The Tick Is Back, But Is It Good?

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I have always been a fan of The Tick. I’ve always loved the Superhero that wasn’t perfect.

Not flawed like, “My parents are dead” flawed, but just fun flawed. Like Mystery Men or Superior Foes of Spider Man.

Before you start screaming “REBOOT!! MY CHILDHOOD!!”, well, shut up and let me finish.

First off, Ben Edlund, the creator, is hands on for this new version. Even Patrick (The Original Tick) Warburton is on as a producer.

Now, I’ll be honest, I didn’t want to like this at all. I loved the original version, though short lived. It was world I would have loved to live in. It was also responsible for one of the greatest superheroes of all time, Batmanual, played beautifully by Nestor Carbonell, who’s only weakness was “soccer moms”.

I will admit though that the older version was built to be cancelled. It was slow in spots, partly meant only for true comic geeks and at times, felt like it was trying too hard, or actually, not hard enough.

Now that’s not a bad thing. Patrick Warburton was spot on perfect and the series itself had some absolute great episodes, but like I said, there was no way it was going to play to a giant audience like Seinfeld or Friends. As an example, my wife, who is not a comic reader,  loved it, but wouldn’t go out of her way to watch it. So neither would other “norms”.

Though we’re in a different age now. An age where Netflix can release an entire season of Daredevil to a paying audience. Where Paramount can release a Pay For Channel and launch it with a new Star Trek series. Also, let’s face it, it’s a great time to be a nerd with shows like Flash, Agents of Shield, Arrow, Supergirl and more. Not to mention Marvels Civil War and Suicide Squad taking all your summer money.

So Amazon Prime is trying out the tight spandex one more time as a new actor squeezes into the big blue bug suit.

Peter Serafinowicz is the new Tick and you probably don’t know who that is. Look, I don’t blame you. It’s a tough name to remember, but what if I quoted two lines from two different movies he’s been in, I bet you’d know immediately who I was talking about.

  1. It’s four in the f###ing morning!”
  2.  “What a bunch of A-holes

Yep, THAT guy. Shaun of the Dead’s roommate and also part of the Nova Corp.

It’s hard to like the guy considering the characters he’s played,  but here he does a good job and well, grows on you.

My only two real complaints about him is, it’s hard to look the part after Warburton nailed it, what with his square jaw and deadpan voice. Though he doesn’t look exactly like Warburton did, it feels like I’m pairing Keaton and Kilmer for the same roll. Peter Serafinowicz does an excellent job and his voice will definitely start to sound “Tick-Like”.

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The other is the suit. It’s too bumpy and almost looks alien. It’s obviously an Executive decision to make it look “busy”, much like the yellow hose from nowhere hooked to the Ghostbusters belt in the first movie. No real explanation, just make it look busy for the camera.

Where the original version was slow or deadpan, this new one suffers from “movie update”. Remember when Star Trek the Next Generation went to film and the bridge looked darker? Or how about the X-Men gear in the first movie? No yellow spandex there.

Also, the show is indeed updated for an older audience. There’s a couple of curse words and adult themes, like Arthur’s mental state. Without spoiling anything, there’s a reason Arthur wants to be a superhero and it’s a pretty gruesome story. In fact, it deals with another superhero group and ” weaponized syphilis”. Now, Arthur takes medicine and suffers from an eye twitch. He still tries to be a superhero, but in a Casey Jones without his bats kind of way.

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While the dialogue is fun, there are some some jokes that fall flat and some lulls in the plot, but never, ever judge a show by its plot.

Like I said, I didn’t want to like this show. I didn’t like the fact Tick would be darker and so different, but in the end, I was enjoying it.

So after all that, I will admit, I’m in.

I can’t wait to see what else Edlund and Serafinowicz have to offer.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Suicide Squad – Is It Worth It (spoiler free)

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I’m going to save you a lot of reading.

I’ve been told I “push my optimism” on people. I prefer to like a movie going in. I don’t like being one of those people who sit there in the chair like a millionaire at a strip club telling the screen, “Impress me”.

I would rather go in thinking I’ll be entertained. While I believe most movies are made for the money, I mean, let’s face it, that’s what Hollywood runs on, I also believe a lot of people really try to make the best thing they can, so why dump on something you haven’t seen yet? It makes absolute no sense.

That said, let’s get into it.

Suicide Squad is basically the bad guys rescue the World, being the good guys, but of course, staying bad.

First, the Cons.

Harley Quinn, Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Diablo, Sorceress, Katana, Killer Croc and Slipknot, are all called in to save the World. Now, if you haven’t heard of any of those bad guys, you’re out of luck.

They try to introduce them well enough, but you better be a comic geek to catch everything they throw at you. If you want to see a good character intro that catches you up fast, look at the movie “Rundown” with The Rock. I mean, I read comics and I still don’t think I fully understand The Sorceress. Things are thrown at you with breakneck speed. From the credits, to the intros, to the scenes. In fact, at some points, the timing seems to feel like The Dark Knight Rises. You feel like you missed a scene or two.

The villain in the movie is pretty much a throw away. Instead of coming out strong with someone established like Avengers did with Loki or Ultron, DC plays it safe and gives you someone you don’t understand and don’t really care about.

The soundtrack is fun, but feels like its a “best of” cd you mixed together for a friend.

And Leto. I didn’t hate his Joker, but let’s face it. When Ledger came onto the screen, he owned the scene. You felt his presence even when he was quiet. Leto does a good job in certain scenes, where he does actually feel like he’s the Joker from the comics, but other times, if he’s on the screen too long, it feels like he’s acting. Like he’s stretching a joke that was already too thin.

My last complaint would be the enemy again. There’s just really no true plot. It’s like being dropped into the middle of a video game and has about the same heart. The countless, faceless drones our anti-heroes have to fight through are less interesting than a group of stormtroopers.

Now, let’s look at the Pros.

Yes, Robbie kills it. There’s some great moments there. Some really touching ones also, which surprised me, but there’s no doubt, she’s the savior of this movie. Smith does his best per usual and it’s nice to see him being Will Smith and not the drone from After Earth.

One thing I think that will be fun is seeing who people end up liking after seeing the movie. While I wanted to like Harley, I came out liking Captain Boomerang more. There’s something for everyone and a character for everyone.

Kids will enjoy the movie because the plot is as easy to follow as a line of candy on the ground to a witch’s house. There’s plenty of throw away lines to quote and enough to keep people entertained. It’s the opposite of Batman v Superman, where too much plot was thrown in. Here, it seems like not enough, but let’s face it, this is Cannonball Run, not Ocean’s 11.

So all in all, is it worth seeing? Yes. I think its a fun summer time, shoot ’em up. Just make sure you like DC and it’s universe. This isn’t Iron Man, whereas I could have taken my dad, who knows nothing of comics.

It’s not a perfect movie by any means, but at least it looks like DC is slowly getting a handle on fixing their universe.

Here’s hoping Wonder Woman steps it up even further.

This movie is for the geeks who know, at least enough to answer their friends’ questions after the movie.