John Cena

The Suicide Squad (2021)

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The Suicide Squad (2021)

Director:

James Gunn

Writer:

James Gunn

Starring:

Viola Davis

Joel Kinnaman

Margot Robbie

Idris Elba

John Cena

Daniela Melchoir

David Dastmalchian

Sylvester Stallone

Blurb:

Supervillains Harley Quinn, Bloodsport, Peacemaker and a collection of nutty cons at Belle Reve prison join the super-secret, super-shady Task Force X as they are dropped off at the remote, enemy-infused island of Corto Maltese.

Review:

At this point, I’m not sure if DC deserves to have their movies reviewed. Unless I’m angry at them.

This is the second Suicide Squad movie and it has nothing to do with the previous one, only it does? This one has a ‘the’ in the title, which is the only different thing. This one is a much better story, but personally, I think the music in the previous one was better. That was the only good thing about the first one, though.

The Suicide Squad was the best DC movie hands down, but the bar was really low. It’s also the best movie to come out in 2021, but again, the bar was low. It was not, however, James Gunn’s best. Still, if he’s at the helm for the first time in a long, long time I have some hope in DCs future offerings.

4/5

Bumblebee (2018)

Bumblee

Bumblebee (2018)

Director:

Travis Knight

Starring:

Hailee Steinfeld

Jorge Lendeborg Jr.

John Cena

Plot:

On the run in the year of 1987, Bumblebee finds refuge in a junkyard in a small Californian beach town. Charlie, on the cusp of turning 18 and trying to find her place in the world, discovers Bumblebee, battle-scarred and broken.

Review:

I did not grow up watching Transformers, but it felt really clear that this movie was written by a fan. There seemed to be a lot of care and attention taken with the history and Transformers, but by far my favorite part was Charlie, Hailee Steinfeld. It was so clear she was written by a woman, Christina Hodson. When her mother’s boyfriend gave her a book telling her to smile, oh man, that was too real. I loved it.

Charlie has lost her father, but her mother has moved on, and Charlie feels further abandoned. She’s a brooding teenager and unable to see past her own hurt. That is until a VW Bug appears in her life and, oh yeah, turns out to be an alien.

The relationship between her and Bumblebee was super sweet. I loved that even though Memo, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., had a crush on her it barely progressed. There were much bigger things going on.

Bumblebee was a pretty awesome reboot to a franchise with some troubling issues, I’m curious to see what comes next.

4/5