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lunabee34 ([personal profile] lunabee34) wrote2017-05-25 08:51 pm

More movies!

1. Emma, Josh and I watched Suicide Squad on HBO. It was alright.

I certainly liked parts of the movie very much. I loved the aesthetic; the way everything looked was very well done. The soundtrack was stellar. The humor also worked for me.

What did not work: the pacing seemed off. The Enchantress at the end looked really silly; she kept gyrating around all weird while she was talking to them, and it was unintentionally funny. Diablo says he doesn't want to lose another family and yet at no point do we see the Squad becoming a family. It wasn't earned at that point.

Will Smith and Margot Robbie were the best things about this film.

2. Josh and I went to see Alien Covenant today. We both really liked it, but we both also really liked Prometheus so take that as your fair warning. LOL

Those first two Alien movies with Sigourney Weaver, those really scared me. I genuinely like all of them (yes, even the Joss Whedon one), but the rest don't scare me. Covenant takes it back to genuine horror for me, and not so much because of the aliens.

It deeply horrifies me that Shaw survived the worst time of her life and survived it like a bad ass, too. She set out with David who she thinks is her ally. I watched a two minute little bridge between Prometheus and Covenant that shows her rebuilding him and them bonding and him lovingly putting her into cryo and telling her that when she wakes they'll have some answers, etc. And then we find out that he experimented on her, killed her in one of the most horrible ways possible, to further his agenda of creating the perfect life form. I am so so so so disturbed by that revelation.

His last conversation with Shaw before putting her in cryo is very similar to the last conversation he has with Daniels before he puts her in cryo, and now he's got her and Tennessee and two thousand people plus plenty of embryos to experiment with.

I wondered at first why he didn't just stay where they were, and then I realized that if he continues on to the colony site, he can just message Earth and tell them to send more Happy Meals.

I think it's a cool touch that David is responsible for engineering the aliens to be the way they look/are in the first movies.

I also think that the movie is an interesting statement on forbidden knowledge. Ultimately Shaw is denied any chance to find out who seeded Earth and why because David kills them all. Granted, they're shown having outposts in Prometheus, so conceivably some of those beings might still be living somewhere, but he destroyed the most likely chance of answering the questions that Weyland and Shaw and the other humans in the series want to know. This is knowledge we can't have.

Excellent addition to the franchise.
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[personal profile] goss 2017-05-26 01:06 am (UTC)(link)
Will Smith and Margot Robbie were the best things about this film

100% agree! I also really enjoyed Viola Davis' take on Amanda Waller. :D
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[personal profile] tamoline 2017-05-27 12:10 am (UTC)(link)
I don't know if you'd be interested, but there's a YouTube video that examines the craft of editing as it applies to Suicide Squad, and what it considers to be its failures. In retrospect it's probably something I shouldn't have seen *before* having seen the movie, because it's quite hard not to see what he was talking about when watching it, but I did find what the video said interesting as regards to the editing and why it considered various decisions made by the editors of the movie to be bad ones just purely on a learning a little more about the craft level.

If you're interested, you can find the video here, with a short follow up here.

On a side note, Jeff Vandermeer has bought out another novel with Southern Reach-ish vibes, Borne, about a woman scavenging in ruined post apocalyptic-ish city who finds a creature, who she calls Borne. Exactly the whys and wherefores of the apocalypse and the city, and the history of the woman are unknown at the start, but by the end everything is substantially more explained than anything was in Annihilation, and possibly more than in the trilogy, if that matters. Like Annihilation, it did take me a bit of getting into, but the last half I found very readable.
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[personal profile] shaddyr 2017-05-28 01:00 am (UTC)(link)
Huh, how intersting! I just watched Suicide Squad for the first time last night. And I had *exactly* the same reaction to every point you brought up. I wondered what the hell was up with the hippy hippy shake dance moves? So odd. And I remarked to my son that there hadn't been nearly enough interaction between the characters to sell me on the idea of significant bonding leading to familial feelings.

But yeah, the interaction between Deadshot and Harley Quinn was delightful.