Suicide Squad movie review

It’s finally here Ladies and Gentleman!

Suicide Squad, which was just released a couple of weeks ago, faces a large task of trying to redeem the DC movie universe after the tangled mess of BVS. If you haven’t read my review of that movie than you should know that I wasn’t a big fan of that movie. Let me just say right off the bat, I saw this movie as a definite improvement over Batman V Superman. Is it perfect? No. There are a number of imperfections in the movie that take away from an otherwise very fun experience.

The Story 

 The plot of the movie is honestly a little underwhelming though. I don’t want to say that it’s a jumbled mess, but you will feel slightly confused at some points. And the story definitely won’t blow you away. For most of the movie, I felt as if it was rushed. It was like we were being pushed from scene to scene with little time to do any sight-seeing. I found myself wishing for more scenes when it was just the Suicide Squad talking to each other (I explain more in the characters section) and not just spectating fight after fight. The villain didn’t seem threatening to me so it was kind of hard to care at some points. The squad didn’t seem challenged at all by their opponents which made it even harder to care. The story really did seem like a cut and paste job with a tacked on villain and a lack of depth. Where the movie might fall short on story however, I think it makes up with it’s cast of characters.

The Characters 

The characters and the actors were actually pretty great in this movie. Margot Robbie killed it as Harley, so did Will Smith as Deadshot. Viola Davis played the ruthless character, Amanda Waller and she did a killer job. Jai Courtney surprised me by playing a great Captain Boomerang. Basically everyone in this movie did a pretty good job (or at least I think). One of the most annoying things about the movie (as mentioned before) is that there doesn’t seem to be a whole lot of interaction between the actual Suicide Squad. You can tell that the characters in the spotlight are Deadshot and Harley Quinn. The rest kind of fade into the background, delivering one liners at the appropriate times. It makes you kind of roll your eyes when they talk about being like a family (Like really? You guys have barely said ten words to each other all night). One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when the squad are in a bar (you see it in the trailer) and they’re just talking to each other, building their characters. I think these actors actually have some great chemistry with each other and it makes the bar scene really stand out from the movie. If only there were more moments like that.  

Now let’s talk about the Joker, played by Jared Leto. Now we’ve all heard the crazy stories that surrounded him while he made this movie and we’ve also heard some harsh words said about him playing as the Joker. I for one, will not be jumping to any conclusions about his character. He’s more of a cameo than an actual character in this movie and that’s not entirely a bad thing. I wouldn’t call his performance bad however. It was merely a new and interesting take on the Joker and I don’t think we’ve seen enough to judge so harshly. I for one am very excited to see more of Leto’s take on the character. If you absolutely needed to hear my opinion, however, I’d have to say that I kind of like what Leto is doing. So to all those critics that are calling for Leto’s head, let’s tone it down a little shall we? I mean the guy took this role on after Heath Ledger gave his legendary performance as the Joker in The Dark Knight. Leto’s obviously gotta be a little crazy for doing that right?

The Verdict…….. 3.0 out of 5

  • rushed story
  • lame villain
  • great actors and great chemistry

Suicide Squad is not a bad movie but it has some weird flaws in it that really annoyed me. Obviously there are always going to be people with different opinions. Feel free to let me know what you thought of this movie in the comments! Did you like Jared Leto as the Joker? Did you like the movie or did you hate it?

Thank you for reading and I’ll catch you next time…..

 

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The Hateful Eight movie review

Yes… I know I’m late

To be honest, I didn’t plan to write a review for this one. The Hateful Eight premiered in theaters on December 25, 2015 and was just released on DVD and blu-ray on March 29. When I saw this movie on Redbox however, I really wanted to watch it so I rented it. I didn’t really plan on writing a review for it though, because of how long it’s been out. I am watching this movie for the third time however and I regret with every fiber of my being, not going to see this movie in theaters. This movie is without a doubt one of the greatest movies I’ve ever seen. Despite the fact that you’ve probably already heard so much about this movie and might have even seen the movie yourself, I thought I might as well add my own two cents to the pot.

