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WHY I DEFEND WILL SMITH AS THE GENIE

Let’s be honest, how many people were honestly going to say they wanted to see the 1992 animated classic Aladdin remade in a live-action production? Well, Disney have been taking a huge number of the favourites and bringing them into the 21st century by utilising special effects and techniques which seemed impossible when the cartoon counterparts first debuted. While the various images and clips make the film look amazing, the biggest criticisms seem to come on Will Smith playing the all-powerful Genie of the lamp!

I for one was all up for this casting. We knew that you would never get a Robin Williams type of casting, but then again, I feel that makes casting Smith a better choice anyway as he will indeed be different. Over the last few hours, I have been reading some Twitter and Facebook messages and I will be defending this iteration of the blue being that will be at the centre of this remake!

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“He Is Just Doing Will Smith!”

Really? Well done for working that one out. Now I can not say that Will Smith is the best actor in the world, but when you cast the man, you have a good idea of what you are to get from him. When Robin Williams was cast, it is believed he was just allowed to be himself and become as zany as possible to create a Genie that was much loved and definitely the source of much of the humour in Aladdin. So is an actor being like himself really that bad? Nope!

“Why Was He Cast? He Will Just Play The Same Character He Always Does”

Well, can you really get an idea of the character he is playing from a couple of images and 5 seconds of video? If you can, then well done. Why is it the opinion can be stamped to an actor and/or character before the film comes out. Anyone remember Heath Ledger as The Joker? I think the internet exploded that day when the announcement was made. Everyone only remembered Heath for either his romcoms, A Knights Tale (oh god!) and Brokeback Mountain. But it turned out Ledger was awesome and the Oscar was well deserved.

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“I Had Such High Hopes For This…But I Can’t Get Past The Horrible CGI On Will Smith’s Genie”

If Genie was just a human in blue paint, would you be annoyed? Of course. Does a big imposing Genie with blue skin, otherworldly body and huge presence require CGI to work? I would say so. I can understand why many won’t like the CGI. But remember, this is just a few seconds of what is to come. I honestly think it looks OK, Will Smith looks like the genie with his essence all over it like I would have wanted. Also, am I the only one who likes the CGI?

“…I Wanted Gabriel Iglesias”

NO! OH GOD NO! NO NO NO NO NO!!! If I could have chosen, I would have loved to have seen Matt Lucas to create a truly laid back Genie with a rather animated look in real life.

“I Won’t Watch This Car Crash”

Ok, that is up to you. I honestly see that this film will be much like The Jungle Book and Beauty And The Beast and live up to its legacy and actually appeal to audiences old and new. Aladdin was indeed a great movie in the 90’s and the one thing that does sadden me is that Robin Williams didn’t live to reprise his role as The Genie. Apart from that, I reckon this will be a decent movie. It won’t be the best of all time, but it will be successful.

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So, now that I have gone through my timelines and found some answers to the people complaining about the Will Smith version of the character really needs to either wait until we get a bit more footage or just go into the film with an open mind. I know this will not be the perfect iteration of the character, but no actor can ever top what Robin Williams brought to the part when he got in that voiceover booth and unleashed possibly the most iconic Disney character I have witnessed in my lifetime.

What do you honestly think? Do you believe Will Smith will be good? Do you believe he will sink the film? I for one can’t wait to see this film.

Aladdin will be out in cinemas May 24th 2019!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Suicide Squad. “I’m a soldier! You’re a serial killer who takes credit cards.”

Plenty of things happened in this 2-hour comic book film, all of which were great. The Harley and Joker pairing happened (and it worked well), the extension to the DC Extended Universe went swimmingly and Jai Courtney finally happened (more on that later)!

