This Is The Start Of A Promising Dramedy

This Is Us is part of this fall’s new lineup and premiered on Tuesday. It centers on the celebration of the 36th birthday of different characters that are connected to each other somehow. The show explores the lives of strangers as they intertwine at a transitional time.

For instance, there is Kate (Chrissy Metz) who hits rock-bottom and decides to join a group to help her lose weight and her brother Kevin (Justin Hartley) a handsome up and coming actor who dramatically quits his job. Small screen sweethearts Mandy Moore and Milo Ventimiglia also star in this comedy/ drama. They play a loving couple expecting triplets.

Sterling K. Brown portrays a well-established man who looks like he has it all. It is revealed that he is looking to reconnect with his father who abandoned him at a fire station when he was a baby. He finds his dad after receiving his information from a detective and impulsively invites him to meet his grandchildren at his home.

One thing this pilot does great is to leave you intrigued as to how it is possible that these seemingly very different people are linked together. A certain air of mystery remains at the last few minutes of the episode.

Indeed, it will be interesting to see how This Is Us grapples with a dual timeline, as it is shown that Moore and Ventimiglia’s characters are living in the 1980’s. They represent the birth and the upbringing of the main characters. It also seems that Kate, Kevin and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) are siblings, a dynamic that is yet to be explored.

I think it will grow to become a family drama, a show were the relationships are front and center in the likes of Parenthood or Gilmore Girls with a (not comparable but still there) Sense 8 level of intrigue and mystery. Maybe these characters are linked in a supernatural manner, it’s doutbful but for now it could be a possibility.

This Is Us is promising, I bet there will be more than one season with a lot of drama and heartwarming moments ahead.

Suicide Squad Hits and Misses

At last, I give you a review of one of this summer’s most anticipated blockbusters: Suicide Squad. I was a little apprehensive before watching because it seems that everyone who has seen this movie has a definite opinion it. Either people love it or loathe it. An element that can explain this is all the hype that surrounds the film and of course its sacred universe, DC.

Suicide Squad tells the reluctant band together of the world’s most dangerous villains and criminals including Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Dead Shot (Will Smith), Diablo (Jay Hernandez) and Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje). One of the main reason of their imprisonment is their unique and inhuman abilities such as Deadshot’s perfect aim and Diablo’s power to yield fire.

Before they actually become an ensemble, each character is broken down with their abilities, facts and backstories by a visual file.I found it advantageous to viewers- like myself- that aren’t that familiar with the comics.

This gang of not so merry fellow is called upon by a secret government agency lead by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis)to prevent the impending apocalypse. Indeed, under mysterious circumstances, the Enchantress (Cara Delavigne) takes over anthropologist  June Moone’s body to exact revenge on all human kind. This witch brings back to life her more imposing brother and creates and army of guards thanks to her power.

All in all, it’s worth watching if you don’t have many expectations. Because of the iconic stature of characters like the Joker and Harley Quinn and the fact that the members of the Suicide Squad have lived through (and have inflicted) a lot of pain, their mental state should be deranged. Although in the movie, the portrayal of delusion and craziness especially from the Joker was subdued and disappointing to me. The psychological torture is explored especially when Harley Quinn’s backstory is presented but the backlash on her emotional state felt understated as well.

I would rate Suicide Squad 3 out of 5 stars. It has all the ingredients of a superhero movie, albeit in this case the protagonists are villains. Knowing that there were pressures to release the film early August and that scenes were re-shot to please the studios, in the end it shows. The DVD release will probably include more pieces that could of made this film more cohesive and frankly more badass. It is also undeniable that sequels will come as it is hinted by a brief scene after the credits.