Starring: Will Smith, Joel Edgerton, Noomi Rapace, Edgar RamirezPlot: two cops have to stop some elves from summoning the dark one back and overtaking the world. But one is an Orc that hasn't been blooded and sawed off his own teeth! The drama begins now!Runtime: 117 minutesFun Trivia: The Orcish love song that is played is a Cannibal Corpse song called "Hammer Smashed Face", which they also performed in their cameo of Ace Ventura: Pet DetectiveReview: I would like to preface this review by saying I was really stoked to see this movie. I have a weird love of Will Smith, an understandable love of Joel Edgerton and I so very much enjoy saying Noomi Rapace's name. Also, it's a cop movie involving Orcs, Elves and Pixie's. Not the band the Pixie's, just the mythical creature. Throughout the movie I also found out that there are Dwarves in the movie as well, we just don't see them ever.I enjoyed this movie. I found it pretty formulaic and had little to no surprises for it's entirety, but I still thought it was fun. I love the Dungeons and Dragons aspect in real life, though I felt there could have been more sub text, or explanation of the world they live in or something. It starts off giving you (apparently) all the information one could desire to watch this movie. "Only a Bright can hold a magic wand", then starts in with the movie. Immediately I had questions, some being the world they're in, some being any sort of back story on Orcs and Elves, one glaring one being "What the heck is a Bright?" Doesn't need to be answered, move on.Truth be told it's a very straightforward movie aside from the fact we have fantasy creatures in the "real world" as we know it. To the point that it was almost boring. It's about two cops who find something that will change their lives, now they have the moral dilemma of is they should use it for good or for personal gain. But wait, there's more! They also have to fight off two rival gangs that both want what they've found, so much so that they're willing to kill for it.They also discuss how one of the gangs is trying to summon the dark lord, but not Voldemort, back from the dead to rule the world with magic... maybe it is Voldemort? I don't know, it there wasn't a lot described in this movie and it left me with more questions than answers, which usually upsets me, but in this case I was weirdly fine with it.I won't go into any spoilers as I'm trying to get past that in my life and want people to judge for themselves, but even if I wanted to spoil it there's really nothing to spoil.I found the movie almost racist, certainly so towards Orcs, but was curious if the Orcs were a subtext to society as we actually know it type thing. It was very much so a movie of the poverty line being drawn and how Orcs were at the bottom, the criminals and wrong doers of the world. Elves were very much the exact opposite of Orcs, being prissy and pomp, driving the fancy cars and looking down their noses on people. Maybe not racist, but certainly had a lot of issues with a lot of other things.Obviously none of the issues were with make-up as all the costumes and practical effects were immaculate, but apparently an entire company was left out of the credits for the movie, over 60 people not given the credit due for the work done. That sucks.I don't know, I think I just really wanted this to be Bad Boys 3 and have the Orc rip off his mask and be all "Hey y'all, I"m Martin Lawrence, I'm short and irrelevant, but you love me anyways!" but with a lot more swears. I still enjoyed it, but that would have been a great twist.I know this movie got voted for one of the worst, if not the worst movie of 2017 (I hope not, there's a lot of garbage this year), but I think for the costumes alone it's worth the watch. And if you like Will Smith like you should, give it a go, he's so close to being old school Mike Lowry, which is amazing.
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.