By: Marissa Nellis
“Bustin’ makes me feel good!” Paul Fieg’s all-female reboot brings a rush of nostalgia with its various in-jokes and cameos, but it’s a brand new film with showy special effects, laugh-out-loud humor, and a great cast performance that creates a fun, enjoyable film that appeals to series fans and casual filmgoers alike.
Even the great soundtrack and Margot Robbie’s stellar turn as the crazed Harley Quinn couldn’t save this mess-of-a-movie’s lazy plot, poorly developed villains, and Jared Leto’s scary (not in a good way) turn as the Joker. Things aren’t looking so good for Warner Bros. right now.
Independence Day: Resurgence
Going into this, I thought the film might have a chance, but after about ten minutes, I realized this film would never come close to its epic predecessor. The action and special effects are basic and horribly drawn-out, the story feels like typical Hollywood fodder, and, sadly, the stellar cast from the first film got pushed aside in-favor of fresh, yet inexperienced faces that makes the film’s overall quality diminish.
The Purge: Election Year
The third, and presumably final, outing of the Purge franchise proves to be its strongest with loads of political satire that alludes to our current political affairs and a new view of the fictional Purge from a religious standpoint. It’s an appealing, gruesome, and tension-filled thriller that’s both enjoyable and thought-provoking.
The Neon Demon
Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller set to the backdrop of the cut-throat modeling industry is a visually stunning masterpiece, but will only appeal to filmgoers familiar and attuned to Refn’s style. Laced with visual metaphors and disturbingly risquee scenes, this film, just like Refn’s other outings, will divide audiences between loving it or hating it. I, for one, loved it, but you’ll have to watch it for yourself and see where you stand.
While this film may seem to have a predictable formula, it’s a fresh thriller in the age of gore that feels like a revitalization, reminiscent of Hitchcock-era suspense. Fede Alvarez’s thriller is daring and filled with dozens of plot twists sure to surprise even the most trained filmgoer.
While Tom Hanks gives a great performance as per usual, the film feels a little typical and like drama-fodder. There’s nothing about it that really makes the film stand out and Clint Eastwood’s direction feels like a repeat of American Sniper in which he used the same template and just replaced the images. Overall, it’s a good, lazy-Sunday flick, but your first viewing can wait for a DVD release.