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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….

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#Fury – A Tango’s Thoughts review

Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Pitt) has commanded his tank-crew Boyd ‘Bible’ Swan (LaBeouf), Trini ‘Gordo’ Garcia (Peña) and Grady ‘Coon-Ass’ Travis (Bernthal) through hell and back but when rookie recruit Norman Ellison (Lerman) joins the crew, all bets are off. David Ayer wrote and directed the (can-be) war epic Fury.

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My initial thoughts when I saw the trailer to this film was; Another movie about WW2? Damn, that can’t be good. But, as they say, you can’t judge a book by its cover, or in this case, a film by its trailer, so I just had to see it. And I was actually surprised by it, I really was. I went in to this film thinking that it would at least be somewhat entertaining so my expectations were very low, and even if Brad Pitt has been a fan favorite of mine since Thelma & Louise, his performances hasn’t been the greatest of late (in my opinion). Sure, he was great in Moneyball and gave a semi-decent performance in 12 Years a Slave, but ever since (the god awfully titled) The Assasination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, it feels like he’s just phoning everything in. And now we have Fury. It seems like mr. Pitt opened up his bag of tricks, pored it all out on the table and just went to town on this film. Absolutely an Oscar-worthy performance, I have to say! And add to that a spectacular performance from both Shia LaBeouf and logan Lerman and an okay performance by Michael Peña and you have yourself a pretty damn good ensemble. Oh, did I leave one out? Oh yeah, John Bernthal, sure. Yeah, he was okay in the film, I guess, but it just felt like I was watching TWD’s Shane in a Nazi-infested world rather than a zombie-one. Nothing spectacular about it, just the same old animalistic douchebaggery we’ve all seen before.

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As for the movie itself, well… it does throw a few curveballs your way. Nothing fancy, just a few twists and shocks here and there, but they’re spread out good through the film in a way that whenever the film feels to slow down, it pops right back up again and I liked that a lot. As far as the story goes, it’s pretty much just a swirled take on the ‘mission behind enemy lines’ story we’ve seen before, but it works. Even if I’ve seen the main basis of it before, it still felt fresh and original. It showed you the animalistic nature of man but also his compassion. The film felt real in a way not many movies do, so Tango’s ‘Stamp of Approval’ received!

I’m not gonna go any deeper into this right now but you can jot this one down on your ‘to watch’ when I (eventually) release my Youtube-series. Anyway, I’m gonna wrap this one up with these final thoughts; Every decade has its fair share of war-centric films but there is always a few war epics that stands out among the crowd. The 80’s had Platoon and Full Metal Jacket, the 90’s had Saving Private Ryan and Schindler’s List, the 2000’s had Flags of Our Fathers and Enemy at the Gates. Give it a few years and I’m pretty sure that Fury will rank among these now classic war epics. Yeah, it’s just that good!

So, now that I’ve taken care of that, what now? Oh yeah, I’m gonna go watch another movie so I’ll have something else for you cinephiles to read about shortly, but until then…..