Review - Suicide Squad
Written by Will Harrison
What can be said about the movie, Suicide Squad? Quite a few things, in general I thought it was a good film, not great. The cast was chosen well despite the focus being directed toward Harley and Deadshot. It was like watching three films unfold into one, especially with the early introduction to the “big bad” antagonist, which wasn’t Amanda Waller, way before we had a chance to meet all the key characters in the film. In fact, the whole film was a little rushed and could’ve been built better to allow more character building.
Our antagonist, because let’s face it Amanda Waller is the real bad guy, Enchantress was just tossed at us. The introduction was too fast and without a real explanation about who the character is and why we should hate her. Aren’t we supposed to loathe the “bad guy” in a storyline? The CGI built around her character was rough and overused. Cara Delevingne is a beautiful and talented actress, but isn’t allowed much space in this movie for storyline other than to be the “big bad” without obvious motivation or background. She has a brother? Cool, that totally gets a bit lost. I have a feeling much was left on the cutting room floor to make way for the nearly film length material revolving around The Joker. Most of which is reportedly on the cutting room floor as well.
I, for one, enjoyed Margret Robbie’s rendition as Harley Quinn. I thought she did a great job, not too over the top or too innocent. A nice balance of crazy. I loved the hints at the original Harley Costume from Batman the Animated Series by Bruce Timm. A lot of fans were rather disgruntled that the first on screen rendition of the beloved Psychiatrist gone crazy side-kick to the Clown Prince of Gotham was not wearing her signature look. I think showcasing the very iconic pose with Mr. J dressed in full white tie suit and tales with Harley in her trademark suit was a smart move.
The controversy with Jared Leto playing Joker was nearly as talked about as Harley Quinn’s costume. I honestly thought Leto’s portrayal was better than I anticipated. In fact, he showed a few sides that have been missed by previous film incarnations. I’m glad he didn’t try and copy Heath Ledger. I would say Leto’s version of the Joker was closest to the one in The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller with a dash of modern day gangster. He stole any scene he was in. That laugh, something that Ledger didnt do.
Will Smith’s Deadshot, am I the only one who wanted to feel more for this character but couldn’t? This character was just not as strong as it could have been. To me, the Deadshot from the CW’s Arrow sticks out more as a character then Smith’s version. Heck even the one from the Smallville series did. I felt sorry for Deadshot because they showed his daughter in it but left that area of the film feeling flat as if there was more there than we had been allowed to see.
Overall this film was too like the Marvel films with the constant narration of who these people were. Bad storytelling, really. Did we need the constant reminder that that they’re “bad guys” as if the audience was unaware? And no one suffered or lost anything, sure Deadshot’s brief scene with his daughter begging him in front of Batman not to shoot was added in but beyond that where is the loss? Oh, right, Harley “lost” Joker but come one, there was no way they’d just off the Clown Prince like that. All loose ends were tied up at the end, but it was almost too happy and easy.
I enjoyed the Justice League cameos, they were well placed. Even the mid end credits scene with Waller and Bruce Wayne was fun.
Would I recommend this film? Despite the minor enjoyment experienced while watching it, probably not. It was rather subpar with way too much potential. I would like to watch the extended cut and deleted scenes to fill in the large gaps in the storyline. Maybe I will feel differently about the film, but probably not.
Review - Doctor Strange
Written by Will Harrison
Without hesitation, Doctor Strange is the best Marvel film I have seen thus far. It was enjoyable from beginning to end.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Steven Strange was a good casting choice he played the role well. They honestly couldn’t have picked a better actor to portray him. As an existing fan of Cumberbatch from his portrayal of BBC’s Sherlock, I feel he really adds to the characters he portrays.
It’s not uncommon for Hollywood to deviate from the comic books they are portraying, in this instance they surprisingly stuck too much of the comic book cannon. Even the far-out special effects accurately portrayed the original essence of the comic books. Trippy space stuff that depicted different realms and dimensions.
