Movie Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

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Plot: A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.

Rating: 7/10

Suicide Squad has been the target of critics since it came out. I still decided to go watch it, because I’d been looking forward to and hoping for something a little different in the comic world. I ended up really enjoying it, so here’s my case below.

Things I liked:

The look: The neon colors inexplicably worked. I wouldn’t usually recommend it for a film, but it increased the super villainous feel of the film. I hear Die Antwoord feels that director David Ayer copied their style (I really fight against the notion that Die Antwoord are South-African, it’s too horrible to comprehend). Has anyone ever seen anything from them? Do you agree or disagree with them?

The soundtrack. OMFG frickin bananas. This soundtrack is EVERYTHING. I can’t tell you how much the music makes the film work, I really can’t. No one in their right mind would think that these songs could be combined and produce such a successful result, and yet it does. It is a combination of every good song that was made in the last few years, and I am so getting the CD when it comes out!

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Will Smith as Deadshot. I saw a really deep query somewhere questioning whether Will Smith was the character or if the character was Will Smith? I don’t know, but I can tell you that Will Smith was obviously prepared to pick this movie up and carry it himself if it was necessary. His acting is incredible in here, he left his awkward son at home this time and we’re all super grateful about it. The costume looks great, Smith injects humanity into a serial killer which should be impossible, and shines as the unofficial leader of the Suicide Squad. His role didn’t actually contain humorous content, but the way he stood up for himself and his team had some really funny moments in it.

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Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn. Robbie and Smith has been on the receiving end of all the positive feedback about this film, and it’s easy to see why on both accounts. Margot Robbie was impressive in the Wolf of Wallstreet, and her role in The Legend of Tarzan was a bit plain, but boy did she bring it to the table regardless of the material. Harley Quinn was the character that has been waiting for Margot Robbie to come along – she’s absolutely brilliant. She’s deranged, it is the only word accurate for Harley, and Robbie does an amazing job with her. It must have been tricky – she’s worth all the laughs and is the only female supervillian on the Squad – not an easy job to pull of both. She uses a baby voice, which is surprisingly not as grating as I thought it would be. As Smith does with Deadshot, Robbie manages to incite sympathy for her character – a woman who fell in love with a really really bad man.

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Which brings me to the bad man – The Joker, as played by Jared Leto. It’s an iconic role, and unlike Batman portrayals, The Joker has had consistently impressive portrayals. Does Leto stack up? For me? YES. I found him as deranged as his girlfriend (perhaps even more so). I think Leto did a good job. People are also angry that he wasn’t in the film as much as they wanted to see him, but I didn’t feel deprived. He is always lurking behind the scenes, his presence is there, and when he’s on screen he brings it like a complete professional lunatic. I’d actually really like a movie with more Joker and Quinn time, but ladies, PLEASE STOP SAYING YOU WANT A LOVE LIKE THIS, IT’S DERANGED AND ABUSIVE. SHEESH.

I can go on and on about the characters, because I liked them all except two (which I will mention below). I thought Jai Courtney was good as Boomerang. Can people give this poor man a break? You’d swear he’s the worst actor ever, which he certainly isn’t. He was really hilarious as Boomerang, and he looked scruffy and shady, and it was so funny. I also really liked Diablo – he was the only character who showed true remorse. Jay Hernandez looked scary and great and brought some great acting to the screen.

Joel Kinnaman as Rick Flag. I was so disappointed in “The Good Guys”. Everyone was a bit of a douchebag, some significantly more than others. Rick was such a good man in a bad situation, and he was making things work for him as best he could. He wasn’t exactly nice to the Squad, but he didn’t make a job to abuse them just for the fun of it.

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Cara Delevingne had a double role as The Enchantress and Dr. June Moore, the poor archaeologist who was possessed because she ripped an ancient statue’s head off. A few things went wrong with the villainy of this particular role, but their was nothing wrong with the acting or the casting – Ms. Eyebrows did a super job.

What I didn’t like:

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On the characters, the only two I really didn’t like was Killer Croc – could anyone even hear what the guy was busy saying? I certainly couldn’t. The other was Katana – Talk about the most stereotyped character to ever reach the screen in 2016.

The harshness of Amanda Waller – I get that this woman is anything but stable, but let’s be real here – no one could sympathize with this loon. Viola Davis did an excellent job, but the character was too unsavory to even feel sorry for.

The Enchantress as the villain. As I’ve said, it has nothing to do with the casting. However, the implementation of the villain was weak, and I spent a good portion wondering why the hell there were petrol monsters to begin with.

The introduction of the characters. At its’ core, Suicide Squad is suffering because DC just doesn’t want to spend any time implementing their characters properly. I’ve refrained comparing DC to Marvel’s success in this post up till now, but I will only mention by the time Marvel launched the Avengers, they’d spent time developing characters. Is Aquaman and Wonder Woman dropping before Justice League? I would hope so – there needs to be memory for the audiences as to why the characters are doing what they are doing, not some random ten minute sequence into the characters when the movie starts.

