Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Movie Review- Suicide Squad


Intro

True love goes through its growing process in, Suicide Squad
I prefer to not be on the so-called "bandwagon" when it comes to popular things. If I like it, I like it. But just because everyone else may be on that particular train, doesn't mean that I have to just for the sake of social acceptance. I don't like ninety-eight percent of today's pop music, I don't like the Kardashians, and I don't like Pokemon Go. I occasionally wonder how many of you out there truly like those things for what they are, and not because the TV or the attractive airhead that you look up to, told you to? Bandwaggoning is also apparent in the split between Marvel and DC fans, especially movies. Now I'm not here to say who is doing it better (Marvel Studios), but I am here to say that even with their recent disappointments (Man of Steel, BvS), DC still has something to offer. And this is coming from a Marvel fan.

Suicide Squad

I was most assuredly reluctant to have high hopes for this film after witnessing the desperate mediocrity of BvS (there's no way I'm spelling that whole thing out). But when you bring in a different director (David Ayer, Fury) and a sense of humor, there's a chance that you're going in the right direction. Now Suicide Squad isn't some dreadful waste like The League of Extraordinary Men, but it's also no Guardians of the Galaxy either. It's in the middle leaning more towards the latter. The critics were expecting a total failure, so that's what they saw (bandwaggoning). I don't trend that way (I think?). I try to give everything a chance even when the track record tells me that I should do otherwise (except with modern Adam Sandler, Michael Bay, Damon Lindleof, etc.) DC still has a chance to save its big screen self, and Suicide Squad is a step in the right "direction". This movie is fun. The set up is fun, the action is fun, and the chemistry is fun. And most intelligently, the spirited soundtrack (The Animals, The Rolling Stones, Queen, Lesley Gore, Eminem) keeps the tempo up, while the remakes and contemporary schlock in this are saved largely for the cd's and downloads. At first, I thought that the overuse of songs was annoying, until I finally realized that each one introduces a character and/or scene to quickly connect us to them. Cause let's face it, there is a lot of characters involved.

I've got three categories for whom I thought was worthwhile, down to wastes of time. The rest, aren't even worth mentioning-
1. Great- Viola Davis (Prisoners), and Margot Robbie (Focus).
2. Good- Will Smith (Men in Black), Joel Kinnaman (Child 44), Jai Courtney (Spartacus: Blood and Sand), Ike Barinholtz (Neighbors), and Jay Hernandez (Quarantine).
3. Meh- Adewale Akinnuoye- Agbaje (Thor: The Dark World), Cara Delevingne (Paper Towns), newcomer Karen Fukuhara, and yep, Jared Joker Leto (Fight Club).
Sorry folks, but this new Joker needs a factory recall. In his scenes with Robbie's amazing Harley Quinn, Leto tries too hard, however the spark between them is undeniable. When he's sans Robbie, Leto resorts to being a 1930's goomba mafioso that's channeling his inner Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) to a mixed bag result. He really puts the "meth" into method acting. Davis holds her own as the hard ass Amanda Waller. Now Will Smith is a tough one to break down. On one hand, his character of Deadshot was given a pointless filler backstory about having a daughter, so that we can care about him. Fortunately, Smith plays it so good in those and all of the rest of his scenes, that I didn't mind that I was being bullshitted. It's bad enough that Suicide Squad is rated PG-13, but for them to take the worst of the worst and try to humanize them, is a detriment to the appeal of these characters. Not every bad guy has a kind-hearted samaritan locked inside, just waiting for the right person to come along and rescue them. We could've connected to these guys perfectly fine with only the humor between them instead. That's where their onscreen chemistry lies.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly, of Suicide Squad


The Good- Killer Croc's makeup, wonderful outfits, props and sets, The Flash versus Captain Boomerang, the Harley and Joker romance, Batman (Ben Affleck, Hollywoodland) versus Harley & Joker, Batman versus Deadshot, jail break finale.

The Bad- Cannon fodder villains reminded me of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers The Movie (1995) baddies, not much "suicide" for this squad, more backstory for some down to virtually none for others, and the standard superhero final battle that pits them against a ton of CG.

The Ugly- Did he really just say that they were all family, after only being together for a few hours? I hate forced sentiment.

Final Thoughts

Suicide Squad has more going for it than not. The third act is nothing special, but DC fans can take solace in the fact that most of Marvel's stuff has the same issues. Even though this film is an obvious attempt at them trying to grab the Guardians of the Galaxy crowd, I'm all for it. Just please DC; Slow down and make these films properly... and fire Zack Snyder. Stay partially through the end credits for an extra scene. Or would that be bandwaggoning?
Rating- 6.5 out of 10


Suicide Squad (2016)

PG-13 | 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Comedy | 5 August 2016 (USA)

A secret government agency recruits a group of imprisoned supervillains to execute dangerous black ops missions in exchange for clemency, which inevitably leads to chaos.

Director: David Ayer
Writer: David Ayer

Stars: Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie 



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