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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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Suicide Squad Official casting confirmed!

Well would you look at that. In the midst of all the holiday bonanza, the official casting for the Batman V. Superman-follow-up movie, Suicide Squad, is announced, and the geek in me can’t seem to stop giggling. Suicide squad banner

The casting was reported by The Hollywood Reporter earlier today, and the ensemble is looking pretty damn good, I have to say. Will Smith, Tom Hardy, Cara Delevingne, Jai Courtney, Jared Leto and Margot Robbie has all been signed on the helm the ominously awkward team of (evil?) do-gooders and apart from Jai Courtney, I am a fan of them all. “But who will play who?” you ask… well, let me tell you.

Suicide Squad cast and charactersRick Flagg, the group leader, will be portrayed by none other than Bane himself, Tom Hardy. Some might say that it’ll be a bit confusing, seeing as he already did another DC-character (iconically, one might add), but for an actor to helm two different comic book characters is nothing new. My thoughts on the cast; Awesome!

Captain Boomerang will be portrayed by the (in my opinion) awkard Jai Courtney. Not my first choice, but seeing as Captain Boomerang is far from a favorite character, I don’t really care, it could go either way.

Enchantress will be portrayed by the mysterious but oh so talented Cara Delevingne, which I see as one of the best casting choices of the decade. Nothing at all can go wrong with that one!

Deadshot will be played by, and this was a Big surprise to me, Will Smith. Wow! How did that happen? But who cares, it’ll be sinceriously badass!

And finally, the couple to end all couples, the Insanity-embodied duo of pure and utter chaos, Joker and Harley Quinn will be portrayed by Jared Leto  and Margot Robbie respectively. How hot is that? Harley has yet to be immortalized on the big screen so I’m really excited to see how Robbie will handle it, but the Joker…. well, that’s a different scenario all together. Cesar Romero, Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger have all brought us spectacular Jokers all in their own rights, but I am more than certain that Leto has the versatility needed to do them all justice.

As I mentioned earlier, I am not a fan of Jai Courtney, but apart from that, I am excited about this ensemble and I can’t wait for Batman V. Superman to be over so I can start getting really excited for the Suicide Squad.

What do you think about these choices? Let me know. And tune in tomorrow for another installment of my 2014 Holiday-a-Thon, keeping the merriment going all through Christmas!

Take care now, bye bye then….


Much ado about randoms IV

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Okay, as many of you know, I hit the theater last Friday for a viewing of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and as such, I promised you my thoughts on it….. Why haven’t I given you these thoughts? Well… frankly, it’s because I was disappointed with the movie. Why was I disappointed with a movie that so obviously is awesome? That’s easy….isch. Yeah sure, Bryan Singer’s back in the director’s seat and yeah, he brings back what we loved with the first two X-Men films. But I feel that it didn’t quite match up with what we got/felt in First Class, the same way X3 didn’t give us what we got from the first two. Don’t get me wrong, I loved the movie, but it just wasn’t as good as First Class…….. 

Jared Leto Dr StrangeOn a completely different Marvel-subject, there’s been a lot of talking all over the internet about Jared Leto being cast as Dr. Strange, which I think would be a great match. We all know deep inside that Leto has what it takes to do a great job with the character if given the chance. However, if it will happen or not… we’re just gonna have to wait and see. I give the casting-choice the Tango’s Stamp of Approval, to say the least….

Continuing on with Marvel (yeah, I like that topic), we have received confirmation that Channing Tatum will be playing Gambit. What do we think about this? Well, I think it could work out great,  BUT…. to be compltely honest, I think that they should’ve given Taylor Kitsch a second go-around with the character, because, in my opinion, he was great. He just didn’t get as much screentime as would’ve been needed to give the character justice.
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What do you think, Channing or Taylor? They could both work, I think, but … well, again, we just have to wait and see. However, there’s been a lot of talk about Tatum changing the character/super hero etc…. and I don’t quite understand the need for everything to change. If they work in the comics, why can’t they make it work on screen? Ludicrous, is what I think it is…

Well, there you have a little something from my end… Now, I’m off to the gym for some R’n’R! More goodies coming soon, but until then……..