Review: Suicide Squad

What do you get when you cross a colorful cast of characters and a good director with a convoluted plot and a lot of studio interference? You get films like these that try to be fun at the very least, but are brought down by a lot development problems. I was really surprised when I found out what people were saying about this movie. It really looked like it had more potential than the rest of the garbage that DC’s been putting out lately. At first I thought to myself, “it can’t be that bad”, but when I went to see it, I kind of saw people’s points. I didn’t think this movie was as bad as people were saying, but I can see where the criticism is coming from.

The Suicide Squad is a team of villains and anti-heroes who have done bad things but still work together to engage in dangerous tasks that could kill them. This film adaptation of the lesser-known DC group was hopefully going to be an improvement of what DC has done most recently, but doesn’t seem to be doing well with audiences at all. The story itself isn’t even that detailed. It’s mostly just these characters storming through a city, killing beings from another dimension.

I’m going to go off topic for a moment and say what’s bothered me most about Man of Steel or Superman VS. Batman: Those movies lack a lot of character development and seem like they’re just setting up the action scenes. While Batman has done some heroic things, I can barely think of anything good that Superman has done or any reason as to why we should like him. In Suicide Squad, they kind of learn from that and give reasons as to why we should like these characters, but here’s the thing: These are the bad guys. The guys we’re supposed to hate in future films. It’s really hard to tell who’s “good” or who’s “bad” in this universe when you have Superman tearing down half a city, getting hundreds of civilians killed, while at the same time, you have Deadshot and Harley Quinn saving the world from an evil witch.

The characters are not nearly as exciting as they could’ve been. They’re all portrayed more like anti-heroes. Some are even just trown in when you least expect. You have Deadshot who has a family that he’s not allowed to see because of his violent ways. How many times have you heard that before? Harley who, to her credit, adds a lot of energy and hot, sexy appeal. Rick Flag, who’s really not given a lot to do, while these other costumed weirdos take more screen time. Killer Croc or Boomerang, who can be funny at times, but are the same dopey sidekicks you’d see in cartoons. Katana, whose abilities are amazing but isn’t given a lot of screen time either. Diablo, who was the character that I felt was most developed and sympathetic, given his backstory. Again, the studio interfered a lot and took a lot of Jared Leto’s Joker scenes out, making him look like a less threating version of the Dark Knight Joker. I’m probably just saying this because I really like Jared Leto, but I think he could’ve made a better Joker, had they given him more to do. It’s hard to follow up Heath Ledger’s performance too. I can already hear the angry mob of over-obsessed DC fans outside my door just for saying that.

The film was written and directed by David Ayer, who wrote Training Day and End of Watch. He can direct, but it’s hard to do movies with this many characters that have to be introduced, especially when the studio wants the director to add so many last-minute changes. But let’s get down to what’s arguably the biggest problem with this movie: It needs to be rated R. In fact, it’s basically an R-rated movie minus all the F-bombs and excess blood. If they did what Deadpool did and just brought it up a rating, it could have done what it’s really meant to do and become more graphic. I mean, it’s called Suicide Squad. Does that sound like something you would take your kids to see?

One of the other unnecessary things that the studio added to it at the last minute is that it’s setting up for the Justice League movie coming out. Frankly my dear, I really don’t give a shit about that anymore. DC is not doing well with its movies and this one doesn’t help much. If they did a Justice League TV show, I think that would do so much better. The CW shows seem to have their shit together way better than these super flops do.

Overall, I like the idea of doing a DC movie through a bad-guy’s perspective. What’s so great about being a good guy anyway? It wouldn’t be the first time DC tried doing a story with sympathetic villains either. Look at the Killing Joke or the Mr. Freeze stories. However, they’ve done sympathetic villain stories way better in projects like those. The movie also boasts a lot of talented people working behind it, minus the Snyders, who by the way, I really don’t know why they’re still working on these projects. It’s just not fair that the studio changed so many things when I really think David Ayer had better plans for it. What I admire most about it though, is that it at least tries being fun and creative, which is a lot more than I can say about the Zack Snyder movies. You may not get a whole lot of laughs or excitement from this movie, but at least see it for Harley. It’s Margot Robbie in a smoking hot Harley Quinn costume people. What’s not to love about that?

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