Suicide Squad – Review 2016

I wanted to love this movie. I really wanted to love it. But no matter how hard I sat there trying to, I just couldn’t. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoyed the movie (although by the end of this trust me you will not believe that statement at all) it just didn’t live up to the hype that was created.

Warning: Spoilers up ahead

Flawed Plot Line

This movie, directed and written by David Ayer, is about the worst villains that Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) puts together to in her words, fight fire with fire. Only problem is her plan is completely flawed from the beginning and here’s why.
Waller introduces the secret government agency she works for to Enchantress who is in the body of June Moone. Moone can summon Enchantress to show herself and conveniently they look exactly the same (buy one Cara Delevingne get one free). She can jump to anywhere in the world, which Waller was hoping to use to her advantage. Of course, as to be expected Enchantress escapes where she teams up with her brother Incubus to take over the world. So basically, the first member of the squad she is setting up is now the reason to need the squad. Makes sense yeah? No I didn’t think so either. All this time Waller had hold of the Enchantress’ heart which she can use to stop her, but instead she keeps it in a case, where the Enchantress later gets her hands on it. So basically if they’d just crushed the enchantress’ heart at the start of the movie there never would have been a problem, June Moone would just survive like she does at the end. Also, why did Cara Delevingne get cast in this role? Can anyone explain?

The Squad

The Squad consists of Deadshot, Harley Quinn, Killer Croc, Katana, Captain Boomerang, Diablo and Slipknot.

Deadshot (Will Smith) was by far the stand out performance and the most well-known actor to appear in this movie. They really could’ve played up on the fact that Deadshot was loving and missing his daughter so much and there was missed opportunity there for Enchantress to put her in danger. Deadshot and Rick Flag’s (Joel Kinnaman) on screen chemistry puts to shame the chemistry that was meant to be there between Flag and Bloome.

deadshot

Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is such a quirky character and I really don’t think that anyone else would’ve been suited to play this part. Robbie did such a brilliant job at owning the way that Quinn is sexualised in the movie. Although completely crazy, there is no doubt that Quinn knows exactly what she’s doing and at the end of the day she’s the one that saved them all. Deadshot and Quinn form quite the bond in this film. Deashot who never misses does when he is told to shoot her. It’s later stipulated that he doesn’t shoot women or children. So whether he was saving a friend or sticking by his morals, it’s clear he has a soft spot for Quinn. I would love to see is a Harley Quinn movie and it has been rumoured that there might be one. Let’s just hope they don’t stuff it up.

Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye Agbaje) is the most boring and underwhelming villain I’ve ever seen in my life. He wasn’t the slightest bit intimidating and wasted potential. He should have been portrayed as an untamed and unpredictable character.

Katana (Karen Fukuhara) just appeared out of nowhere whilst they’re on the helicopter on the way to the mission, with just a brief explanation of who she is given by Flag. Her job is to protect Rick Flag. But when Flag was ever in trouble the others would always come to save him. So nobody should be hiring her for their protection anytime soon.

Captain Boomerang (Jai Courtney) was clearly made to put on an Australian accent in this movie even though he is Australian and that had to be the worst thing about the whole movie. It is evident in this film that they took a different spin on the character than what is shown in the comic books, as Boomerang now constantly has a drink in his hand. Once again, I feel like American’s have taken the stereotype of what Australians are like and amped it right up. I was just waiting for him to point his boomerang at the samurai chick and say “that’s not a knife, this is a knife”. At that point I wouldn’t have known whether to laugh or cry. What also wasn’t used in the movie is Boomerang’s limited super speed that allows him to run fast in short distances, which definitely would’ve helped them in the end fight scene.

boomerang

Diablo (Jay Hernandez), poor, poor Diablo. He sacrifices his life for the rest of the squad and they don’t even bat an eye lid. He wants nothing to do with the squad at the start, but then he refers to them as his family and sacrifices himself for them. Huh?

