Suicide Squad – Movie Review

Suicide Squad, where do I start? I mean it was not as bad as the critics said it would be in their reviews. To be honest, I don’t think they were being very fair. But I would not call this movie the greatest movie ever, as there were many conceptual fails to this movie.

The movie starts of with a very long introduction. This is where DC did it all wrong. DC should have learned from Marvel and released individual movies about each villain. Everyone of the villains have exciting back stories that could easily become a movie. Then after all of these movies are released, they can be brought together into this single movie. Similar to what Marvel did with the Avengers. This would first of all clarify a lot of things about how these characters ended up in their current situation and prevent the huge back story that had to be told, allowing the current movie to move forward.

Another huge major flaw of this movie is the somewhat unbelievability of certain scenes in this movie. One that stood out the most was when Diablo (the pyrokinetic) was fighting Incubus. Diablo suddenly changed into an ancient looking mythical creature and started to speak the same language as Incubus. When I saw this scene, I was just so confused. How did Diablo suddenly just change into a non human like creature. I mean, he might have been a mythical creature all along, but that was never actually expressed in the movie. This is just another reason why making movies on each of these characters would have been better. Similar, a flashback of Harley Quinn (Joker’s lover) shows Harleen Quinzel jumping into a huge tank of what seemed to be wax, looking as if she was killing herself. But then the Joker himself jumps in after her, saving her life. This scene was very confusing as it was just a flashback that occurred at a very random time in the movie, having no association with the storyline at that current time at all.

Although this movie is about the villains, it failed to portray the evilness that villains are meant to have. At the end of the movie, the villains no longer became villains anymore, they all changed and became heros. They are villain heros. I mean, why couldn’t they just have a smaller extra bad villain who was just trying to destroy the city and mid way through the battle, have the villains switch sides causing the extra bad villain to take control of the city. In my mind, that would actually be a movie about villains. Unlike superheros, there has not yet been a defined way of creating a classic movie on villains. But this attempt by Suicide Squad did not succeed in establishing a villain formula in any way.  

Finally there were also huge flaws in the storyline. If the world is about to die because of Enchanted, then why didn’t Batman show up to help? I know this happened in the days after Batman vs Superman and that Batman might be keeping a low profile, but the world is about to be destroyed and you still don’t come and help out? Also even though Superman is badly injured, the last scene of that movie was his coffin levitating. I am sure he could have somewhat recovered by now, he is Superman after all and the world was in pretty bad shape at that time.

The only section that did somewhat make sense was the mini-credit scene. Waller hands Wayne a stack of classified government information on meta-humans in exchange for her own protection. This linked up nicely with the end of Batman vs Superman as Wayne told Prince that he is trying to form a group of metahumans in Superman’s absence. This is a nice leadway for the Justice League movie that would be coming out next year.

However, I do have to commend the movie on its extraordinary playlist and movie score that Steven Price composed. Each villain had their own theme that reflected their physical appearance and more importantly their mental state. There were also a lot of classic pop songs such as Bohemian Rhapsody which fit certain areas of the movie very accurately.  

DC could have went a very long way with this movie. It could have been a contender to the Marvel series of superheroes but it decided to take the small step, instead of a giant leap.

Concept: 6/10
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Acting: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Storyline: 4/10
★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: 5/10
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

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The BFG – Movie Review

This film brought me back to my childhood days of reading Roald Dahl Books and entering his wonderful world of imagination. The Big Friendly Giant, or BFG was a true classic as almost everyone from my generation knows about it. It is a story about a friendship between a giant and a little girl called Sophie.

As this movie was adapted from a children’s book, director Steven Spielberg, was able to keep some of these small story telling elements alive. The opening scene of a London alley way looks realistic but also, in a way, very comical. It feels like a perfect combination of the two different worlds placed together. In other parts of the film, it could be clearly seen that Spielberg had been influenced by Dahl’s long time partner and illustrator, Quentin Blake. The exaggerated ears of the BFG and the cape he wears all seem to have been inspired by Blake’s drawings.

One of my favorite moments appeared in the later portion of the movie. It was during the scene when the BFG and Sophie get to dine together with the Queen of England. Just like Dahl wrote in his book, the BFG sat on a grand piano with a dresser on top of it. The table had 4 grandfather clocks as it’s legs with a large wooden piece as the table top. Using a garden spade as a fork and a knight’s sword as a knife, the BFG had a very traditional English breakfast. But after he had a sip of coffee, which was served in a huge silver bowl, he decided to share some of his special drink, the frobscottle with everyone. Because the bubbles from this drink goes downwards it causes everyone to fart or as the BFG calls it “whizpopping”. He offered the drink to the Queen and her Generals. Once they feel the gas, the whizpopping began and it was expressed in the most exaggerated way possible. This use of exaggeration is justified here as the movie is based off a children’s book.

