|True love goes through its growing process in, Suicide Squad|
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 ThoughtsSuicide 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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