Slipknot (Adam Beach) was not around for long. They all had devices in their necks that would blow their heads off if they tried to escape, all that had to be done was to click a button on a phone. It doesn’t take long to realise that his only purpose in the movie is to show the audience and other squad members how the device works. R.I.P.

The Joker

This movie should’ve revolved entirely around The Joker. In all the previews of this movie they made out that it was going to be a lot about the Joker, but he’s barely in it. His character was merely there to add to Harley Quinn’s part in the movie. They needed way more time to adapt the relationship between Quinn and The Joker. It felt too rushed and only got to skim the surface of their twisted and wonderful relationship. Ideally they should’ve had a movie based on the two of them and how they met before introducing them in Suicide Squad. Leto’s version of The Joker is nothing at all like that of Heath Ledger and Suicide Squad just isn’t a dark enough movie for that version of The Joker to be successful anyway. Leto definitely wasn’t a disappointment, in the scenes that we did get to see him he portrayed the maniacal nature of The Joker just as you’d hope and his look is something that you could expect from real life, such as the tattoos. If you enjoyed Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the joker than you will appreciate Jared Leto’s Joker as it shares the same suggested back story of how he became The Joker. It’s always difficult not to compare actors that have played the same part, but just as people compare DC to Marvel, people will always compare the jobs that these actors have done. The touch on this Joker that I think is really cool is the mouth tattooed on his hand which he places over his own and other’s faces. In the film The Joker gets a security guard to pass on a phone to Quinn. When given to her she tells him he’s screwed and that’s it we don’t see the guard for the rest of the movie. So we’re left to assume that The Joker has killed him. Don’t you just love unexplained story lines?

I’m Still Lost

Due to the amount of re shooting and re editing they did it comes as no surprise that the movie would be such a hot mess. The movie jumps from light to dark scenes and the overall tone of the movie is confusing. There’s colour, graffiti and fonts everywhere that looks like a kid went nuts on WordArt and paint. It’s full of random songs, from Eminem to Queen there’s really no telling what song was going to come next and it definitely didn’t stick to a particular genre of music. It seems they were trying to attempt the way Guardians of the Galaxy had music in their movie, but there was one very defining factor for their use. It was explained and intertwined in the plot!

Overall, it was just underwhelming and when doing a movie that packs in so many characters it needs to be longer. You can’t balance plot and character development in such a short period of time without compromising on one.

But Wait, There’s More

Justice League is coming which means that DC is not done yet. Will DC redeem themselves with the next movie? I guess we will just have to wait and see. (Probably won’t though).

6/10 did not give me Squad goals

Resources

Suicide Squad 2016, motion picture, USA, Atlas Entertainment, DC & Warner Bros., David Ayer
Australia Network News, ‘Suicide Squad’ Movie: Emotional Scene Revealed! Fans Not Happy?, Jessica Rapir, Jun 6 2016, [Accessed Aug 10 2016]: www.australianetworknews.com/suicide-squad-movie-emotional-scene-revealed-fans-not-happy/
Collider, Harley Quinn Deserves Better than ‘Suicide Squad’, Haleigh Foutch, Aug 9 2016, [Accessed Aug 10 2016]: http://collider.com/harley-quinn-suicide-sqaud-margot-robbie/
Collider, ‘Suicide Squad’: List of Rumored Cut Scenes Teases a Much Darker Blockbuster, Chris Cabin Aug 8 2016, [Accessed Aug 10 2016]: http://collider.com/suicide-squad-cut-scenes/
Youtube, Suicude Squad – Blitz Trailer [HD], Warner Bros. PicturesApr 10 2016, [Accessed Aug 10 2016]: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5AwUdTIbA8I
IMDB – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1386697/fullcredits?ref_=tt_cl_sm#cast
Movie Pilot, Deadshot, Killer Croc, Harley Quinn: Every Suicide Squad Member’s Origin Story in Less Than 5 Minutes!, Paul Singh May 8 2015, [Accessed August 11 2016]:  http://moviepilot.com/posts/2916467

 

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