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We start with introductions to our characters beginning with Deadshot (Will Smith) who is currently incarcerated following his capture by Batman. We also see Harley (Margot Robbie) in a similar situation. Then we get to meet Amanda Waller, possibly one of the greatest villains in DC, who definitely lives up to her reputation in this movie. Amanda Waller has started putting together a team that she calls Task Force X, this is to take villains and give them the chance to do some good and have time taken off their prison sentences, possibly prepare them for the next meta-human threat. She also backs up this team by showing off the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) and her unique powers. Amongst the “Suicide Squad” there is pyrokinetic El Diablo, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, Katana, Slipknot and their team leader Rick Flagg as well as Deadshot and Harley. Some may think how do you keep villains in line and to co-operate with you? Well, Amanda Waller has got a way which could leave you with an almighty headache if you disobey her.

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Throughout the film, we see the team come together and see what brought them to their current situation. We then also get to see the big bad emerge from a familiar point as Midway City becomes a war zone. The team is then sent out to extract an individual from the city before things get worse. While we have the Squad heading out to fight, there is a certain Joker going around too trying to get back to Harley. Without giving away too much, there is a lot of backstory filled for Harley to understand her relationship with her Mr. J, and the scenes do work well between all the action. Though this is a comic book film and there is a great number of CGI shots, this truly does still feel like a grounded movie throughout. It doesn’t feel as big as Batman v Superman was, but it does still impose a scale which is epic.

I don’t want to give too much away, but there is a great chance for many characters to shine and they do. Deadshot and Harley definitely get the most to do in this movie and get the most development. Will Smith really makes this part work for him and I can’t wait to see where Deadshot will show up next. Margot Robbie makes Harley a breakout character and you know there is so much more for her to do in the DCEU in the future. If the rumours of a spin-off with Harley are true, I hope this means more Joker too and maybe an introduction to Catwoman and Poison Ivy. Jay Hernandez for me was a character we needed a lot more screen time with, playing the powerful El Diablo came to him with ease and was by far the deepest portrayal in the movie. You do feel most for this guy out of all the characters featured.

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There were very few characters I didn’t like, but some I think got a rough deal. Jared Leto’s Joker was actually rather fun, I enjoyed the scenes he was in, but he should have been in the movie more for a better effect (but hopefully he will be back in the solo Batman film and maybe Justice League). Viola Davis definitely nailed the part of Amanda Waller, and you will feel a lot of hatred for her but be amazed how much you enjoy her character (hopefully more of Amanda to come). If I was to say one that did make me laugh, it was Captain Boomerang. Jai Courtney was a very funny character and brought some good laughs to the screen but was relatively absent till nearly an hour into the film (though his scene of him getting arrested was great). Then there is The Dark Knight himself, Ben Affleck may not get a lot of screen time in Suicide Squad, but Batman is definitely a big force in the movie. Batman may be next leading the screen in Justice League, but it’s great to see him weave throughout this universe.

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This film is a success, throughout it is very funny and will keep your attention throughout. The action scenes are intense and the special effects both practical and CG are done superbly. The dialogue does crackle throughout and there are so many great lines in its runtime. The music throughout is brilliant, the mix of rock classics and modern hits really shines. Hearing a mix of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Eminem, Queen, White Stripes and many more really work well in the movie. There is a sense of Guardians of the Galaxy in this movie, the similarities come from its fun soundtrack and the way the characters come together from all different places and work as one solid unit. Overall I loved this film! A few minor gripes are the main mission they are trying to accomplish, then there is the under-development of a few squad members. But a strong cast, some great cameos and a super mid-credit scene make this film a resounding success. The Joker and Harley share a much different relationship to how I was expecting and I won’t spoil it here, but I did enjoy it and hope to see that expand in the future. Suicide Squad 2 should be on the list, and I hope we get more Deadshot, Harley, Joker, Amanda Waller and Captain Boomerang (They tried for years to make Jai Courtney happen, and he finally happened!) in the near future. David Ayer knows how to make a true Comic Book film and I hope he sticks with the DC Extended Universe for a long time. And just for once, bad is good!

Final rating: 9/10 (10 if the DVD release features more Joker and a few more DC easter eggs).

