A Trip To The Cinema: Batman Vs Superman Review

I’m a big believer in not knocking something until I’ve tried it… So while I was hesitant to watch the latest Batman revamp with Superman, I wanted to give it a chance. So I bought a ticket, sat down with my friends, voiced a few worries I had about the film and waited for it to start.

And once I saw that ‘Executive Producers: Christopher Nolan, Emma Thomas’ in the opening credits, well, I started to relax a little (Nolan’s trilogy is my all-time favourite).

The movie opens like any other introduction to Batman – with the death of his parents. While it may seem a little unnecessary to some (it is a story that’s been told many times before), it’s important to the film as it introduces this new edition of Batman (as Ben Affleck).

The opening then continues as a follow on from the events in the Man of Steel Superman movie (those of you that have seen that movie will have obviously been introduced to Superman before, hence why Batman’s story is told first – don’t worry though, I’ve not seen Man of Steel so I don’t feel like it’s vital that you watch it before seeing Batman vs Superman).

Now it’s hard not to make comparisons between the Snyder movie and the Nolan trilogy, and it’s something that you really need to avoid when you see the Batman vs Superman film. If you watch the movie with a clean slate, and appreciate the new world of Batman that Snyder is giving us, then it makes for a much better viewing.

Ok so let’s get to it: Affleck as Batman. It was one of my biggest concerns, but just because I’m not a big fan of change. Christian Bale has been embedded in our minds as Batman for a long time now, but like I said – now’s not the time to make comparisons. Affleck did a great job as playing the suave, determined hero of Gotham.

So what’s the film about, and how do the two heroes find themselves at war with each other?

Batman isn’t too happy about Superman’s recent activities on the planet, especially when one of his fights leaves the Wayne Tower in ruins and puts hundreds of lives at risk.

Believing that Superman is a threat to the city and to the planet, Batman seeks out to destroy Superman. Superman in the mean time is dealing with the public’s changing views of him, as he is soon blamed for the destruction in the city and named a ‘false god’.

Throw into the mix an evil Lex Luther (played brilliantly by Jesse Eisenberg), who picks up on the tension between the two superheroes and cleverly pits them against each other, the two are soon face-to-face and fighting it out.

Wonderwoman is also introduced in this movie, although her appearances are brief. Yes, this is Batman vs Superman, but still it would have been nice to see more of her character and get a better understanding of her. I couldn’t help but notice that when Lois Lane (Amy Adams) was running around and helping Superman out that she looked terrible, but fighting a giant alien-monster Wonderwoman (Gal Gadot) still had a full face of make-up and immaculate hair… So was she just there for viewing pleasure? It certainly seemed that way, but I digress…

The movie also offered a little build-up to the introduction of other characters that are soon to join the heroes in a DC Avengers style movie with Flash and Aquaman, so be sure to look out for that!

Overall I think the movie was really good. At times Batman’s robotic-looking armour was a little odd-looking, and it was a little confusing to understand just where the alien-monster came from (maybe I should have watched Man of Steel?), but apart from that I really enjoyed the contrast between these two iconic superhero characters.

The story didn’t feel as though it was forced or jammed together for the purpose of drawing crowds to the cinema. The idea of Batman and Superman seemed very plausible, but then again they are from the same DC world so that might not be so difficult to do…

Still not seen it? You can watch the trailer below! Already seen the movie? Let me know what you thought of it in the comments below…

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New Tracks To Listen To:

March has been a busy month in terms of music releases – so which tracks should you be sure you’ve heard? Time to see if you can tick these off the list…

PartyNextDoor ft. Drake – Come and See Me

Jahron, better known as PartyNextDoor linked up with Drake again for track ‘Come and See Me’. They previously worked together on the song ‘Recognize’ from his album PartyNextDoor Two.

Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo – Close

Nick released his video a few days ago for his latest song ‘Close’ featuring Tove Lo. The song itself is quite catchy and the video is pretty cool too, with an interesting yet simple concept.

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Zayn’s debut album is set to be a hit…

From his debut single ‘Pillowtalk’, Zayn has shown his fans and those in the music world just what he’s been working on.

