Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice is, by all accounts, an awful film. So why not add a heroic dose of psilocybin mushrooms to the experience? What could possibly go wrong??
Here’s his trip report:
“Ate them at about 9:30, movie started at 11:00. My friends picked me up at 10:15. Started to feel interesting, and my friend went to the bank and got gas, and that felt like an hour. I thought we were going to be late, and my friend was like “It’s only 10:36” haha.
“So then we get to the parking lot and we pull behind the theater to burn a couple bowls down, which was groovy. I was feeling funny, but they hadn’t quite yet hit me. We went inside the theater, reeking of reefer beyond belief, but hey I wasn’t concerned; Then the almighty psilocybin kicked in and there was a cop at the ticket ripping booth, and concerned I became.
“I let my friends just stay in line, and I went to piss and drink some water. When I was drinking there was a group of people talking nearby and I REALLY began to feel it as there voices just started zipping and vibrating into higher pitches and I was dying laughing by myself drinking water, and wondered how I must look and smell to all the people around me.
“The cop just gave us a huge smile (he honestly looked baked too, might have just been a rent-a-cop I dunno, I was trippin) and we proceeded to our luxury reclining theater seats only for me to find out it was in 3D, which is the best news ever when you’re tripping hard, and the movie began.
“The commercials alone were sickening. It’s amazing how much they are just playing this superhero movie era down our throats. They’re even remaking old beloved Disney movies into just sex driven, lame ass action movies.
“Usually when I’m tripping at the movies concepts are a little hard to grasp, but Batman vs. Superman was far too easy to read into. Thank god I saw Man of Steel or I would have literally no clue what was happening. It was such a terrible film. It had no substance. Ben Affleck wasn’t a train wreck, but whoever directed that movie made him seem so goddamn goofy. It just got ridiculous. I looked over at all my friends who were baked and passed out, and I was just laughing at how terrible some lines were.
“Visuals were rad for a good half of the movie. Especially thanks to the 3D, I mean I didn’t couldn’t tell the difference between my visuals and the effects. It was incredible.
“I was the only one who took them, and the feelings of selfishness I had were so bizarre during the peak. Like I hadn’t shared any and my friends were just jealous of me, and it was kind of weird and dark during the peak. I felt so sinful and guilty around my ABSOLUTE best friends who didn’t care, and I didn’t care, but those feelings were so present it was odd. It felt so religious and weird, then I remembered the Amanita muscaria mushroom theory.
“Mushrooms created man and our consciousness. It’s so plain and simple. We were introduced to so much guilt and negative thought space, but we were also introduced to such beauty and laughter. In life you must find that it is worth it to experience negativity to truly embrace the greatness awaiting in life.
“The best part though was truly realizing for the first time that all humans need to survive is food, air, water, and sex. Like that’s all we need, and we have just constructed so much garbage around everyday life and established cultures. (!!!!SPOILER!!!!) Aquaman irrelevantly popped in, and all I could think was how amazing it would be to be a master of the sea, like goddamn. Humans are so limited!
“TL;DR Even though the movie bombed, it really was a great time. I had amazing thoughts. There isn’t a better way to watch a film. Mushrooms are intense. They are clearly the apple Eve so deliciously enjoyed. Regardless, humans are beautiful creatures. We’re nothing but love. It gives me hope that no matter what happens in this world, all we need to bounce back is some good grub and a nice fuck.”
BONUS! Here’s what Batman vs. Superman is like on weed (Redditor riggleyregs chimed in on the same thread with his experience):
“SPOILER ALERT: It’s funny because I am just reading your post laughing, I 100% agree with you. I have never been high while watching a movie for the first time (I haven’t had much experience with drugs for the most part to begin with) so this was an interesting experience, especially since I had been super hyped for the release of this film (I was worried that the weed would “ruin” my first viewing/first impression, so that made it an overall interesting “experiment”, if you know what I mean).
