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.
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Tagged Amanda Waller, Batman v. Superman, Captain Boomerang, character development, DC Cinematic Universe, Deadshot, El Diablo, Harley Quinn, Joker, Review, Storytelling, Suicide Squad, villains
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 Ghostbusters low 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.
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Tagged Arrow, Batman, DC Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy, Harley Quinn, Joker, Katana, Movies, Music, Slipknot, Storytelling, Suicide Squad
I try my best not to ever read reviews – I made that a habit a long time ago. I honestly really like to decide for myself what I will think of a movie or book or album without being clouded by other people’s opinions. And in reality, that’s almost always the best way to do things. It’s why I’m so fascinated by other people throwing disproportionate tantrums when critics hate a movie, or when people hate that a certain movie was made (Ghostbusters; I’ll get to it).
I mean, I didn’t even watch them, just saw that they had happened because my social media started popping up with movie trailers that aired during it. But especially after such a disappointing and controversial Oscars this year, I had to run off and see what had won!
Link to that here.
Very nice! Deadpool, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Mad Max Fury Road… there’s some good stuff there. Nicely done, MTV Movie Awards. To be fair, Deadpool would be an option for next year’s Oscars, so we’ll see how that goes…
But the categories, the movies, the everything, better. Maybe it’s time to replace the one with the other…
Sorry there’s not more to this post than that, but! Have a few trailers after the jump!
Posted in Movies, Trailer Watch
Tagged Civil War, Deadpool, Mad Max: Fury Road, Magical Beasts and where to find them, Movie Trailer, MTV Movie Awards, Oscars, Suicide Squad, The Force Awakens, Trailers
Recently the trailer that was shown at Comic Con for Suicide Squad got leaked on to the Internet and then shortly afterward got officially released. The only reason that it got officially released is because the WB did not want the shaky phone cam footage of the trailer to represent the film. They actually went so far as to admonish any fan who posted or shared the footage as it was illegal and they wanted to create a special or exclusive experience for the Comic Con attendees.
Exclusives can be great incentives for people to buy or attend something, but can some exclusives be either elitist or seem counter intuitive? A lot of times video games have exclusive content based on the console the game is on, which awards people who own that console. Other people still get to play the game, even if they miss out on that one piece. It is the same thing for exclusives during pre-orders that those who are willing to put down their money early can get extra features, but anyone can buy the game later and play the same game. These are very different types of exclusives than showing a trailer only at a convention and it makes me wonder if they really do anything.
Posted in Comics, Movies, Rant, Teh Webz, Trailer Watch, Video Games
Tagged Batman Versus Superman, console exclusives, DC, exclusives, Fox, San Diego Comic Con, sharing, Suicide Squad, Trailers, Warner Bros