Suicide Squad (2016)

I am not 100% sure what I was expecting when I went in to this one.  I had a good idea from the trailer that it was going to be full of cheap, gimmicky laughs and overdone, bland action sequences.  That turned out to be wishful thinking.  I wanted to enjoy it as the concept of a villain cast is much more appealing, or at least refreshing, than just another good guy action flick with little to no turmoil or struggle.  Unfortunately, DC relied too much on the antihero theme, explosions, and corn ball lines instead of character development.  I suppose I should have set my standards to generic blockbuster action flick, but I was hoping to get a little more out of it.  The biggest impact this film had was introducing people to Harley Quinn in a cinematic way and setting the stage for the most popular Halloween costume.

Cloverfield (2008)

The concept behind this movie is one that sounds good on paper, but to fully capture that idea leads to unforeseen problems.  The decision to take the “handy-cam” approach to fully immerse the viewer into the moment can be compelling and also disorienting to the point of exhaustion.  If you exclude the scenes where the camera is shaking so vigorously for such an extended period of time that I feel a seizure coming on and the cornball love story dialogue, then you are left with a suspenseful and engaging film.  Perhaps some find the handy-cam style appropriate, but I just cannot do it.   The positives to the handy-cam style are that we get to feel that we are there with the characters more intimately and the viewer can possibly buy that they are watching “found footage”, to add to the realism.  It is just at the risk of distracting the viewer from the actual substance of a film, or lack there of.