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Swamp Thing Review

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It’s time to look at an old school DC film. This movie doesn’t really feel like your average comic book film and could easily be mistaken for just being another horror film. That would probably be the best outcome for all parties involved since I doubt anyone wants to take credit for this movie. It just isn’t good and does so many things wrong that you’ll end up wondering what the film was thinking. The characters aren’t very smart and so it’s hard to root for anyone.

The film starts off with the main character, Alice heading over to the Swamp. She is here to fix some sensors, but the broken sensors were sabotaged by terrorists so she isn’t allowed to go near them. Since she has nothing else to do she hangs around the pair of scientists who are trying to make some breakthroughs and insults them the whole time. The main guy is married, but seems to forget this all the time so all scenes with him are cringe worthy. That’s when the villains come in and murder the two scientists in the hopes of getting their research. Alice managed to snatch one book though so their collection won’t be complete. The villains don’t like that and decide to give chase, but they have one more obstacle to try and get past, The Swamp Thing!

The film doesn’t exactly hide the Swamp Thing’s identity, but I won’t allude to it in case you need that reveal. Needless to say, The Swamp Thing is here to help. “This is My Swamp!” should have been his opening line but he’s a creature of action as opposed to words. As the film goes on he does start to get a little more chatty though so I guess that’s a good thing? Unfortunately, he isn’t quite as intimidating as the average creature. In most of these horror films you see the monsters just destroying everybody until they die in the end. Since the Swamp Thing is a heroic creature, he doesn’t get the same treatment. He gets captured and beaten by the crooks. He doesn’t do a good job of taking the villains out of the equation so they always pop right back up to give him some more grief. He isn’t opposed to murder as we see him do it several times, he is always in just too much of a hurry to get away. He’s just not a very likable character. His abilities also don’t seem all that impressive in this film. He was nerfed all the way into the ground.

Alice isn’t a bad main character although she can also be a little iffy at times. For the positives, she is a fighter. Alice does put up a struggle whenever she appears and even lands in some good hits. On the other hand, she is rather slow on the uptake. Even when seeing the Swamp Thing mowing down her opponents she keeps telling him to back off. She’s certainly safer with him than without. She also has an unfortunate tendency to trip over just about everything. She probably hit the ground at least ten times. Cmon Alice, you can do better than that!

Then I have to quickly rewind to the beginning of the film to explain why the normal joe characters always fall below expectations. So you have a guy running through the swamp when a few guys with guns walk up to him. He quickly lets them disarm him and then runs. What’s the point? They’ll just shoot him down. He’s dead either way so he may as well have held on to his gun and taken one of them down with him. This is preferable for many reasons. One of which is that by firing right away you at least have the slimmest of chances to survive. Second, at least they’ll be forced to gun you down right there which is a far less painful death than the alternative. Third, you get to die with some dignity. Trying to run away in a swamp when you’re outnumbered like that won’t work. Even if it was just one guy he could shoot you once your back was turned. These hostage situations always drive me batty.

This film is a little on the violent side with people getting snapped and crunched. The main villain’s transformation scene was also shown to be as grotesque and violent as possible which is a little on the rare side for transformations. Usually you expect those to at least be a little pleasant right? The violence isn’t extremely over the top but certainly is high enough that it’s noticeable. There isn’t really animal violence if you look at the film casually, but it’s there when you drill into the specifics. The unlikable main characters were running experiments on the animals which is a no go. These animals don’t care about the science so why should they have to be used like this? The animal certainly didn’t look like it was having fun being all wet like that.

Swamp Thing also goes out of its way to make the villains unlikable. A good villain should command respect but also be fun to root for/against. None of that is here with these villains. At the most the main villain isn’t bad. He’s one of those random rich guys who wants to see the world burn. The main villain is really one of his subordinates though who chases Alice around quite a lot. Naturally he is shown to be rather depraved and of course he couldn’t just be a professional trying to earn a paycheck. I get that guys like him will typically end up being the villains since it makes sense, but it doesn’t make any of his scenes work any better.

The best character in the film is definitely the kid who owned the gas station. He was on point and could sniff out danger a mile away. It’s a shame that his gun was defective but there’s no way he could have known that. Even though he was just a kid he did a lot of work and helped get Alice to a safe place. He brought the film a level of charm and wonder that it didn’t have previously. Not enough to save the film or anything like that, but it was still neat.