My one major critique of the film revolves around the scenes between Dormammu, despite the hilarity between Dormammu and Strange. I wouldn’t be surprised if there were better scenes portraying this character lying on the cutting room floor.
Doctor Strange is definitely a win for Marvel! The Avengers films left me wanting something more, I feel Doctor Strange added some much of the needed magic to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, pun intended.
So go check it out for yourself! Definitely see this film in 3D it will really add to the experience.
Review - X-Men: Apocalypse
Written by Will Harrison
X-Men: Apocalypse was the best X-Men related film yet, not including Deadpool.
Director Bryan Singer, finally got his stuff together for a film. Although there were a few plot holes, compared to last several films the story came together really well.
The casting was right on! The costuming was great except for Apocalypse himself – he looked too Disney. Which is totally possible in this case. I was entertained all the way through the film, it had a good flow to it. I was never bored.
My two favorite parts of the film were, spoiler alert!
The Wolverine scene, it was the most accurate of the character to date.
The Quicksilver scene was entertaining, witty, and fun.
The film even had decent continuity with the last two films; there was even a scene in the closing of the film that was a recreation of the first X-Men movie. It was when Professor X and Magneto are talking about waking up worried in the middle of the night because of the Mutant hate that has spread across the world and how they would handle it.
I loved that part – and if you’ve seen the original, then you probably remember that part as well.
With all that being said I thoroughly enjoyed this film. You should give it a try as well.
Review - Captain America: Civil War
Written by Will Harrison
Captain America: Civil War was a letdown honestly. I was expecting so much more out it because of all the harping that was given to Batman V Superman. But, I was disappointed.
I will say it was better than Avengers: Age of Ultron as far as a complete story. However, I was still bored when watching it, and I’m a comic book fan! That shouldn’t happen in my opinion.
To me, all the fight scenes seemed too choreographed. The whole fight or war seemed very childish and pointless. I felt like I was watching children fight over toys.
Pretty much everything that people complained about of Batman v Superman could be seen in this film as well, including killing of bad guys and innocents – plot holes, unknown intentions and bad continuity with the comics.
The acting wasn’t believable and the arguments didn’t convince me to side with either team. I will say they were trying too hard to make Iron Man aka Tony Stark the antagonist of the fight and it didn’t work well. The Barron Zemo character was the real antagonist but was filtered out with egos, insults and whining.
Do you want to get particular about similarities in the comics? In the comics, the Civil War affected all of the Marvel Universe, not just the Avengers.
In the comics, Spiderman revealed his secret identity to the world because of Tony Starks influence, unlike in the movie where Spiderman is a kid again for some reason. That whole scenario is weird to me.
There are no real losses to the people in the film or the people around. With a Civil war as they call it, there are casualties, big and small. In the comics there were many casualties and losses.
I mean, they intentionally left Thor and The Hulk out of the movie because they are the most powerful characters in the Avengers.
My final thoughts are these: Don’t watch this movie because it’s supposedly better than Batman V Superman; just watch it because you want to watch it.
I feel the Civil War was a Civil Mess. My favorite parts were seeing Spiderman and Antman in action even though Spiderman was a kid and Antman didn’t get much screen time.
Here’s for hoping the next Marvel films will be better.
Review - Gods of Egypt
Written by Will Harrison
Gods of Egypt was an enjoyable film.
It is not what I was originally expecting when I saw the trailer. That was a nice surprise.
I was expecting a typical gods vs humans story with bad CGI and an over abundance of fighting. However, what I got with this film was a good character-driven story with great casting.
Along with good storytelling and great Cinematography, this film was filled with great character building and a diverse retelling of Egyptian mythology.
Growing up I was always a fan of Egyptian mythology, so I appreciate how this film was handled.
My favorite character was Horus played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau. I enjoyed seeing his journey come to life on film.
The Beck character, played by Brenton Thwaites, was fun and entertaining.
