particular genre. When a movie does well, meaning usually it saw a good turn out of people and that they enjoyed themselves, that feeling is infectious. Seeing a good movie in the cinema, leads to wanting to repeat that experience. And i know you might be saying, that these fan boys are going to see these movies no matter what, but what you have to realise also, is that hardcore fanbases of most any property, only make up a small percentage of the people needed to make movies become financial successes. When people try to bring down some of these movies, they are simply making it less desirable for the average person, who isn’t a die hard fan to want to keep patronising such movies. I also know, many people will want to point to some of the numbers, and say well we can see these movies make or made more than these others, but if we look a little closer, we can see how much more related these movies really are. In the past we’ve had some spectacularly bad movies that have almost single handedly bring the entire genre to a halt. These are perfect examples of how connected these movies really are. Another great example, is the fact these feuds exist only at a fan level. Studios know that the more money a competitors film makes, means an elevated audience willingness to attend such films in the future. Long story short, they want ALL of these films to do well because that means more money for them.

The second real problem here, is that this kind of behaviour fosters an environment in which harsh and dangerous behaviours seem as part of the norm or casual life. These behaviours go so far as to make things like death threats against people who hold different opinions seem acceptable and normal. It perpetuates the idea that having a difference of opinion is enough to warrant a kind of blind hatred that in any other circumstance would be considered as bigotry or some form of it. And these things happen much more often than I think people think or understand. It also propagates this idea that to praise one thing, is to degrade its competition when there is more than enough room to have affection and praise for anything good, and fairly bring criticism on anything bad, no matter their origin.

So come on guys, being fan boys is cool until it isn’t. Lets not have this be another situation where we only realise something is a problem AFTER something bad has happened, when we can stop it now.

 

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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

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In 2008, director David Fincher teamed up with Brad Pitt to create one of his most underrated films to this day in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. It tells the story of title character Benjamin Button, who is born with a very rare disorder, causing him to age in reverse. The story itself then revolves around the life and loves of Benjamin Button, throughout his truly remarkable and interesting life. The movie spans in his entire life, and uses expert make-up effects as well as CGI to age up and then less so, age down Brad Pitt to cover his lifespan.

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Its by no means a fast paced movie, but its pacing rather than slow, I would call deliberate and deft. It ads just enough weight and attention to detail to truly help you connect with the characters and their journey to further understand Benjamins’ struggle to cope with his version of life, which is positioned as a direct opposite to everyone else’s lives. This juxtaposition of fates really lets Fincher dive into the psyche of different characters from two totally different directions.

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This definitely isn’t a movie for everyone however. If you’re not someone who enjoys dramas, especially those that are subtle, you might just find this movie boring. If however, you’re someone who likes thought provoking and interesting film making, then make sure to give this movie a look over if you haven’t ever seen it.

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Review : The Jungle Book

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“The man-cub Mowgli flees the jungle after a threat from the tiger Shere Khan. Guided by Bagheera the panther and the bear Baloo, Mowgli embarks on a journey of self-discovery, though he also meets creatures who don’t have his best interests at heart.”

We all know the story. Little boy found in the jungle raised by animals and such and so on. The real question here is, is this new version worth the title,and worth your time. The answer, is a resounding YES. This incarnation of the iconic story, again this time by Disney, is absolutely stunning and truly ground breaking. Lets start with the terrific voice cast here, most notably Ben Kingsley as Bagheera, Bill Murray as Baloo and Idris Elba as Shere Khan. And lets talk about Shere Khan for a minute because he is portrayed absolutely fabulously, and made intensely terrifying by the brilliant animation of him and the powerful yet understated voice work from Idris Elba. He recently voiced a character in the movie Zootopia to great effect, but here, he does a lot more acting with his voice and it really grounds and makes the character so much more compelling and believable. The rest of voice cast is also totally spot on and well done, and more importantly, they really do seem to fit their characters and help from pulling you out of the film. The other key to this movie is the digital animation that makes up about 99% of the film (nothing in this movie but most parts of Mowgli, is real, everything else and even him sometimes are cgi animations) and it is absolutely astounding in its realism and attention to detail. The story here is more or less what we’ve come to know, but it really is in the execution that this movie gains its stripes. I really can’t recommend this movie enough, and with the exception of a a scene of two that I don’t think this movie needed, its more or less flawless and a really great way to experience this story.

Review Score : 9 out of 10