The Review

For those of you who might not have seen The Hateful Eight yet (you’re crazy if you haven’t) the movie revolves around a cast of characters, locked inside a cabin from a blizzard. Inside this cabin you have quite a few different types of characters, including bounty hunters, a hangman, a Mexican innkeeper, a past Confederate general and a prisoner being taken to hang for a reward. With so many mysterious characters, John Ruth (the bounty hunter) fears that someone might be in cahoots with Daisy Domergue (the prisoner) to free her from her fate to hang. Just like that we have a movie (but more importantly a Quentin Tarantino movie). This plot is heavy with classic Tarantino style dialogue, heavy tension, and a bloody finale. When I think about the plot, I don’t actually have any complaints about this movie. I’ve heard some people complain about how fast things came to a close, but that didn’t bother me. The first half was filled with interesting dialogue and amazing monologues (Seriously, some of my favorite I’ve ever heard) while the second half escalated so quickly, it was over before you knew it. I liked the structure of the plot and the story was very intriguing and exciting. It’s kind of hard to classify the movie into one genre, because well…… it’s a Tarantino movie. I can assure you though that this movie is kind of like a mystery. After bad stuff happens, it becomes a game of whodunit. This movie is three hours long but it zooms by in the blink of an eye. The tension was always building and you were constantly drawn to the plot, hanging on every last word said by the characters.

All of the actors did amazing jobs. It’s hard for me to pick a standout role, simply because of how amazing everyone was in this movie. I mean……. it blows my mind. Each of the actors filled their roles perfectly so props to everyone there. Every single one of the characters in the movie had different ideologies and some interesting backstories, and the actors just really brought them to life. I’ve noticed that trend in Quentin’s movies. There’s always a guarantee for great acting. There were confrontations between the characters that had nothing to do with the prisoner, Daisy Domergue and they were just as interesting as the main plot.

Also I just wanted to give a quick nod to the music in this movie. If you’ve already seen the reviews for this movie, you’ve probably heard about the soundtrack. I’m going to go ahead and reiterate the amazingness of the soundtrack however. It’s amazing. It fits the mood of this movie so perfectly well and it sounds great. The composer did a great job with the music so congratulations to him on that.

Oh and the camerawork was amazing. I feel like I’m not getting the grand scope of it all by watching it on my 32″ TV but even I can tell that this movie must really have looked magnificent in the 70 mm projection screenings. Everything about the camerawork was amazing. There were beautiful scenic shots and fast action shots during action scenes. The camera work just felt really snappy and solid.

The Verdict………5.0 out of 5.0

  • Great dialogue
  • Great tension building story
  • Amazing actors
  • Gory action

Hands down, this is my new favorite Quentin Tarantino film and maybe one of my new all time favorites. I feel as if I have much more to say on the movie, but I’m pretty sure that I’ll just be repeating myself. If you haven’t seen this movie, then I recommend it to you if you’re into Tarantino movies. Thank you for giving this review a read! Please like and share! You can also check out my other reviews in the sidebar to the left. What did you think about the movie? Comment and let me know! Thank you guys!

A Note to the Haters on Star War Rogue One

No one cares…

Or at least most people don’t. There I said it. Listen nobody cares whether or not you liked the trailer to the movie. And while I suspect that most comments on Youtube are just pure trolling and hate trash, it’s annoying. It’s annoying because it’s hard to find anything positive on the internet nowadays but it’s even worse when h the comments are made by wannabe critics who judge a movie before it’s even out in the theaters. They released one trailer, one trailer, and already I can’t believe some of the comments. I think I’m just going to avoid the comment sections from now on, but right now…… I’m going to rant.

On the Female protagonist….

