Starring: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Adam Beach, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Common, Jay Hernandez, Adele Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Cara Delevingne, Joel KinnamanPlot: a group of criminals is assembled to form a team that the government uses to help save the world from "metahumans" and other threats.Review: I had no real problem with this movie. I know a lot of people didn't like it, but I thought it was fine. I believe a lot of people had issues with the movie and a lot of people hated it, but I am certainly not one of those people. Part of that is I have a weird love for all things Will Smith, another part is it was really just a pure action movie, a third part being I enjoy most things lately. I think too many people just have problems being happy with things.It's a really basic plot where, shockingly, things go wrong from idea one. One guy runs away and dies, one girl becomes the big villain. I think a main reason people didn't like it was because it wasn't what they wanted from the comics. Be it that it wasn't loyal enough to the story, or they wanted more bang for their buck, or Margot Robbie to get nudie somehow, whatever it was, people were upset. Too many people wanted too many things from it, I mean, it's a comic book movie about B grade villains who go around and sort of save the day, but not really. The dialogue wasn't great, the action was ok, the scenery was ok, they opened up a lot of things for the future, I don't see the issue. I certainly didn't think it was going to change the way I saw movies, that would be ridiculous.If anything, I thought it made a lot of the characters for the future better. It shows that Batman isn't just a crazy guy who unloads bullets into people with reckless abandon and that he avoids killing people, would rather save a villain to show them justice over killing them. It showed the Flash for a second, a witty smart-ass who saves the day with speed. It doesn't show Superman, he's dead still. Doesn't show anyone else from the DC Universe, but eludes to a lot of things.I suppose my two issues with the movie would involve Jared Leto's Joker character and the lighting of the movie. The lighting is an easy fix, it was pretty dark the entire movie. Filmed at night and the only light would have been fire and explosions, which is all well and good, but makes it slightly difficult to see. Apparently things like explosions don't happen in the daytime anymore.My issue with the Joker was slightly more complex than the lighting sadly. I had no particular issue with how Leto's acting was, merely that I am unsure what iteration of the Joker he was attempting to emulate. It seemed to me that he was trying to do Caesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger all at once, but with a mash up of being "street" as well. He's a fine actor, but it seemed all over the map and I was unsure of how to take him. I was hoping for a slightly more evil and vindictive Joker as his love is incarcerated, but it was more of a happy-go-lucky Joker that kind of got lucky with how things went.But those two things didn't make me dislike the movie in the least. I thought it was very different than BvS:DoJ, which it was supposed to be. I thought everyone did well in a script that could have had a pass around one more time, I loved Will Smith and it was nice to see him in a role that wasn't ultra serious, as is his custom lately. They even gave a explanation as to why he isn't wearing the Deathstroke mask the entire time.I will likely see this movie again as I'm sure there are parts I missed, but I certainly won't bash the movie. It was on par with the new x-men movies and not near the best Marvel movies, but that's because I'm a Marvel guy, it's not a bash to DC.See it if you want to have some fun and see some people get shot/have boomerangs thrown at them.I won't go into spoilers as it's only been 3 days, but we're going to be doing a podcast on it and posting it soon. I'll end up doing blurb about where to download things for people if they want to listen.
A new trailer for the upcoming DC comics film Suicide Squad just dropped and I'm just arrogant enough to feel my opinion is worth sharing! Get ready for stream of thought ramblings about the SQUAD!!!!!!Love the music choice. The action is fast paced and frenetic with a nice mix of superpowers and gunplay. El Diablo looks way cooler than I thought he ever could be. Slipknot is so clearly cannon fodder that they didn't even mention him in the team rundown (poor guy). I love that Katana's sword is clearly magical (it`s called the Soultaker and based on that you can probably guess what it does) and that they had the balls to show us magic in the trailer. Curious the see what role Enchantress will play, and rumours suggest that it will be pretty major.Before I delve into the characters that got a lot of focus in the trailer, I want to state for the record how amazing Jai Courtney looks as Captain Boomerang. Boomer is an unrepentant, misogynistic, racist asshole that you can't help but enjoy and if the movie does it's job right he should be everyone's favorite character. The short scene in the trailer, where he sneaks away from battle to drink a beer, is a perfect example of what makes Boomer great: cowardice and hedonism.Speaking of spot on characterization, Margot Robbie was born to play Harley Quinn. She is charismatic, funny and completely unique. Her accent feels iconic without being too close to the classic Tara Strong voice (Tara's is the version in Batman; The Animated Series and the Arkham games). Leto's Joker looks equally enthralling, though there wasn't a ton of new footage of him in this trailer. I know a lot of people don't care for the tattoos, but I think they help make him look more intimidating in live action. I also think that small changes like the tattoos or the Mark Zuckerberg stylings of Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman will help give the movies a unique feel. I like the ideas of unique versions of classic villains, rather than a greatest hits version.I also enjoyed Will Smith as Deadshot in the trailer. He seems the most altered from his comic counterpart; Floyd Lawton (Deadshot's real name) is generally either unhinged or emotionless. He really captures the confidence of Floyd and looks really great in the action sequences (wrist guns all day!)Overall I'm very very excited and cannot wait for August!