Suicide Squad – Another one bites the dust

Hello ladies and gentlemen, or at least the three loyal readers that stuck around, waiting for something to actually happen in this blog. A long time due vacation was needed, but I am back now, more tanned and less stressed with life endeavours! Fortunately there was time to watch some movies and series, unfortunately one of these disappointed, yes I am looking at you Suicide Squad!

Usually I don’t watch/read reviews of anything, when I am planning to write about it. However, while on vacation I have read plenty about the bad reception Suicide Squad was having. Well, at least among said Movie Experts, because apparently Suicide Squad is making a ton of money. Because I don’t consider myself as a movie expert or will I profit from this, I hope I can bring something new to the “let’s bash Suicide Squad” trend.

My expectations were lowered after reading said reviews, and I am glad I did, because similar to the feeling I had after watching Batman vs. Superman, Suicide Squad is a mess. Contrary to the previous DC entry, I feel like there is a good movie here, but weird editing and not enough character development renders the Squad less interesting than it should be.

There are three good things in Suicide Squad: Will Smith, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis and their characters. Coincidentally they are the characters that spend more time on the screen, the actors perform well, bringing charisma to the screen and punchy one liners. Harley Quinn is a bit over-sexualised for my taste, but hey the kids will get a kick out of it.

The Joker…the marketing for Suicide Squad was misleading to say the least, and Jared Leto’s character barely appears in the movie. It’s difficult to build an opinion, specially after only seeing him for what felt like 10 minutes in the entire movie.

Suicide Squad is forcefully entertaining! Here’s my slightly spoiled description of what must have gone trough the executives’ minds behind this movie:

“Cue scene with a nice montage and a nice song, done? Let’s move on to the next character. Rinse and repeat…and let’s put some action scenes in between, oh the villain needs to be otherworldly and CGI otherwise the kids won’t like it. By the way include dialogue reminders that these are the bad guys, we don’t want the audience to discover that by themselves. Let’s not forget the forced cameos, it is a shared Universe after all. Oh wait…we built a lot of hype for the Joker, and we have a very good actor playing the Joker, give him 20 minutes, should be enough.”

Suicide Squad feels like Warner Brothers is saying “The Show Must Go On”, but they don’t know how, they just do it. This movie had reshoots and was re-edited, and it shows. It feels like three different movies mixed together. I would rather have the Suicide Squad fight a more contained villain, hell make them fight the Joker that would be great. Instead we have a movie that could be very good, but it feels messy, there are good and interesting characters that unfortunately are stuck in a boring story, something we have seen a million times.

Besides a good soundtrack, and the occasional witty one liner, Suicide Squad fails to deliver a good time.

Well… there is always Justice League!

Suicide Notes:

Suicide Note 1: Viola Davies as Amanda Waller is more terrifying than the villains, one of the best characters by far.

Suicide Note 2: Look at that, Jai Courtney being all charismatic, funny and stuff, well done sir!

Suicide Note 3: If you are a fan of DC Comics, do watch it, but don’t go more than once okay?!

Suicide Squad Review
  • Acting
  • Cinematography
  • Dialogue
2.8

Summary

Suicide Squad feels like Warner Brothers is saying “The Show Must Go On”, but they don’t know how, they just do it. This movie had reshoots and was re-edited, and it shows. It feels like three different movies mixed together. I would rather have the Suicide Squad fight a more contained villain, hell make them fight the Joker that would be great. Instead we have a movie that could be very good, but it feels messy, there are good and interesting characters that unfortunately are stuck in a boring story, something we have seen a million times.

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