MORIARTY

A book, which takes you along with it on its journey to God knows where is a book, which is worthy of recognition. But this book doesn’t need no recognition as thee name of the writer itself and the name of the particular character upon which this book is based is enough to make the book fanatics go bonkers.
Anthony Horowitz has dabbled in absolutely everything now. Teenage secret agents, to mystical GateKeepers, to Sherlock Holmes and the omnipotent James Bond.
The above mentioned is the third one on that list.
I’m sure many people have read this already, so for those people this is not exactly the most interesting read in the world.
The story takes place after Sherlock and Moriarty fall into the abyss of the great falls known as Reichenbach.
This is an excerpt from the paragraph written on the back of the book.
” The death of Moriarty has created a poisonous vacuum which has been swiftly filled by a fiendish new criminal mastermind. ”
I think I can guess what one might think. As I myself thought that. That how could anyone beat the ‘criminality’ of Moriarty. Well, apparently someone has.
A Pinkerton agent from America comes to Reichenbach to witness the death of the greatest criminal mind the Arthur Conan Doyle world had ever seen. He is also after the ‘fiendish new criminal mastermind’ in the above written excerpt. That person’s (the criminal’s…not the agent’s) name is Clarence Devereux.  The Pinkerton fellow’s name is Frederick Chase. He is on the hunt for Clarence and happens upon an able detective by the name of Athelney Jones, of Scotland Yard.
So this Athelney Jones of Scotland Yard is a devout follower of Sherlock Holmes’ methods. Deduction and elementary are his bread and butter.
The journey takes us from Boston, Massachusetts USA to Switzerland to the whole of Britain. And the best part about this book is that you are really engrossed in looking for clues while reading. You basically imagine yourself there, beside Mr. Jones and Mr. Chase. They get tied up, tortured..( a little bit.), bombed and shot at.
This a book , a vivid book reader would have already read, and which the part timers should definitely try out.
PS:-  This might not be for the sensitive at heart. Other than that, absolutely nothing to worry about.

GordonW

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. A fairly ordinary watch.

BEWARE: THIS POST MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ABOUT THE SUPERHERO MOVIE MENTIONED ABOVE. ( Most probably)…

Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was one of those films which you go in with somewhat great expectations, and come out in exactly the same mood. Once the movie ends, you still think there is more to be said… That this is not the end..
You keep expectantly waiting for the MARVELesque ‘after/during credit’ scenes of vague future storylines. But after the theatre has emptied, and clean up staff are standing around doing nothing, waiting for you to leave, you hope that Zack Snyder might have put in some extra scenes just so that you do not look like an idiot. And I ended up the above mentioned.

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So if you have read the first sentence and have not watched the movie yet, you should have stopped reading this a long long time ago..
Now …back on topic.
So as I said Batman vs Superman does indeed have no surprises of extraordinary proportions. Except maybe just before the interval. I have to say, that was probably the best scene in the whole movie.
I know I should not say this, but at this point people must be thinking that anyone can play Superman as Mr. Cavill looked as if he had no enthusiasm to play the part. Of course, he looked the part but his mannerisms, his actions were completely ordinary. There was nothing of significant importance.
Ben Affleck did not have anything else to do other than look serious and say his dialogues on time. Both of which he did alright.
For me , the best actor on the stage was ….by far.. Jesse..
Mr. Eisenberg delivered a powerful yet disconnected performance which was needed for the importance of his character to be felt.
Lex Luthor II was young, cool, hipping and hopping circles around Superman and the government.
Another scene that impressed me was the painting.
“That picture should be upside down. Shouldn’t it Mayor? Because as we know so well, Devils don’t come from below but from above.”
I do concede that these may not have been the exact words , but this was the basic gist of that particular dialogue.

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I mean…look at him!!! How can you not admire this guy? Again… I’m getting off topic.
Even though Lex Mark 2 was the ever occurring cool yet evil son of the evil mastermind father, he brought it out beautifully. He wasn’t the rich spoilt kid. He was the deprived ‘ not loved by the father’ son, or at least that’s what I think he was trying to convey.
And then his hatred for Superman. Obviously he is not exactly going to be Superman’s biggest fan. (  I don’t see why not..? Apparently Superman killed his father.)
But enough about him. I cannot convince you to like him.. Or maybe I can.. But the only way you, The Reader can truly admire his ( Jessie’s) acting is if you watch this movie. Me saying this is probably pointless now that there is a snapshot of the movie itself… But never mind. True mistake… 🙂 🙂
Oh, just a small side note -. Superman dies. And I mean really dead. Poof. Gone. I know… Its bearly writable. And to the watcher it would seem that they have tried to make it that way.
When Superman dies, there are no tragic violins or cellos playing at their saddest, no slow motion, nothing. But they did put in some music after the fact. But it never seemed GRAVE. It never seemed that the world might just end without him. It did not seem hopeless without him.
And the fact that he got bombed twice.. Once in the Capitol and once in space..( with a nuclear deterrent) did not help the cause.

There were many things that did not help. Not only towards the importance of Superman but towards the uplifting of the show.
The action sequences were never engaging.
Its a long, lengthy arm’s length away from us. That always is not a good thing. The first half itself you begin to wonder when is the interval. If it were any other franchise or a non Superhero film, one would really struggle to even think about sitting through the next half. But this is Superman and Batman.
The last gasp effort of the movie is just enough to wake us from our metaphorical slumber and make us want more. If that had been the case for the whole movie it would have been the best movie of the year or even the decade. I mean, come on! The prospects were and still are hugely enormous!
And it seems the theme for the whole year. The need for regulating the activities and work of superheroes. Civil War too has the same basic principle.
Another small yet significant part in the movie was played by Wonder Woman. She seemed irritatingly uninvolved in the whole lot. Only when the movies start to close up on its conclusion does she come into the fray. There are numerous other times she could have done to prevent all this.  And while none of us think of this during the main part of the movie, we start to wonder about where Wonder Woman could have helped. And that again shows the show’s failure to connect with the viewers .
You start to fidget in your chair. The 3D glasses become infinitely more troublesome and heavy. You become Clark Kent and start fidgeting with your glasses.
An unnoticed yet wonderful role was that of the helper Alfred. Jeremy Irons continued his charm over the film world or at least over me with his grave voice and his continuous criticism of Batman’s/ Bruce Wayne’s loneliness and lack of heir. It would have been lovely to have more screen time given to him rather than to the mercenary who kidnapped  Superman’s mom and who shot and killed the ….who were they again?  The Somalians? The Nigerians?? Some where close to those places. His role which gave much promise from the start , amounted to the grand total of ZERO.
When the movie first came out, the buzz was not just big, it was HUUUGE! ( To quote D. Trump). But then slowly it started to die down. What began as a forest fire ended up a tiny flame or a glowing wick at the top of a candle.
This was further proven when I went to watch he movie during the second week and the theatre was empty. Not completely, but there were still the few believers, who truly believed that their favorite superheroes would not stoop to such lows. The immediate reaction after the movie s that it wasn’t so bad.
But then you get up the next morning and recap, and then you realise the utter waste of $250 million.
I will no longer bore you with complaints, but there is nothing much else to say. There were no exceptional dialogues, no shocking revelations and no ‘pipebombs’.
End Verdict
Batman V Superman does not knock down expectations but Sweet Chin Musics them to a far far away land where there is no happiness and satisfaction.  But you have to say, amongst all the bombing and blasting and laser eyes and shockwaves, the basic message is at least conveyed more or less clearly.
” Superheroes are not above the law.”
Or much better understanding of the message would be,
“SUPERMAN is not above the law.”
                   

GordonW