July 29, 2013

Serah's Toons #1: Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox

Well it's been awhile since I got back into watching cartoons, so what better place to start than DC and Marvel? Ofcourse TJL is strictly a DC creation and is waay to OP in my opinion, though I guess the playing field is evened since everyone is OP.

So Flash, this 80min film obviously about him. Without giving too much away, it has to do with alternate realities and time travel; a good ol' sci-fi traditional. Unfortunately as with many time travel alternate timeline themed books and medias (cue Steins;Gate, MIB 3, Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox) , it kind of plays out the whole "I woke up and it was all a dream" scenario.

This film is pretty good in my opinion; though it does use the tried and true the-odds-are-against-us-everything-is-hopeless-sudden-epiphany/personalsacrifice-of-hero-everything-is-fine-now-lesson-learned theme that seems to occur in every other superhero movie it manages to make up for it by answering some of the what-if questions. What if Bruce Wayne died instead of his parents? What if Superman's time capsule landed in the middle of a thriving metropolis as opposed rural farmland? What if Wonder Woman became a class A cow? Anyhow it was a pretty good film and managed to dive straight into the story line with just barely enough depth for all the important characters. It also may have contained a touching ending scene that may have made me drop a tear or two.

Superhero movies are almost always cliche, and this one is no exception, but of course that's the appeal isn't it? Mankind's quest to overcome our limitations, to be something more than what we are. Even if it's not possible now, these movies keep us hoping that someday we can do the same as our heroes.

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