With Aquaman now in theatres, lets rank the films in the DC Extended Universe. Continue reading “Ranking the Films in the DC Extended Universe”
Since I’ve started this site, I’ve written a lot of reviews. In case you missed some of my earlier ones, I would like to share an older review of “Suicide Squad” which originally appeared here.
If you would ask anyone to name two disappointing movies from 2016, they would probably be Ghostbusters and Suicide Squad. One was an okay reboot that not many people wanted and the other was an okay but rather boring, DC villain team-up movie that failed to utilize its great characters whatsoever. Some may not have realized that these two movies may have more in common than you would think. The YouTube channel Couch Tomato created a video containing 24 reasons why Ghostbusters and Suicide Squad are the same movie. I’ll have to say that these arguments are rather convincing and I definitely would not have thought of them at the time. Just shows you the originality in Hollywood these days I suppose. Its unfortunate that they probably won’t get any sequels since the material in both movies was promising but that’s how it goes sometimes.
One of the most anticipated movies this year was Suicide Squad. You can read my review here. While the movie was still successful at the box office, placing in the top 10 so far this year, it was still a mixed amongst critics and the general public. Taking the lead from an earlier DC movie, Batman v Superman, an extended cut is being released for home video, offering the standard bonus features along with footage not seen in theatres. While Batman v Superman’s convoluted story may have benefited from the extra scenes (I haven’t seen it), whether the extended cut will do the same for Suicide Squad remains to be seen. Suicide Squad will be released on Digital HD November 15,2016 and on Blu-ray and DVD on December 13,2016.
Figuring they’re all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje) and other despicable inmates must learn to work together. Dubbed Task Force X, the criminals unite to battle a mysterious and powerful entity, while the diabolical Joker (Jared Leto) launches an evil agenda of his own.
By: Daniel Chadwick-Shubat
After seeing Suicide Squad I had mixed emotions. The critics were without a doubt wrong in my mind. Suicide Squad was much better made and more enjoyable than Batman vs Superman. DC took note from Marvel and added a bit more comedy, whilst keeping the signature dark vibe intact. Obviously, it had its problems too, but those were easily ignored compared to the instantly forgettable Batman v Superman.
Suicide Squad focuses on the worst of the worst. Scum of the Earth criminals who are psychopath’s, murderers, pyromaniacs and even cannibals. When an object “not from this Earth” starts terrorizing Midway City (AKA Toronto) the US government authorizes Operation X, an operation that puts these bad guys out in the field to complete “impossible” missions in exchange for time off their lengthy prison sentences. Our “anti-heroes” are as follows; Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), El Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Katana (Karen Fukuhara) and Slipknot (Adam Beach).
The first thing about this movie that stands out is it’s killer cast. It is without a doubt the best part of the movie. The banter and chemistry between Robbie and Smith is fantastic (they did the great movie Focus together as well). Jai Courtney is in his prime as Captain Boomerang, creating a lot of laughs with his Aussie accent. Killer Croc is a surprising comic relief with all of his lines being met with laughter in the theater. The Joker (Jared Leto) doesn’t get as much screen time as you would like but he makes the most of his time, creating a unique character that differs from Heath Ledger’s interpretation (still not beating it) and sets him up as a potential menace to superheroes in the DC cinematic universe. The only person that wasn’t really right for their role was Cara Delevigne and let’s face it she’s still learning the trade. Also, she’s a witch for most of the time, so not much acting required really.
Then we get to the story and writing, where most of my knocks against the movie are. The flashbacks at the start of the movie are at times very distracting and take away from the movie experience. The writing is also jumpy at times, especially in the first act where the audience are introduced to all the characters. This could be mostly be blamed on the fact that director David Ayer had a measly six weeks to write the script (according to reports). While you won’t get any spoilers here, the movie does suffer from Hollywood ending syndrome and it’ll probably leave a lot of pessimistic and cynical people screaming into their pillows.
But a lot of people (especially critics) miss the point of these types of movies. Suicide Squad was made for the fans. I’ve read quite a lot of the comics and that helped enhance the movie going experience. That’s a positive and a negative thing in my perspective. The movie is still perfectly enjoyable without having any background knowledge of the comics, as it has lots of redeeming qualities. It has a big heart and is one of the most diversified casts I’ve seen in a long time. It created an ensemble that blends perfectly together, most likely due to the amount of physical pain they had to go through together. In a way, this movie is a testament to David Ayer, who gets fantastic performances out of all his actors, even if his ways are unorthodox. If only we had known that the way to coax a good performance out of Jai Courtney was to get him to take shrooms we could have saved ourselves years of pain.
Suicide Squad has its fair share of problems. The editing is abysmal at times, and the script doesn’t quite flow in the first act, creating distractions that could’ve been easily avoided. But when you compare it to the last entry in the DCCU (DC Cinematic Universe) it’s a huge step forward. It has established new characters that are likely to be fan favourites for years to come, created a well-balanced cast that all seem eager to do a sequel and most importantly, has brought fun back to DC. Suicide Squad might not be everyone’s cup of tea but I guarantee that everyone will find something they like because people they’re bad guys and who doesn’t like a good ol’ fashioned villain.
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We are now just under 2 weeks away from the release of Suicide Squad. The movie promises to be dark (but not dark enough) and very fun. A whole bunch of DC “bad guys” will just get to let loose for our viewing benefit. Will I’ve heard about a lot of these characters before, the one that I, and probably others, will be looking out for will be the newest reimagining of The Joker who is now played by Jared Leto. Personal problems aside, I’m sure it will all work out but it will just depend on the story which I still know nothing about. To get you ready, enjoy eight clips below.
Here are all the movie trailers from this year’s Comic Con in one easy place.
So the 2016 MTV Movie awards were last night and with that means new clips and/or trailers to the biggest movies of the year. For those who didn’t watch the broadcast (myself included), I have included these clips and/or trailers below.
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It wouldn’t be Summer without any superhero movies so here’s a trailer for another one. The main difference with this one is that these heroes are not quite the ones you probably expected as they appear to be less hero-like. This is a big one (or so I’m told) but you probably didn’t need me to tell you that. These heroes are a little darker than the traditional ones so it would definitely be a welcome change but since this movie is probably going to be rated PG-13, will it? I’ve never seen any of the previous trailers but I’m excited to see how it will all work out, especially Jared Leto’s take on the Joker. Sure there’s a taste here but I will reserve judgement until I see the movie. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn also appear in this, just to name a few. Suicide Squad releases August 5th, 2016.