No Way Home introduces an unlikely sort of plot, the kind of magical, accidentally multiverse-opening jargon one could expect from a film this ambitious. But if there is one thing we have learned in years of watching films like this, it is that the plot works best as a backdrop, a set piece for which to detail poignant character discoveries and intimate details of interpersonal communication with inherently high stakes, and on this front No Way Home inarguably succeeds.
Gunn is unbound by the restrictions of a PG-13 rating, something else the material really needed. Hence, the film is vivid, violent and vulgar, yet at the same time, seldom feels pandering or gratuitous. Punctuated by gobs of gags and hilarious dialogue, the movie earns its dismemberments and f-bombs along the way. In fact, the whole thing plays very much like Guardians of the Galaxy without a filter.
Like the theatrical cut, Zack Snyder’s Justice League is ultimately a mixed bag, though perhaps for different reasons. The film certainly has issues of its own, most notably the extreme length and the director’s increasing reluctance to trim the fat. And more than ever, those not completely up-to-speed on the DCEU will feel they’re attending a party they weren’t invited to. Others might consider those liabilities to be virtues and a major part of what makes the film his crowning achievement. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine the Cult of Snyder not loving all 242 minutes of it.
While Wonder Woman 1984 is still enjoyable, I can see why it polarized critics and alienated some fans, especially with the bloated running time. I also suspect the film’s thinly-disguised depiction of President Reagan as something of a war monger will offend those who continue to deify the man. Now that I think about it, perhaps that’s part of the reason it does take place in 1984.
It teaches exactly what it means to be a hero, the feverish persistence to do what is right no matter the costs.
Yes, “Joker” is a sort of origin story of Batman’s most infamous archenemy. On the other hand, this could be the portrait of so many others as well. Everyday people who struggle with their personality and fall through the cracks and out of the system at all levels.