Suicide Squad – Tango’s First Impressions

Okay, so the movie has been out a short while now and in that time, it has managed to amass a serious amount of negative reviews. Sure, it has had some positive ones as well and it seemed the fans have stayed divided. I finally got a chance to see it, so let’s take a look at what I, Tango, thought of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad.
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First off, I have to talk a bit about the casting. Every single one was spot on, in my opinion. Will Smith’s Deadshot was amazing, Viola Davis’ Amanda Waller was fantastic, Joel Kinnaman’s Rick Flag was brilliant and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn was phenomenal, hell, even Jay Hernandez’s Diablo was great. But what about Jared Leto’s Joker? Don’t worry, we’ll get to that later on. Karen Fukuhara’s Katana was not in the slightest bad, but I actually prefer Fukushima’s version in the Arrow-verse. But, and this is a big but, the one that really surprised me was Jai Courtney’s Captain Boomerang. Fuck, I never thought I’d say this but the guy wasn’t half bad. I actually liked him in this, which came as a haymaker out of left field.

But, on to the Joker now. I have seen comments about his performance online where they put his performance through the dirt and I have seen comments rising him to almost Ledger-like status. Me, I am one of those that loved the shit out of it. It was lunacy incarnate in a way that felt new but at the same time familiar. Sadly, his screen-time was cut down to a miniscule part, but given the way the movie itself played out, I’m having a hard time figuring out where he could’ve been for it to work for the better. His part was small but efficient and I am anxious to see where he pops up next. Kudos to Leto for bringing us a fantastic take on an iconic villain.

Onwards we go to the story of the film, and this is where it gets a bit wonky. The story of a group of bad guys coming together to fight an even bigger threat is not something new, nor is it groundbreaking, but for us comic book fans, it was a pure delight. It did feel a bit all over the place, but the red thread was there (which you all know was something that was severely missing from BvS) and I’m kinda leaning towards blaming that on the editing. Some cuts felt off and out of place and the pacing suffered a bit for it. We had flashbacks thrown at us at random and we had flashbacks that came right when it should, so yeah, I blame the state of wonky on the editing.
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David Ayer managed to bring together a group of rag tag villains, known to lesser known, in a funny, action packed and sometimes even heartfelt way and even though the movie had its flaws (which they all do, even The Lion King), I left the theater with a faster than usual heartbeat and one of the biggest, nerdiest smiles I’ve had in a while, so to end this first impressions-post, I’m giving the Suicide Squad a ‘Platinum Stamp of Approval’. Yeah, that’s right. Fuck everyone downvoting it, ’cause this movie was spectacular!

I’m leaving you now in a quandry, as I’m not sure if I’m gonna watch Assault on Arkham or revisit Batman v Superman, but rest assured, there will be more reviews (of sorts) coming your way again soon, but until then….


The Legend of Tarzan -Tango’s First Impressions

When it was first announced that we would get another Tarzan adaptation for the big screen, I felt a surge of mixed emotion. On the one hand, I would’ve loved nothing more than to see a great Tarzan movie but on the other, the history of Tarzan movies have shown us that that is not an easy feat to accomplish. Later on, it was announced that Lord John Clayton the 3rd, Tarzan, would be played by Alexander Skarsgård and those earlier mixed emotions turned to a slightly more negative scale. Now, having seen the movie, there are no more mixed emotions. Let’s take a look at what Tango thinks about  a few things surrounding David Yates’ The Legend of Tarzan.

Tarzan Poster.jpgThe first thing I’m gonna have to talk about here is the Tarzan we get in the film. When we first meet him, he’s living with his wife Jane in London under the name John Clayton the 3rd, as he would have had his family not been shipwrecked in the Congo when he was a baby, and he has seemingly left “Tarzan” behind but due to a collaboration between old foe and new, he heads back to Africa, with wife Jane and George Washington Williams, played by Margot Robbie and Samuel L. Jackson respectively. As the story progresses, we see the now civilized John Clayton slowly revert back to his old self, peeling off layer after layer until there’s only Tarzan left. This was a very fun take on the character to watch, and I have to say,Skarsgård did a great job. Any and all doubts I might have had was flushed away, because not only did Skarsgård bring a “Tarzan of the apes”-worthy physique, but he brought a depth to the character that I was not expecting. Truly a happy surprise. Kudos on this particular casting. This performance shows many a good thing in Alexander Skarsgård’s future.