You guys can’t just say that their forcing another female protagonist. Get over it and realize that it’s not YOU who is making the movie. If they want a female protagonist then they can have one. A female or male protagonist is not going to break the movie. We have to wait until the movie comes out to see if that character is likable, if that character is played very well by the actress. Even then, a movie can be very enjoyable even if the lead character isn’t great. You can’t write a movie off just because it has another female lead. I also saw some person post on Tumblr about how she rolled her eyes when women were crying over the trailer because of the female lead. Then this person, in the same post, talked about how she won’t be impressed with the new Star Wars movies until she sees a black woman take the lead. Seriously? Now, before you guys go nuts, I’m not saying that it’s a crazy idea to have a black woman in a lead part for Star Wars. I wouldn’t even mind seeing it in the future. But to be unimpressed with a movie just because it doesn’t feature a black lead? Oh and she calls herself a huge Star Wars fan……. The problem here is, that people are writing movies off just because it doesn’t feature something that they want in the movie. I’m sure these people consider themselves to be expert movie critics too. Listen guys… It’s not YOUR movie. Not every little thing in this movie is going to be what you wanted, but that’s where the movie critic comes in.

On the Star Wars universe as a whole…..

I also was graced with a lot of comments about how Disney was going to ruin the Star Wars universe. How Disney was going to put out way too many movies, and they wanted quality over quantity, which is once again premature judging. People who make these types of comments are assuming and insinuating that most of these movies are going to be terrible, but I want to know where they’re getting their information from. Were they in the same room as the script was written? Have they had a chance to go on set? For some reason, I highly doubt it. After the prequels, any Star Wars fan should have been dying for more movies, but they never came. Until Star Wars The Force Awakens of course. Despite the fact that it had similar plot elements to past Star Wars movies, it was a pretty good movie. Admit it….. you enjoyed it. Now Disney is going to be putting out more?! Are you kidding me?! This should be every Star Wars fan’s dream! Rogue One is going to be the first movie spin-off and you know what? Bring it on because I’m excited for it. Yes, I understand that some people might be worried or cautious about more Star Wars movies, but I actually don’t see why people are feeling that way. Disney doesn’t have many bad movies on it’s rap sheet. Look at Marvel! Disney didn’t ruin that, did they? Was every movie perfect? No, but they were and still are pretty enjoyable. Is every movie in the Star Wars universe going to be perfect? Heck no, but I’m willing to bet that they’re going to be pretty terrific in the long run. Besides, what’s the worst that could happen? You go see one of the movies at the theaters and you didn’t like it. You’re down a few bucks but you’ll live.

End rant

I know that critiquing movies always includes opinions. Most reviewers on the internet today are very opinionated actually. But I’m just sick and tired of people writing a movie off on one teaser trailer and for some of the dumbest reasons ever. You can’t tell a movie by one trailer, let alone a teaser. Please stop judging a movie by it’s teaser and just wait before you voice your full opinion. Thank you guys for bearing with me through this and thank you for reading. If you haven’t seen the teaser for Rogue One, you can check it out below!

Suicide Squad Trailer #3 Recap

Happy Monday guys!

I hope all of you had a great weekend! I had an awesome time, getting to go camping this week with my best friends Michael and Tyler. It’s a Sunday night currently but I want to wish you guys good morning, or good afternoon, or good whenever you’re reading this. So the third trailer for Suicide Squad just dropped and my friend texted me about it so I thought I’d check it out. I have to say that this trailer does not take away any of my excitement for the movie, but I’m starting to feel like there is no need for another. Check out the trailer below….

Trailer #3 for Suicide Squad opens with a man asking a room full of people, what if Superman had decided to kidnap the president and who would stop him if he did? I really liked that. It showed that even after the supposed “death” of Superman, people are still debating over whether or not they should have been afraid of Superman. It shows continuity from Batman V Superman and it shows that us normal humans aren’t taking any risks. We are led to believe that this question transitions to the proposal for the construction of the Suicide Squad. A lethal team composed of bad guys that are ready to do some damage. The rest of the trailer is filled with some awesome action scenes and comedic moments.

Admittedly the trailer is cool. It’s got cool music and it even shows us some cool new scenes (especially of the Joker but I’ll get to that later), but this trailer doesn’t seem to serve a purpose, besides building hype. We don’t learn anything new, there’s no other plot points revealed. I don’t mind getting hyped up for this movie, but I also like being surprised. I wouldn’t mind too much if there wasn’t another trailer for this movie till the release in August (why so far away?). 