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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Suicide Squad – Final Trailer

With just a few weeks to go, one of 2016’s biggest films is about to be released! We know Suicide Squad will see a collection of villains coming together for a mission set up by the conniving Amanda Waller (Viola Davis). This team includes Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Killer Croc, El Diablo and more! We also get a new Joker (Jared Leto) for the DCEU and the excitement level is ridiculously high!

We know this film will possibly set a standard for the DCEU and I definitely hope this will be the best in the series so far! Due out 5th August, check out the last trailer before it’s release. Then just another 8 months till we get Wonder Woman (I do like looking towards the future)

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

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WHY SUICIDE SQUAD WILL SAVE THE DCEU

So…not many people really enjoyed Batman v Superman. Man Of Steel really polarised the viewers and it looks like this will continue to be a pattern for a majority of the films in the DC Extended Universe. The darker tone which began in 2013 looks set to continue with 2017’s Wonder Woman and the upcoming Justice League movie. But, there may be a significant game-changer amongst the DCEU…SUICIDE SQUAD!

Since the announcement of the film, the excitement level has been intense. Now that we have had our third glimpse into the upcoming superhero/supervillain movie, these are the reasons why Suicide Squad will save the DCEU!

  1. This will give B-Grade villains the spotlight

Let’s be honest, how many films would you see Deadshot, Killer Croc or Harley Quinn as a main villain? You wouldn’t. When a movie is made, the main villain normally looks to be equal or iconic to its hero. But what happens when your film is mostly villains? We get to expand the universe that bit more and see those who normally wouldn’t make it to the big screen. Captain Boomerang, Harley Quinn and even Kitana are some of the

  1. The tone looks dark and fun

Nobody ever said you can’t make a dark movie, but keeping it too dark and serious makes the film suffer in its attempts to connect to its audience. The big criticism around Batman v Superman was that it was too bleak in places and lacked humour. Well, if the trailers are any indication, we will be getting some fun interactions with these characters. Captain Boomerang actor Jai Courtney looks like he will be providing a good amount of laughs on his own, and Margot Robbie’s Harley Quinn most certainly will be a favourite once August arrives. Be brooding, dark, atmospheric, etc. but please be fun too! (Take note of this for Wonder Woman, Justice League, The Flash, Aquaman, Shazam, Green Lantern, Cyborg and all the other films to come).

  1. Pleasing fans of DC as well as the casual movie-goer

If any lesson was learn’t in the last few years, is that you don’t necessarily need to have the biggest of names to get people to see a great movie. This time two years ago, hardly anyone knew who Chris Pratt was (star of Guardians Of The Galaxy and Jurassic World). Taking risks on films like Guardians of the Galaxy, Ant-Man and even Kingsman proved you don’t always need to worry about non-established characters. If the movie is done right, your audience will come. It looks like Suicide Squad will not only be a hugely entertaining action flick, but will also give plenty to those who have read the comics inside and out. Also, the links to the DCEU are in full view, hopefully many of these will pass from Suicide Squad and onto the future of the DC Extended Universe.

  1. Keeping It Fresh

With the superhero genre practically flooding the market, it is becoming increasingly difficult to bring something new to the audience. When Suicide Squad hits the cinema later this year, the eager audience already know that they are going to be getting the opposite of a typical superhero movie. Cheering on the bad guys is definitely not the norm, but David Ayer has seemingly made a film which will undoubtedly give a new perspective to the DCEU and show that it is good to be bad!

  1. Sequel? Why not!

If the film turns out to be as big of a success as many are hoping, then who wouldn’t want to see a sequel following another adventure for Task Force X? With all the chatter outside of the film showing a great connection with the cast and positive early buzz, there will be a big need for films like this to continue the new run of exciting adventures at the cinema. I honestly believe this film will be what saves the DCEU, and a sequel to its currently most anticipated property will be more than welcome.

SUICIDE SQUAD is out in cinemas August 5th

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove