She Who Watches #5 – Trailer Talk: Suicide Squad and Me Before You

Apologies for not posting much lately, I was away with my family and haven’t been too well but here is a post to make up for it and get the ball rolling again. Something new i’ve been wanting to try – A Trailer Talk! A recap or discussion of some trailers that have recently been released and why i’m excited for these films. If this is something you like let me know in the comments and I shall do more!

Lets get into it! First up – DC’s and David Ayers upcoming Suicide Squad. Yes I know this trailer was released a few weeks ago but my excitement for this film since the trailers release has yet to subside. The film follows a team of the most corrupt supervillains put together in a taskforce known as ‘The Suicide Squad’ by ARGUS’s Amanda Waller to face a yet unknown big bad. Think of it as DC’s answer to Marvels The Avengers (2012) or maybe Guardian’s of the Galaxy (2014) is a better fit. This might be the best use of music I’ve seen in a trailer in a long time. Queens Bohemian Rhapsody gives the trailer an epic, humorous and unique tone with the music providing a nice juxtaposition to the dark images we see on screen. The lyrics coincidentally (or not so!) tie in nicely with themes from the film. This trailer more so than the teaser works to introduce the characters, offering up a defining personality element for each and setting up the premise of the film whilst hinting at the action and adventure audiences will see. It’s one of those fantastic trailers which shows you a lot but also nothing at all. Just enough to leave you wanting more. If i’m being honest I am 100x more excited for this than Batman Vs Superman and the rest of the upcoming DC cinematic universe films. I think that most of my excitement stems from the range of characters included. We’ve seen Superman before and we’ve seen Batman a million times before but Harley Quinn, Deadshot, Katana, Enchantress etc. they’re less explored in a filmic format. I love morally ambiguous characters of which this film contains many. It is a joy to watch a villain that is evil yet you can also root for.  This film contains a stellar cast including Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Jared Leto, Cara Delevigne, Jai Courtney and Viola Davis. I’m particularly excited to see Margot as Harley Quinn and Cara as Enchantress, the latter of whom we didn’t get to see much of in the trailer. The former of which, Margot as Harley, was the star of the trailer. The scene in which we see her sipping tea in her cell, pinky in the air, the scene in which she crys “Hello Boys!” and playfully suggests the voices in her head are telling her to kill everyone and escape and the scene in which she artfully steals a handbag from a shop window all suggest that she will provide some of the films humor. Jared Leto’s Joker is absolutely primed and ready to haunt all our dreams, his maniacal laugh in particular is unnerving. It will be interesting to see his performance he has big shoes to fill following the late Heath Ledgers turn as the Joker in Christopher Nolans films. With a budget this big i’m looking forward to all the action and the CGI.  This is a film that is going to be all kind of messed up…and we are gonna love it.  Suicide Squad is set for release this August!

 

Next up a book to film adaptation! The trailer for Warner Bros and Thea Sharrocks’ Me Before You, the film adaptation of Jojo Moyes book of the same name was released two days ago.The film follows unemployed 20-something Louisa Clark who, desperate for a job, takes on the role of a carer for the unhappy Will Traynor who has recently been involved in a motorcycle accident which has left him paralyzed from the chest down. The story takes these two contrasting characters and explores ideas of love, life and loss. Coincidentally I am currently reading the book right now and am about seven chapters in and loving it. I was kindly lent the book by my lovely bookworm of a friend Imogen who has a fantastic book blog which you can check out here. This is the first Jojo Moyes book i’ve ever read but I love her writing style so far. She also wrote the screenplay which means that this is sure to be a faithful adaptation, I love when the author is able to be closely involved with the film making process! I know technically I should have waited to watch the trailer to avoid spoiling it for myself but I couldn’t resist! I am one of those people who doesn’t really picture the characters in my head unless the author provides explicit description which I know is weird for someone who otherwise thinks in incredibly filmic ways about most things. In many ways I am now enjoying reading the book picturing Emilia Clarke and Sam Claflin as Louisa and Will. This film has a very appealing cast featuring Sam Claflin (whom I adore in anything he does),both Emilia Clarke and Charles Dance from HBO’s Game of Thrones. Jenna Louise Coleman of BBC’s Doctor Who, Janet McTeer and Harry Potter alum Neville Longbottom  Matthew Lewis. If there is one thing that British cast’s and the British film industry do brilliantly it is romantic-comedies/dramas. Me Before You looks like no exception to this. The trailer is cut together in typical rom-com-drama fashion with a blend of lighter moments and comedy interspersed with more dramatic parts of the story which explore Wills disability. The trailer features the very apt, very romantic tune of Photograph by Ed Sheeran. I am looking forward to see what Emilia can bring to a lighter role. From the trailer the two seem to have fantastic chemistry. This looks to be a chick-flick which promises laughs, sighs and tears and i’m so excited for it! Me Before You is set for release in June.

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