‘The Suicide Squad’ Film Review

The Suicide Squad (2021) - IMDb

After the critical and audience reception of 2016’s Suicide Squad, writer/director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) was brought in to give it a new life. The Suicide Squad serves as both a sequel to and reboot of Suicide Squad, as not only does it take place in the same universe as the rest of the previous DC films that have come before it, yet it does manage to do something different, with all sorts of new characters and a mission that is pretty much the same, but on a massive level when compared to the 2016 film. Still, the premise is reminiscent of the original; Viola Davis’ ruthless Amanda Waller brings a group of criminals together to stop a worldly threat in order to get their sentences reduced lest they back away; if they do that, she activates a microchip that ends their life, though not in a PG-13 way.

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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Film Review

Grade: A-

Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Al Pacino, Kurt Russell, Damon Herriman, Timothy Olyphant, Harley Quinn Smith, Mike Moh, and Margot Robbie in Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood (2019)

Despite this being his ninth picture, ‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ does not feel like a Quentin Tarantino film. It has all the Tarantino touches, fetishes, and obsessions on display (the excessive profanity, graphic violence, and gratuitous shots of bare feet), but it is the director at his most restrained and mellow; relying more on the glitz, glamour, and nostalgia of 60’s culture. Tarantino has crafted a time capsule I could fully immerse myself in, and the style shows. For once, I felt like I was transported back to a time where the Golden Age of Hollywood was ending and the Manson Murders reached infamy (I didn’t say it was all pleasant).

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‘Peter Rabbit’ Film Review

Grade: B+

James Corden in Peter Rabbit (2018)

It is honestly such a relief to discover that ‘Peter Rabbit’ – based on Beatrix Potter’s classic children’s stories about a mischievous rabbit named Peter and how his love of vegetables goes too far when faced with adversary, Old Mr. McGregor – is actually better than it should be. When it comes to adapting this source material, care should be taken to make sure it does not stray away from the charm that made it such a beloved classic (it worked with both ‘Paddington’ 1 and 2); while ‘Peter Rabbit’ does tend to step its foot in juvenile waters (In one scene, Peter thinks it is funny to stick a carrot in Old Mr. McGregor’s butt crack when he is not looking), its heart is as big as its sense of humor, leading kids laughing/quoting its phrases, and adults smiling.

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‘Suicide Squad’ Film Review.

Score: 4.5 out of 5

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One of DC’s comic books has finally been translated to film in what may be nearly the best way ever; on-screen, we see amazing effects, a story involving global destruction, a city being destroyed by sibling witches, and a group of freed criminals strutting their stuff on the streets while wondering about their pasts. Throughout the majority of ‘Suicide Squad’, we get to know more about and possibly enjoy what may be DC’s best characters since Batman and the Joker (who both happen to be in the film in a few scenes). To be honest, I would love to see these characters, maybe not make appearances in other installments in the DCEU (DC Extended Universe, for short.), but in a sequel, if this film keeps bringing in the dollars.

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