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Ready Steady Cut EP55 – Reviews Round-Up – Atomic Blonde

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This is Episode 55 of the Ready, Steady, Cut! Podcast. On this episode, we do our reviews round-up and discuss movie releases we have watched from the 1st half of August. The headline review for this round-up is Atomic Blonde. All films that we review in this episode are spoiler-free. All the movies that we review are listed below.

Episode Breakdown:

00:00 – Intro and Round-Up Summary
Movie Reviews
03:07 – Kidnap 
10:59 – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets
23:16 – Icarus
34:20 – The Emoji Movie
44:20 – Naked
52:02 – Burning Sands
1:00:03 – Girls Trip
1:09:25 – Message from the King
Headline Reviews
1:15:55 – Atomic Blonde
1:25:37 – Final Comments

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Review – Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets 

What’s this?

After many apparent hesitations, director Luc Besson and his wife decided to write an English-language French science fiction action-adventure film titled Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. It is based on the French comic series Valérian and Laureline. I am not familiar with the comics but in the past couple of months, I have admired the trailers from a visual standpoint. Then again, the movie did have a budget of 197 million Euros, so it should look mightily impressive. The movie has nowhere near matched the budget in the box office, and it is the most expensive European and independent film ever made. Ouch. I would hate to deliver that news to the board.

What’s it about?

Close your eyes for a minute and imagine a space station. Wait, this will not work. Instead, clear your mind for a minute and imagine a space station in 2020. Then years later, leading countries of the world attach their station to this one. Then many years later, other species from different planets send their station to join in on the action. This continues to happen until the 28th century. We now have one large planet made of cities (named Alpha) with a multitude of peace agreements. Still with me? Good. Now, imagine a planet far away with pale looking, peace loving Avatars, who are living in harmony amongst powerful energy-containing pearls, in a tropical paradise. All of a sudden, huge ships crash into their planet and they are wiped out. Lead male character Valerian wakes up. He just had a dream about this decimated planet and he is about to embark on a mission with Laureline ordered by his commander to retrieve a converter. They are later told that Alpha is infected by an unknown force and they must investigate and protect the Commander, suspiciously performed by Clive Owen.

Can you see why I told you to close your eyes? This narrative has so many obstacles to jump around that, at times, it felt mentally challenging.

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Review – Suicide Squad

I’m not angry. I’m just disappointed.

I really wanted to like Suicide Squad. I really thought I was going to. The trailers were promising. David Ayer is an excellent director of grim, grimy action movies and the morally-compromised. The cast was interesting. The tone and the aesthetic and the premise all seemed like exactly what would be needed to offset yet another superhero-saturated summer at the movies. I thought all this a year ago, and I’ve held onto it. I clung to it as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spectacularly underperformed with critics and audiences; as the rumours began to circulate that the suits at Warner Bros. were taking the scissors to Suicide Squad in response; when the first wave of critical reactions hit the internet and it became clear, yet again, that the DC Cinematic Universe is fundamentally broken in some bizarre and vital way. I braved a packed cinema full of the usual belligerent morons and I hoped, earnestly, that I’d find something to like – to love, even – in or about this movie. Correction: I found a couple of those things. But as I shuffled out of the theatre among the throngs of similarly bewildered moviegoers, I realised that the single greatest take-away from Suicide Squad is that the whole thing’s a complete fucking mess.

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