-Posted by Alyssa
Director: David Ayer
Cast: Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Will Smith, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Jay Hernandez, Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman
Suicide Squad had a monumental anticipation amongst fans. Unfortunately, its punk rock, neon bashing to the head is short-lived. “DC” should stand for “dud cinema.”
The villains become the vigilantes when they are called upon by rigid leader Amanda Waller (Davis) to complete a dangerous mission. Called the Suicide Squad, the crew is the worst of the worse and proves that the loose screws have the fun. There is Harley Quinn (Robbie), the lovesick psychiatrist and the Joker’s (Leto) main squeeze; Deadshot (Smith), a crazily accurate sniper with an 11-year-old daughter; Boomerang (Courtney), the Aussie with a fetish for pink unicorns; Diablo (Hernandez), a pyro with a flaring temper; Killer Croc, the reptilian muscle man who lurks in the sewers; and Katana who has lethal skills and a sword that stores its victims’ souls. At first, the chaos of being sprung from prison is enticing and the wild cards embrace their devilish ways. However after getting to know the plight of their loyal leader, the aptly named Rick Flag (Kinnaman), the bad guys ignore the seduction of freedom. Flag is in love with archeologist June Moore (Delevigne) who moonlights as an evil witch known as the Enchantress. Instead of nails, the baddies in this film eat foods that are rich in moral fiber and help Flag take down the Enchantress and reclaim his girlfriend.
The film is as messy as Harley Quinn’s mascara. Try as it may, Suicide Squad isn’t as edgy, irreverent, and daring as it needs to be. The dialogue lacks bite and the stakes feel ridiculously low. DC is timidly following in Marvel’s shadow with their tail in between their legs. Everything is too safe. The bad guys value friendship and acquire an ethic code worthy of the man of steel? No, thank you.
Director: Jon Lucas, Scott Moore
Cast: Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell, Kathryn Hahn, Christina Applegate
With the added pressure to be perfect all of the time, moms have a difficult time. They are condemned for not working or for working too much and for being too negligent or to present with their children. There is no way to always make the right choices, as evidenced in this easily likeable comedy.
Amy (Kunis) works really hard to make ends meet and ensure that her children have a healthy, productive life. She drives them to every practice and music lesson, makes them a nutritious lunch, and still manages to work extra hours as a manager of a hip coffee retailer. Things would be so much easier if her lazy, immature husband were to be a bit more involved. Unfortunately, that is not the case. In fact, Amy catches him having an affair with a much younger woman online. The extra bit of sugar that makes the cookie crumble is the overbearing PTA mom at her kids’ school, Gwendolyn (Applegate), who runs the school as a judgmental, eye-rolling dictator. You better make sure there isn’t any gluten, nuts, or wheat in the cookies for the bake sale! Fed up with all of the stress of being a good parent, Amy recruits fellow exhausted moms Kiki (Bell) and Carla (Hahn) in a vow to be “bad moms” – void of responsibility and indifferent to the consequences. At first, this breather is wonderful. Amy is able to have breakfast by herself and read the newspaper for the first time in 20 years. She even has the ambition to run against Gwendolyn as the PTA president. However, the novelty wears off when she realizes that she doesn’t do it all because she has to, it’s because she genuinely cares for her children.
Perfection is an unobtainable goal. Every character is relatable and human, making for an honest and authentic comedy that doesn’t go for cheap laughs. Furthermore, it doesn’t judge any of these hardworking mothers. It is a film that appeals to women and takes their roles as professionals and mothers seriously. In this contemporary world, it gives credit where it is unquestionably due.