Have You Heard of This? There are a ton of movies that don't get seen every year. This is due to them not being the big tentpole films that the studios prop up for everyone to see. There are so many small movies, small from a budget perspective, that get made and are overlooked. Television killed the small movie, the ones not trying to compete for awards at the end of the year. Wind River is trying to get awards at the end of the year, and it at least deserves a couple of nominations if not winning a few.
The main character in the movie is played by Jeremy Renner, most known for being Hawkeye in the Marvel Studios movies. At first, that is all I could see was his Marvel character; it didn't help that the other lead was Elizabeth Olsen who also plays a notable character in that studio production. The actors melted into their new characters so much that it is going to be hard for me to see them as superheroes again. They do such a great job bringing their characters to life and making you feel attached to them. They are supported immensely by the overall story of the movie.
The movie doesn't let you know that it is important at any point before you actually go and see it. I would advise that you not watch trailers or know as little as possible before seeing it. The emotional weight and depth sneak up on you while watching the movie. This is not an action movie, it is first and foremost a drama. So when there are scenes of high tension with action, it looks like people are dying. In most action movies the death count is so high, you don't actually realize people are dying. Every death in Wind River is powerful and full of suspense, not that the body count is that high.
The movie caught me off guard on how powerful it became. There were moments when I tensed up and others where I was elated by the actions happening on screen. It was a visceral experience that when over, everyone in the theater sat through a pretty good chunk of the credits to let it sink in. The writer and director of the movie, Taylor Sheridan, wrote last year's Hell or High Water. That movie was also good but not on the same level as this movie. He also wrote Sicario, but the person to get all the fame out of that was the director Denis Villeneuve. My point in bringing him up is that it would be a good idea to look out for his future work because it seems he is getting better and better.
Overall, Wind River was an amazing movie. From the beautiful cinematography to the amazing story and acting, it was all amazing to watch. You should see this movie at some point.
Swamp Thing a Good Guy? I love Batman the Animated Series created by Paul Dini and Bruce Timm. That show holds a special place in my heart like it does with so many others. Timm and Dini were the driving force behind the animated show which has influenced the characters ever since. One-half of that team, the Bruce Timm portion, was the main driving force behind this animated movie and it really shows. His iconic art style from the tv show is back but seems to have creative control here.
Bruce Timm since the animated show ended has revealed his true colors about what he would do with the characters. To put it lightly, let's just say there are a lot of commissions you can find online from Timm, with iconic characters in less clothing than you are used to seeing them in. This point is translated unscathed into the Batman and Harley Quinn movie. It doesn't have the same fun feeling as the animated show, just the perversion of Timm's ideas of what he wanted to do with the characters all along.
The importance this movie places on sex appeal and perversion overshadows everything else the movie tries to do, not that there was much else. The story acts as a backdrop for unnecessary action scenes and it just seems like lazy writing. There is literally a scene in the movie where a regular guy on the street is being chased by Harley Quinn because he didn't take her to senior prom. Not only is this scene stupid, but the guy that she is chasing is able to jump across roof tops and fall great distances without getting hurt. The bit ends with Harley saying the reason he didn't take her to prom was because he went with a girl that had bigger boobs. Batman covers her mouth before the last part is said, but what was the point of this stupid scene. Nightwing follows up that he deserved being chased as a joke.
Not only does the whole movie stink of lazy writing, tropes that just aren't funny, and just a waste of mostly good voice acting, but it really is hard to watch. It really plays out like a really bad fan fiction. This twisted piece of garbage makes me what to pull out my hair most of the runtime. This is not a Batman story in any way shape or form. If you could take one thing away from this movie, do not let Bruce Timm write anything ever again. From the Harley Quinn fart jokes, the implied Nightwing and Harley Quinn sex scene, Harley Quinn singing at a bar for the sexual jokes, the super girls bar, to the unnecessary fight scenes, the disrespectful portrayal of the main heroes and other heroes. This movie has some of the laziest writing I have ever seen. The movie literally ends with Harley Quinn stopping Poison Ivy by making a "cute sad face" and Harley Quinn suggesting that they just burn the villain because he is made of leaves which prompts Batman and Nightwing to kiss her on the cheek.
Overall I wish this movie didn't exist. I wish no one watches it and it is forgotten. I have said before that recent DC animated movies are not very good, but this is the worst of them all. There is literally nothing good about this movie.