Well, there you have it. I thought that there went a lot right with this film, and the negative hype is typical of critics. Are there flaws? Yes. Can this franchise continue? HELL YES.

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Movie Review: Terminator Genisys (2015)

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Plot:When John Connor, leader of the human resistance, sends Sgt. Kyle Reese back to 1984 to protect Sarah Connor and safeguard the future, an unexpected turn of events creates a fractured timeline.

Rating: 6.5/10

Terminator Genisys serves as a tribute to Arnold Schwarzenegger just like The Expendables served as a tribute to Sylvester Stallone… unfortunately, as with The Expendables, it is more a Hunger Games tribute than anything else. Genisys made me think the following things:

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  • For all his faults, Jai Courteney has the most incredibly sexy voice
  • And body. Anyhow.
  • The scenes with a young Arnie is disconcerting. No amount of CGI can take away the afflictions time has done to him, and you know what? I was way more comfortable seeing Arnie as his older version later on.
  • Speaking of GCI, it is everywhere. There are so many action sequences in the film that it is confusing and exhausting.
  • Naked time travel. Really? Although, I could naked time travel with Jai Courteney. *innocent whistling*
  • Emilia Clarke – loved her as Sarah Connor. It is the time of the feminist and Sarah does not need anyone’s saving. She’s badass to the point of being abrupt and saves Reece’s ass more than once.
  • The story is really confusing – am I right in thinking it basically eliminates the entire previous Terminator work. Was it really okay to turn John Connor like that? It felt like utmost betrayal.
  • I’m convinced Sony is Skynet. My phone is so globally connected and thinks for me most of the time. If I disappear, Sony took me out. Send help.

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I didn’t hate Terminator Genisys. It made me want to rewatch all the old Terminator films – I think I saw one a few years ago but the majority is still back in my youth. Genisys isn’t strong enough to justify a complete reboot of the franchise – even though the CGI is fancy but does not cover up that the actors didn’t have good material to work with. It is overly long, contains one too many action sequences and never really gains pace. I think a few things could have been better explained and that there are a number of questions I would have liked seen answered – the time travel concept is really interesting.It isn’t bad and it isn’t offensive, but it doesn’t have the wow factor that the old ones do, and the sad fact of Hollywood will always be that none of these reboots will really do what the old ones did.

Movie Review: I, Frankenstein (2014)

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The creation Frankenstein created in 1795 has lived the centuries hiding from humanity and chasing the demons the gargoyle queen Lenore (Miranda Otto) warned him about shortly after his creation. Convinced he has a soul; Lenore names him Adam and sets him free, despite the protest of her commander Gideon (Jai Courtney). Adam (Aaron Eckhart) proceeds to hunt the demons while searching for the demon prince Naberius (Bill Nighy) who is trying to find Adam for his own mysterious plot reasons.

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                                                                                         At least something to look at!

Naberius, who lives in the human world under the alias Charles Wessex, has employed the brilliant researcher Dr. Terra Wade (Yvonne Strahovski) to research the creation of life. Terra has only been able to start bringing back mice, and her research is advanced but too rudimentary for Naberius’s plans to bring back a hoard of demons the gargoyles had sent back to hell.

Lenore is taken captive and Gideon must either take Adam to the demons or reveal the diary Frankenstein kept about creating Adam. Will Terra be able to bring bodies back to life with this priceless information of Frankenstein? Can Lenore be saved? What will happen to humanity if all the demons are set loose?

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                                                                         AT least the monster was not ugly…

Rating: 5/10

I, Frankenstein was completely a “Dafuq am I watching?” experience. This movie may just be the disappointment of 2014, and after seeing Vampire Academy, that is saying plenty. I, Frankeinstein could have been so much more than what it turned out to be. There is barely a plot, the actors are in way over there head, the graphics resemble a shoe-string-budget and it isn’t even worth the one and a half hours it took away from my life.

Major Plotlines:

Deep manly voice:Ol’ Adam makes sure you know what is cooking with his polite voice-overs and that was a miracle, because if you had to watch it without the voice overs, you would have no clue.

Darkness: The film was desperately trying to be dark and thoughtful and couldn’t even manage to give me some nightmares later on.

Improbable scientific theories Overall it wasn’t the worst theory about how Frankenstein’s monster could have evolved, but I still rolled my eyes at the “let’s do science” vibe they tried to create.

Gargoyles. I mean, GARGOYLES?!Of all the creatures in all the land. . I DID like how the gargoyles looked, but the demons were incredibly Meh and a been-there-done-that thing.

The plot was so mysterious not even the actors knew what was going on.The storyline could have worked with some development, but there was none and it felt like the director worked with a bullet pointed spreadsheets of things that had to happen, but no one had written any paragraph under his headers.

The action scenes were forced and drawn out and the graphics were highly questionable

It was nice seeing Miranda Otto again in something and Yvonne Strahovski, but Jai Courtney and Bill Nighy both disappointed, even though they were probably doing their best with the material they were given.

This is worse than the remake of Priest my ex-boyfriend made me watch, and I usually used that as the benchmark for crap supernatural movies.

Thoroughly not recommended.Eww