“Suicide Squad” is the third installment in the DC Cinematic Universe and introduces us to a team of criminals that are brought together by the Government to save the world. The group is DC’s “band of lovable misfits” trope, and the movie looks like it was meant to be their answer to Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”. The movie is really fun, and many aspects from other Suicide Squad stories are present and accounted for. There is no absence of action scenes, and the tone is much more lighthearted than “Man of Steel” and “Batman v Superman”. Despite any of the good things that the movie had going for it, the reality of the situation is that this is one really messy production.
A few things are obvious to most of the audience after watching the movie. One is that some scenes are clearly re-shoots and that a lot of footage is left out or replaced. If I were to re-watch the trailer, I could point out many parts that looked really cool that didn’t even end up in the final product. I remember hearing (anyone is more than welcome to fact check me if I’m wrong) that new scenes were re-shot after the success of “Deadpool” to make this movie funnier. Even if that is pure speculation, its very believable seeing as how some of the dialogue and “jokes” felt forced or poorly written. When it comes to the editing, it almost feels like the scenes in each act were just thrown together while someone hit the “shuffle” button in hopes that it would work.
Another thing that didn’t work for the movie was that it was really difficult to care about the main conflict. The entire plot and most of the action became predictable and felt like it had no consequence. Even when looking at it as part of a bigger universe, the events don’t really have an effect on what we know to be coming in the DCCU. There is a connection that is eventually drawn to the Justice League, but I was hoping that we could’ve seen more emphasis of the bigger picture: humanity taking reckless action against super-humans out of fear.
The acting and portrayal of some of these characters is actually one of the pros of this movie. Will Smith has done a fantastic job of playing Deadshot, and audiences are able to feel his personal conflict between his job and his family. Margot Robbie did very well, and a nerd could see that she took some of Harley’s behavior from “Batman: The Animated Series”, which is never a bad thing. I feel like enough people aren’t talking about how Viola Davis is exactly what Amanda Waller is supposed to be, and gave a stunning performance of this shady, ambitious, and bold character. Jared Leto played the most interesting Joker I’ve seen but I feel like any critic can’t make too much of a judgement because (apparently) a big chunk of his scenes were cut. Regarding everything I saw, I’ve definitely never quite seen in a Joker before, and that made me happy and eager to see more. Lastly, my honorable mentions for a cool character go out to Joel Kinnaman and Jay Hernandez as Rick Flagg and Diablo, respectively.
Truth be told, I recommend seeing this movie in a theater. Know that it is flawed and know that there will be moments where you find yourself very entertained, and go see the movie for yourself! Its no abomination, its worth the money and time. So now that the first part of my review is done, lets dive in to spoilers!
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So we’re introduced to our squad members via exposition from Waller. I could tell they were going for a more compact movie and that some characters were to be more important than others, but I feel like this could’ve been done a little better. The scenes we get of some of the squad members being apprehended by heroes are fantastic (Ben Affleck is a gift from the Comic Gods and I shall hear nothing bad about him as Batman), and even Flash shows up! We’re introduced even further to characters like Rick Flagg and June Moone aka Enchantress. We get a reveal where Waller is able to control Enchantress, and we find out June and Flagg are romantically involved…and hilarity ensues! Just kidding, its obvious at this point that Enchantress is going to lose control and be the villain and Flagg is going to be conflicted.
After all the exposition and interactions we get the main plot of the villains (oh yeah, there’s two now!) which is *drumroll*…A FACELESS ARMY WITH A GIANT BLUE BEAM IN THE SKY!!! Yes, really. They went with the biggest cliche in the modern comic book film when it has already been cliche for years now. This is why there appears to be little consequence in this movie’s action. Anyway, the squad is assembled and all receive bombs in their necks in case Flagg or Waller deem it necessary. Here we get lazily introduced to even more minor characters like Slipknot and Katana, the former of which is literally here to demonstrate that anyone who disobeys orders will die. I’m not saying that his death didn’t need to happen, I’m saying it just didn’t matter because they already establish how irrelevant Slipknot is, which makes it no shocker that they kill him. While Amanda Waller speaks about how expendable these people are in this movie, its funny because some of these characters are expendable to us, the audience, and their presence didn’t affect the story at all. Its as if the characters of the team are placed into tiers: “Important”, “Sort of Important”, and “Meh”. Additionally, barely any of the characters build relationships with each other aside from snarky comments and death threats. Deadshot and Harley establish a friendship, Deadshot and Flagg end up as frenemies, Diablo shows a little humanity, and Captain Boomerang shows his love for pink unicorns…that’s about it.
So after a scene where Joker tries to escape with Harley and gets his chopper shot down (which no one believed was actually consequential for one second), Waller gets kidnapped by Enchantress and more stuff with little explanation happens. The bar scene where all the characters “give up” and drink is actually really cool, and Diablo gives us his story that ends up being one of the only compelling parts about this movie. Flagg shows up and the Squad decides that they’re gonna go through with the mission, and then we get this crazy, Tranformers-esque battle scene with a whole mess of CGI and explosions. The movie wraps up with Joker breaking Harley out of Belle Reve, and Bruce Wayne striking up a deal with Amanda Waller so he can do Justice League things in a future movie.
There really isn’t much to this whole movie in terms of substance, but I would be lying if I said I wasn’t at least having some fun. If you want to see a well done Suicide Squad movie, I highly recommend checking out the animated film “Batman: Assault on Arkham”. As for the movie in question, Suicide Squad gets a 5/10.
So those are my thoughts on Suicide Squad! As always, I would appreciate all of your likes, shares, feedback, comments, etc.
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