Overall, Swamp Thing is definitely not a film that I would recommend. The characters aren’t all that smart and Swamp Thing himself looks quite weak. I’m glad he kept in his healing powers, but being able to fight a little more would have been great too. The film drags on a bit and the only good character got a really small amount of screen time. This is definitely one of those movies that you should skip and I’d advise you to check out some of the classic Godzilla films instead if you want to see how a creature should be portrayed. I can guarantee you that at the very least he wouldn’t go down easy like the Swamp Thing.

Overall 3/10

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Fairy Tail: Happy Adventure

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It’s time to look at a Happy spinoff! On one hand this is good news since that should reduce the fanservice in the series. On the other hand this is Fairy Tail so we’ll see if the series can avoid it. It’s off to a decent start at best, but we’ll see if it can stay on course. I’ll have a review for the series once it is finished.

Overall 6/10

Buu vs Byakuya


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Suggested by Destroyer Buu is definitely a very powerful DBZ villain and not someone that you want to mess with. In his Kid Buu form he was even able to go up against Son Goku and Prince Vegeta. That’s not an easy feat for any character. Byakuya may be insanely fast, but at the end of the day he just isn’t quite on the same level. He simply won’t be able to keep up with Buu or even react to his attacks. This Majin is simply on a completely different level. Buu wins.

Ness vs Alakazam


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Suggested by Sonic Ness is a tough kid with several PK powers at his disposal. It would likely be tough for Alakazam to manipulate him due to Ness’ own psychic abilities. That being said, Alakazam still has the edge here with his large array of moves. He can use dozens of different Pokemon moves and I’d also argue that he is faster than Ness. That will let him throw out enough moves to keep Ness off balanced and eventually the hits will start to add up. Then that’ll be the end of the fight. Alakazam wins.

Serpico vs Flash (Barry)



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Suggested by iKnowledge Serpico is a very quick fighter who is good at fighting multiple opponents. That being said, his speed doesn’t seem to be all that greater than super human. In fact, he seems rather weak compared to many of the other characters in the series. Flash will be able to run rings around him without breaking a sweat. You can’t really compare their levels of speed at the moment. Flash (Barry) wins.

Master Roshi vs Yami Yugi




Suggested by Anonymous While Yami does have the edge in monsters here, I don’t think he will be able to stop Roshi. Roshi has Ultra Instinct now and that will complement his speed to a dangerous level. Yami will have a tough time keeping up with him and even his monsters won’t be able to protect the duelist for long. The Kamehameha waves will leave too much of an impact. Master Roshi wins.

General Blue vs Yami Yugi


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Suggested by Anonymous General Blue is a strong fighter and one of the more competent humans in Dragon Ball. He has super strength and speed that is far greater than the average mortal but naturally way below the typical DBZ character’s ability. I think Yami Yugi would be able to summon enough monsters to keep Blue’s speed from being too much of an issue. Blue just wouldn’t be able to hold his own against Yami’s full onslaught of monsters. Yami Yugi wins.

Guts vs Superman



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Suggested by iKnowledge This is definitely a tough fight. Guts isn’t typically seen as such a high end fighter to be able to deal with Superman like this, but in his armored form his speed increases quite drastically. Superman is a powerful opponent, but I just don’t think he will be able to cope here. It’s a fight that is quite close though and we’ll see if Guts can actually hold onto the lead for very long. Guts wins.

Buu vs Hao




Suggested by Destroyer With Buu recently getting his big intro fight in Super it was time to bring him back into the fold. He is still one of the stronger DBZ characters even if he hasn’t gotten to show his stuff as of late. Hao has a lot of powerful abilities and being one of the Great Spirits gives him a good amount of regenerative abilities as well. Still, none can top Buu in that area and Buu’s raw power is still at a high enough level where he definitely won’t go down easy. Buu wins.

Pokemon Trainer vs Pikachu


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Suggested by Sonic The Pokemon Trainer is back and now that she has gotten Charizard back in Ultimate the squad is at full power once more. That being said, I think Pikachu could handle all 3 of her Pokemon. With his speed and type advantage Pikachu would be able to take out Squirtle almost instantly. Charizard will also need to keep his distance and while Ivysaur is a solid fighter, he also isn’t fast enough to keep up. Pikachu is vastly stronger than most Pokemon and only a handful can even hope to keep up with him. He won’t be losing anytime soon. Pikakchu wins.