Thursday, August 4, 2016

"We're the bad guys, it's what we do." -Harley Quinn

I'm known for being quite vexing, I'm just forewarning you... -Harley Quinn
Another opening shift, another day.

I was still debating if I wanted to see Suicide Squad this weekend. It was opening weekend after all, and I still have movie passes from work as well as some gift cards.

Most of the time, I try to see movies opening weekend. Yeah, I'm that kind of movie-goer. I'll even do midnight showings... but these days, 'midnight showings' mean as early as 6pm the day before. (Maybe because it's Summer?)

So after work, I figured I'd go see the movie. If anything, the violence would entertain me. I got there early since the movie theatre is conveniently right across the freeway from my office. To kill time, I sat in my car and played Stella Pop as well as some Lara Croft Relic Run.

I walked up around 5pm and a little after that, they started letting people in. I grabbed some snacks (I was starving and really hadn't much to eat that day, and by the time I hit the concession stand for my usual soda, my stomach demanded I get a hot dog... and my impending PMS asked for the sour candies.)

The theatre was quite crowded, and as soon as I sat down, I noshed on the hot dog and then stuck my earbuds in to tune everyone else out since I was by myself. As assumed, people would walk past me toward the vacant seats to my left only to be told by the army of people that they were saving those seats for people. (Saving seats always reminds me of school where seats were either 'saved' for actual people... or simply to ward off people who they didn't want to sit near them. There ought to be laws regarding saving seats. Like one person can only save two seats - one on either side - and have to be present to save those seats... and not just drop a hoodie or purse or snacks on the chair. I mean, I'm all for saving seats, but it has gotten WAY out of hand.)

About the movie...

I will say that I went into the movie with low expectations. I mean, come on, I think it's popularly known that Marvel has been killing the game, and DC has been playing catch up. I feel though that they're getting better.

For example, I like Man Of Steel. No it wasn't great, but it was good.

Batman V Superman - I liked it. I just felt that they jammed WAY too much into one movie. It was the gateway drug to The Justice League, but it's like... instead of taking time creating story and background and developing things a little smoother, a little cleaner, they put out more of a rough cut. (For example: I can see how the back and forth between Clark's and Bruce's timelines/stories would get a little confusing. Also WTFRAK was up with Luthor? I mean, I liked Eisenberg's portrayal, but that's not the Lex I know. I never knew him to be crazy... but meh, that's just me.) I did like them showing the others to be in the League. I like all the actors/actresses chosen. (I mean, Wonder Woman? COME ON!!! AMAZEBALLS!!! The trailer is NERDPORN!!!) My fave preview was Cyborg.

Can't wait to see League.(The trailer looks cool. And yes, just because it looks cool doesn't mean it WILL BE cool... but I like to save judgement until after actually having seen the final product.)

Okay, onto the movie at hand.

I'll start off by saying I liked it. Again, it wasn't great, but I was able to follow the story with all the flashbacks and all that, and it provided a nice balance of humor and action. Overall, it was way better than I was afraid it was going to be... which is saying something.

When I first heard about the casting, my mind immediately went to the DC-TV-verse (much like I did when they cast Justice League). I had grown so used to Arrow and The Flash series on CW that my mind immediately went to those casting and couldn't really imagine anyone else fitting those roles... no matter how big of a Will Smith fan I am.

To be honest, I was mainly worried about Harley and The Joker. We can all testify to the fact that no one in the world can beat Heath Ledger, but Jared Leto's take on Batman's infamous foe was not really all that bad. And Harley was adorable. Margot Robbie did a great job in portraying her. If they are serious about giving her a stand-alone movie, I'd be interested to see what they come up with.

Even though Marvel has found the magic spell in their franchise, DC is slowly making their own way. The series they have - Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, Lucifer... (I really wish they'd bring Constantine back) - and that's just the live-action stuff. We had Man of Steel, Batman V Superman... and I am pretty sure that Wonder Woman is going to kick ass because... well, come on! (I remember watching BvS, and when Wonder Woman showed up in the final battle, everyone cheered... louder than any other part in the whole movie.)

I'm holding out for Justice League to be at least better than it's DC movie predecessor in this whole series of film adaptations. I'm not sure I like how they've changed - or how *I* feel they changed The Flash from the TV show to film, but I like Ezra Miller so I'm willing to overlook how I feel for now.

It's a slow and steady climb to catch up with Marvel. It's easy to slam on DC and make fun, but I'm a nerd and in being one, I want to see my nerdoms succeed, so I'm pulling for "the little engine that could" and hope that - in the end - it will prevail.

Wow. That last bit was a little weird, eh?

What do you think? Am I the only one that feels this way?

Okay, off to bed because aside from really needing to go to sleep, I think I'm actually tired enough to do so.

Later my lovelies.

Have Goodness!

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