I thought Geoffery Rush was brilliant as the God RA, and Gerald Butler was amazingly cast as the over powered, arrogant Set.
I feel the sound score was redundant in the fact that it sounded like something taken from The Prince of Egypt or Aladdin.
There were a few scenes that gave me flashbacks of Silver Hawks cartoon series.
Anyway I enjoyed this film and I recommend you watch it.
Review - Deadpool: Dawn Of Ryan Reynolds
Written by Will Harrison
Deadpool was a fun movie, filled with all the great stuff from the comic book series and beyond. The movie has a run time of 1 hour and 43 minutes, but because it moved so smoothly, it seemed like maybe an hour at the most. I really enjoyed this one. It was great to see a comic movie not hold back on anything.
The characters were casted well. Character development wasn’t held back by the normal crap in comic movies, like bad story or costuming. As a fan of the comics, I wanted to see everything in there. They stuck to the character and as I said before, they didn’t hold back.
Ryan Reynolds did a great job as Wade Wilson aka Deadpool. He was everything fans wanted including myself. It got a hard R rating, which it deserved but I wouldn’t expect anything less.
Tim Miller did an amazing job directing! There are no complaints here.
Morena Baccarin of Gotham and The Flash did an amazing job as the character Vanessa. She has great acting chops and I enjoyed her as this character more then role on Gotham.
I loved all the little hints and fun made at movies past that didn’t go well, such as Green Lantern and Wolverine: Origins. The film was hilarious with all the animated unicorns and such. That totally fit in for a Deadpool movie.
Another plus about this film is, they finally got Colossus right on film. He looked, sounded and acted like the character, unlike in the X-Men Films.
This movie was perfect in character and creation. It was non stop fun!
I give it Five out of Five stars
Review - Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Written by Will Harrison
Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is my favorite film of the year! I have been waiting for this one for a couple of years and I was not let down.
No, the film wasn’t perfect; every film has its flaws. Seriously, it was a four-hour film edited down to a runtime of 153 minutes. With that being said, I feel when that happens you always end up with possible plot holes or things that don’t quite make sense.
I honestly would’ve set through the whole four hours with no complaints, but that’s just me. I’m a big fan of these characters and can never get enough of them.
The opening premise of the film was plausible and reasonable, there was a lot of back and forth between the main characters, but a lot of the conflict could’ve been more direct. The only complaint I had was that I wish there was more time allotted for the actual fight between Batman and Superman in the film.
The special edition DVD version that comes out soon will have two hours worth of extra scenes and commentary. I’m looking forward to that.
Jesse Eisenburg was over the top as Lex Luthor but to be honest everyone that has played that character in films has been over the top. For me that doesn’t ruin the film. I actually liked this version of Lex because it showed him as an awkward genius but also a Psychopath. The other film incarnations have always shown him to be dumb.
Ben Affleck did an amazing job as both Batman and Bruce Wayne. There were a lot of complaints about him being too violent or aggressive, but in my opinion were unfounded. When you read the comic stories this film was inspired by such as The Dark Knight Returns, you will find that they also were violent and aggressive which is why they were such big hits – because they were so different.
Gal Gadot did a great job as Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman. Honestly she stole the show when she showed up in her Amazonian attire. Her accent was perfect and she played the character well. I look forward to her solo movie.
Henry Cavell did a good job as both Clark Kent and Superman. With this being his second film portraying the Man Of Steel, I feel they were trying to make up for mistakes in the first film with this film. I can’t wait for Justice League to hopefully see more of the character.
There is a lot going on in this film and with good reason. This film is set to get you ready for all the upcoming DC Films and its cinematic universe. So with that being said, don’t listen to all the reviews, go watch it yourself and form your own opinions.
I watched it with my thirteen-year-old son and we both walked out enjoying it and wanting more. I can wait for all the upcoming DC films!
