So I seem to have been one of the few people who was actually looking forward to this movie in spite of all the negative reviews and news coming out about this movie. And now, after having seen the film itself I can say that it was just alright. It’s not the worst superhero movie to come out this year but it close. So, without further ado, here’s my spoiler free review of Suicide Squad:
So this was kind of an odd film to have come out so early in the DC Cinematic Universe, mostly because of it’s focus on a team of supervillains, none of whom had shown up until now. What this means is that the first part of the movie is spent giving a rundown on each prospective member of the Squad. Which is fine, if you’re going to have a team of supervillains it’s nice to know what they’ve done to get themselves locked up in the first place, but it does eat up a lot of time just to put that exposition out there without any real action to offset it.
And who is on this version of the Squad? Well I’ll tell you: Heading up the Squad and the film in general is master marksman Deadshot played by Will Smith who mostly pingpongs back and worth between wisecrack mode and serious mode, he ends up getting the most characterization of the Squad as a tragic father who just wants to take care of his kid. Coming in second is unhinged clown lady Harley Quinn, played by Margot Robbie who did a better Harley Quinn accent in Wolf of Wallstreet than she did here where it came and went all throughout the movie but otherwise was fairly entertaining. Third up was pyroknetic gangbanger El Diablo played by Jay Hernandez who basically functions as the teams only member actually looking for redemption.
Unfortunately this is kind of where the characterization train runs out as remaining Squad members get very little attention after they introduced. So what we had left was Boomerang weilding Captain Boomrang (Obviously) played Jai Courtney who finally got to play something other than a bland action hero (Even if it didn’t come up much). Crocodile man Killer Croc played by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje who mostly just skulked around when there wasn’t an action sequence. And lastly we had Slipknot by Adam Beach, Slipknots Gimmick is that he’s really good at Rope. That’s all I have to say about that.
Assisting/watching the Squad we had Rick Flagg, the squads leader and handler who functions as the movies secondary lead after Deadshot and who gets about the fourth most amount of characterization of anyone in the movie. He was played by Joel Kinneman, who I honestly thought based on previews of this movie was going to be basically be playing his character from The Killing. But he didn’t and that’s a good thing. Assisting him is the Muramasa wielding Katana, played by Karen Fukuhara who sadly joins the ranks of characters who didn’t really get any characterization and was mostly just there to slice things up. And then finally heading up the whole thing we have shady government official Amanda Waller, played wonderfully by Viola Davis who managed to make more of an impression than most of the people in this movie, which isn’t exactly a good thing since she’s a supporting character but whatever.
Now lets move on to the plot, boy did this haphazardly put together. For those of you who missed it, Warner Bros got really nervous when Batman vs Superman bombed and had parts of this movie reshot so that it would be lighter and more cheerful than it originally was. In short this was not done well, when movies that have major tonal shifts throughout are done well they’re usually pretty great. This however was dark serious material mixed with knockoff Guardians of the Galaxy type hijinks and it did not flow well together at all. If they ever release an original cut of the movie from before the reshoots I would actually be curious to see if it had been any good beforehand because believe me, this was not good.
Than there’s the films villains Enchantress played by Cara Delevingne and crazy clown Joker played by Jared Leto. Cara Devinge needs to either take more acting lessons or go back to modeling because method of acting as Enchantress was to play a knockoff of Queen Ravanna in Snow White and the Huntsman and it was not good. Normally bad acting doesn’t bother me but her performance here really stood here and it was not good. As for the Joker, I was expecting to dislike him under Jared Leto here but he ended up being fine. That being said, they could have cut him completely out of the film and it would have made no difference (And apparently they mostly did just that since most of his filmed scenes apparently didn’t make it into the film). His presence mostly felt like they were setting up a sequel to something and I’m not entirely sure what that is.
Now let’s talk about the worst thing in this movie, the soundtrack. They apparently spent a lot of money to get a lot of pop songs and made sure to use every single one of them. At the start of the movie it was fine, but by the time we were nearing the end and I had heard about thirty different pop songs played at random times that I had a headache from how goddamned annoyed by this I was. Guardians of the Galaxy this was not.
In conclusion this movie wasn’t terrible, but it could have been a whole lot better than it was. Now they announced before the movie came out that there was going to be a sequel, but if this movie bombs I honestly don’t know if we’ll end up getting that because after all this was basically a minor movie in the grand scheme of things for the DC Cinematic Universe and if any sequels are going to get cancelled it would be this one. However if they do end up making Suicide Squad 2 I hope they learn from the mistakes they made here know well ahead of time what kind of movie they want to put out. Because if they do, Suicide Squad 2 could end up being a very good film.
Anyway that’s it, if you want to hear my thoughts on the movies more spoilerish material follow the link here to see that. Otherwise skip on down to the miscellaneous section.
- I just want to say if Marvel ever makes a Thunderbolts movie that this film was a good template of how to not do that. Because if you have have a team of villains it kind of helps to know why they’re villains in the first place so you can track their redemption arc (Or lack there of) better.
- Apparently Harley Quinns outfit in this movie was apparently a reference to Blondie Lead singer Debbie Harris. I don’t have anything to say about this, just felt like sharing.
- You know if they wanted to do a C-List team movie I would have suggested doing Birds of Prey instead. Less characters they would have to establish before they could have jumped right into the action.
- You know what would be really a shame if this movie fails is that it had on of the most diverse casts of any superhero movie so far. While haven’t heard anything like this so far, people tend to latch onto stuff like “diversity doesn’t sell” as a reason to not put diversity in films I’m worried that this will get held up as an of that line of thinking. Because sometimes people learn the wrong lessons from a films failure.
- You’d think with all the pop music in the movie that they would ask Jared Leto and/or Will Smith to put some songs of their own on the soundtrack (Or record one together) but no, that didn’t happen.