“Also keep in mind that I am a huge movies fan in general, and sometimes do writing/filmmaking as a hobby. (so that’s a small part of where my anxiety about weed messing with my interpretation/critical analysis of a movie comes from)
“Holy shit, I just remember everything seemed so cheesy. The “cheesy-ness” really popped out for me while high. Affleck seemed goofy, like you said…I remember there was a dialogue between him and Henry Cavill at one point, I can’t remember what they said but I just remember my reaction was basically “wtf? why did they decide to do it THAT way??” (meaning the filmmakers)
“So yeah, after I reflected on the movie the next day (I saw it Thursday night), and was worried the high had “ruined” the way I saw the movie (maybe it was actually good and the weed somehow made everything seem cheesy?), I decided to see it again sober, haha. (wasn’t kidding when I said I have been excited for this release :P)
“Yep, it’s still pretty bad. No substance, I remember thinking that one very strongly (while high, and then when I watched it sober I “understood” what made me think that so strongly).
“It’s weird watching things sober when you have only seen them high (never done this before, like I said). The cheesy parts didn’t “feel” as cheesy as they did on weed, but they were definitely there, and seeing them while sober gave me an intellectual appreciation for what I was feeling while high.
“I do also remember thinking that Ben Affleck was not as good as he could have been (as good as I hoped!) and also agreeing with the fact that it wasn’t really his fault, more so the director’s and whatnot.
“Everything was just…done weirdly. Awkwardly. WW, Lex, Aquaman (all of their “reveals”…eww) all of it was so off. I can tell that a lot of people worked hard and had some good ideas as to what direction they were going to take those characters (I was REALLY excited to see what they were going to do with Lex after casting Jesse Eisenberg) but the manner in which they decided to execute their ideas was flat, awkward, and had no substance.
“The script…the writing…man the writing. It was like trying to make an entire cake with icing…no actual “cake”, just icing all over.
“Seeing it again while sober overall gave me confidence about weed not “ruining” a movie for me. It was an interesting little experience, definitely one I would recommend to anyone who likes movies and exploring different filters of consciousness.
“So last night, I decided to continue my mini-experiment. I wanted to flip the script and see what weed would do to a movie I had already seen and loved: Deadpool.
“(minor Deadpool spoilers now:) I saw Deadpool last night for the second time, this time I was baked. HOLY SHIT it was awesome, haha.
“Yeah, let me first say that before Deadpool was even released, I was REALLY hoping it would be good, seeing as the whole story of how it finally came to be greenlit/put together is amazing.
“So it actually being fucking amazing is a plus. Watching it while high, still fucking good. The “cheesy” parts still popped out to me, but it wasn’t nearly as “bad” or as frequent as they were in BvS. I also remember thinking those parts WERE slightly cheesy when I saw it for the first time, so it didn’t surprise/bother me while high.
“One thing that popped out for me in Deadpool was (SPOILER) at the very end, when he was fighting the main bad guy to rescue Vanessa, the FIRST chance he gets to “help” her, in ANY way, he takes it. (he throws one of his swords to break the airtight, vacuum torture tube she was suffocating in). That really stood out to me (sober, and then I remembered why in a seemingly-deeper way, while high) as something, idk, like a cool and refreshing way to do something in a movie. The whole “final-boss-battle-to-rescue-the trapped-girl-who-luckily-manages-to-survive-the-whole-fight-just-long-enough-without-any-help” trope is so formulaic now, idk I just thought the way they did it in Deadpool was so much more “realistic” and authentic.
“So yeah, definitely glad I had that little experiment, it has given me a new appreciation for seeing things through the perspective of cannabis. (the fact that they were similar types of movies probably helped a lot). Maybe more filmmakers should put their work through “the weed test” to see how cheesy it’s gonna look.”
Well, there you have it. No longer any need to subject yourself to the unpleasant experience of watching this terrible movie, let alone while high.