It’s that time of the week again! Okay, so I keep missing out on weeks because I post these ones as close to Sunday as possible and I haven’t had the time to write them lately… But that just means more movies to talk about! So, these past few weeks, what have I been watching?
SUICIDE SQUAD (2016)
I love DC movies. I love Harley Quinn. I adore Margot Robbie, Will Smith, and Jared Leto. And this film contains so many awesome characters, I can’t help myself but watch it every now and again. However, I find the plot rather, dull at times. That’s not to say it isn’t entertaining too.
A U.S. intelligence officer assembles a team of dangerous, incarcerated supervillains for a top-secret mission. Now armed with government weapons, Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, and inmates have to work together as Task Force X.
When you have villains, brought to justice by superheroes, that are then made to fight on behalf of civilisation, of course, it’s going to be good fun. Throw in Jared Leto as the Joker and you’ve got what should be an amazing plot line. And it is in places. However, I find the whole Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) story a little too close to X-Men Apocalypse.
Who doesn’t love Ryan Reynolds? Who doesn’t love Ryan Reynolds dressed in a tight superhero (???) outfit?
Well, the babe that is Mr. Reynolds plays the witty, charismatic and hilariously funny Wade Wilson who is a former Special Forces operative. He now works as a mercenary, falls in love with Melissa and sadly discovers life isn’t all peaches and cream.
To become superhuman, he volunteers to be a guinea pig for Ajax (Ed Skrein) who tortures, disfigures and transforms him into Deadpool. The rogue, mutated experiment leaves Wade aka Deadpool with accelerated healing powers. With help from mutant allies Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Brianna Hildebrand), Deadpool uses his new skills to hunt down the man who nearly destroyed his life.
This movie is so funny, even in the darker moment you are brought back to humour.
AMERICAN PSYCHO (2000)
Let’s address the elephant in the room. If you haven’t seen this movie, just do it for the shower scene at the start of the movie. You’ll thank me later!
Anyway, American Psycho is set in 1980s NYC. And Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale) is part of the pretentious socialite club where the most important things in life are money, status, and fitting in.
But being part of this fakery can break you and it certainly does that to Patrick who goes on killing sprees whilst continuing to live his life as a douchebag.
Plenty of dark humour (there’s a trend going on here isn’t there?!), murderous rage, and fantastic acting.
TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
Welcome back to Cary Grant, this time starring alongside the beautifully elegant Grace Patricia Kelly aka the Princess of Monaco. Not only does Grace play the wonderfully upper class, thrill seeker Frances Stevens but she is also the ultimate movie style icon. You can read a bit more about that here.
Frances meets ex-thief John Robie (Cary Grant) in the midst of him proving himself innocent of several jewellery burglaries in France. When Frances discovers who he is, she wants in but she finds herself trying to prove John ‘The Cat’ Robie’s innocence too.
The stunning scenery, classic Cary Grant mannerisms, and suspense make this the perfect cat and mouse movie!
ROGUE ONE (2016)
I know plenty of people say “you can watch this movie without watching the others” but they’re lying. How can you possibly appreciate Rogue One: A Star Wars Story if you haven’t watched Star Wars. You don’t need to watch Episodes 1 – 3 (people tell me they’re awful but I like them!) however you must watch the Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford films to appreciate the effort taken to make this movie.
Rogue One fills in plenty of the gaps that were missing from the other movies which many fans appreciated which is the main plot point for the film.
Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) discovers that her father (Mads Mikkelson) helped build the Death Star, a planet killer. However, she also finds out that he has created a fault that provides a weakness, allowing any attack on the weak spot to destroy the space station. Several Rebels help her in the mission to get the data plans to the Rebel Alliance.
I adore this story. It’s incredibly clever and fits perfectly between Episodes 3 and 4 of the saga.
FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM (2016)
Like Rogue One, you kinda need to be a part of the fandom to enjoy this film, although not so much regarding the plot. Just enough to be able to enjoy it as there is a lot of magic and funny, made up words! However, this movie, in comparison to Rogue One, really does stand on its own.
In 1926 Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) has just completed a global excursion to find and document an extraordinary array of magical creatures. He arrives in New York where he meets the No-Maj (American for Muggle) Jacob who accidentally picks up Newt’s magical suitcase case where some of Newt’s fantastic beasts escape causing some havoc. Although, not quite as much as the Obscurus which is tearing through NYC in a murderous rage, risking the exposure of the Wizarding community. Newt and Jacob meet Tina, who attempts to arrest Newt for his actions but ends up assisting him in finding the creatures with Jacob and her sister Queenie.
I’m a sucker for anything Harry Potter related! And this film is the perfect spin off for Potterheads. Give it a try, even if you aren’t a huge HP fan. You may fall in love, just like my mamma did!
Okay, that’s quite a few films… There are more but I will save them for next week as I will be going away next Friday to visit a friend so won’t be able to do a live update (hello social life, where did you come from?)