I promise, there are other movies opening this weekend, but we’re all here for one thing and one thing only… Batman V Superman!
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day saviour, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with each other, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it has ever known before. From director Zack Snyder comes “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” starring Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne and Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent in the characters’ first big-screen pairing. Also starring Oscar nominees Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White; Oscar winners Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter as Senator Finch; and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Even though the initial feedback for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice seemed overwhelmingly positive, after the critics put their knee-jerk reactions aside, sat down and really thought about the movie, the reviews started to get a lot less positive. Our own Kervyn had some bones to pick with Dawn of Justice, namely the cluttered third act, a lack of logical narrative structure and some repeats of the foibles we saw in Man of Steel. Those things aside though, Kervyn is far less jaded than other critics and still found praise for the perfect cast, the brilliant third act twist that the OTT marketing campaign somehow didn’t manage to ruin, and the sheer jaw-dropping spectacle of it all, which all results in a solid 3.5/5 star rating.
My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2
The long-awaited follow-up to the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, Golden Circle Entertainment and HBO present MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2. Written by Academy Award nominee Nia Vardalos, who stars alongside the entire returning cast of favorites, the film reveals a Portokalos family secret that will bring the beloved characters back together for an even bigger and Greeker wedding.
I’ll be honest, I really enjoyed My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I’m not a big fan of rom-coms, but it was still funny, light and sweet and enjoyable in a harmless way. Though, as much as I liked it, at no point did I ever think “hey, they should totally do a sequel”. Yet here we find ourselves with My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2. It’s just as light and sweet and harmless as the original, but entirely unnecessary and shamelessly capitalising on the popularity of the first one, without even trying to improve. Running from gag to gag with no real purpose, My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 feels inescapably like a sitcom, leaving you with the sense that the only thing missing was the laugh track. It only scrapes 23% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is shamefully less than half of its predecessor.
The true love story of Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells, and activist Steven Goldstein, unite in Laurel and Stacie’s defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.
Part love story, part study in human rights, Freeheld might be an important movie, but it is so riddled with clichés and heavy-handed with its message and its moralising that it detracts from the whole. Serious topics like homophobia, tolerance and equality deserve more than the two-dimensional drama in a paint-by-numbers script, although the lead performances by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page might make it worthwhile, as they carry the movie entirely. Squeaking in at 47% on Rotten Tomatoes, Freeheld definitely means well, but trips up under the weight of its own good intentions.
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Last Updated: March 24, 2016