As David mentioned yesterday we went and saw Suicide Squad this weekend. I had been looking forward to this movie, but after reshoots and a push back on the date I was a bit concerned about what we were getting. In the end I generally enjoyed the movie and there were some moments that really drew me in, but in the end I feel like the movie was not quite sure what it wanted to be. There were starts to all of these different stories that seemed interesting, but none of it felt quite fully realized. The best comment I heard from someone is that it felt like the cliff notes version of like 10 movies. Now this does not mean that it was not generally enjoyable, but I think my biggest complaint is that none of the storylines felt very fulfilling for me.
Now I think some of the problem seems to stem from the fact that this movie seemed to start down one path and seemed to switch part way through. An example of this can be seen by simply watching the progression of trailers, which starts out somber and then all the trailers after that go an entirely different direction. In the end you can still see elements of the original somber movie, but with these weird cuts and jokes overlaid and then you have the added element of being shown after Batman V Superman, which just adds a bit of unnecessary elements.
Opening night this last Friday, Holly and I went to go see Suicide Squad. The timing was partially just the only chance we would have to see it before an upcoming vacation, but it was also fun to be there opening night. It was a bigger crowd than the other movie we saw recently on opening night – Ghostbusters. Both have had some controversy boiling around them, so it was interesting to see that comparison.
We went into Ghostbusterslow on expectations about it, as in we were open to experiencing whatever they decided to present us. However, when it came to Suicide Squad, I had a lot of expectations and concerns going into the movie. Maybe that had to do with the hype machine behind it, the huge number of trailers, Batman vs. Superman, the talk of a troubled production, and of course most recently the critical response.
I had some specific things that I was concerned about, though, and here’s the thing: I feel like I got an answer to all of my concerns. And I think that was a big contributing factor to me enjoying the film. It was satisfying to have answers to all my questions about the film within the film. So let’s go through what I was thinking about after I saw it! I’ll try to keep this spoiler-light, if you’re wanting to read and consider going to see this.
Welcome to the Comparative Opinions podcast! This week hosts Holly and David, and guest host Julia, have a spoiler-heavy conversation about Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and the budding DC Cinematic Universe that the studio hopes it ushers in. Verdict: probably worth the $2 to rent.
A lot of really exciting things always come out of San Diego Comic-Con, and this year was no exception. A lot of teasers and trailers were released, giving us first looks at several upcoming films that already have a lot of buzz. I’m only highlighting the ones that really stuck out to me, which unfortunately is most of them…