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Suicide Squad (2016)
Any good screenwriter gets suicidal after seeing this movie
Before I begin I just want to all to know that I neither a Marvel fanboy nor a DC one. I enjoyed superhero movies for most of the time till they began to spread out like - I don't think of another better comparison - cancer with all the sequels, prequels, reboots and stuff. But moviegoers still seem to enjoy most of these films. IMHO this genre peaked with the Nolan/Batman trilogy and had some great other ones like Iron Man, The Avengers, Guardians, Deadpool i.e.
The whole concept of the story behind Suicide Squad seems like a farce. The filmmakers are throwing names, characters, resume's towards us like there is no tomorrow. I asked myself in the first half hour if I forgot to watch the one before. There is not an elaborated background story at all except for the Joker/Harley part. There isn't a plausible reason why the Squad is formed to a squad. There isn't any logic behind any decision of the members of the Squad. So if any movie of his magnitude hasn't got a decent story, you began to watch out for flaws - and there are many of them.
First one, casting. Cara Delevingne is the miscast of the century. Although she was really okay in Paper Towns and The Face Of An Angel - this one is a total fail. It was like watching the villain in the Stargate movie all over again. Jared Leto's Joker is of course not comparable to Heath Ledger's Joker. But he fails to deliver badly, mainly because of his voice, hairdo and mask - he is like Jim Carrey as The Riddler in a bad way.
Than, the soundtrack. I like most of the songs. The Rain from Orange "Juice" Jones - just great to hear this one again. But the whole "let's take some of the known hits of the last 25 years" doesn't fall in place, it's like a mash-up gone wrong. They are playing The White Stripes and you are thinking "really? this one?".
On the plus side you have Margot Robbie who is the best character and she steals almost every scene in this. She has the best one-liners and gags of all the Squad members. Will Smith played well - he was back in acting shape.
So why went this wrong? I think that the filmmakers wanted to avoid comparisons to Guardians or Watchmen. And they wanted too much. A superhero saga with seven (or even more?) characters yet unknown to the moviegoers. So they hadn't got time and place for character development.
Now comes the spoiler part: I would have started with the Flag/Moone relationship as Moone is the key element of the story. Starting with this, they could've blended into the whole government Squad building program. Maybe thrown in some other members or army people, just to have some kind of a solid backstory. Well, they didn't.
So it gets a very unfulfilled 5/10
Funny People (2009)
What was the point of this movie?
I actually didn't get the point of this movie. Was it supposed to be funny? Or dramatic? Both? Well indeed, it wasn't both. Okay, some of the jokes during the stand-up sessions were funny. But why was this movie even produced? And why is it almost two and a half hours long? What's the essence of it? Funny people and comedians have problems, too. Successful entertainers don't have private lives? Don't be too successful - you could lose your friends? Please someone tell me. I enjoyed so much Adam Sandler-movies, he was great in "Reign on me" and "Zohan" and "Anger Management", but sorry this movie is nothing like his former work. And the rating of this movie is indeed a disaster - 7.4? No storyline, no punchline, it's only babbling the whole time. Sorry folks, a complete waste of time.
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Interesting story of a kidnapped woman making one phone call to save her and her family's lifes. Uprising tempo and well played characters except Kim Basinger. She is acting like she was not understanding what she was saying. Maybe the German synchronization was bad what i didn't quite understand why she spoke her lines less enthusiastic then the other actors. Maybe she was thinking like Bill Murray said for 'Lost in Translation' that she is in the wrong movie or something. But the movie is good, Ms Basinger. Compared to 'Phone Booth' this movie is very different. It is more fun to watch it and William H. Macy is playing again a good part. Go watch this to be entertained for one and a half hours.
Why is Nicole Kidman doing us so much pain?
I just saw this movie and it is bad. Well, i don't know why such a plot was ever written and such a movie was ever produced. This is not a good movie. After five minutes seeing this movie you don't understand why these things in the plot are happening. Woman hides letters, little boy finds them, reads him and peng, he is the dead husband of an now-again-engaged-thirty-something-woman. Okay. Well, everybody begin to believe that this little boy is indeed the reincarnation. I was just wondering why on earth people give money to produce such a dull, lame and bad movie. It's boring from the beginning to the end. Well, that's my opinion. I don't like it. You shouldn't watch this movie, it is a complete waste of time!