Alright, so about the Joker. Did anybody else catch the scene where part of his face looked

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A screenshot showing the Joker’s face

burned? Seriously, just watch again and look closely. That scene was easily the most interesting scene in the whole trailer. I mean there were other various scenes in the trailer that made me curious but I really wanna know what happened to the Joker’s face. Another thing about this trailer before I close up, I’m getting the sense that the Joker is not the main villain here. I don’t know what it is, but I just really don’t think that the Joker is the guy that the Suicide Squad is after.

Alright so those are my thoughts on the matter at hand. What are yours? Leave a comment below and let me know! Have a great day guys and have a great week! Oh and let me give a quick shout out to all my blogging followers! I’m up to 21 now and even though that doesn’t sound like a lot to some, it’s a lot to me. It means so much guys! Thank you all for the reads and the subscriptions! It’s very very very inspiring.

Peace out!

The movies that I’m looking forward to this year!

Good morning!

I’m assuming that you all slept well, but if you didn’t, I want you to know that it’s okay to cry. In other news though, it’s Thursday! Which means that we’re getting awfully close to Friday! This morning, I just wanted to talk about the top ten movies that I’m looking forward to in the year of 2016. I know right? Right?! I’m so happy that my opinions matter so much to you! It means a lot! By the way, this list is not numbered to any specific order. It’s just a list.

10. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

Okay so I know that I haven’t said a ton of good things about this movie in the past, but in all honesty, I am looking forward to it. Even if the second trailer seemed to show us 90% of the movie, I still want to see Superman and Batman go at it. The last trailer made me feel like there are still some twists in the movie that we don’t know about yet.

9. Ratchet and Clank

There was honestly no way I was going to be able to make a list like this and not have Ratchet and Clank on here. For those of you who don’t know this, Ratchet and Clank was a game I played all of the time when I was a kid. I’ve played every single one of their games and loved (most of) the stories. When I heard they were making a movie, I knew there was no way that I would miss that. It’s funny because the movie is based on the first game that Insomniac made. Insomniac, however, announced that they were making a game that is based on the movie. In other words Insomniac is making a new version of the original game, and the movie is a slightly different telling of the beginning as well. Either way, I’m super stoked to see this in April!

8. Captain America: Civil War

Captain America: Civil War is hopefully going to begin a new phase for Marvel’s movie universe. as I said in my post about things I would like to see in Captain America, I’m really hoping that some serious stuff goes down in this movie. I am excited for this movie though and can’t wait to see it in theaters.

7. X-Men: Apocalypse

Okay, so I’m actually kind of surprised that this made it on my list. As some of my close friends know, I’m not a huge fan of the X-Men series. I don’t know why but they never really clicked with me. However, when I saw Days of Future Past I loved it. That was the movie that convinced me to try watching the rest of them again, to really try and become a huge fan of the series. I failed. I am, however, looking forward to this movie, because it looks totally AWESOME. I mean how does it not look awesome!? Every trailer we’ve seen so far has been just mass destruction! It just looks like my kind of movie!

6. Finding Dory

Oh snap. This movie…. I didn’t even realize it until now, but this is the movie I’ve been waiting for, since seeing Finding Nemo for the first time. I loved the first movie when I was a kid and watched it all the time. I still love watching it today! It’s easily one of my favorite movies of all time, so naturally, when I heard they were making a sequel, I lost it. I can’t wait for this movie…..

5. Suicide Squad

I kind of already talked about this movie in my last post which can be found here. So if you want my reasons for this movie, you’re just going to have to click that link, okay?

4. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Ah yes, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is the first spin-off film to sprout from the Harry Potter series. I actually believe that there are quite a few spin-offs that are currently in the works. Anyways, I loved the Harry Potter books when I was growing up and I loved the movies (for the most part). I’m excited to see some new characters with a new story in this movie. From the few shots that we’ve seen in the trailers, the Harry Potter universe looks as magical as ever. Frankly, I hope that this movie delivers because it would be a great shame if it didn’t!

