Suicide Squad: Review

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Such an overdue post but I’ve finally found the time to sit down and write a review on Suicide Squad. I went to see it again yesterday to refresh my mind and outlook on the film. I have LOTS of opinions but I’ll try not to rant on and on – probably will though.

Lets kick off with the good stuff. I enjoyed most of the characters. The Squad have never before been portrayed on the big screen so it was thrilling to see how the actors developed these personas within the DC Cinematic Universe. Margot Robbie’s depiction of Harley Quinn was sublime. She was spot on with the comics by being sexy, funny and crazy all at once. The dynamic between her and Deadshot was canny and entertaining to watch and Deadshot (kind of) comes across as the lead in this movie. Whether this is because its Will Smith, and a movie starring Will Smith is usually, always a Will Smith movie (think I just invented a Will Smith tongue twister) I don’t know, but his moments on screen, his wisdom and jokes make sense. The character creates a sense of humanity within the narrative which is adequately done though the back story where we see the relationship between him and his daughter. During this back story – as well as Harley’s and The Jokers – Ben Affleck rocks up in the bat suit ready to fuck these villains up, and he succeeds.

I won’t go into every single member of The Squad but I loved watching Jai Courtney’s character. A nutty Aussie who’s good with his boomerang. Captain Boomerangs jokes are funny and his restless and aggressive energy contrast well with this humour. Slipknot is on screen for two minutes and Killer Croc has two lines, so there’s not overly much to comment on there. Diablo was also one of my favourites, the story of his family is tragic and the build up of the return of his power is intense.

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Now lets talk about this guy; The Jester of Genocide, Mr. J, The Joker. God bless Jared Leto, he is a exceptional actor who poured his heart and soul into this masochist, malleable mad man. With no surprise, so much controversy has surrounded this illustration of The Joker. Not everybody is going to like it, I did. Honestly, after the first viewing of the movie I wasn’t too sure. Some of his scenes made me uncomfortable and I wasn’t really into the whole gangster/daddy thing. BUT I’ve definitely come around. I’m gutted that so much of his footage was deleted and the scenes which were included were not strong Joker moments, for example, where was the classic Joker interrogation scene? His storyline was a wildcard that revolved around helping Harley to escape her imprisonment; Warner Brother stated that their relationship was portrayed romantic rather than abusive because of the fear of audience reaction. The Joker isn’t part of the Suicide Squad, so I accept why he didn’t feature as much in the movie, however, lets all hold hands and pray that there will be a Joker extended cut and a Joker/Harley origin movie. Mad Love?

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So I’ve started to get into the cons already but here’s what I really didn’t like about this movie. The ABOMINATION that is the plot and editing. Firstly, David Ayer was given six weeks to write the script, this is nowhere near long enough. There are ridiculous amounts of missing scenes and reshoots which create the feeling of a puzzle being put together in all the wrong places – considerably noticeable in the third act. It is poor story telling, which is incoherent and inconsistent. I would rather have waited an extra six months for a better film. After the debut of the first Suicide Squad trailer from Comic-Con the world was so excited for this movie. It was sinister and it was dark, this is the film that I wanted to see. However, the final cut of the film is actually very lighthearted. I don’t mind a few jokes but this isn’t a Marvel movie – even they push it with the one-liners. Did the publics reaction to Batman Vs Superman make Warner Brothers nervous, therefor resulting in mass reshoots and messy editing? Probably. Frames would jump from one to the other with not much sense as to why, revoking any form of balance. A lot of the time, it feels as if you’re watching a montage or a music video. This brings me onto the soundtrack. Why, oh why is Eminem and ‘Spirit in the Sky’ featured in the same film? Absolute nonsense.

And for my grand final moan, SPOILER ALERT, Cara Delevingne’s Enchantress is the antagonist who the Suicide Squad have been sent to fight. Im not a fan of Cara Delevingne’s acting and I’m not fan of her character either. But more importantly, if you didn’t know, Enchantress is a powerful witch who has the ability to destroy the world, why has the government sent a wacky girl in hot pants that can hit you really hard with a bat, a guy that throws boomerangs and a crocodile to defeat her?

All in all, I wouldn’t say watching this film is a waste of time but I’m not interested in any more Suicide Squad adaptations. Give me The Joker and Harley Quinn please.

What did you think of Suicide Squad? Did you love it or hate it? Let me know!

 

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Tallulah: Review

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Netflix are back at it, producing content that keeps us up until 3am. First The Fundamentals of Caring,  then Stranger Things, and now Tallulah – starring one of my favourite actresses, Ellen Page. Tallulah is a refreshing little gem of a film; looking at the realities of motherhood, broken families and the concept of ‘mum shaming’.

This film stands out due to the graceful and strong performances by the three female  protagonists. Character is one of the main aspects of a film that I always focus on. The plot revolves around a kidnapping, which in cinema would instantly generate anxiety amongst an audience and the need for resolution. However, through the use of character development and humour, writer and director Sian Heder has created a mindful depiction of a sensitive narrative while rejecting all cliches.