Although the overall story and concept is great, the acting was lacking a bit. It was felt that the actress, Ruby Barnhill, playing Sophie was not that great. Although Barnhill did a good job, I just felt some of her emotions were not conveyed thoroughly enough to truly express what Sophie is feeling towards the audience. I might be asking a bit much for to a little child who is the same age as my brother, 12. I feel like Games of Thrones star, Maisie Williams, would have been a better candidate for this role. Williams would have been perfect for the role when the first season of Game of Thrones came out. Although she has grown older I believe she would still be a good fit for this role.

The music to the movie really helped bring the emotions out and of course the great score was composed by John Williams. The short and beautiful motifs really added to the effects of the movie. The distinction between the urgent and calmness could clearly be seen. But within this intense music the undertone of a children’s movie could still be felt.

Overall, the BFG really captured my childhood dreams and imagination. It was a really great movie, turning dreams into reality.

Concept: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Acting: 5/10
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Storyline: 9/10
★★★★★★★★★☆

Overall Rating: 6/10
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

 

Mad Max: Fury Road – Movie Review

Mad Max: Fury Road is one of the most exciting movies I have watched in awhile. The genius way that George Miller had directed this movie makes it a true spectacle to watch.

For me, the greatest part of the movie was the action packed car chases that could be seen throughout the movie. If you just look at the storyline of the movie, it is actually very simple. It is just about how a Cult Leader tries to get his wives back from a rogue follower that successfully helped the wives escape. The simple story line becomes amplified with the introduction of the V8 clut and the way society is shaped and formed in this movie.

The V8 Clan was something straight out of Miller’s wonderful imagination. Creating and developing a Cult based on the V8 engine was truly spectacular as it was the only truly mechanical thing in that wasteland. Having the number of cars they have is also a sign of power. With the War Boys serving Immortan Joe as their true leader and believed that they had to die a glorious death in order to enter the gates of Valhalla.

The costume of the movie was truly spectacular and I understand why the Academy Award was awarded to Jenny Beavan. Her work was spectacular. Beavan was able to use her costume design to create another level of meaning for the moving. The wives of Immortan Joe all wore white. This is a great contrast as before the introduction of his wives, nobody had worn white. It could also be symbolic in stating that the wives were angels, and they were the ones who will save this dying cult. Beavan also uses her costumes to show the different cult, with each cult having a very distinctive dress code that aligns with their ideologies. Everything was perfect from head to toe.

The action scenes in this movie is another highlight. The whole idea of placing all the action of the movie on vehicles is just such a magnificent idea. This is also complemented by instead of using flashy looking sports cars, all of the cars are modified and welded together into different shapes and sizes. There is even a dedicated music car, where a War Boy just plays the guitar just to hype the other drivers up for the battle, which I personally think is really badass. The way the battles were fought were also different. Instead of just having a firefight, there were some imaginative ways of attacking the enemy. There is a speer with some explosive on the end where the War Boys throw, and it blows up on impact. There are these long swinging poles that are able to throw the War Boys onto other vehicles. It is a very primitive way but also a very effective and innovative in a post apocalyptic world.

My overall verdict for this movie is very positive. As mentioned before, this movie was one of the better movies I have watched so far. I hope Miller would produce and direct another movie in this series. I would definitely be first in line to watch that movie.

Concept: 10/10
★★★★★★★★★★

Acting: 8/10
★★★★★★★★★☆

Storyline: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: 9/10
★★★★★★★★★☆

 

Waterworld – Movie Review

Waterworld is a post-apocalyptic movie that describes a world where the polar ice caps have completely melted all land has been covered by water. Only the Himalayan range is able to stay above water and becomes the only land that exists.

The movie follows a character called “The Mariner”, a drifter who sails around in this trimaran. He has evolved to have gills and webbed feet, allowing him to stay underwater for extended periods of time. He would dive down to the bottom of the ocean and scavenge what he could find and trade it to communities built on waters known as atolls. In one of these atolls, he meets a small girl with a tattoo that is said to be a map to dryland. As a long time has passed, dryland is now a myth to these people. The movie goes on to document how The Mariner’s journey with this girl, Enola and her guardian, Helen.

