Suicide squad Vs Critics.

Having seen Suicide Squad, I don’t really get all the hate. I didn’t mind it, but there are parts I’m not happy with that I would change. The tone is all over the place, with some funny scenes mixed with some gritty ones and while it’s not a complete mess that some critics believe it is, it’s fair from perfect. The problem may be in the kick arse trailer that got everyone’s attention, promising a fun light handed romp instead of the overly dark movie we got. Will Smith is great as Deadshot, pulling off a costume that makes sense of paper but is one of the more difficult to portray on screen. Margot Robbie is great as Harley Quinn, in fact all of them are fairly decent with their roles.

The squad itself is a weird mix of supervillains, some part of either the classic line up or the current one and I do feel bad for Adam beach’s Slipknot, who has very little screen time. Is it the line up I would’ve picked? No, but then I don’t get to write movies for living and each character I guess gets one special moment to shine. As for Jared Leto’s Joker, while that problem is worth unpacking. Apparently a lot of his scenes were cut, which is a shame because he delivers a creepy version of the Joker. Yes it’s not Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker but with 75 odd years of Batman we are allowed to have different takes on the Joker.

So what did I think of it? It’s a bit of a mess, but I enjoyed most of it. Is it the worst movie I’ve seen? No, once you seen “The Room” you’ll be more forgiving of films. The thing with the Squad is that there is a great movie in there some where just trying to burst free and it’s a shame that what we got is still good, but fair shorter then what I was expecting.

As for critics, well I get what they’re saying but I think they’re going about things in the wrong way. Being a critic is giving an opinion and you don’t have to share that opinion. That’s fine. But to attack some one for sharing that opinion is kind of wrong, which some fans have begun to do. I for one am glad that no body has been so incensed with that I wrote that they’d send me a threatening e-mail. But on the flip side, being a critic doesn’t mean you have to be a jerk about things.

Even if I don’t like some thing (and that does happen) I always try to find some good in it. It’s not really healthy to hate on every thing for minor problems or just be overly critical because that’s a great way to lose ones enjoyment in things and turn it into a job that isn’t very fun. Yes a critics job is to critique things, that’s the idea, but the flip side of that is if you’re just being negative for the sake of being negative then you’re perhaps gone to far.

But again, just because some one says some thing you like is bad doesn’t make it so. If you like it, that’s great, and if they don’t that’s okay too. Not every one is going to like or enjoy the same things as you. Take it from some one who thinks the Howard The Duck is one of the greatest things ever. If I got into an argument over that, well it would be the first time that happened but still you know what I mean. Just agree to disagree and leave it at that, no need to hurl abuse around on the internet of a disagreement over a rating.


Reinventing Deathstroke + Deathstroke rebirth 1 review

So Deathstroke, what is his deal. Ultra badass mercenary in the DC universe. The Anti-Batman if you will, where a rich man fights good by becoming a merc for hire. The prototype for Deadpool. But lately his comic has been well, not the greatest. Since the Nu 52 as the kids call it, Deathsstroke has been given the chance to shine in one of the few villains to get a solo title, due to the fact I guess he isn’t oturight evil in some cases, and is just evil for hire. His first run was a bit of a mess. The first 8 issues was rather interesting, and dealt with Deathstroke going through a midlife crisis of sorts.

And you know what? It was fairly decent as well, and dealt with consequences of ones actions. Was it violent? Heck yeah it was, with one person even getting a broken Jack Daniels bottle stuck in their eye. It was perhaps too violent. After that, things derailed with Lobo fighting Slade, and then some confusing nonsense with Slade’s children coming back to life and a former boss trying to kill him. The new series was more streamlined, but just as silly.

Slade becomes young again after an attack left him so badly beaten he needed to call I-Ching in for help. Some one is targeting his son and daughter and it turns out it’s his father, who is trying to take over the world using a cult or some thing. It’s a bit of a mess story wise but the fights are impressive and well paced, the fight with batman is rather impressive in terms of pacing and art work, it just lacks a certain some thing. The lastest arc, where some one kills his daughter Rose just goes on and on with no clear direction, as if it was spinning wheels waiting for the Rebirth to happen. It’s not bad, but it just feels to take for ever with little pay off.

With Deathstrokes rebirth coming hope I am hoping to get a decent take on the character. He sort of falls into the Lex Luthor category, some one who could be good if they put their mind to it but choose not to, for various reasons. In fact the more interesting take on Deathstroke could be him being challenged to make the world a better place but not murdering everyone inside of it. I mean it’s not really the most original story line, considering Captain Cold and Lex Luthor did it themselves, but it’ll add a layer to a character who is famous for the amount of ass he can kick, which is a lot.

Deathstroke’s is part of the new Rebirth line up and I have to say, it’s a lot better then the previous versions. Written by  Slade’s return to old age has been hand waived away and we see a deadlier version. When who isn’t incumbent with family ties, but a strong moral code of the contract. It’s violent but good, and it’s what Deathstroke should be. If you’re a fan of the character you may not be disappointed. As it stands, this is back to basics. Is it ground breaking, not really but is it fine? Yes it is.