Being that Reel Talk will only be featured once a month, I figured I would review more than one film per post. This month, we review the highly anticipated Suicide Squad, the much hyped DC animated adaption of Baman's The Killing Joke and the the mysterious follow up to 2008's Cloverfield: 10 Cloverfield Lane.
Release Date: August 5th, 2016
Synopsis: Figuring thy are all expendable, a U.S. intelligence officer decides to assemble a team of dangerous, incarcerated Super Villains for a top-secret mission.
Review: Somewhere buried in DC's latest attempt at building a shared cinematic universe lies a great movie. However, despite Davis and Robbie on the nose depiction of their comic characters, Harley Quinn and Amanda Waller respectively, as well as some touching emotional moments, Suicide Squad's uneven pacing and generic villains, hinders its' potential to be truly great. But it isn't the Joker or ______ that's the main antagonist to the Squad. No, it is the cliched script that is the force to be reckoned with. No one is expecting Oscar worthy lines from a comic book movie. However, when your dialogue is reminiscent of GI Joe PSA ads and fortune cookie fodder than it may mean that a couple of rewrites may be in order (Yes, we get it, you are "bad guys"! Thanks for the countless reminders Will Smith). But maybe rewrites and re-shoots aren't the solution. Perhaps, they are the problem! Due to the complaints of the dark nature of Batman V Superman, re-shoots and re-writes were done in order to "lighten" the tone of the movie. While some of the humor does hit, ultimately it comes off as a feeble attempt to emulate the formula that has made the Marvel brand so successful. Was the original film more palatable or is this really a case of too many chefs in the kitchen? Down 0-2, DC can only hope to get a point on the scoreboard with their next film Wonder Woman. (C)
Director: Sam Liu
Release Date: July 25, 2016 (Limited Theater Engagement Prior to Home Release)
Synopsis: Batman must save Commissioner Gordon from the Joker's twisted quest to drive him insane
Review: DC's animated adaption of Batman The Killing Joke fails to live up to not only the incredible hype but more disappointingly, the iconic impact the story had on the Batman mythos. True, it was going to be a challenging adapting the source material into a full length film. However, the additions created ,specifically for movie, did little to enhance the story line. Rather, it proceeded to somewhat tarnish and unnecessarily trivialize the legacies of both Batman and Batgirl thus resulting in a very unsatisfactory entry in the animated world of DC Comics' movies. In addition, the retro animation is charming at first but soon grows rigid and fails to take full advantage of the excellent voice work of both Kevin Conroy (Batman) and Mark Hamill (Joker) (C-)
Director: Dan Trachtebberg
Release Date: March 11th, 2016
Review; Abandoning the shaky, first person perspective of its' predecessor, 10 Cloverfield Lane succeeds as a taut thriller that takes advantage of its' ominous and eerie tone as well as its' great performance from the seasoned veteran John Goodman .(B)