First I would like to comment on the overall concept of this movie. It is pretty creative to imagine what life would be like if all of the polar icecaps have all melted and it does feel like this could be what the future looks like. These water communities that are floating around the ocean is really what they seem, having to fend for themselves against the elements.

I found it very interesting on seeing the small details of how these atolls functioned. Some of the technology they have developed is pretty amazing to me. Simple everyday tasks becomes hard to accomplish. People are not able to grow food as there is no agricultural fields. Also evolutionarily speaking, the atolls are also in trouble. Due to their limited number of people, soon the gene pool in their community would decrease which can cause children to have disabilities. This was discussed briefly in the film, which I thought was a very nice touch.

I also like how the film somewhat incorporates real events into the movie, such as the Exxon Valdez hull. This gave the movie a sense of realism. But on the other hand some of the visual effects that were done in this movie was just terrible. With a $172 million budget (the highest movie budget at that time), you would really expect the special effects to be made somewhat believable. Sure this movie was made in 1995, but there are decent technology at that time to make everything seem realistic. Two scenes in particularly stood out to me the most. First it was the scene where The Mariner went fishing and suddenly a giant monster swam up to him and tried to kill him. For just a few short seconds when the monster fish jumped out of the water, it could clearly be seen that that fish was not real at all. It stood out like a sore thumb! I honestly do not know how Kevin Reynolds (the director) let that through.

The other scene is when The Mariner jumps off an airship to rescue Enola from being captured by pirates. He manages to save her just before all three pirates crash into each other on their jet skis and causes them to blow up, forming a big fireball. The fireball is one of the ugliest and unrealistic I have seen. Again it just seemed out of place as if someone had out a paper cut out of an explosion over the water. Again, with such a big budget these smaller details should not really be there. It should all be just a bit more realistic.

Overall, I really enjoyed watching this movie. It would have been good if the focus of the movie changed from finding dryland as the main storyline to showing the harsh conditions of Waterworld to cause people to realize the harsh realities of climate change. I think that way it would affect people more and allow them to have a reality check on the consequences of melted ice caps.

Concept: 9/10
★★★★★★★★★☆

Acting: 7/10
★★★★★★★☆☆☆

Storyline: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Overall Rating: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

 

Me Before You – Movie Review

Me Before You was a very touching romantic drama film based of the novel “Me Before You”. It is about the relationship between William “Will” Traynor, a cynical paralyzed former investment banker, and Louisa “Lou” Clark, Will’s personal caregiver. The film centers around how Lou is able to turn and change Will’s cynical idea around, making him enjoy life as a disabled man again.

On the macro level, I would say that the movie is simple and elegant and showed what it intended to portray. It is that sort of film that you would watch in your spare time, not one that would be nominated for Best Picture at the Academy Awards. This film also reminded me of another French film that was also about a paralyzed man and his caregiver called “Intouchables”.  The storylines between these two movies are almost identical. The difference between the two is that one is about romantic love and the other is about friendship.

The underlying meaning about this film is for us all to love life. No matter who we are or what we look like, we are always able to accept and enjoy life to its fullest. Will was not able to accept his new self, as he was a rich investment banker that did a variety of fitness activities, but now depends on two people just to get him out of bed. Emotionally and mentally it is very frustrating for him. But Lou, a life loving girl was able to show him that even though his is different now, he is still able to enjoy what this world has to offer. This underlying message is an important one as it is the underlying message of this movie.

Both Emilia Clark, who played Lou, and Sam Claflin, who played Will, were excellent in portraying their respective characters. As it was a highly emotional movie, I was attracted to and felt for the characters in the movie. In the last euthanasia scene, the feelings of sadness of losing Will and the joy/ happiness for Will could be felt in Emilia’s character. It was a very powerful moment which left me in a state of awe and grief.

Considering this was director Thea Sharrock’s debut work in the film industry, I am very impressed with what she had achieved. She has created a very touching story that stayed true in the most simplistic and elegant way. There was no huge twist on it and everything was very black and white. I would definitely recommend watching watching a Saturday night with a glass of wine. You would not regret it.   

Concept: 5/10
★★★★★☆☆☆☆☆

Acting: 8/10
★★★★★★★★☆☆

Storyline: 6/10
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆

Overall Rating: 6/10
★★★★★★☆☆☆☆