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
Review - Krampus
Written by Will Harrison
Krampus is a dark film directed by Michael Doherty. I have to say I enjoyed this one thoroughly! I was excited when this one came out during Christmas time. I have been a long time fan of dark mythos such as this in which the film is based.
It starts out as typical Christmas film with the usual family and in-law conflicts of a great film of late such as Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation or Christmas Story but then it quickly goes dark and continues to get darker and darker as it goes.
If you don’t know the mythos of Krampus then here goes – Krampus is known to many as the dark brother or shadow of Santa Claus. This Goat/man creature is known for torturing and beating his victims for being naughty or not having Christmas spirit.
I feel the film had the right progression the whole time. I like films that surprise me with the events or actions taken by the characters and this film did just that.
The animation wasn’t cheesy (as expected) and in fact it was greatly done. It had a mix of animation, detailed costuming and props/puppets. I was honestly freaked out a little when seeing the dark characters come to life through the duration of the film. Of course that’s what I was wanting.
I was impressed with the whole film. This film was perfectly creepy in the creepiest way! I give it much applause. I highly recommend it!
FYI, don’t get this film mixed up with Krampus: The Reckoning – it is a cheap knock off and in no way related to the film that I just reviewed. I sadly watched it, so I do know what I’m talking about.
Rating: It gets 5 out of 5 stars.
Review - Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis
Written by Scott Cosby
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis is a solid DC hero animated film that offers a new interesting origin of Aquaman. This film picks up after Justice League: War left off. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern, Cyborg, and Shazam have united to protect the Earth, but they’re not a team yet.
There’s a threat once again when a submarine is attacked by an unknown force, which angers both forces of the surface world and those of the mythical but very real undersea city of Atlantis. Caught in the middle of this conflict is Arthur Curry (Aquaman), who has no idea that his strange powers are the key to bringing peace to both worlds. The Justice League and the water-warrior Mera must help him realize his heroic destiny and stop a plot to take over the Atlantean throne by his half-brother Orm (Ocean Master) and Black Manta.
The days of earlier animation styles are gone, replaced with a sleek style meant to pop in HD format. Justice League: Throne of Atlantis has vivid colors, thanks to its partially-underwater setting; there are a suitable amount of fight sequences on a bigger team scale. Aquaman is brought to life by the voice of Matt Lanter, best known for voicing Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars: Clone Wars animated series. Lanter has the experience necessary to give Arthur Curry some nice dynamic and subtle moods, which make the character have a unique identity. In short: he’s a good central character. The other Justice League characters are voiced by some well-known talent in the animation business, and they all fit very well together.
DC’s Geoff Johns wrote the comic book version, which was then adapted to film by Justice League: War and Assault on Arkham screenwriter, Heath Corson. There are only one or two distinct moments of combat worth remembering, both of them drawn from iconic panels of the “Throne of Atlantis” comic storyline. Such as when Aquaman disposes of Black Manta, but I’m sure that villain will survive somehow. The other similarity to the comic was Aquaman’s demeanor in the film. Another iconic villain makes an appearance at the film’s end, Lex Luthor!
Review: Poltergeist In 3D.
Written By Jill Buchanan
Poltergeist is a 2015 American supernatural horror film directed by Gil Kenan, written by David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi. A remake of the 1982 film of the same name, the film stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Jane Adams.
Poltergeist follows much of the same plot as the original film of 1982, but the characters names are different and there are many new, strange and frightening events that happen to the family that were not part of the original film.
The story begins by all seeming well for Eric Bowen (Sam Rockwell), wife Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and their three children, Kendra, Griffin, and Maddy, as they move into their new house in the suburbs of Illinois. Their father just lost his job, and they were moving into a house they would now be able to afford. However, they did not know at the time that the housing division was built on a cemetery that was supposedly moved to another place. Soon, their youngest daughter Maddy (Kennedi Clements) begins talking to an imaginary friend, in the television and also in her closet. It’s not long before sinister spirits wreak havoc in the home.
