We can all agree that 2016 hasn’t been a good year for DC films. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Batman: The Killing Joke were both disappointingly average despite their hype. So was Suicide Squad to follow the same pattern?
Suicide Squad is Dirty Dozen in a superhero world; or Guardians of the Galaxy if they were much more villainous. It’s about a group of imprisoned villains “recruited” by a U.S. government agent named Amanda Waller to undergo a mission so dangerous that they send the best of the best to deal with it. But why villains? This is because the essence of Suicide Squad is that they’re a group of people who aren’t afraid nor bound by some moral law to do their mission; however, if they fail their mission, the people would have no problem in blaming the villains for the destruction caused. And just in case the villains refuse to join the mission or compromise, they get killed by dear Amanda Waller.
The idea of Suicide Squad is so crazily genuine to me that the only way you can mess it up is if gets too campy or taken too seriously. Which, thanks to David Ayer’s direction and writing, is filled with enough black humor and action to make the movie a fun flick that I could watch for a few more times. Despite this, the movie isn’t without its flaws. Sadly, its flaws stuck out more than it should’ve.
First off, the dedication of the cast and crew to the film impressed me enough before watching the movie. David Ayer (director of Fury, Training Day) wanted Killer Croc to be portrayed with makeup and prosthetic instead of CGI. Will Smith actually trained with Navy Seals and Army Rangers. The fact that Jared Leto did his best to authenticate his role as the Joker both in and out of work was fun to know.
Suicide Squad excels best with its characters. Despite the large cast, each character was given enough time to be explored for the viewer to understand them to some extent. Deadshot (Will Smith) and Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) are given the spotlight quite often, even showing some chemistry between the two. Jared Leto’s Joker is very promising, although nothing more can be said of him due to lack of appearance.Viola Davis nailed Amanda Waller as she was able to portray one of the most threatening non-superpowered characters of the DCEU. My favorites in the film were El Diablo, Amanda Waller, and Katana. I’ve got a real crush on Katana.
The movie keeps its portrayal of their characters honest and real to the audience, without having any of them feel exaggerated or one-dimensional, all with the exception of Enchantress. Cara Delevinge’s portrayal of Enchantress was one of the movie’s flaws. I didn’t quite understand as to why she would be given so much importance in the film. Delevinge just seemed to try too hard, and it may have been because of how much the plot needed her. I can’t quite mention anymore about her character, but it was one of the film’s most frustrating parts.
Also, the soundtrack is superb. Very rarely do I leave a movie thinking, “Wow, I gotta find the album of this.”
The film doesn’t do well with its plot. The main conflict of the film is the same with most recent Hollywood action blockbusters:the main villain (who, by the way, was revealed as a twist) creates a machine or device to destroy the world. Needless to say I was disappointed to find out that Suicide Squad followed the same pattern. Not to mention that the climax seemed rushed and was filled with as much deus ex machinas as possible to be to get the problem done and over with. The start of the Suicide Squad and before that point was original, while its last parts felt like it belonged to yet another Hollywood action blockbuster. Some scenes jumped a bit too much from one to another, usually leaving me in a constant state of “what? why? how?”
The deaths of some of the characters weren’t unexpected nor did they have an impact on the audience. There was always some sort of warning before they died, which lessened the essence of surprise for me. Few of them died too, which bothered me, since I didn’t feel that the characters were exactly threatened and so were in no real danger. Almost nothing was unpredictable in the film.
Overall, Suicide Squad is a great movie except when it wasn’t. The latter part of the flick may have needed some rewriting and a better villain, but the film was good enough to make me want to watch again. If anything, it’s a film that shows promise for the future of superhero films, Marvel or DC, that they may make more out-of-the-box superhero flicks. Let’s cross our fingers for a more entertaining and dangerous Suicide Squad sequel.
P.S. If the movie didn’t please you, then try out Batman: Assault on Arkham. It’s a DC Animated movie about the Suicide Squad too.