August Movie Reviews
This month’s movie reviews include reviews for David Ayer’s Suicide Squad, Mark Osborne’s The Little Prince, and Seth Rogan’s Sausage Party.
Suicide Squad has received mixed reviews in terms of popularity since its release earlier this month, but critics’ reviews are pretty unanimous: the movie sucks. While big-name celebrities such as Jared Leto (who received a much smaller amount of screentime as The Joker than expected), Cara Delevigne, and Will Smith sparked interest early on, along with those who were fans of the comic series early on, it was easy to see that the movie had a lot of hype surrounding its release earlier this month. The Suicide Squad is comprise of the “worst of the worst,” who have been given the task of fighting earth’s enemies. With an emphasis on the anti-heroes of the superhero world, Suicide Squad’s characters bring to life the skewed perception of what a “hero” could be. However, the movie has been described as “high-priced junk,” “full of plot holes,” and “choppily written.” Scoring a meager 28% on Rotten Tomatoes, Suicide Squad is an obvious example of failing to exceed, much less meet, people’s high expectations.
Based on one of the most famous and beloved books by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince has finally gotten its own film adaptation via Netflix exclusive release. Rather than an exact film interpretation of the book’s plot itself, the movie explores a world of a little girl who discovers the drawings made by her new next door neighbor, an old man who she calls the Aviator. While her hard-working single mother is at work every day, she abandons her intensive life schedule that would lead her into an important school to spend time with the Aviator and learn all about the Little Prince. The themes present in the book version are carried through the movie and expanded upon: namely childhood and growing up, and remaining youthful by not forgetting precious memories with those you love. The production of the movie itself includes CGI and stop-motion, which are used to beautifully expand upon characters’ stories and points of view. While the movie is a nice interpretation of the original story, some argue that the plot from The Little Prince was better off left with the ending ambiguous. Overall, reviews indicate that the movie is an interesting continuation of the original story, but those favoring the book may feel unsatisfied.
Seth Rogan’s raunchy, R-rated Sausage Party was recently released. Known in movie reviews as one of the most unique CGI films to date. Along with Rogan, voice characters include Kristin Wiig, Jonah Hill, Edward Norton, Michael Cera, Paul Rudd, and Danny McBride, among others. The story consists of food items who live in a grocery store, whose destiny is to be bought and brought out into the “Great Beyond.” When one food item is brought back, he knows reality and tries to tell the others of his findings, when he falls off the shelf and shatters. Rogan’s character Frank, a hot dog, is sold with his bun lover Brenda, where they find out the truth about leaving the grocery store. Reviews of the movie praise it for its bizarre take on animation with a comedic twist, earning it an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes