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“I only serve one emperor… and his name is Shai-Hulud.” — Liet-Kynes
(Watched in an IMAX theater, which was nothing short of absolutely thrilling.)
As Dr. Ian Malcolm would say, “You did it. The crazy son a bitch, you did it.” A beautiful, brutalist, exceptionally crafted piece of science-fiction, epic both in scale and emotional depth, and extremely faithfully adapted. On that last point, it blows my mind how much Villenueve understands the scope of Frank Herbert’s text, and…
“If God existed, wouldn’t this be proof that he wasn’t good at all?” — Thinker
“What in the actual fuck?” — Guy on the roof
Violent, crude, and completely unhinged, James Gunn’s anti-superhero bonanza The Suicide Squad is a slam-dunk execution of its premise, bringing together the most eclectic mix of A-through-D-list supervillains from DC’s deepest troves into a hyper-violent Dirty Dozen-esque action romp. While it feels odd to call something this insane and over-the-top one of the best…
“This is called a Berserker. It's a humanoid weapon system created by the URM Technarchy. Your core was designed to interface with this type of body. Your identity code activated it. The instinctive fighting technique you use... is Panzer Kunst, a lost combat art for machine bodies. It was used by the Berserkers.” — Dr. Dyson Ido, spouting off some real gourmet sci-fi nonsense dialogue.
It’s overlong in a way that feels like it started as…
An improvement over the first film in almost every way, and I appreciate that it ratchets up to 11 in the opening few minutes and cruises at its own batshit insane altitude for the whole runtime. AND YET — I’m still really struggling to vibe with these movies, or more generally the kind of cartoonish horror-comedy sensibilities that Sam Raimi traffics in. It’s a very particular mix of tones that just doesn’t totally work for me like it does for a lot of other people, apparently. Good for them! It’s just not for me, I guess.
Poorly acted, poorly structured, barely funny, and chock full of incredibly unlikable characters and questionable messages. Tonally it’s all over the place, never deciding if it wants to be a breezy rom-com, girlboss revenge flick, or a courtroom drama(?!). Margaret Cho and Beth Dover are the only ones keeping this from being completely insufferable, but they’re genuinely the only part of this that I even remotely enjoyed.
The joke’s ultimately on me though for watching it all the way through.