Movie Night – Superman and Batman join The Social Network

Two movies last night made up the evening’s entertainment. First up, Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. Superman discovers his long-lost cousin Kara as she crash lands on Earth (with the kryptonite meteor from Superman/Batman: Public Enemies). It does a good job referencing the previous movie in the beginning but not requiring viewing of it. It’s an eventful movie in its 1 hr, 18 min running time, with Wonder Woman and Big Barda taking up roles that almost warrant as top billing as the big two.

The voice work is great, with Kevin Conroy, Tim Daly and Ed Asner reprising their roles from their ’90s animated series as Batman, Superman and Granny Goodness respectively. The only knocks I have are against Darkseid’s voice by Andre Braugher, sounding too emotional and not quite fitting. Personally, I would have preferred if Michael Ironside had also reprised that role from the animated series. Also, the conversion of Michael Turner’s art into animation isn’t the best look for everyone, particularly with overly-detailed faces and an oddly narrow Batman always enveloped by his cape. Still, enjoyable watch.

Next up was The Social Network, David Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s dramatized look at the creation of Facebook. It is a good movie, with its sharp dialog and impressive editing between three separate timelines (past and two different law suits), so it’s no surprise it won Golden Globes for best drama, director and editor. It won best soundtrack too, and it is decent, but I hold Tron: Legacy to that one.

I can also sympathize with those who don’t like it, as most of the characters range from meek to douchbagery. Jesse Eisenberg in particular gives a great performance of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (who likely has Asperger syndrome in this film interpretation). Andrew Garfield’s Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin may be the most sympathetic character, but he also comes off as somewhat incompetent in not being able to keep up with Facebook and Zuckerberg’s progression. Not to mention, the story feels unfinished at the end, but perhaps that’s just because the story of Facebook isn’t even over. Sequel, maybe?

For now, it’s a decent movie. I just didn’t have any strong feelings for it one way or the other. I don’t see it winning at Oscars though.

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