August 05, 2016
Bottom line: I actually enjoyed it.
Maybe it’s because, as Mike accuses me of, my standards are too low. Maybe it’s because early reviews of these movies are lowering my expectations to the point that any redeeming qualities make the movie seem good. Then again, I didn’t have high expectations in the first place, but I digress.
The plot is pretty much what you’d expect. The main antagonist has a little—but just a little—more motivation than Doomsday did in BvS, or even than Apocalypse did in the latest X-Men movie. Note that I have to word that oddly: this movie is all about “bad guys”, from the threat that motivates the plot, through the team that’s assembled to confront her, to—perhaps most ominously—the person who creates the plan in the first place. Yes, Amanda Waller is in this movie, and she’s way more of a bad guy than in many of her incarnations in the DC universe, where she’s frequently just someone barely going over the line to bad guy.
Still, this movie is more about the journey than the end goal, and it takes plenty of time to introduce the main characters, especially the obvious headliners of Harley Quinn and Deadshot. It spends more time than most recent superhero movies on some of the characters' backstories as well as their motivations and personalities.
I’d like to spend a quick moment to wish out loud that it didn’t focus so much on the T&A aspects of Harley, which I find unnecessary. But hot pants and wet T-shirt are the order of the day…whatever.
I found Jared Leto as the Joker to be completely one-note and not very interesting at all. Then again, he isn’t really the star here, so maybe that’s OK.
Overall, I’d give this one a B. It’s better than most action movies I’ve seen this summer, including Batman Vs. Superman and X-Men: Apocalypse. I don’t think it’s as good as Captain America: Civil War.
I didn’t mention this in my brief reaction to the movie—probably because almost all movies are “dumb about tech”—but this article is definitely on the mark.
“And while I’m seemingly in the minority of people who actually liked Suicide Squad, the criticism is valid. It’s not without its flaws (it feels pieced together, mostly because it was), and 10 years from now it’ll be a trivia night answer rather than canon. But in this summer, with its lackluster movies and generally terrible national affairs, it fits right in.”
Faint praise, but there’s some stuff to like, apparently.
So…I’ll have a news feed that’s almost free of links, then?
Man, if we’re going to see some channels go away, please, please, let it include AMC. That channel is so annoying.
I’m sad to read that the reviews of Suicide Squad are not strong, although I’m not surprised. Watch the animated episodes in this list to get your fix of Harley done well instead.
August 01, 2016
It was a little fun to revisit the franchise, but at the end of the day, this movie didn’t do anything new or novel, nor did it move the character forward in any meaningful way. Worse, Director Paul Greengrass decided to take his shaky-cam style to a new extreme: it feels like you’re never able to focus on anything for two hours, because the goddamn camera won’t stop wobbling. At one pivotal point, my wife was actually unable to tell what happened in the scene and I had to explain it to her. She simply couldn’t see it.
July 22, 2016
Bottom line: It’s the best of the new movies.
Its frenetic, wild, rotating camera moves can be disconcerting—especially in IMAX 3D—but this is the first of the J.J. Abrams universe stories that actually feels like a Star Trek story. It captures the relationships and humor of the Enterprise’s crew without seeming to try too hard and tells a new story, rather than re-treading the tales of the original universe. It takes some moments to look sweetly back on the original cast, particularly Leonard Nimoy’s Spock, and even manages to bridge the end of the Enterprise’s 5-year mission with the next step for the crew. There’s some nice ties to the Enterprise TV show, with an NX-class vessel making at least as much hay as the NCC-1701 does.
Good news, although expected. I wish there’d been a date for the new season.
“Average ticket prices hit a new high during the second quarter of 2016, topping out at $8.73…”
What? I don’t think I’ve paid less than $15 or so in a long time. Where can you see a first-run movie for $9?
I agree with a lot in this article. Focusing on smaller, lighter cars is more important than pouring on insane horsepower and torque.
I love it! Hopefully the execution and story are good, and don’t rely on the VR to make it interesting.