THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN
THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN
THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE! (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)
CAN HE DO IT?
SUICIDE SQUAD (2016)
Saw #107 last week, Suicide Squad. Warner Brothers asked at the screening that reviews be embargoed and I am a man of my word. And I would have loved this to be a good movie. It isn't. It's a mess. Strong start with Viola Davis as Amanda Waller (she's perfect) explaining to a few authority figures that she wants to take a few expendable metahuman bad guys and make an elite squad of them, a squad that could "take down the next Superman" if he went bad (ludicrous because m...ost of those selected have no powers and would have NO shot against Supes). Anyway, the villains are introduced with origin scenes/montages which really work. Then they are assembled to go to fight some vague threat in Midway City. And that's where this goes way off the rails as one of the villains they are attempting to control, the Enchantress, becomes the big baddie, together with her "brother." And we get "Ghostbusters"-style pyrotechnics and some of the most ridiculous moments ever as, close to the climatic scene, she keeps doing some sort of DANCE?!? People were laughing out loud at this (can't blame them). The Joker (Jared Leto) is barely in this, and when he pops up, he has very little to do with the muddled main plot. Suicide Squad, as with the other DC flicks, is pretty dark at times, and only Will Smith as Deadshot and Margo Robbie as Harley Quinn have the chance to create any type of characters. The rest are barely there, in the background, with almost nothing to do. Well, El Diablo (Jay Hernandez) gets a depressing backstory and one big moment. This film, with a couple more lighter moments than the previous efforts (mainly thanks to Smith and Robbie), is pretty much cut from the same cloth as Batman vs. Superman. Generic rubble and destruction abound. I will say that the Ben Affleck appearances as Batman are highly effective and maybe the next Batman movie will be the one they get right. Rumors of studio meddling with writer-director David Ayers' film abound, and that may account for this mishmosh of a film. If you're a comic geek, you need to see this, but you will be disappointed. If you're not, I can't say you wanna rush out to the theater. I think this will make money, but the next DC movie (Wonder Woman) I suspect will take a big hit at the box office as people will just be tired of spending $$$ for the awful movies being made under the DC banner. And Justice League may end up being the last one as I don't think WB needs to keep making these movies just to get pounded and break even at best. And if that comes to pass, what a damn shame! Curse you Zack Snyder!
SHOULD TLA SEE THIS? It'll make her suicidal
One more note - yes, Midway City is the comic book home of Hawkman. Nope, don't plan on seeing him here, although The Flash pops up for two seconds.