Suicide Squad Movie Review

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DC Comics’ Suicide Squad isn’t a bad movie. But it’s not that great either. Certainly not in a league with Marvel Comics’ Ironman or The Avengers movies. I liked the art direction and neon color schemes throughout the movie. The off kilter characters were fun too. But somehow the chemistry between them just didn’t work for me. Maybe one reason for that is that a lot of footage ended up on the cutting room floor, and with that footage the characters would have been more fleshed out – although the pacing of the movie would have undoubtably suffered. The final product in movie theaters seemed a bit simplistic to me. The storyline was pretty far fetched in my opinion. Sure, comic book adaptions are never all that realistic to begin with, but Marvel does a pretty good job making their movies feel as if their universe has cohesion and an internal integrity. Suicide Squad’s plot reminds a little too much of childish Saturday morning cartoons. And is it just me, or are there a lot of similarities to the new Ghostbusters? In both movies a small gang of oddballs faces a supernatural being in the middle of Manhattan that has a spinning energy vortex with lots of floating debrees.

3 stars

 




Ghostbusters Movie Review

ghostbustersBefore the release of the Ghostbusters remake, there was a lot of hatred directed towards it – especially against the all female leads. But it does a great job capturing the feel of the original, or how I remembered the original. The truth is, the original doesn’t really hold up all that well over the years. When I recently rewatched it, it felt old and dated. My memory of the movie was better than the actual movie. The new all-female Ghostbusters is the same great campy fun as the original release, but updated for today. The cast is funny, their chemistry works, and the movie is just plain fun to watch. What more do you want?!

4 stars




Those Girls by Chevy Stevens

those girls by chevy stevensI really liked Stevens’ work for awhile but I’m starting to think either she is losing her touch or I’m growing tired of her.

This book was sub par and although I liked that it kept me turning the pages and had a good premise, it still fell short and flat. I couldn’t relate to the characters and I thought they were all so foolish. On top of that, the writing felt weaker and I had no connection to any of the characters.

I’ve read all of Stevens’ work so far and perhaps I read them all after one another i am growing tired of her style. It felt like each book was weaker than the previous one. I need a break and will try out other authors. Maybe by the time she releases her next book I’ll enjoy her work again.

2 stars

Sleep Tight (DCI Tom Douglas #3) by Rachel Abbott

sleep tightThis was not a good read and definitely sub par from Abbott. Her first book from the DCI series was fairly good and I thought this would be interesting. Far from it. The writing was weaker in this one and really lacked conviction. I wasn’t convinced of anything the author mentioned and I was rather bored. The plot itself is simple but there was too much redundant details that made the story drag on. The background on Tom was absolutely boring and only there to get the reader interested in reading the subsequent installments. The complex plot line felt too fabricated and the twist at the end was rather stupid and made me want to throw my e-reader across the room. Needless to say I will need a break from Abbott’s work … perhaps even permanently.

2 stars

Always Watching by Chevy Stevens

always watchingThis book was quite interesting with a fairly creative plot and very well character development. However, I thought the pace was slow and just dragged. It wasn’t bad but something was definitely lacking and I wasn’t eager to finish it, nor did it keep me at the edge of my seat.

Nadine is a very well written character, I really like how Stevens brought her to life. I loved reading about the different layers of her life, how they shaped her to be who she is today. She’s definitely multifaceted and felt real to me.

Overall the book just wasn’t captivating. I usually really enjoy Stevens’ books but this one was lacking in some way. There wasn’t as much suspense and it seemed to slog on.

3 stars