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2.0 out of 5 stars Was this movie really 'Necessary'?, November 3, 2013
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This review is from: Necessary Evil: The Super-Villains of DC Comics (Amazon Instant Video)
Evil is part of the human experience, and its examination something every human does at one time or another. DC Comics marketed this video as an in-depth study of evil through the prism of its thousands of 'super-villains'. As such, I expected that this would be either:
a) a feature-length commercial for DC comic books, animation and feature films
-or-
b) what it promised...a unique documentary, offering new and fascinating insights

Instead, it is one of the most un-focused, rambling and overall boring films I have viewed in many years.
Aimed solely at rabid fanboys, who have memorized every bit of minutia from the DC canon, this is a bunch of 'talking heads', including current DC editors/writers, directors of DC comic movies, people from DC animation, and an occasional 'legit' expert (e.g., Neil Gaiman). There is nothing going on, except a lot of dis-jointed comments about arcs, characters and important 'moments' in DC history...all without any context from which to consider their value or connections.

For example, a lot of 'Green Lantern' was touched on during the course of the film. They touched on the 10-year arc of GL Hal Jordan, and 'mentioned' aspects of his arc, like the destruction of Coast City, Sinestro releasing Parallax from the Central Battery so it could possess Jordan, 'Black Hand's' suicide, so he could begin the 'Blackest Night' arc, the revelation that the Guardians were evil, and the final (for now) denouement between Jordan and Sinestro, after Sinestro had killed all the Guardians. All of these 'moments' were touched on many minutes apart in the film, out of order, without any unifying context for those unfamiliar with the intricacies of GL mythology. In addition, they were showing 'Parallax' from the wretched GL live-action film of a few years ago, which has nothing to do with the Parallax/Hal Jordan arc of the comics (which is what they were touching on).

In short, it was like having a bunch of people walking around a comic book convention, filming random conversations and then clipping/pasting snippets of these conversations together...without any thought of context or continuity...and, releasing it as a movie. You'll learn a lot more about comics...and get a heluva lot more entertainment from a single episode of 'Big Bang Theory', than you will from the mind-numbing chatter of 'Necessary Evil'.
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