New to Home Video: December 13th 2016
General Synopsis - Suicide Squad
After the events of Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice the United States government decides that they need a defense plan if a Superman level threat attacks. Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) proposes the Suicide Squad, a team of super villains who are currently incarcerated and could be bribed into working for the United States government. This team would be known to a select few and if something goes wrong, we blame the villains. The Suicide Squad consists of Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Diablo (Jay Hernandez), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and Katana (Karen Fukuhara). Together they make up the Suicide Squad, the worst heroes ever. What could go wrong?
Recommendation - Suicide Squad
I was so excited for this movie and it was unfortunately a pretty big disappointment. The reason for forming the team made absolutely no sense since a Superman level threat would destroy everyone on this team without breaking a sweat. Amanda Waller was also way too dumb. She should be cunning, she should be menacing and she should be a master strategist. She should have a backup plan of the backup plan for the backup plan. Instead we got an Amanda Waller that made poor, off-the-cuff decisions and almost all of those decisions backfired in her face. I thought Enchantress was depicted very poorly, and the movie was cut together as if it was a two hour trailer for the real Suicide Squad movie that was never released.
As far as positives for the movie, I liked pretty much every member of the team and I liked their chemistry together. I thought Will Smith was great and I thought Margot Robbie was great too. I thought the movie had some fun action sequences. I do not think Suicide Squad was a good movie so, to the average movie goer, I cannot recommend adding this to your home video collection. However if you are a DC diehard, a superhero diehard or just want a mindless action packed film, then this movie is for you.
General Synopsis - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Jake (Asa Butterfield) has grown up hearing his grandfather's stories about Miss Peregrine (Eva Green) and her home for peculiar children. Miss Peregrine is a woman with the ability to manipulate time within her general location, the children living in her home have extraordinary abilities. Jake (now a teenager) assumes his grandfather is crazy until hie dies in a mysterious way. Jake then sets out to find Miss Peregrine and her home for peculiar children, but discovers a great looming danger as well.
Recommendation - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. That could have something to do with my low expectations for it, but I still had fun with it. Visually, this movie is stunning as it features Tim Burton's unmistakable style. I really enjoyed learning all about the children and their abilities as well as the mythology that goes along with this world. Eva Green is compelling whenever she is on screen but I would have liked to have followed her character more since she is, in my opinion, one of the best actresses working today and Miss Peregrin was such an interesting character. I thought this movie utilized all of the various abilities in fun and creative ways, from Jake witnessing these abilities (or peculiarities) to some really entertaining action sequences.
This movie setup and explored a fun and "peculiar" world. While I don't think this movie will blow anyone's mind, I think this was a good movie. Maybe you rent it or maybe you buy it, but check out the trailer and decide if you like it. Either way, I think this movie is worth adding to your home video collection.
General Synopsis - Morgan
Morgan (Anya Taylor-Joy) is a synthetic humanoid child created and studied in a lab. She very wuickly surpasses all expectations by walking, talking and thinking early on in her existence. Everything is going well until one day, Morgan attacks one of the staff members. A risk-management consultant (Kate Mara) comes to the lab to decide whether or not the synthetic human should be terminated when Morgan escapes her cell. Kate Mara and the staff members of the lab find themselves in lockdown with the violent Morgan running free in the facility.
Recommendation - Morgan
Morgan had a lot of potential but didn't quite live up to it. Anya Taylor-Joy was good in the role but the movie itself just kind of fell flat. I would not go as far as to say that it is bad, but there is nothing special here. It was pretty much a generic artificial intelligence type movie. Kate Mara was not great in the movie either which was kind of disappointing. Really I couldn't find anything overly positive to say about the movie just because it was a bland version of the movie I was expecting. It was pretty predictable as well which made certain scenes boring since I did not wonder what was about to happen. Again, the movie wasn't bad it just wasn't as good as it could have been. For these reasons I cannot recommend adding this movie to your home video collection, but maybe rent it if you're looking for a movie night and can't find anything better.