A few weeks ago, Zayn posted the audio to song ‘iT’s YoU‘, a slow relaxing tune with Zayn giving us a taste of his vocal range as he hits the high notes in the chorus. Zayn then surprised his Twitter followers with the link to the latest track ‘LIKE I WOULD’.

Fans instantly fell in love with the track, which is more likely to get you on a dancefloor unlike Zayn’s previously released songs.

Personally this is my favourite song that Zayn has released so far. It has a Can’t Feel My Face/The Weeknd kind of vibe, and it’s been on repeat and in my head all day.

It’s also been reported that Zayn was filming in Manchester, UK for his next music video, which apparently takes place in a housing estate.

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5 Leo Films To Watch (like you haven’t already…)

Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Oscar on Sunday to praise and celebrations around the world (and a big sigh of relief – I don’t think I could watch Leo lose out for another year!!).

DiCaprio’s talents throughout his career have always been recognised by fans and critics, so for him to finally get a shiny gold Oscar in his hands to take home felt like it meant more than any other award this year. Especially when you consider the amount of memes and longstanding jokes on the Internet about Leo’s lack of an Oscar over the years.

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The future with streaming music…

Kanye recently released his long-awaited album, The Life of Pablo for Tidal subscribers to get the first listen.

Most fans were waiting until a week had passed to purchase the album on iTunes, but Kanye made a shocking announcement that the album would not be on the store. In fact, he said that The Life of Pablo would NEVER be for sale.

Subscriptions to Tidal soon reached 2.5 million subscribers, which is more than double the amount before TLOP was added to the streaming service (according to Fader).

But with services like Tidal, how will this affect fans and the way that we get our music?

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Get your playlist sorted this Galentine’s…

Spending the day with your girls this Galentine’s? Hitting the dancefloor later and need some tunes for pre-drinks? Or maybe you want to celebrate your single and confident self with a playlist like no other? Discs and Reels has got your back!

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Doing it for the ‘gram

Discs and Reels is now on another site – Instagram!

On our page you’ll find tracks to listen to, quotes to motivate you and updates on all the blog’s posts and a few added extras.

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Dying to see Deadpool…?

I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited to see a movie since Toy Story 2 came out when I was 7 years old.

The latest superhero movie to be released this year is Deadpool, starring Ryan Reynolds as the knife-wielding, kickass superhero dressed in his red bodysuit. And it’s in cinemas on FEBRUARY 10TH – that’s tomorrow!

Not only do fans of the comic seem excited due to the accuracy of the costume and Ryan’s promise of staying true to the comic’s character and story (unlike the Wolverine Origins film), but Deadpool also has a lot of other people eager to see the movie.

How?

Well that’s because of the film’s clever, and most likely very costly, advertising and marketing.

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Spotlight: Christopher Nolan

This Spotlight post is for one of the most successful directors and one of my personal favourites: Christopher Nolan.

What films has he directed?

To name just a few: The Batman trilogy with Christian Bale starring as Batman, Inception, Shutter Island, Memento and Interstellar.

Working with big names and leading actors such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon Levitt, Nolan’s films are not like most successful Blockbuster movies.

They don’t tap into your typical action films that use conventions like explosions and gunfights just to increase their ticket sales. Nolan’s films are thought-provoking, exciting and innovative. They’re filled with action but their explosions and fighting scenes are minor props when compared to Nolan’s storytelling skills and his vision.

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Spotlight: Hannah Lux Davis

This is going to be the first of many Spotlight posts. In these kind of posts I’ll be shining the spotlight on to different talented creative people from music and film – from directors, to producers, to musicians, to stylists. To not only the people in front of the camera but those behind them, and to not only those on stage but those behind the scenes.

The person behind some of the most popular music videos on the web right now is a lady whose passion for directing and creating visuals that I envy is the talented Hannah Lux Davis.

Who has she worked with??

Time to drop some names: Nicki Minaj, Drake, Lil Wayne, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd, Tinashe, Jessie J, Miley Cyrus, Wiz Khalifa, Mike.Will.Made.It, Paris Hilton, Jason Derulo, Fifth Harmony, David Guetta and Demi Lovato. And that’s not even all of them.

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