3. Rogue One

Has anyone else really heard much about this? I didn’t even know this movie was going to be released until a few weeks ago and even then I only heard a basic plotline and a release date (December). I think that’s why I’m really excited for it. It’s another Star Wars movie! Rogue One is actually going to show us the story of how the rebels got a hold of the Death Star plans! It’s a prequel to A New Hope! Any Star Wars fan is probably really excited for this movie to come out.

2. Hardcore Henry

I saw an ad for this movie on Youtube and I was instantly intrigued. Apparently it’s been released in other countries but it is coming to America in April. The entire movie is shot in first person and I must admit, it looks pretty awesome. It has some great looking visuals, even if the story sounds extremely stereotypical. I plan to see this one as soon as it hits theaters.

1. Independence Day: Resurgence

Ah Independence Day. I loved watching the first movie when I was growing up. Anytime it was on tv I’d watch it with my brothers or my dad. I loved it for some odd reason. I’m looking forward to this movie, despite the fact that Will Smith is not in it. I;m looking forward to it!

Thank you guys!

Thank you guys for giving this list a read. What movies are you guys looking forward to seeing this year? let me know in the comments! have a great day guys!

Why I’m More Excited for Suicide Squad than pretty much any other superhero movie

Hey guys

Good morning guys! A great day lies ahead of you and you should have a great start by

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Photo is courtesy of Warner Bros.

giving this thing a read while you drink your morning coffee. So I was asked by some people, why I am so excited for Suicide Squad. The answer to that my friends, is simple. I have been aching, dying for something fresh to show up to the screen. A superhero that is not the same thing that we’ve been seeing from Marvel for the past few years. I talked about this in my last post which talked about things that I wanted to see from Captian America: Civil War which you can find here. Basically, that’s why I have been so excited for Deadpool and Suicide Squad so much compared to some of the other superhero movies (and we’re about to get a ton).

The bad guys are the heroes!

I’m sorry, but it will never get old to me, seeing the bad guys trying to be good guys. And yet, despite their mission, the characters maintain their bad boy personalities. One of my favorite scene in the latest trailer is when Harley breaks a window and takes the purse out. When asked what was wrong with her she replied, “We’re bad guys, It’s what we do!” I don’t know why but that moment was just so funny to me, and that also makes me think about the awesome cast that they have on board. I’m so excited to see all these actors on screen together. Everyone on the casting list has done some solid acting in the past (except for Jai Courtney, but we’ll see how this goes). Oh but most of all, I’m sooooo excited to see Jared Leto as the Joker. I’ve seen multiple opinions from multiple people on that wisest and noblest of sources, the internet. Some say that Jared Leto will make a terrible Joker and some say he’ll be alright, but he won’t be as good as Heath Ledger. I say that we’re just going to have to wait and see. After the trailers, however, you gotta admit, that Jared Leto looks right at home in that make-up.

The plotline is a little shady

Even after all of the trailers that Warner Bros. has released, you still don’t get a clear understanding of the plot. The audiences will be walking in, not totally sure of what will be happening in the movie. This movie is actually connected to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Together the two movies will be starting DC’s extended universe this year! A trailer confirmed that Batman is, in fact, in Suicide Squad which most likely means that it’s going to be Ben Affleck below the cowl yet again. In all honesty, I’m not speculating that much on the plotline of this movie, because I like being surprised. I have no idea what to expect from this movie and that is how it should be with every movie. Vagueness is awesomeness (that’s gonna be my new saying…. not even sure if that qualifies as a saying).

So all in all

That is really just my opinion on Suicide Squad and why I’m looking forward to it. Why are you looking forward to it? What are you most excited about? Let me know in the comments below! And have a great day everyone! Oh something really exciting! This was the first post that I wrote completely in HTML. So I kind of coded this post for you guys! Does that mean I’m cool now?

Danger Days: The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys (Album Review)

The Future is bulletproof!

