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Gramma Nettie Reviews — Batman vs Superman. Spoiler Alert!

This movie is interesting.  I grew up reading these comics, and these characters always touch a certain chord in my life.  To hear about two iconic figures clashing head to head makes some people pause.  My daughter absolutely refuses to go because it seems to be about infighting between a close knit group.  She boycotts the violence and the idea of brothers fighting against each other.  However, the commercials for the movie paint a totally different story — of course, they do!


Spoiler Alert!

Superman is coerced by Lex Luthor to mortal combat with Batman to save his mother, Martha.  Lex had kidnapped his mother earlier.  After his mandatory meeting, Lex allotted one hour to either win his fight with Batman, or to die in the process.  If he refused to fight, Martha would die.  If he lost the battle, Martha would die.  Only by winning the combat would he win her life.  What was he supposed to do?  He had to fight to the death.


from Screen Crush




For his part, Batman was also prepared to fight to the death.  He has his super-heavy-duty combat armoured suit complete with flashlight eyes.   He stole a chunk of kryptonite and fashioned a kryptonite vapour/smoke bomb, as well as a kryptonite spear.  Blasting Kryptonite smoke in Superman’s face reduces his powers enough to give Batman an edge.  He was ready to plunge the special spear in Superman’s super heart when he gasps he was trying to save Martha.  This throws Batman into a batty PTSD tailspin, as his own mother’s name was Martha.  Do all super heroes have mothers with the name of Martha?  Why, he wonders, is Superman talking about Batman’s mother? 



Enter stage left, Lois Lane, who explains that this is Clark Kent’s mother.  Now things fall into place quickly.


The two caped crusaders hatch a plan for the Dark Knight save Mrs. Kent, while Superman battles the uber-super bad guy.  You see, Lex prepared for this battle in his own way by resurrecting Zod’s body into a gigantic monster who absorbed any kind of energy thrown at it, using it to become stronger and bigger.  It is only by retrieving the kryptonite spear that Superman is able to save the world.  Somehow, Wonder Woman is involved, and has lassoed the villain in one place so Superman can use the green javelin to plunge it into the heart of the monster.  In the process, Superman dies.  He is, remember, also affected adversely by kryptonite.

Everyone cries.  There are two funeral processions, one very elaborate one in Washington DC for the death of Superman, and one very simple one — one might say akin to the Amish simplicity — in Kansas for Clark Kent.  Lois gathers a handful of dirt and after some hesitation, she tosses it onto the simple casket.  As the movie ends, Lois walks away, the camera pans and zooms in to focus on the handful of dirt — which begins to ever-so-slightly vibrate and lift off the coffin.


Jesse Eisenberg

Ben Affleck by Gage Skidmore.jpg


batman v superman ben affleck



Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Eisenberg Almost Played a Different ‘Batman v Superman’ Character

The movie does have lots of violent scenes, of course.  How can you have a battle to the death without one?  I thought the actor who plays Lex Luthor did an awesome job.  His facial expressions and tics were superb!  Lois also was great.  Ben Affleck did OK as Batman, but I thought it was a bit cheesy.  The costuming was a little thick, I thought. 

The moral of the story is still good.  The super heroes fought each other for a noble cause, at least on the part of Superman.  I’m not sure why Bruce Wayne wanted to fight. 

Here is a synopsis of the fight from Den of Geek.

But why are they fighting, anyway?

Well, the easy answer is that Batman is a paranoid, borderline fascist to begin with, and watching one of his buildings come tumbling down while he was helpless to do anything about it fueled his rage and made him come out of retirement. But an apparent suicide mission against Superman seems extreme, even for him.



I think my daughter would love to see the story.

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Posted by on 15 April 2016 in Grandmothers, movie



Gramma Nettie reviews The Visit (spoiler alert)

This is M. Night Shyamalan’s first movie of his own in the last 10 years.  Some reviewers had disparaging things to say about it, that it is not quite up to his usual calibre.  This movie has no supernatural entities fueling the craziness of the characters, which prompted one reviewer to say that everything the old couple did was explainable by normal aging processes.  My husband and I were one of the first to see this.  In fact, we were the only ones in the Matinee showing that day!


Becca and Tyler skype with their mother

Becca and Tyler visit their maternal grandparents for the first time.  Their mother left at a very young age under less-than-pleasant circumstances, but she refuses to divulge the cause of the rift.  Becca attempts to get forgiveness for her mother, to heal that chasm between them.  Shyamalan applies his typical twist to what seems a predictable course of events.  The old couple have strange rules, strange behaviours that the kids and their mother attribute to “normal” aging process.  But the viewer finds out differently.  The old man and woman are residents of the mental institution who have taken the place of the real grandparents.  The bizarre behaviours the kids see at night are the result of mental issues and sundowning.

The moral of the story comes out at the very end — never hold onto your anger.  Because the mother never let go of her anger with her own parents, the kids came into danger.  The daughter Becca seems to have heard this advice and attempts to heal her own anger with her father who abandoned them.

Bottom Line:  I enjoy Shyamalan movies.  I enjoy his originality and his plot twists.  I thought this movie was good.  As far as the scary bits, I can usually predict when the thing is about to happen, yet I admit I did jump out of my seat once when I didn’t see it coming.  I can’t recommend it for children mostly because it is a horror film, and the fake grandparents are killed in the end.  The grandmother had some nudity viewed from the back, but I wasn’t as concerned about that as it was in context of her bizarre behaviours.  But it was the killing scenes and the horror parts that I personally feel children don’t need to see.

“The Visit” (rated PG-13 for disturbing thematic material including terror, violence and some nudity, and for brief language).

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Posted by on 17 September 2015 in movie


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