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Ellen Page portrays Tallulah, a free spirited drifter who acts on an impulse and kidnaps a baby from a drunken, negligent Beverly Hills house wife. The babies mother Carolyn (Tammy Blanchard) is hiding from her husband in a hotel room. Intoxicated, she hands her baby over to Tallulah, a stranger, asking her to babysit while she goes out to meet a lover. Carolyn is desperate for attention and affection, she wants a man to make her feel sexy. These promiscuous and selfish acts are a reaction to the neglect her husband has made her feel after childbirth, but also due to vanity. Carolyn mentions that she only “gave” her husband a baby so that he would notice her; already we sympathise for this little child so much and despise the mother.

Tallulah is an effective plot devise used to illustrate the variations of lifestyles women go through, as well as showing why the three protagonists are ill-equipped for motherhood. When Tallulah arrives at her ex-boyfriends mothers apartment, she states that the baby is her child. The mother, Margo (Allison Janney) is undergoing a divorce from her husband who had been having an affair with a man. In Margo’s eyes, he destroyed her perfect family, and with the arrival of Tallulah and a grandchild she begins to see hope for a new one. In spite of however much Tallulah’s strange and hippy ways annoy Margo, their relationship develops around the formation of this new family, while somewhere in the city Carolyn is hysterical, coming to the realisation of what she has lost when it is too late.

This feature is an adaptation of Sian Heder’s short film Mother. She has successfully portrayed a grounded narrative which centres around an uncomfortable and tragic reality, while constructing a notion of empathy for an awful mother and her child’s kidnapper. The empathetic connections the audience make is why we find these characters loitering around our minds long after the end of the movie.

 

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Finding Dory: Review

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Yes, I’m almost 22 and I most definitely went to see Finding Dory the day it hit cinemas in the UK. I tell people I took my little sister to see it, but she actually took me.

The development of animation is 100% evident in this movie, especially when looking at how it emphasises humour. Disney Pixar are able to make audiences of all ages laugh through the simplest of fishy facial expressions. The images are a pleasure to look at. This was one of my favourite aspects about Finding Nemo and I’m so happy the animators were able to create the same affect with Finding Dory. The visual palette reminds me of Rio and Rio 2; beautiful, vibrant colours to accentuate natural habitats and animal communities.

Although the film isn’t a standalone and very much rely’s on the narrative in Finding Nemo, this oceanic underworld is truly an entertaining experienceThe story is predictable, yes, but its a Disney film guys, so what do you expect?

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After a series of flashbacks, Dory sets out to find her little blue family after years of long lost memories. She meets a load of funky fish along the way, a big grumpy octopus and some cockney sea lions. They all assist Dory, one way or another, in reaching her goal. The strong voiced cast contribute to the narrative moving forward with humour, a narrative which focuses on the themes of identity and disability. It’s always important for movies with large young audiences to express something positive that these children can learn from and, in result, adapt to their lives. Frozen, was such a phenomenal success because it considered the notion of being different and feeling excluded from society. In Finding Dory, the protagonist is struggling with their identity because of a disability; the film teaches audiences that regardless of this disability you’re still able to achieve goals, form friendships and gain experiences.

Disney Pixar has a running interest with looking at the enigmas of the human and animal brain. Inside Out was a movie full of exciting characters that revealed the inside of a child’s mind and the variations of moods. Dory’s moods reflect on her returning memories which make her feel connected to her family, identity and home.

Go and experience Little Blue’s journey!

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Blue Valentine: Review

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“Come on baby, we’re going to the future” 

An utterly heartbreaking movie. Raw, honest and relatable. It’s not easy to watch but it’s a must see.

Usually in cinema we’re shown the beginning of a relationship and the end; the honeymoon stage and the messy breakup. Rarely do we see the part just before the end, when everything is stale and the atmosphere is unfamiliar. Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams tear up the screen. Their performances and the three dimensional characters they portray are outstanding. Not only do we become empathetic towards them, but also ourselves.

We’re introduced to Dean and Cindy during a morning rush. Dean is goofing around with their young daughter, Frankie, while Cindy is in a flustered rush, grumpy and unimpressed by her husbands humour. Her physical and emotional exhaustion is hard to ignore. Dean senses that their marriage needs some excitement and books a night at “The Future Room” – just a regular room with a pornographic, Star Wars spin to it. While in this room, we experience a distressing sex scene between the married couple. This is the first time we physically see the state of their relationship. The film continues to become harder and harder to watch.

Gosling and Williams are painfully convincing as a couple. The narrative is well paced with juxtaposing scenes. While watching them fall out of love in one frame, we also experience them falling in love in another. They meet at a retirement home where Dean is working and Cindy is visiting her grandmother. She has ambitions and hopes for the future while Dean drinks alcohol at 8am and takes every day as it comes; something which plummets their marriage into the ground. All those years later, Dean is doing the same thing as he was when they first met, whereas Cindy is developing within her career and life. From one frame to another we watch them grow apart.

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A love story which hasn’t been told before; this film will bruise you and there is no way to prepare for it. Enjoy.

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