Hello again my readers! I hope all is we with you! So far, I have reviewed two of My Chemical Romance’s albums and now I am moving onto their fourth studio album. Danger Days (I’m just going to abbreviate the name to that) is actually my second favorite MCR album. I just really enjoyed this album for some reason. I guess I just really enjoyed how fun it was. Seriously, you could play any song from this album and I’ll lose my mind to it. Danger Days is really My Chemical Romance at the top of their game (creatively speaking). Danger Days is another concept album, the fourth studio album, released by My Chemical Romance through Reprise Records and Warner Bro. Records. The album was released on November 22, 2010, four years after the release of The Black Parade. This album is ultimately a big departure from everything that My Chemical Romance has ever done, with a new electronic, futuristic, arena sound and a story about a group of rebels called Killjoys. This album is epic, fun, and all around just a great time.

The Lyrics

In every album that My Chemical Romance has written, there is always a certain message, or theme, that present inside the lyrics. We should all know by now that Gerard Way is a very talented lyricist and with this album, he really brings it to the table. Since it is a concept album, you will catch little snippets of the story of the Fabulous Killjoys, however this album does not tell the whole story. Those of you who want to really experience the story should pick up a copy of The True Lives of The Fabulous Killjoys, a graphic novel written

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Each member o MCR portrays different character in the story. Photo courtesy of Pinterest which can be found here.

by Gerard Way as a companion to the novel. You can find it on Amazon here. Anyways the album itself is filled with some wonderful lyrics. They are well written and catchy. Before you know it, you’ll be singing along to every song on here. The lyrics take a very different tone as well. They aren’t very dark or depressing. They aren’t about death or drugs. In fact, much of the lyrics in this album are uplifting and optimistic. Lyrics from songs like “SING” and “The Kids From Yesterday” feature some beautiful lyrics about not fitting in but being proud of that nonetheless. I think Gerard has really pushed himself to his creative limits for this album, in order to deliver us a great performance, vocally and lyrically.

The sound

Danger Days probably has the most unique sound of all the My Chemical Romance albums. My Chemical Romance carries the larger-than-life feel from The Black Parade to Danger Days, but Danger Days has a more electronic sound it it. If you were to listen to a song like S/C/A/R/E/C/R/O/W, the song starts with electronic chords. That’s not

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MCR jamming out on stage. Photo courtesy of Ida A. on Flickr, found here.

to say that it’s a bad thing. I actually really like the direction that My Chemical Romance took with the album. It felt very fresh in terms of My Chemical Romance. And yes, this album is definitely the most poppy out of all of their albums, so if you don’t like poppy then don’t give this one a listen. If you can fight through that, however, I think you would be very satisfied with this album. The album has more aggressive songs however. I mean how about that opening track, Na Na Na?! RIGHT?! Destroya is also a very very aggressive song. So yes, there are songs that you can headbang to. I know there are people who don’t like this album as much as the older ones. People wanted another Three Cheers or another Black Parade but they got this instead. People can complain about this album all they want, but I love it. I listen to it at least once a day. I’m listening to it right now! I think My Chemical Romance tried very hard to achieve a new sound for their fourth album, and they succeeded. These guys are legends in my book. Even after all the major successes that they had with their music, they were still experimental and trying to be different. Then they just walked away after the fourth album……. If that’s not the most punk thing you’ve ever heard then I don’t know what is.

The Verdict…………… 5.0 out of 5.0 

  • Fresh sound for a new era
  • great lyrics that weren’t totally dark or depressing
  • My Stamp of Approval
  • Larger-than-life sound to it

Fun Fact

Did you guys know why My Chemical Romance wrote the song, Vampire Money? Well if you didn’t, they wrote it because they were offered a chance to write a song and record it for the last Twilight movie. They rejected the offer and wrote that song, because they were over their vampire phase. Did you know who did write a song for the movie? Green Day was offered after My Chemical Romance, which they accepted and wrote The Forgotten.

Thank you!

Hey, thank you guys for giving this a read! You guys are pretty much the coolest cats in town. Pat yourself on the back! If you liked this review then why don’t you do yourself a favor and click that subscribe button over there on the sidebar? Yeah that’s the one. IF you want, you can share this review with your friends. Thank you guys for the support! What did you think of this album? Let me know! And please, please check out my other reviews.

 

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