If you’re a fan of the original, as I am myself, I believe you will really enjoy this remake. As I walked into the movie, I thought I would know when the scary scenes would take place, but I didn’t. I thought I wouldn’t be scared and jump like a little girl, but I was and I did!
Even though the movie played along as a remake of the original film, the writer, director, and producer introduced many new frightful events that will scare movie-goers silly. Not to mention, the 3D effects always make movies better (in my opinion.). The 3D effects for Poltergeist did not make or break the movie; they simply added to a few scenes to make them more realistic for the crowd.
So if you love scary movies and you’re a definite fan of the original Poltergeist of 1982, then do yourself a favor and go see this movie.
Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times wrote: “The new Poltergeist might well be the scariest movie 13-or-unders have yet seen, just as the original was for their parents back in 1982. Those parents might find it an enjoyable trip down memory lane, even if they do now recognize it as largely a well-served collection of horror-movie tropes.”
This movie did take me down memory lane, and it’s been a lot of years since I’ve seen the original film. It brought back memories of the original and made me realize that this remake is just as scary today as the original was back then when I was younger. However, today’s Poltergeist is a new movie all by itself, with a new frightening twist to an old scary story. Even if you’ve never seen the original or you don’t remember the original, Poltergeist is definitely worth watching!
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Written By Chris W Cody
Interstellar is a Sci-Fi film directed by Christopher Nolan and stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Mackenzie Foy and Michael Caine.
Our story begins in a not-too-distant future, on our dying home, Earth. With all crops failing world-wide, a NASA pilot, turned farmer (Mr. “Alright, Alright, Alright!”) discovers a strange binary code that leads him and his daughter to a secret base, where he uncovers an ongoing mission. (That he, of course reluctantly volunteers for.)
After some emotional character building and plot devices presented, we blast off to save the human race from dust and drought. (Apparently going green, harnessing solar power and tidal winds didn’t work out, hippies!) So anyways, they take their super killer space ship to a giant wormhole and… well, you’ll just have to watch it or I’ll spoil too much of this fantastic voyage.
Sitting in my seat in the theatre, it reminded me of the “awe”, I experienced as a youngling watching E.T. for the first time, or as a teen, having my “mind blown, dude!” seeing The Matrix or Independence Day, with all the state-of-the-art special effects and sci-fi awesomeness. Interstellar will almost certainly be ranked up with these classics in my book.
Theoretical physicist Kip Thorne was a scientific consultant for the film to ensure the depictions of wormholes and relativity were as accurate as possible. "For the depictions of the wormholes and the black hole," he said, "we discussed how to go about it, and then I worked out the equations that would enable tracing of light rays as they traveled through a wormhole or around a black hole — so what you see is based on Einstein's general relativity equations."
So yeah, it might not be the perfect “date movie”, but it will definetly make you think, and the special effects and cinematography are out of this world, brah!
But seriously, don’t take my word for it…go see it for yourself. It’s worth the $8.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars
Written By Chris W Cody
Fury is a fictional WWII film set in April of 1945 and is written and directed by David Ayer and star’s Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, Jason Issacs, and Scott Eastwood.
The 5-maned tank crew sets out with the other Allies to make the way into the heart of Nazi Germany. Lead by the battle-scarred and tested tank commander named “Wardaddy” (Pitt), our journey begins with adding a newbie private typist to replace an assistant tank driver/gunner. His inexperience and lack of killer instinct endanger the men, thus resulting in some brutal lessons in war. Fury, has one of the most intense battle scenes since -Saving Private Ryan.
I enjoyed Fury, despite the fact that Brad Pitt’s hair somehow stayed silky and manageable throughout the horrific carnage all around him. It had all the blood and guts that you’d expect from a macho-driven war movie. But what I found different was inside that beast of a killing machine, the crew was scared and fragile. They wanted to go home and to live to see another day. The story captures this hidden frailty of the soldiers and makes them easier to identify with.
Check it out for yourself.
3.5 out of 5 Stars