Suicide Squad (2016)
Directed by David Ayer
Compared to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), this is not half bad. All you have to do is remove the boring build up leading to the introduction of the squad, the not so interesting dialogues in-between events, the wasteful presence of Joker in the movie and lastly the weird dance called spell casting by the enchantress and you have something you can watch.
Arguably, what is left is nothing much.
In the post credit scene is what you will call an introduction to the coming of the Justice League, for me I think DC is rushing this, but we have to wait and see how it will turn out in the end.
The focus of this review is Suicide Squad a side step from the Justice League movie and as side stepping goes, this movie will not amount to much in the life of an avid movie watcher. It is on the borderline between an ok movie and a boring movie.
As listed above in the first paragraph, those were the reason this movie isn’t much of a grand movie to go rush and see, and my major turn off was how undramatic the summation of Jokers presence was in the movie. The writers had many ways they could have used him, but choose to focus on using him as a boring interlude to an already not so great movie.
Will Smith on the other hand did a good job, it has been a while since I have been impressed by Will Smith, and I have to say this time he did impress me. Margot Robbie too was an interesting character, her portrayal of Harley Quinn will stick out as one to beat, if the character is ever portrayed again. Margot pulled off the perfect insane lady that made you crave for her presence. The thought that she was almost out of the squad half way into the movie, made me sad for a second until series of unfortunate events led her back into the mix.
Suicide Squad is as the comic put them, a group of villains merged together by Amanda Waller to be used for good. The group consist of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, El Diablo, Captain Boomerang guided by Flag (a special armed forces) and Katana.
They were gathered together to stop a raging magical being (s) who were on a quest of world domination.
For me Suicide Squad is a better step up to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016), but not as good a step up as I would expect and I do hope that the next set of DC planned movies would finally redeem the DC comic movie franchise.
Ratchet and Clank (2016)
Starring the voice of
James Arnold Taylor
Directed by Kevin Munroe
Not much of a gamer and this is my first introduction to the Ratchet and Clank series.
This computer animated movie had a bad box-office run, not even making enough to amount to its $20 million production cost. Word of mouth maybe the reason the movie did so badly. You can also throw the blame in the way of the marketing that the movie had, there was not enough pull out there to make me want to see this movie.
After seeing the movie, I cannot see how this movie could have been a hit, the whole story was flat and the animation was not grand. For a hit game series on Sony Playstation, the producers and writers didn’t do justice to the characters and story. They allowed the idea to ride on cheap comic happenings on screen and dumb irritating characters, making you wonder why they spent so much money producing a flick only fit to be a TV movie.
Even the lead characters Ratchet and Clank didn’t seem to have any such chemistry on screen and relied on their supporting characters to be able to fuse as a team.
Everything in this movie happened so fast, no character build nor story depth we are just in a world of weird looking creatures, with one trying to create his own planet and ultimately the bad guy Chairman Drek and the other trying to make himself matter AKA Ratchet.
The movie kind of reminded me of Kung Fu Panda, in the way Ratchet idolised the Rangers and somehow got selected to be one of them.
Crank was a defect in Chairman Drek production of fighter robots, how they shallowed his creation was epic. If you have half a brain you will spot many issues surrounding his creation, making you wonder why the writers could not have picked a better way of introducing the character.
The movie plots start with the introduction of Ratchet, an automobile mechanic who dreamed that one day he will matter, then an opportunity came for him to try out to be a Ranger, the galactic team who defend their planet from attacks.
A new enemy named Drek is devouring worlds and in other to stop him the Rangers were recruiting a new member. Ratchet auditioned for the role but got dropped, based on his bad records.
Meanwhile Drek created many fighter robots with only one thing in mind, destroying the Rangers before they foil his plans.
In the production of his fighter robots, one was defective and the defect robot escaped to Ratchet’s planet to warn and help them fight against the attack of the robots.
His first contact was Ratchet who lied to him that he knew the Rangers, and on their way to warn the Rangers, a wave of robots attacked the Rangers at their base. The robots were close to wiping out the Rangers, when Ratchet and his new robot friend who he called Clank, hatched an idea and saved the Rangers, there by propelling Ratchet from zero to hero.
Now engulfed by his new found fame as the new Ranger, he and his pompous Rangers decided to take the fight to Drek.
Skip this movie you don’t have to put yourself through it.