As for Margot Robbie’s Jane Porter, yeah, that too was a great casting choice. I admit, I haven’t read Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan of the Apes’ in a long, long time so the only real reference points I have here is the Disney movie we got in 1999, but I loved that portrayal of Jane and Robbie’s iteration felt very similar. She may not have been the most integral part of the story, but she also was (you’ll know what I mean when you see the film) and the way Robbie brought her to life was great.
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Now, I’m not a historian but I do have some bits and pieces of knowledge spread out across the board so it was pretty fun to see Samuel L. Jackson’s portrayal of George Washington Williams, a fictionalized adaptation of  the real life American Civil War soldier George Washington Williams. It was a fun way to bind together history with fiction an Williams’travels to the Congo served as a major plot point in the film, and Jackson did what he always does. He delivered, plain and simple.

As for the plot of the film, well… it brings nothing new to the table as the film gives us a mixture of very familiar plot points; the return of the prodigal son, the chosen one, the damsel in distress, political mischief, slavery, revenge and so on, but they all blend together perfectly, making them all together feel somewhat unique and in combination with the great cast, spectacular visuals and a fantastic score, I’m gonna have to go ahead and give this film the ‘Tango’s Stamp of Approval with honors. It wasn’t the greatest film I have ever seen but I enjoyed the hell out of it and I can’t wait until I’m able to see it again.

Now, you might have noticed that I didn’t mention anything about Christoph Waltz’ Leon Rom, or Djimon Hounsou’s Chief Mbonga. Why? Let’s just say I’m saving that for a later date.

Also, as I’ve been employed with a real job like a real grown-up, Tango’s Thoughts have had to suffer some negligence, as my Summer of 93 event has been postponed indefinitely and my reviews have been too far apart, but I’m working on my comeback along with a new layout of how I do things, so there is good things ahead on the site, I promise you that. But alas, I have no more time today, so I’m gonna leave you with this first impression of The Legend of Tarzan here and go work like a real life boy.

Take care.

 


#TheTrust – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Originality seems scarce in Hollywood right now but every once in a while, a movie comes along that makes you remember why you loved movies in the first place. This is one of those movies.

The Trust posterSergeant David Waters (Wood) and Lieutenant Jim Stone (Cage) are both bored and desillusioned with their jobs at the Evidence Management unit for the Las Vegas police department, so when the opportunity of a lifetime reveals itself, they decide to break bad. Not the most original of plots, but the way the film is shot accompanied with a fantastic scoring makes it work in ways I wouldn’t think possible before. It had a sense of Ocean’s 11 style heist movie in Juno type indie film pace. It sounds awkward and weird, I know, but it absolutely works. The cinematography is gorgeous and the overall tone of the film is just pleasant.

Both Wood and Cage makes fine work with their characters, but the one thing that really made this film pop was Cage. Over the years, we have all witnessed the dwindling of his performances and the Oscar winner hasn’t really shown us lately that he actually is an actor of said award caliber, but trust me when I say.. Nicolas Cage brings his A-game in this one. He has with him his entire bag of tricks and it was a real pleasure seeing the Nicolas Cage of old back at it again. Add to that a beautiful chemistry between the two and you leave this movie experience with a smile of satisfaction on your face.

The film was written by Benjamin Brewer and Adam Hirsch, and directed by Benjamin and Alex Brewer and it breathes a new sense of life in the heist movie-genre, and even if it’s not completely original, it has quite a few elements to it that I personally am not used to, and even if the ending was at times easy to foresee, it still came off as a surprise. All in all, The Trust is a really good movie, and I would very likely recommend it to friends and enemies alike. Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval ‘ received, with honors.

Well, that’s it for now, but I’ll be back again soon with more goodies for you to read, but until then…

Bye.

 

 


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