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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

**The following review doesn’t reveal any Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers except a brief synopsis and some details revealed in the trailers **

Ever since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced at the 2013 San Diego Comic Con, the world has been waiting to see the battle of a lifetime. Nearly three years later, people can now see the Dark Knight go one on one with the Man of Steel on the silver screen for the first time, thanks to director Zack Snyder. Snyder, in a way, has been chosen to lead Warner Bros. with their DC Comics film series. He directed this movie’s predecessor Man of Steel (2013), and will direct the upcoming Justice League films as well as produce Suicide Squad, The Flash, and Aquaman. It’s an interesting choice based on the fact that Snyder is quite the polarizing filmmaker; many critics and fans haven’t approved his work in some time. In fact, Man of Steel was met with a lot of criticism, hence why they didn’t make another solo Superman movie. Instead, they had to add Batman because he is a box office draw. Regardless, this is the beginning of what is to come from DC and Warner Bros., and the tone will be set by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Ben Affleck (Batman) goes face to face with Henry Cavill (Superman) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Ben Affleck (Batman) goes face to face with Henry Cavill (Superman) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

 

The movie follows the final events from Man of Steel when Superman (Henry Cavill) battle with General Zod (Michael Shannon) nearly destroyed everything in sight in the city of Metropolis. However, the audience is given a different perspective in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. We see the events through the eyes of Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck), who sees his building destroyed, in which some of his employees perish during the brawl. Wayne (who is secretly the Batman) now believes Superman is a force that has to be dealt with, because though he is seemingly doing good, he could “burn this whole place down” and the world would have to watch.

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The Lego Movie

It is one of the world’s most popular toys. It has spawned numerous video games, a clothing line, books, magazines, and even theme parks. This toy has been around since about 1949 but its history can be traced back to the 1890’s.This toy is known as the Lego. As of 2013, an estimated 560 billion Lego pieces has been produced and now the Lego line gets its first major motion picture–The Lego Movie. From directors, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, comes a visually stunning tale that will bring out your inner child.

Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, and Elizabeth Banks in The Lego Movie

Chris Pratt, Morgan Freeman, and Elizabeth Banks in The Lego Movie

A Lego figure named Emmet (Chris Pratt) discovers he is “The Special” which means it is his job to save the Lego Universe. There is only one problem, Emmet is just an ordinary guy. However, when Emmet meets a few friends along the way including Batman (Will Arnett), Wyldstyle (Elizabeth Banks), and Vitruvius (Morgan Freeman) that teach him he just might be the hero the world needs. Now, Emmet and his team must stop President Business (Will Ferrell) from destroying the Lego Universe once and for all.

The Lego Movie is a breath of fresh air after a few weeks of boring, bad acted, predictable pictures. This movie shows us that maybe we haven’t seen it all. The Lego Movie‘s best quality is the visual aspect. I couldn’t take my eyes off the screen as the world of Lego’s came to life. The computer animation will amaze and dazzle, like you wouldn’t think possible. The imagery above all is the hero of this picture, but the comedy doesn’t hurt. I can say I laughed harder in The Lego Movie than I did in Ride Along (2014) or That Awkward Moment (2014). The movie’s child like humor mixed with classic pop-culture references make this movie my most enjoyable screening of this year thus far. However, the movie starts out like a light, childish comedy but as the movie progresses, it reveals an interesting message.

After the comedy and spectacular visuals, The Lego Movie has a twist that finally brings the picture a much needed element–the heart. I don’t want to even hint at the twist, but what I can tell you is that it puts all the pieces together. A movie that seems to only be about one of the world’s most popular toys turns out to be much more. Beneath the fun and quirkiness lies a movie about conformity. This surprisingly wonderful picture’s theme seems to be about celebrating creativity and imagination. The Lego Movie tells viewers what the toy itself has being saying for decades, build your own world and that is what makes this movie so good.

In one aspect, The Lego Movie is a fun and witty family picture that will make you laugh, but on the other The Lego Movie is a wonderfully crafted, animated picture that offers a beautiful message. It is as much variety as a box of Legos, but once these pieces were put together it built my first great movie experience of 2014.

3.5 out of 4 stars

-By Jacob R. Tiranno

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