Review: “Suicide Squad” Is A Jumbled Mess





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Harley Quinn's standalone movie could be cool. Will Smith is typical Will Smith. The Soundtrack is great.


The script. The editing. The way the soundtrack is used. The villain.

Posted August 15, 2016 by

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Alright. Suicide Squad. Right. Let’s get to it. I know that the reviews for this movie have been awful. I wanted them to be wrong. I really did. The problem is: they aren’t. There is an audience for this film, somewhere, I’m just not a part of it. Hardcore DC fans will like it no matter what, little kids will probably think it’s great the way I mistakenly thought ‘Mac & Me‘ was great when I was younger, and Jared Leto’s fan base will stand by his side. Other than that, this movie doesn’t offer anything that I can really get behind and recommend so I’m not sure who to tell to go to see it.

The premise of the film is that a government agency, run by Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), recruits a group of outcast supervillains to do their dirty work. With a witch on the loose, they must track her down, steal back her heart, and possibly win their freedom back. Along the way they have to learn to trust each other, fight a bunch of monsters that look like no-bake cookies, and then really just stand around a lot talking about how maybe they should just kill the agency that hired them and run away.

My first problem with this movie is the soundtrack. Don’t get me wrong: they must have had to spend a lot of money to get the caliber of songs they did, but when they decide to play the songs is what really got me. It’s like someone sat in a room and said, “Okay. All of these supervillains are getting out of captivity for the first time in a while. They’re going back to civilization; the outside world. Anyone know a song about ‘going back’ to something?” One studio rep in the back sheepishly raised his hand and answered, “Eminem’s ‘Without Me‘?” Then everyone cheered, and he got promoted. The Rolling Stones’ “Sympathy For the Devil” is used when introducing the characters in the movie solely because Mick Jagger opens with, “Please allow me to introduce myself”. It’s a small thing, but it let me know right away how the rest of the movie was going to go.

this movie is just a boring disaster: like a car crash that happened at five miles per hour

Let’s get to the characters who make up the Suicide Squad: There’s Deadshot (Will Smith) who has impeccable aim, there’s Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) who’s really only interested in being with the Joker and has her mallet for one small second but then trades it in for a baseball bat and pistol. There’s also Diablo (Jay Hernandez) who can shoot fire out of his hands but tends to use it these days to spell out words in the air instead of saying them and creating shadow puppets to act out a story he’s telling. You have Capt. Boomerang (Jai Courtney) who just has a boomerang. There’s Slipknot (Adam Beach)….pay no attention to Slipknot; he’s not important. We also get to see Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje): half man, half crocodile, all a caricature of what clueless people must think black people act like*. No one in this group really has a superpower that you will think is all that great. Actually, I think Diablo is the only one with an actual power. The main problem with all of these characters though is that they don’t do much for the entire movie. It’s like they are pawns in the most boring chess game of all-time. I can see solo films for Deadshot or Harley Quinn being possibly entertaining, but DC wanted to capitalize on some of that “Guardians of the Galaxy” success and put out a group film without really giving me any reason to care about anyone in the group.

Making films is art. When the studio comes in and begins tampering with it because of how successful their competitor’s movie was, that’s when it stops being art and it starts being a jumbled mess. I don’t know where Suicide Squad began making mistakes, I don’t know whose to blame for 2 hours and 3 minutes of nonsensical plots, I just know I didn’t like it and someone screwed this movie up or it was horrible to begin with. Who knows. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe the studio made it better. I tend to side with the creators over big business though so I’ll be blissfully ignorant if that’s the case.

Hopefully the sequel will be much better

My main bone of contention with the movie is The Joker. We all knew we had to talk about him so let’s just get it over with. Yes, Heath Ledger did an amazing job at playing the laughing madman. That doesn’t mean it can’t be done again. Hell, everyone thought Jack Nicholson’s representation was awesome and Ledger made his version look cheesy as hell. It’s not that Leto does a bad job; it’s just that The Joker doesn’t need to be in this movie. He spends his time pimping out Harley Quinn, then getting mad when people won’t sleep with her, or disrespect her in some way despite that being exactly what he’s doing. He texts Harley a lot letting her know he’s coming for her, and kills a lot of characters that don’t matter with his group of bland gang members that look like he took them straight from a rave. I understand now, though, why David Ayer made him look the way he does: when you have a character that’s going to be this boring, might as well make him look insane. I understand The Joker can’t be the main villain in this film; it wouldn’t make sense. But then just don’t have him in the movie. Maybe save him for the standalone Harley Quinn film. It’s the same thing with Batman being in this movie; it just doesn’t fit.

The main villain of the movie, Enchantress (Cara Delevingne), is super depressing. I would have to say the character is the worst villain in any superhero movie ever made. She does this weird thing whenever she’s on screen: I don’t know if it’s dancing or a seizure. I’m not sure what Ayer told her her inspiration was for this character but it could have been something like, “A witch that hears music no one else can and is really vibing on it.” The final showdown is extremely boring and runs way too long. I won’t go so far as to say it’s worse than the final showdown in ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’, but it’s close.

All around, this movie is just a boring disaster: like a car crash that happened at five miles per hour. Hopefully the sequel (and there will be one with how much this film has made already) will be a lot better. We can only hope.




* At one point, the characters are told they can all have one thing they really want. Killer Croc says, “B.E.T.”




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