‘Wonder Woman’ Review: Patty Jenkins Rescues The DCEU With A Fun Female-Led Superhero Movie

MV5BMjQ2NzQ5MTQ5NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjQyOTYzMjI@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1499,1000_AL_

The DCEU badly needed a win and Patty Jenkins delivers big time

Female-led action movies are still having a hard time at the box office. Ghost In The Shell is the recent film to fall victim to such a pattern. These movies make significantly less than male-led action movies and are still considered a gamble to make. With the DCEU’s latest movie streak, they desperately need a movie both fans and critics can agree is good. Wonder Woman is not only the DCEU’s first good movie, it may also be this summer’s best superhero movie.

Continue reading

Top 10 Most Disappointing Movies of 2016

2016-04-01-1459488050-1567099-bvs

After looking at my most anticipated movies of 2017, it’s time to look back at the movies of 2016 and more specifically, the ones that didn’t deliver. These movies are not the worst movies of 2016. These are the movies that have either started with a lot of potential but have let me down by the end or movies that I had big expectations and let me down anyways. These are the movies that should have been great but ended up being big disappointments.

10. Jason Bourne

jason-bourne-review-02

Not as bad as others on this list, Jason Bourne was not where it should be. Definitely the worst of the franchise, Paul Greengrass did not make this franchise’s big return start well. A bad subplot, poor camera work, and predictability made Jason Bourne a disappointment for fans and a terrible start for new sequels.

Read full review here

9. Independence Day: Resurgence

id4-gallery4

Remember when Independence Day was a fun movie? Well, not anymore. My enjoyment of Independence Day: Resurgence lied within my enjoyment of the new moving seats in my local theater. Sure there are moments of pure fun, but it often tried too hard to be something serious.

Read full review here

8. Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

v1-bjsxmdu2odazo2o7mtcxmti7mtiwmdsymdawozewnzy

Tim Burton and a unique YA novel sound like a great mix. From the start, Miss Peregrine was a rather good movie. However, some bizarre and tonally awkward moments keep this film from being great. That scene with the skeletons and monsters fighting in a carnival to techno music is still one of the worst scenes of 2016.

Read full review here

7. The Light Between Oceans 

ocean1

The Light Between Oceans was supposed to be an Oscar contender. Imagine what happened when I got out of seeing this movie. Emotionless, soapy and overlong, Cianfrance (director of Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond The Pines) gets tangled with a rather compelling story.

Read full review here

6. Allied 

mv5bnjq4ntqxndy0nf5bml5banbnxkftztgwmti1mde2mdi-_v1_sy1000_cr0014991000_al_

Another movie with Oscar buzz that got away from us. Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard give all around poor performances, and no suspense is giving to us in this thriller. Allied can’t decide which story to tell and ultimately leaves both stories with only the surface scratched.

Read full review here

5. It’s Only The End Of The World 

itsonlytheendoftheworld_03

Xavier Dolan has made his first bad movie. Not only does It’s Only The End Of The World have no story, but it totally wastes Marion Cotillard, who has not had a good year with this and Allied. The cast made of Lea Seydoux and Gaspard Ulliel is completely mistreated. Oh, and let’s not forget the pretentious metaphors.

Read full review here

4. Morgan 

morgan-gallery3-gallery-image

Anya Taylor Joy finds herself rising high with The Witch. Here though she is the only good part in this sci-fi thriller. The characters are uncompelling while the story’s central idea never fully capitalizes. What could have been the Ex Machina of 2016 is instead another forgotten mediocre sci-fi with potential.

Read full review here

3. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Batman-v-Superman-Final-Trailer-hq.jpg

This is will surely be on a lot of people’s worst lists and for a good reason. Batman v Superman just couldn’t deliver to the expectations. I liked that it was trying to appeal to a mature audience and differentiate itself from Marvel. However, the cartoonish villain and the failure to captivate was what ultimately resulted in Batman v Superman to get the third spot on this list.

2. The Girl On The Train

943b2ac0-28f3-0134-b055-0a814d95abff

After Gone Girl, I had high hopes for The Girl On The Train, and I was quickly disappointed by what it ultimately became. Emily Blunt was by far the only thing good about this. The rest was flat out boring and uninspired. Instead of having an intricate mystery, we were left with a Lifetime original movie.

Read full review here

1. Suicide Squad

maxresdefault

Harley Quinn, The Joker, and Deadshot all in one movie. It’s going to be great right? Not one bit. Apart from interesting characters (thanks to the comics), nothing in Suicide Squad is good. The horrible choppy editing and the horrific third act are just the on the surface of this terrible DCEU movie.

Read full review here 

What is your most disappointing movie of 2016? Tell me down below or tweet me @Plan_Zd

‘Suicide Squad’ can’t surrond its cast with a decent movie – REVIEW

David Ayer fails to rescue a desperately failing DC extended universe with the Worst. Heroes. Ever

Suicide Squad sets place after the events of Batman v Superman and follows a group of villains forced to save the world of an evil entity. The films stars Margot Robbie, Will Smith and Viola Davis and is directed by David Ayer.

maxresdefault

The strength of this movie comes from it’s magnificent cast. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn are fantastic. They perfectly capture the essence of each of their characters and one can only hope to see them in better DC movies. The rest of the cast is also great. As usual, Viola Davis as Amanda Waller is also terrific. She may be one of the most interesting characters along with Deadshot and Harley Quinn.

The DCEU style continues to be an integral part of the movies. It’s slightly artsy and more daring than your average comic book movie and it does work. The colours and the shots create some unconventional styling that surprisingly works.It’s this kind of style that is going to help distinguish the DC from Marvel. However, sometimes its a style over substance issue that hurts the movie. The style seems to be the focal point and the story is left lacking. There needs to be a balance between both style and story.

n2kepp0-157376

However, was there even a story?  Because it was non existent in this movie. It seems like the people involved in the movie never tried to build an interesting story line. What they were preoccupied with was trying to build their characters for other movies. While it does work on a very small level, the movie greatly suffers because of this. All the movie is on the surface is character expositions. While it can be interesting, the way Suicide Squad does it feels forced and rushed. The movie would’ve greatly benefited from having already introduced these characters in prior movies. Then they could’ve done a much stronger story and ultimately a much stronger film.

Suicide Squad does start rather good even though it’s very exposition-y. Nevertheless, it does crash and burn somewhere in third act. It’s very straight forward and it looks terrible. The director has no idea where he’s going with this movie and the third act feels like it’s being made in the moment. Along with it comes some terrible CGI that looks very cartoonish and reminiscent of Fantastic 4.

suicide-squad-will-smith-deadshot-margot-robbie-harley-quinn.jpg

By far the biggest flaw of Suicide Squad is its horrific editing. The movie doesn’t feel cohesive and scenes are just thrown in the middle of a bunch of scenes in which don’t belong there. The characters sometime feels like their forgetting that there’s an evil entity destroying the world and that’s all because of the editing. It jumps from scenes to scenes and from tone to tone. There’s even one part where the movie jumped from a joke scene to a serious scene within 30 seconds and neither scene made sense. The movie is extremely confusing because of this and it never prevails.

Suicide Squad’s lazy story telling, choppy editing and terrible third act makes it the biggest disappointment of the summer. Apart from interesting characters, nothing in Suicide Squad makes it a worthy competitor against Marvel and that in itself is disappointing.

REVIEW: C-